You should never replace safe firearm handling by trusting the safety on a firearm. A safety is a mechanical device that could fail.
- Don’t release the safety until just before you shoot.
- Even with the safety in the “on” position, be aware that a loaded handgun still may fire if the gun is dropped or struck sharply.
- Carry older single-action revolvers with the hammer down on an empty cartridge chamber.
Not all handguns have a mechanical safety. On a handgun with a safety, the safety will be located around the receiver and is usually easy to spot.
The orange outlines indicate where safeties may be located on semi-automatic pistols.