Learn and Use the Vital Four Acts of Firearms Safety:
Assume every firearm is loaded.
Control the muzzle direction at all times.
Trigger finger must be off trigger and outside the trigger guard.
See the firearm is unloaded - PROVE it safe.
Point the firearm in the safest available direction.
Remove all cartridges.
Observe the chamber.
Verify the feeding path.
Examine the bore. The firearm is now unloaded and safe.
4 ‘C’s Loading Procedure:
(A Closed Action allows Cartridges In when I Cycle the Action Safely)