Practice Safe Storage
Mossberg encourages all gun owners to develop a secure storage solution that works for their circumstances and prevents unauthorized use. To assist in that effort, we include a free gun lock with every firearm shipped, and are proud supporters of efforts such as Project ChildSafe. To learn more about securing your firearm and tips on how to talk to your child about firearms, please visit www.projectchildsafe.org.
Firearms and Suicide Prevention
Mossberg supports the partnership between the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) that works to build and implement public education resources about suicide prevention and firearms for firearm retailers, shooting ranges and the firearms-owning community. This partnership supports the AFSP’s Project 2025 goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20 percent by 2025. For more information, please visit www.afsp.org.
Safety and Safe Firearms Handling is Everyone’s Responsibility
From the time an individual picks up a firearm, that person becomes a part of a system over which they have complete control. They are the only part of the system that can make a gun safe – or unsafe.
Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. A firearm owner’s manual is intended to make them even safer, by re-emphasizing and reaffirming the basics of safe gun handling and storage, and by reminding shooters that they are the key to firearms safety.
You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in hunter safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and nonshooters. Newcomers in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted.
Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, you have an obligation to suggest better handling practices. Please read these rules carefully and follow the safety procedures outlined. Firearm safety is up to you. Make no mistake about it.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Firearms should be unloaded when not in use.
- Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety.”
- Be sure of your target and what’s behind it.
- Use correct ammunition.
- If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
- Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
- Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
- Don’t alter your gun and have your guns serviced regularly.
- Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
Courtesy of Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.