What’s the first thing you do when someone hands you a gun?
Pull the trigger.
Aim it out the window at the kid across the street.
3. Safety check.
What if a friend hands it to you?
Your wife/husband/significant other?
You just saw someone check it?
Safety check. This is not rocket science. Every time you lay your hands on a gun, check it. Trust no one, not even yourself. People make mistakes. If I am going to be hurt with a gun, or hurt someone else, I want it to be on me. How would you feel if you accidentally killed someone because you took someone’s word that a gun was clear?
I was on vacation recently, at my brother’s house. He is a collector of Army Colt .45 revolvers, and he showed me those, and a few other things. As he pulled each gun out of the closet, he checked it, and handed it to me. I checked it again, although I had seen him check it just 8 seconds earlier. I saw him check it, but I didn’t see what he saw. He didn’t think I was being silly or paranoid; he is a gun guy, and he knows how it works. When it comes to guns that might be loaded, trust no one but yourself, ever.