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Safety is Everyone’s Game [VIDEO]

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. 

I would like for you to take a look at this video from Super-Tactical. This is some video footage of a stage at a competition and has been making its way around Facebook and the web for a day or so recently.

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That made you stop and gasp right?

This video is a perfect example of how safety is the most important thing when shooting. No matter if you are at a competition, on the range or hunting in the woods, safety should be your number one priority.

Many of the comments on this video blame the Range Officer (RO) for not clearing the stage before letting the shooter start, which is his primary responsibility, but in reality, it’s not only the RO’s responsibility. Everyone shooting in the squad should be looking out for each other. While the RO should walk every stage, not just blind stages, and make sure that everyone pasting targets is done and behind the safety line, so should the shooter.

As you are pasting targets, let the RO know that there are still people out on the range pasting when you walk back. Do a head count of the squad before letting the next shooter load and make ready.

During the stage, the RO, or whoever is running the timer, should be watching the shooter, but the scorekeeper following him can look around and call a cease fire if something is wrong that the RO doesn’t see.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Universal Rules of Gun Safety

This is a great time for a reminder of the Universal Rules of Gun Safety as set down by Col. Jeff Cooper. They are:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

These four rules should always be followed, no matter what you are doing when handling a gun. In the video above, they obviously did not.

Is this real?

So I guess you have to ask yourself if this video is real? That is unknown, but there are some inconsistencies in the video that could indicate most, if not all, of it was possibly staged for a training video. The lack of prior reaction from the guy down range is a huge flag. If bullets were whizzing around me, I would be face down in the dirt not standing there waiting ’till they get there.

Regardless of whether the video is real or staged, this is an excellent example of how badly and quickly things can go wrong when you are not paying attention to safety procedures. Do not get lax or complacent when it comes to making sure everyone is safe. The ending could have been more tragic in this case.

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Safety is Everyone’s Game [VIDEO]