Gun Safety Rules
The following NRA Gun Safety Rules are to be used in conjunction
with the “DIRECTIONS and PRECAUTIONS also known as Instructions”
and “SAFETY PRECAUTIONS …FOR ULTIMATE CONSUMER”
attached to the inside of the Bridger Model CG85 Shoulder Line Gun
Kit box. If your box is missing the above mentioned line gun specific
directions and safety precautions, be sure to replace them immediately!
A plastic set is available for a nominal fee or you may request
a free PDF version.
1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that
the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not
cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where
the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common
sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along
the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not
touch the trigger.
3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device
if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening
the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear
of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect
the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who
When Using Or Storing A Gun, Always Follow These NRA Rules:
Know your target and what is beyond. Be absolutely sure you have
identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware
of the area beyond your target. This means observing your prospective
area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which
there are people or any other potential for mishap. Think first.
Know how to use the gun safely. Before handling a gun, learn how
it operates. Know its basic parts, how to safely open and close
the action and remove any ammunition from the gun or magazine. Remember,
a gun's mechanical safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can
ever replace safe gun handling.
Be sure the gun is safe to operate. Just like other tools, guns
need regular maintenance to remain operable. Regular cleaning and
proper storage are a part of the gun's general upkeep. If there
is any question concerning a gun's ability to function, a knowledgeable
gunsmith should look at it.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Only BBs, pellets,
cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired
safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on
the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed
on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot
the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.
Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Guns are loud and the
noise can cause hearing damage. They can also emit debris and hot
gas that could cause eye injury. For these reasons, shooting glasses
and hearing protectors should be worn by shooters and spectators.
Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs
before or while shooting. Alcohol, as well as any other substance
likely to impair normal mental or physical bodily functions, must
not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Many factors must be considered when deciding where and how to store
guns. A person's particular situation will be a major part of the
consideration. Dozens of gun storage devices, as well as locking
devices that attach directly to the gun, are available. However,
mechanical locking devices, like the mechanical safeties built into
guns, can fail and should not be used as a substitute for safe gun
handling and the observance of all gun safety rules.
Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities
require additional safety precautions.
Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly
and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value
and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that
it is used.
A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before
shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and
oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.
Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded.
The gun's action should be open during the cleaning process. Also,
be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.
The above gun safety rules are available at www.nra.org
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