TREAT EVERY WEAPON AS IF IT IS LOADED
Always treat every weapon as if it is loaded at all times, until it has been unloaded and checked both visually and physically for a round in the chamber. When cleaning or practicing dry fire drills, check to see that the weapon is unloaded, then move all loaded magazines and ammunition to a separate location.
KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO FIRE
The trigger finger is to be kept off the trigger, outside of the magazine well until a target has been acquired and identified and the shooter is ready to fire.
DON’T POINT THE MUZZLE AT ANYTHING YOU DON’T INTEND TO SHOOT
Never point a weapon at anything you are not ready to destroy. Maintain muzzle awareness around friendly forces and bystanders. When moving in a low-threat environment, keep the weapon slung or holstered, or in the Collapsed Low Ready position. When moving around friendly elements in a high-threat environment, keep the weapon in the Low Ready or High Ready position.
POSITIVELY IDENTIFY TARGET AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Know what is in front of, behind, and to the sides of your target. You are responsible for every bullet fired from your weapon and its final destination.