Its a good habit to get into.
Admittedly I dont do it most of the time (because when I shoot I always shoot all of the rounds and if I don't I eject the mag and clear the chamber) but its a good habit to always have the gun on safety whenever you're not actively in shooting mode.
Also I know this sounds foolish and I know you know not to point the gun anywhere except down range but its actually fairly common to get over excited and turn around with the gun in your hand.
I've seen a lot of people get excited when they finally hit the target and then spin around looking for congratulations or whatever-the-hell is going through their mind.
Seems ridiculous but it can happen.
Make it a habit to take your fsnger out of the trigger guard immediately after shooting, safety on and either set the gun down (most ranges require this I think, if its a public range) or have the gun aimed towards the ground as you stop shooting and leave the shooting area.
But wait theres more!
Make sure theres a good place to set the gun down too, I've personally dropped a $800 gun off a deck before...
As already noted most revolvers don't have a saftey, but still good advice. But i'm in the same boat i generally shoot till empty.
The following is general shooting advice garnered from my experiencing working and teaching at a shot gun sports.
Very good advice on the turning around, where i work we have a clays course and i have lost count of the number of times i have been covered with a loaded shotgun, brings goosebumps every time, because either some n00b hit a target and turned around to say something to the effect of "did you see that? I hit it!" or someone(including experienced shooters) has a problem with the gun and turns around to ask for help. Keep the muzzle down range at ALL TIMES or pointed at the ground.
The other thing is if you get a mis-fire, hang-fire or whatever else they call them these days, where you pull the trigger and nothing happens, DO NOT TURN AROUND, KEEP THE BARREL DOWN RANGE. One of my shooters blew the heck out of a drinks cooler with his 12 ga cause he got a hang fire and turned around to ask for help, luckily he turned around on the side opposite me and the other shooters.
The other thing to watch out for, though this wont really apply to a revolver, is be careful loading. We had a gentleman shooting a semi-auto shotgun who placed a round in the chamber and slid it forward into the barrel, this was fine but he forgot to close the action so after loading the mag he proceeded to load another round behind the first in the chamber and release the action, the force of the action cycling set off the second round which ignited the second blowing one load of buckshot into the ground and the other through his fingers along with a healthy helping of plastic shot casing, if he had the gun tipped any farther on its side she would have killed his trapper, but as it was he only blew the fella's hat off. That right there is some scary stuff.
Oh and don't lean through your shooting station, its there for a reason, to restrict your arc of fire. I can't count the number of people n00bs and 'experts' who i have seen lean through the station and swing their gun across those in stations beside them.
Oh and the most important bit is have fun nyt, don't worry to much about accuracy, that comes with practice.
Edited by SpeedCrazy, 12 April 2013 - 07:59 AM.