ACTS & PROVE

In the Canadian Firearms Safety Course(s) the following method is used to reinforce safe gun handling. Students have commented that it should have been called the "Canadian Look Down the Gun Barrel Course" because of the emphasis on examining the bore every time you pick up or put down a gun. At the EOHC we suggest that the step of examining the bore be done only in the safety area prior to taking each firearm to the firing line.

THE VITAL FOUR ACTS OF FIREARMS SAFETY

  • Assume every firearm is loaded.
  • Control the muzzle direction at all times.
  • Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
  • See that the firearm is unloaded - PROVE it safe.

PROVE

  • Point the firearm in the safest available direction.
  • Remove all cartridges.
  • Observe the chamber.
  • Verify the feeding path.
  • Examine the bore.


Canadian gun owners may find the following acronym easier to remember and it touches on all of the same points, some more thoroughly:

  • Assume every firearm is loaded.
  • Never point the muzzle at anything you are not prepared to destroy.
  • All fingers must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
  • Look to see that the firearm is unloaded - PROBE it safe.
  • Point the firearm in the safest available direction.
  • Remove all cartridges.
  • Observe the chamber.
  • Be certain there are no cartridges in the feeding path.
  • Examine the bore - preferably without looking down the muzzle.

This page was updated on 5/3/2007 2