firearms will be unloaded when you enter the firing range
not load your firearm until you have been given the command to load your
keep firearm pointed in a safe direction.
If you have a problem raise your hand and an instructor will come to
KEEP firearm POINTED DOWN RANGE.
CEASE FIRE” - Stop firing immediately, remove
your finger from the trigger, keep the handgun pointed in a safe direction and
wait for further instructions.
Anyone can call a CEASE FIRE.
you experience a problem.
hand & an instructor will assist.
reach for anything beyond the firing line.
firearm pointed down range
eye protection are mandatory, while on the firing line.
As well as any student within 25 yards of the firing line.
Your firearm is YOUR responsibility
at all times
Firearms are unloaded and securely stored
in a location inaccessible to children and other unauthorized persons.
handguns where they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
untrained person should never be allowed access to a firearm.
choice of carry method should be based upon your physical size, attire and
accidental discharge potential
fanny packs, binders that are designed for carry purposes
should never be carried in a waistband or in a pocket.
to match hand size, strength and skill level
to both carry and shoot
for ease of concealment
Before cleaning a handgun, be sure that it is unloaded, the action is
open and no ammunition is present.
your gun every time you use it
control minimizes body movement produced by breathing, which impairs accuracy
Proper sight alignment is having the top
of the front sight even with the top of the rear sight, and there is an equal
amount of space separating the front sight from the sides of the rear sight.
must concentrate on the front sight. It
should appear clear and sharp, while the rear sight should look less clear and
the target could be fuzzy or blurred.
solid stable platform from which to fire accurate shots at multiple, moving
and waist square with the threat
Control – helps to minimize body movement
control – pull trigger straight back, with
a smooth continuous motion, without disturbing sight alignment
In a self defense situation,
immediate action is required to restore
your firearm to working order.
When shooting in a controlled
environment, with any ammunition malfunction, you
should wait thirty (30) seconds prior to opening the action and removing the
Cartridge develops less than normal pressure/velocity upon ignition.
Hang fire –
Ignition delay after the primer/case rim has been struck.
Misfire – Failure of a cartridge to ignite when the
primer/case has been struck.
has only one chamber but capable of firing upon each pull of trigger (1 shot
per trigger pull).
The cylinder of a revolver rotates in the
direction of the notch for the cylinder stop.
Single and double action Revolvers
and semi-automatic Barrels all contain Rifling
Double Action - The
trigger performs two tasks – both cocking and releasing the hammer.
Single Action - The
trigger performs a single action releasing the hammer.
two most common types of handguns are revolvers and semi-automatic pistols
you may not be held criminally liable, you may be subject to civil liability.
the encounter with the victim through actions displayed and or communicates
intention to do so
life endangerment is over
force cannot be used for the protection
non-life threatening criminal events
you are engaged in unlawful activity
– Does the perpetrator have access and the ability to kill or injure me?
there yet? – Has your level of fear risen to the level that deadly force is
Intent – did
the perpetrator act in a manner demonstrating intent to cause serious bodily
injury or death?
Force is never justifiable in
the defense of property
Force Definition: Any
type of degree
of force that
may be reasonably
expected to cause death or serious bodily injury.
criminally, civilly and financially responsible for every round you fire and its final resting place
to neutralize the threat
force can only be used when
you or another person are in imminent
threat of death or serious bodily injury.
homeowners insurance policies will not
cover the use of deadly force.
ANY consumption by a permit holder, while armed
shall result in the suspension of their permit for a period of three (3) years.
21 years of age or older to purchase handgun
•Been a patient in a rehabilitation
program or hospitalized for alcohol, controlled substance or controlled
substance analogue within ten (10) years if court ordered or three (3) years if
felony conviction or currently under indictment for a felony conviction
pending or convicted of Domestic Violence
pending or convicted of Stalking .
All handguns have 3 major components;
Frame- everything is attached to the frame
Barrel- metal tube that bullet passes thru.
Bore is the inside,
muzzle is where the bullet exits
Action- a group of moving parts used to load, unload &
A semi-automatic will only fire 1 round per trigger pull. It
will not fire multiple rounds when you
pull the trigger.
There is 2 types of handgun accidents- ignorance & carelessness
Handgun safety rules- Always point your gun in a safe
direction, Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, Always
keep guns unloaded until ready to use.
Do not store guns loaded.
You should clean your gun every time it is used or if it’s
been stored for a long period.
Make sure your gun is unloaded, no ammo around & action
Store your guns where they are not accessible to
You are financially responsible for the bullet and the
damage it does.
Deadly force can only be used when you or another person is
in imminent fear of death or serious bodily injury.
You must ask yourself before using deadly force.
Access- Does the perpetrator have access to kill or injury
Am I there yet? Has your level of fear risen to the level
where deadly force would be justifiable in Tennessee?
You never shoot to kill the perpetrator, never shoot to
wound & never fire warning shots.
You only shoot to neutralize the perpetrator. Stop the
Misfire- a failure to
fire after firing pin has struck the primer
perceptible delay in the round going off after primer has been struck by firing
Squib load- When less than normal pressure or velocity is
developed after ignition of the cartridge. Keep gun pointed in a safe
direction. Check chambers & barrel for obstructions.
When shooting you hold your breath because it will minimize
You must focus & concentrate on you front sight, it will
appear clear & sharp. You rear sight & target will be less clear &
You can not focus on 2 objects at the same time.
You should squeeze the trigger in a smooth continuous manner
without disturbing sight alignment.
Deadly force can not be used when you feel threatened, you
must be threatened.
Home owners insurance will not cover you if you shoot
someone. There is no bond or insurance you can buy to cover you for an
On the range;
Cease fire- Stop shooting immediately, point gun in a safe
direction & wait for instructions.
If you experience a problem with your gun, take your finger
off the trigger, point your gun in a safe direction, raise your hand.
Proper sight alignment is having the top of the front sight
even with the top of the rear sight & there is equal amount of space separating
the front sight from the rear sight.
Talk to your children about guns. Teach them if they see a
gun they should;
Leave the Area
Tell an Adult
Always be aware of your surroundings and Always be prepared
for the fight.
Keep your guard up. Your head & eyes need to always be
You should learn to shoot with both eyes open. Use your dominant eye for aiming
is an open carry state, you will need a carry permit which ever way you choose
It is legal to have a fully loaded handgun in your private owned
vehicle without a carry permit.
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