Security Guard Shoots Himself

Security Guard Shoots Himself

Ay, Caramba! This security guard just makes me shake my head. The rules of firearms safety are ALL THE TIME rules at Active Self Protection, and this is why!



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Original video of the security guard is available in our Instructor Development Portal.


What does this security guard teach us about firearms safety?


  1. Whether you prefer to articulate them as Colonel Cooper’s four rules or the NRA’s three rules (I have a discussion of my preference here: if you want to read it), the rules of firearms safety ALWAYS apply. They are never inappropriate, and this security guard shows us why.
  2. Administrative handling of your firearm is always a dangerous time. This security guard shoots himself not while protecting himself, but while working on de-cocking the gun repeatedly! One of the ways to minimize the risk of shooting yourself is to minimize your administrative firearm handling. Leave your defensive firearm alone!


  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Note to self: your thigh is NOT a safe direction. Period. End of subject. Had the guard simply pointed the gun in a safe direction, he would have had a negligent discharge (a bad thing to be sure) but not a trip to the hospital.


  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. This looks like a double-action revolver, and so it doesn’t NEED to be cocked and de-cocked to be used effectively. This means the security guard was putting his finger on the trigger just to play with his gun. That’s dumb.


  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep firearms unloaded until they’re in use. If a firearm is being used as a defensive tool it should be kept loaded because it’s in use. But the second you’re going to administratively handle your firearm, UNLOAD IT. Had the security guard unloaded his firearm before working on his hammer release, he wouldn’t have shot himself.


  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This security guard needed first aid immediately!

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at



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