This is the NRA’s second rule of gun safety, and it’s a good one, because abiding by it can prevent most accidents. Sticking your finger inside the trigger guard when you’re picking the gun up off the shooting table is not only unsafe, it immediately screams, “Hey, look at me! I’m a dangerous rookie!” to everyone on the range. So, if you notice other shooters begin looking at you suspiciously like you’ve got the plague, you might be placing your finger on the trigger before your sights are on the target. Instead, keep your trigger finger straightened along the handgun’s frame, outside and above the trigger guard in an exaggerated fashion that other shooters can see from across the parking lot. This lets everyone immediately know that you are safe and have some knowledge of guns…even if you can’t hit the target to save your life.