The Four Basic Rules of Firearm Safety - TAB-K
T = Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
A = Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
B = Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it.
K = Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Treat every firearm as if it is loaded
Every time you pick up a firearm, open the action and check to see whether ammunition is present. When another hunter hands you a firearm, do not accept it unless the firearm is unloaded and the action is open.
Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
It is your responsibility to always control the muzzle of your firearm and ensure it is pointed in a safe direction. This rule should be followed at ALL times, even if the firearm is unloaded or in a protective case. If you remember and obey this rule, you will not have to worry about hurting any person or damaging property.
Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it.
Making good decisions is part of being a safe hunter. Always identify the target and ensure it is legal and ethical to shoot before your finger goes into the trigger guard and onto the trigger. Take care not to mistake another hunter for a game animal. Always remember that once the trigger is pulled, you cannot call back that bullet. If you hear something approaching you, take a deep breath and remain calm. Always have a good backstop when shooting your firearm. Be careful of rocks and water. These might cause the bullet to ricochet, sending it in an unexpected direction. Also, never shoot toward the top of a hill.
Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
Safe hunters always protect the trigger. Your finger should never be inside the trigger guard and on the trigger unless you have a safe shot and have positively identified your target.