I was reading a thread about some MOE-RON getting shot with his on Glock when his friend was finger banging the trigger with his booger hooks and it got me to thinking abut the PRIME rules of Gun safety and whey they are important. It also reminded me of another guy who shot himself at a Gabe Suarez class while he was being an inDUHvidual and getting ahead of the class becasue he was an ex SF operator and Gabe wasn't high speed enough for him (he decided to practice transitions and caught his pistol on his chest rig and luanched one through his thigh). So what personal experiences have reinforced these rules and why are they important? 1. The Gun Is Always Loaded. Yes it is. I have never shot a hole in a wall with a gun that was loaded. 2. Never point A Gun At Something You're Not Prepared To Destroy. I have been a firm beleiver that a gun won't go off if you keep your booger hooks off the trigger. That is true 99.9% of the time. I even, personally, put this rule lower than the no fingerbangin the trigger rule. However, I encountered that .01% one day and had my M16 run away when I chambered a round. 3. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target. I have to say that to me, this is the most important rule because if you ain't fingerbangin' the trigger with your booger hooks, it ain't gonna go off 99.9% of the time. 4. Always Be Sure Of Your Target - And What Is Behind It. I have never had a personal expereince with this rule other than in IDPA matches where I have shot through a bad guy and hit the No-Shoot target behind it.