We’re going to make this one easy, and provide the lesson right here. After all, this article is a full-service guide to your first gun store visit, right? First, there are four cardinal rules of gun safety. Follow these and no one gets hurt. We’re adapting a little for application inside of the store, but the rules are essentially the same anywhere else.
1. Treat a gun as if it’s always loaded, so don’t do things like pulling the trigger and pointing the gun at people.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger unless you are prepared to shoot it, or, in this case, test it under safe conditions. We’ll talk about that in a minute.
3. Don’t point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy, like other customers or the gun-store staff. Remember, we’re treating every gun like it’s loaded.
4. Be sure of your target and backstop. I know what you’re thinking. “Hey! We’re in a store, not at the range!” You’re right, so while in the store, when you do things like look down the sights or handle the gun, point it at the floor, wall or ceiling, not at people.