Glock has launched its annual month-long campaign to emphasize firearm safety with a hashtag, a YouTube video starring none other than the Gunny himself (R. Lee Ermey), and perhaps most importantly, an opportunity to win a brand new fourth generation Glock 17.

Their campaign is called #FollowTheFour and is intended to increase awareness of the four basic firearm safety rules every responsible gun owner should follow.  Most people who have spent time on a range are familiar with these rules, and the Gunny even questions the need for a campaign to spread “common knowledge” in the short video produced by Glock – but as another participant explains, these four rules aren’t as commonly followed as they should be.  Although accidental firearm injuries have decreased consistently over the years, hundreds of people in the United States are hurt or killed every year simply by making a mistake, and failing to adhere to those common safety rules.

SOFREP also touts the importance of firearm safety, as do many of our subscribers in the comments sections below the articles we run about the guns we love.  Spending a month re-emphasizing the four rules many of us learned in boot camp about how to properly handle a weapon may seem unnecessary to some, but if it can save the life of one person that may have grown a bit complacent in their safety standards, Glock’s hashtag effort seems well worth the digital space it’s printed on.  If you don’t feel like the refresher is for you, take heart in knowing that it may well be important for the next guy or gal that comes across it.

With that in mind, here are those four all important rules we’ve all had shouted in our faces at one time or another:

Rule Number 1: Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.

Rule Number 2: Never point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to shoot.

Rule Number 3: Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire.

Rule Number 4: Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.