Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger

10 Commandments of Firearm Safety

Throughout our classes, we refer to each of the 10 Commandments of Firearm safety over and over again. Repetition is important. But another way to make it stick sometimes is with a humorous or quirky way of saying it.

One of these rules is “Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.” When handling the firearms in class we tell them to never put their finger inside the trigger guard area. As I’m talking to the students, I’ll state this particular rule, but then restate it in another way I have heard it.

The kids laugh because, let’s face it, the word “booger” is funny. And they can’t believe an adult used it. It sticks with them. Later, on the range, if I have to correct the way they are holding a firearm and where their hands are, I’ll ask them what the rule is. More often than not, they will smile and say “Keep my booger hook off the bang switch…”

I suggest printing this image above on an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and putting it in a sheet protector or cheap frame. Place this near the firearms in class or on the range.

I don’t care how they remember it, just that they do keep their finger away from the trigger, now and in the future. I imagine them in 20 years as they are teaching their own kids. They may not remember me, but they will hear these words and pass on the same wisdom to them.