Follow the Rules or You’ll Get Your Finger Shot Off…or Worse (Video)

How difficult is it…REALLY…to follow Colonel Jeff Coopers 4 simple rules to firearm safety?

They’ve been around for DECADES so they should be ingrained in every gun owner and should be instilled in new gun owners before they ever pick up their first firearm.

The rules that go like this:

  • All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  • Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  • Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
  • Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

Nearly every negligent discharge that I have ever heard of is due to the failure of a person following one or more of these rules.

In the following video you will see 2 people ignoring these rules that, fortunately, only resulted in the loss of a finger.

Let’s go over all of the fail that we see in this video shall we?

First, the clerk hands the officer a loaded weapon.  The clerk didn’t check to see if it was loaded, didn’t pull back the slide or drop the magazine.  He just picked it up from under the glass and handed it to the officer.

I’m actually willing to give a small pass to the clerk with regards to the question of whom should get the lion’s share of the blame for this; only because the actions of the officer are so idiotic and foolish that one can say that between his finger and the lives of those people at the end of the counter, he got off lucky.

Feel free to watch the video once more.  This cop is a jack ass.  He holds the gun with his finger on the trigger, has his other hand over the muzzle and just keeps pulling the trigger without ever checking to see if it was loaded.  He’s damn lucky that he didn’t kill the guy in blue jeans at the end of the counter.

What exactly was Barney Fife actually looking for, to see if the trigger worked?

So he shoots the tip of his finger off and I will once again say he is damn lucky he didn’t murder anyone by his carelessness.

Yet, since we live in a world where people think the results of their idiocy is someone else’s fault, former Glasgow Police Officer Darrell Smith is suing the gun shop, Barren Outdoors, for an undisclosed amount of money.

Smith reportedly lost his job from the injury, but he may have just as easily been fired for nearly killing an innocent bystander by his own carelessness.

What is known is that in the deposition, Smith lied and stated that the gun “accidentally” went off…with his finger on the trigger…pulling it.  That is NOT an accident, that is negligence and while I do believe the shop and clerk have some SMALL responsibility in this matter, it would be very limited as Smith himself did everything wrong in order to put himself at 9 digits.

The closest thing I could think of would be buying a car and driving it to the desert and running out of gas because you ASSUMED that it had a full tank without ever looking at the fuel gauge.  You get heat stroke and severe sun burn and then you sue the car dealership for not giving you a full tank even though it is SO easy to just look and check yourself.

Smith actually has the gall to put into his lawsuit that the store employee didn’t do a safety check to ensure the gun was unloaded, therefore he is suing for negligence.  How about your own negligence Mr. Smith.  I mean, who flashes their own hand and pulls the trigger?  I learned when I got my first gun that I never treat it as unloaded, even without the magazine in and the slide locked back.  To do otherwise is to invite bad habits…habits that will be paid for in blood.

I hope that Smith loses his case because if he simply followed Cooper’s 4 rules he’d still have a job and all of his fingers.

Perhaps it’s just the arrogance that some police officers have since they are so well “trained.”  The Smith story reminded me of another officer from a few years ago who negligently shot himself in a classroom full of children…right after crowing about how well trained he was.

And I quote: “I’m the only one, in this room, professional enough that I know of who can carry this Glock .40”  BANG

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.  I wouldn’t be laughing if he killed himself but since it was just a leg wound it’s funny.  Humor that is only exacerbated by the arrogance of the officer.  A good lesson for gun owners to heed.  Don’t become arrogant with your firearms, you are only one trigger pull away from disaster.

This video was one of the reasons I never cared for Glocks.

Suffice it to say…this officers “professionalism” aside…follow Coopers 4 Rules and you probably won’t shoot yourself like an idiot and end up on youtube.


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