About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed National Handgun Safety Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Course Completion Certificate.

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1. Watch that muzzle!

Keep it pointed in a safe direction at all times.

Watch that muzzle!

2. Treat every firearm with the respect due a loaded gun.

It might be, even if you think it isn’t.

Treat every firearm with respect

3. Be sure of the target and what is in front of it and beyond it.

Know the identifying features of the game you hunt. Make sure you have an adequate backstop—don’t shoot at a flat, hard surface or water.

Be sure of the target

4. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

This is the best way to prevent an accidental discharge.

Hunter with finger outside trigger guard