Safety and Training


Guns are dangerous when they are not handled or used properly and can easily injure you or those around you. There are no second chances with a gun and the rules for safe gun handling must always be followed to avoid accidents.

The 12 Golden rules for Safe Gun Handling

  1. Always treat the gun as loaded.
  2. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  3. Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
  5. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  6. Never point the gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy.
  7. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
  8. Always use proper Ammunition.
  9. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
  10. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
  11. Don’t rely on the gun’s safety to keep it from firing.
  12. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don’t trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.

Range Safety

  1. Follow the 12 golden rules.
  2. Know and follow all the rules of the Shooting Range.
  3. If a Range Master is present,LISTEN and do what the Range Master tells you to do. Otherwise YOU are the Range Master.
  4. Uncase and case your gun at the shooting bench, never behind the safety line.
  5. Always keep the barrel pointed down range.
  6. Always keep the gun on safe until you intend to shoot.
  7. Targets are only paper, card board or clay. No exceptions.
  8. Always wear proper eye and ear protection when shooting.
  9. Never shoot at water or hard surfaces.
  10. Regardless of capacity:
    1. On the Shotgun fields, one round at a time in the shotgun, unless the game being played requires two. Never more.
    2. On the pistol and rifle ranges, indoor or out, no more than five (5) rounds in a magazine.
      1. Only exception is in certain training classes.



Jerry Gallo, DBA On Target Firearms Training, is offering various training classes to qualified citizens at Reading Rifle and Revolver. Jerry served over 34 years as a Special Agent with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF,) including 15 years on the Special Response Team, and has conducted scores of law enforcement operations and executive protection missions. Jerry’s highly specialized law enforcement training and experience led to his position as the ATF’s Lead Firearms Instructor in New England, training federal, state, and local police.

Jerry is now certified by the Massachusetts State Police and the NRA and instructs a wide variety of firearms and safety courses.

For more information about our training opportunities, please contact Jerry Gallo at:


(617) 593-7475

Or visit his website at