S.A.F.E. – Serious About Firearm Education
GLOCK believes gun ownership is something to be taken seriously. So we’re very serious in our commitment to gun safety, starting with the 10 rules for safe and responsible use of GLOCK products. This includes how to properly use, maintain, store, and handle your pistol.
The most important way to be safe with a firearm is training, comfort level, and experience. Learn the basics here, then locate a dealer or range near you to start practicing.
Follow the 4 Primary Rules of Firearm Safety
Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.
Never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction, away from yourself and others. A safe direction is where if the gun were to accidentally fire, it wouldn’t damage or injure anyone or anything.
Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are aligned on the target and you are ready to fire.
Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
This includes making sure nothing is beyond your target that you don't want to destroy.
Additional Safety Rules
Know your gun’s safety features.
Since the safety features of different guns can be so different, never handle any firearm without being completely familiar with how it works.
Train with all your guns.
Every gun is unique in the way it feels, handles, and fires, so it’s important to practice with every gun you own to get as comfortable and familiar with them as possible. If you go to a range or dealer and train on a regular basis, you will build muscle memory for how each gun fires, so you are natural and comfortable with each one even in stressful situations.
NOTE: Remember to always use appropriate eye and ear protection when training on the range.
Store your gun properly.
Guns placed in drawers, closets, desks, cabinets, or any other unlocked, accessible place are not secure. Always use a personal safe, or single gun lock box with a trigger lock placed on the firearm for an added layer of protection.
To learn more about safe gun storage solutions, visit a dealer near you.
Educate loved ones on gun safety.
Now that you know these basic safety guidelines, share them with your loved ones, including any children that are old enough to safely handle firearms. Bringing them to the range not only can help them get more comfortable around guns, but also shows them correct and safe use firsthand.
Ensure all users are properly trained.
Whether it’s a family member or friend, it’s essential that anyone else who will be using your gun is properly trained. Gun education, training, and classes are easy to find and affordable for both adult beginners and children over a certain age.
Both firing ranges and dealers host these classes, so both firing ranges and dealers host these classes, so click here to find a range or dealer near you. to find a range or dealer near you.
Properly maintain your gun.
Maintaining your gun not only helps it last for generations, but also keeps it functioning safely. Gun maintenance includes proper use, cleaning, lubrication, and service – for more information on the recommended cleaning and service intervals for your GLOCK, please see the Caring foR Your GLOCK page.
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Shooting TipsLearn more tips about training with your GLOCK pistol.
Visiting a RangeLearn about the what to expect when you visit a range, get tips, and more.