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Old December 1, 2012, 11:14 PM   #35
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by Archie
One of the primary rules of range safety is "Keep the muzzle pointed downrange, or in a safe direction."

Great idea. For whatever reason, I just had to draw down on a malefactor posing an immediate, deadly physical threat in the main passageway in the local mall. Which direction is 'safe'? Could someone answer that for me?...
First, as practical defensive pistol craft began to evolve, the old NRA type range safety rules (like "Always keep your muzzle downrange or in a safe direction"), best adapted to target shooting on cold ranges, began to be supplanted by safe gun handling rules better adapted to action shooting on hot ranges and gun handling out in the real world (like "Never let your muzzle cover anything you're not willing to destroy." and "Know your target and what's behind it."). Then we saw the development of gun handling techniques like sul adapted to allow moving safely with a loaded gun in hand in a crowded environment, in a confined area or in a group. So some of these concerns are answered by further training.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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