Episode 338: Revising the 4 Firearm Safety Rules

Topic: Revising the 4 Firearm Safety Rules

Today, Riley and Matthew discuss the recent change ConcealedCarry.com made to the 4 Firearm Safety Rules as taught in our classes. The intent is to bring the rules into line with modern-day curriculum and practices both on the square range…and on the streets. Do you agree or disagree with these tweaks to the rules? If not, why??

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The ConcealedCarry.com Firearm Safety Rules:

  1. Know the condition of your firearm and always treat it as a potentially dangerous tool.
  2. Always be attentive when handling a firearm and know where the muzzle is pointing.
  3. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard unless you are on target and prepared to fire.
  4. Identify your target, all surroundings, and be prepared for changes.


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About Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman is the Director of Training at ConcealedCarry.com and the Host of the Concealed Carry Podcast. He came up in this world initially through his 8-year experience with a state-level law enforcement agency in Colorado. Riley has trained extensively under instructors such as: Rob Leatham, Mike Seeklander, Tim Herron, Scott Jedlinski, Matt Little, Kyle Lamb, Dave Spaulding, Jeff Gonzales, Bill Blowers, Chuck Pressburg, and others, amassing many hundreds of hours of formal shooting and tactics training. He is an NRA Pistol Instructor, a Colorado P.O.S.T. Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor, a graduate of Trident Concepts Concealed Carry Instructor course, and a Modern Samurai Project Endorsed Instructor. He also competes in USPSA and 3-gun competitions including numerous top-10 finishes at major matches and championships. He is the current USPSA Carry Optics Colorado State Champion and most recently won 3rd place in Master Class at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics National Championship.


  1. John Shriver on August 7, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I loved the discussion of concepts of safety rules. Just discussing you get a deeper appreciation of firearm safety. Thanks

    • Riley Bowman on August 13, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you, John! Glad you enjoyed the episode…and the rules!

  2. Julian on August 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Some of the traditional rules have irked me, and the revisions described here mostly addressed my objections. Nice work.

    However, I’m surprised the revised rules have not been posted in the podcast description here.

    • Riley Bowman on August 13, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      Julian, thanks for mentioning it! I meant to add the rules to the show notes, but in my hurry to get the episode published, I overlooked it! Fixing now!!!

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