Safety Tips & Video

The most important element in the sport of shooting is not focus or body control, it is safety. USA Shooting is proud to have a safety first methodology, resulting in a history of safe practices and zero injuries.

As a Supporting Partner of the USA Shooting Safety Coalition, Child Guard USA has helped outline a standard list of safety tips for those involved with the sport of shooting. The coalition welcomes the National 4-H Shooting Sports Foundation and International Hunter Education Association as part of the growing listing of organizations promoting a standard safety initiative. Child Guard, LLC, serves as an official Supporting Partner of these organizations, providing technical expertise, financial support and products in support of the program.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Always assume every firearm is loaded
- Make sure your firearm is pointed in a safe direction
- Use the Safety switch, but never assume it is working

2. Keep your finger away from the trigger until ready to shoot

3. Read the owners manual
- Know how to use the Safety switch
- Know how to safely load and unload
- Use the right ammunition

4. Wear ear and eye protection

5. Inspect your firearm for clear barrels and safe operating condition before shooting

6. Ensure a safe backstop

7. Use a standard procedure to safely pass firearms

8. Clean firearms after use outdoors then wash your hands and face

9. Secure firearms for safe storage and transportation

10. Never use drugs or alcohol when handling a firearm

National Shooting Sports Foundation