SAFE GUN HANDLING
1. Never point you airgun at anything that you don’t intend to shoot.
You NEVER point your air rifle at your mates when playing cowboys and indians, EVER.
2. Always treat an airgun as though it were loaded. Develop an awareness of where the barrel is pointing, and ensure that it is always aiming in a safe direction – toward the ground.
Safe gun handling comes from a state of mind in which you have a constant awareness of where the barrel is pointing, without conscious effort. This isn’t something you can achieve simply by reading about it; you have to develop the awareness by keeping it at the forefront of your mind whenever you have the airgun in your possession, until it becomes second nature.
3. Do not load your airgun until you are ready to fire it and are sure that the shot will be safe.
A significant proportion of airgun accidents occur when the person in control of the airgun wrongly believes it to be unloaded, usually after it was loaded in the vague anticipation of a shot that was not taken. If you load your airgun and don’t take the expected shot, discharge it in a safe direction, preferably into the ground a minimum of seven yards in front of you.
4. Never rely on a safety catch to make an airgun ‘safe’.
Safety mechanisms are mechanical devices that can and do fail. The ONLY way to make a loaded airgun safe is to discharge it in a safe direction, such as into the ground. 5. Never put a loaded airgun down. Always safely discharge your airgun before putting it down to ensure that it cannot be fired. 6. Never leave your airgun unattended. You can never be sure who might pick it up.
7. On picking up an airgun, the first thing to do is to make sure it’s unloaded.
Even if it’s your own gun, and you checked it was unloaded before putting it down. Get into the habit of checking, just in case someone else has loaded it whilst your back was turned.
8. Before pulling the trigger, consider where the pellet might travel if you miss the target, or if it is a through-and-through shot, don’t shoot unless the shot is perfectly safe in all circumstances.
A pellet can travel hundreds of yards, so look beyond the target to ensure that the shot will be safe. Also consider the possibility of a ricochet, which changes the direction and elevation of the pellet’s travel.
Never point a rifle at anybody, even if it isn’t loaded, like this one