1. Never allow your trigger finger to touch the trigger during loading.
2. Keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction during loading.
The muzzle is the front end of the barrel. When closing a break-barrel airgun after loading the pellet, hold the barrel so that it is pointing toward the ground, and raise the rear of the gun to close the breech, rather than swinging the barrel up.
3. Never rely on an ‘anti beartrap’ mechanism.
Anti-bear trap mechanisms are designed to prevent the spring airgun from discharging whilst the cocking lever is in the open position, but like safety catches, they are mechanical devices and can and do fail. However, if your airgun has an anti-bear trap mechanism and you need to make your gun safe but you cannot de- cock it, then discharge it safely into the ground a minimum of seven yards in front of you.
Please keep your finger away from the trigger until you are about to fire