Rule #2 is the biggest safety net - IMO
I almost regularly get into discussions over safety with guns - it is after all a major deal - or should be. NRA safety rules are just fine - I teach em - but Jeff's rules for me cover just that bit more.
First off for me rule #1 is ''a gun is ALWAYS loaded - no half measure. Finger off trigger until ready, rule #3 - good - very important. Rule #4 too is vital - to know target and what is beyond.
But still - dogmatic ol' me - I will persist and insist that rule #2 is paramount - ''Do NOT point a gun at something - you are not willing to destroy''. It surely has to be the ultimate ''catch all''?
It is IMO the biggest safeguard of all - screw up on the others and still no one gets hurt - worst may be embarrassment due to a new hole where there wasn't one before :biggrin:
Agree? if not - which rule matters most to you.