Whenever you are holding a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, it is imperative that you keep it facing a safe direction. More specifically, you must obey the 180 Rule. The muzzle of your gun may NEVER break the 180-degree plane — the imaginary line that extends to your left and right on the shooting line. If you pivot your body, the line doesn’t move with you. It stays anchored to the targets and parallel with the back of the berm.
If you break the 180 Rule you may be ejected from the range. In a competitive mαtch it results in an immediate disqualification (DQ). If you are ever unsure where the 180 lies at a range or particular stage ask your Facilitator or Range Safety Officer before unbagging or unholstering your firearm.