For example, his rule 2, which stated: Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Obviously, this meant guns in use, or guns that you have not verified the condition. For example, it is impossible for me to not point the muzzle of my gun at the inside top of my gun safe, or the ceiling of my gun room, or even the cushion of the chair in which I'm sitting right now with a holstered pistol. Sometimes the muzzle of the gun will cover things that you're not willing to destroy. Use common sense.
Which brings us to this little artifact, a shoe top barrel rest made by the Allen Company.
The Firearm Blog is up in the vapors about this little device.
So shooters get complacent and rest the barrel of the gun on their shoe. This accessory will help keep your shoe from getting dirty. Since the guns are single shot and typically left open they are rationalized as being safe to flag oneself. However this does violate one of the firearm safety rules. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Your foot is not a safe direction.I admit I used to see these used quite a bit at high-end trap and skeet clubs. Allen has sold thousands, if not tens of thousands of these over the years. A high-end trap or skeet gun is normally either a double barrel or single barrel, and the gun is loaded only when the shooter steps to the line. Now, a shotgun barrel is only a high-tech piece of pipe and you can see all the way down it. If you can look into the breech of the gun and see grass out the other end, then we can be pretty certain that it's not loaded.
I first saw these things used at the McBride Rod and Gun Club back in the '60s and if Allen is still making them, I'm sure that someone is using them.
While we should all be safety conscious, we should also be sensible. When people get the vapors about something like this, I ask them where they store their guns, and what they do about muzzle discipline? Or, do they just leave their guns in a rack, outside, exposed to the clear blue sky?