Introduce the safety protocol as taught in the previous module. Introduce the concept that they should self-check and of course bring no live-fire tools or other weapons into the training area. Have them do the self-check so there's no firearms ammunition or even knives or sharp/ pointy objects on their person which can cause problems down the road - for example, when they go supine on the mats.
Encourage students to have a positive mental attitude. If there is any safety violation, the students must accept the feedback and ensure they continue muzzle awareness and trigger finger discipline (keep the finger off of the trigger until ready to shoot). These rules will now be covered in detail in the next tab.
Go over the four rules of firearms and use the SIRT as a mnemonic, as shown in the video, while referencing the grip of the pistol state, do not load the pistol until ready to use/treat every firearm as if it’s loaded. Then move to the trigger; never put your finger on the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. This means not intending to discharge a round where the finger is off that trigger, not even in the trigger guard until you’re ready to shoot. Now move down to the muzzle area and describe that you never point where you’re not willing to destroy, or otherwise stated always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Note that the muzzle should be pointed in the safest direction at all times, generally down in a sul position or, on some occasions, high port. Don’t necessarily interject the specific positions at this point in an instructive manner , because it may start a line of questioning which you don’t want to engage in at this time, so a general sul position pointed down is best practice to exemplify a safe direction of orienting the pistol.
The fourth rule can be described referring to the laser’s impact, always be aware of your target and what’s behind it. This rule is extremely important for live-fire pistols, but it’s also important with SIRT Fire because in the rare event all rules broke down and somehow, someway a live-fire tool was interjected into the training area, you want to have the most suitably ballistic wall as possible to capture a round in the catastrophic unexplainable error of a live bullet firing off. At this point, describe the target area and why you chose this target area, and of course describe that this is not a force on force class at this time (exception of the possible scenarios Mo described which will be different modules downstream), and of course treat the SIRT with the respect and reverence of a live fire pistol.
While demonstrating rules, hold the pistol in a sul position, given the tacit communication as described above, where the proper way to hold and maintain a pistol in an upper high-compressed ready position.
To be utterly clear we are not saying you need to have a lifefire area to absorb live rounds on an ongoing basis. We are nearly stating out of an abundance of caution and layered safety protocols, it is best to have a ballistic wall with the ability to catch projectiles in the event of failure of all the safety set up rules.
Video of Sample Class Related to This Block
The sample videos below are to help you see how this instruction is actually taught. Now, this is not the only way to instruct, but it is shown to give you an example.