Re goes through the safety checklist at a shooting range, including eye protection, hearing protection and the four basic safety rules:
1. Act as if every gun is always loaded.
2. Don’t ever point it at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
3. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot the gun.
4. Always know your target and what’s beyond it.
According to Re, “If you don’t break these, nobody’s going to get hurt if something crazy happens.”
After he introduces the rules, Re goes over the parts of the handgun and how to load it, unload it and operate it safely. CrossFit Director of Training Dave Castro also adds his expertise on firing technique and talks about shooting with one eye or both eyes open.
Additional reading: CrossFit’s Right on Target by Dave Re, published March 29, 2009.