Air Guns: Ten Shooting Safety Rules

Air guns are real guns, not toys. You or others can be killed or seriously injured if these rules are not followed

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
    There are several safe “carries” depending on the situation. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO POINT IN THE DIRECTION OF A PERSON.
  2. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
    You can never be positive that you were the last person to handle the gun. Never take anyone’s word about whether or not a gun is loaded. Always check a gun to see if it is loaded when removed from storage or received from another person. ALWAYS TREAT A AIR GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED EVEN IF YOU KNOW IT ISN’T.
  3. Only load or cock an air gun when you are shooting.
    A loaded air gun has no place in your home or other place.
  4. Check your target and beyond your target.
    Be sure all persons are well clear of the target area before you shoot. Check behind and beyond your target to be certain you have a safe backstop and that no person or property could be endangered.
  5. Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses.
    Also, all other persons should remain behind the shooter.
  6. Never climb or jump with a air gun.
    You can’t control the direction of the muzzle if you stumble or fall. You should safely lay the air gun down or hand it to a companion while you climb or jump over anything.
  7. Avoid ricochet.
    Never shoot at a flat hard surface or at the surface of water. Ammunition can ricochet off of water just like a skipped rock.
  8. Keep the muzzle clear.
    Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a air gun. Don’t allow the muzzle to come in contact with the ground.
  9. Air Guns not in use should always be unloaded.
    Keeping air guns unloaded when not in use is critical to the safety of you and others. When you are finished shooting, put the trigger safety in the “on” position and unload the gun. Store air guns so that they are inaccessible to untrained shooters and store pellets separately from the air gun.
  10. Respect other people’s property.
    Whether you’re target shooting or hunting, if you’re a guest on others’ land, you should leave it exactly as you found it.

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