BE SAFE NOT SORRY.
Safety is the most important factor involved in any shooting sport and air gun shooting is no exception. An air gun is not a toy and rules apply to the ownership and use of them. Time spent learning to shoot safely and responsibly will allow you to use your air gun enjoyably for years to come.
A moments stupidity or carelessness could cause injury either to yourself or another person. To avoid this follow the rules below:
- Always treat an air gun as if it is loaded.
- Always store your air gun securely in a safe place.
- Make sure it is unloaded and not cocked.
- It is often best to store ammunition separately.
- Remember to never load an air gun until it is safe to fire it.
- Never point an air gun at anyone, even when unloaded!
- Never carry a loaded air gun in public. An air gun is classed as loaded when it has a pellet in the breach, it does not have to be cocked to be loaded.
- Do not ever touch somebody else’s air gun without their permission.
- Always check that an air gun is unloaded when you first pick it up.
- Never let young children use an air gun unsupervised.
There may seem a lot of rules, however they are easy to keep and should be implemented. They are best practice. Learning them and teaching them to others will ensure that you enjoy many years of safe shooting and if they are taught from the beginning then they become the hard and fast rules which are not forgotten.