Are you clear?

In your firearms safety training, there will undoubtedly be times where you have to clear your firearm.  Be it pistol or rifle, the premise of the process is the same.  Thanks to your buddies at PSA, we will give you a quick resource to some safety tips as it pertains to clearing your firearm!!

PSA instructors teach a simple 5 step process to clearing your firearm:

  1.  Remove the magazine;
  2.  Lock the slide (or bolt) to the rear-most position;
  3.  Using a digit (or two), ensure that the magazine well , chamber, and breach face are clear;
  4.  Consciously look away from the firearm (ensuring that the muzzle remain in a safe direction);
  5.  Repeat step 3

Training using this clearing process will eventually become muscle memory, and become a natural part of your firearms handling.  Although we may know that the pistol is clear, it is still ALWAYS good practice to ensure that the trigger finger remains OFF of the trigger during the clearing process.

chamber check
**Using a digit, ensure that the chamber is empty
breech face check
**Using a digit, ensure that the breech face is clear
mag well check
**Using a digit (or two), ensure that the magazine well is empty

***  If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.  

We want to thank you for taking out the time to stop by our lane at the shooting range!!  We hope that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you stop back by early and often to catch up on all PSA updates!  We truly hope that we were able to hit the target, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot them our way!!  We look forward to shooting the breeze with you soon again!!

And as always….remember to watch your six and stay low!!!


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