From the time an individual picks up a firearm, that person becomes a part of a system over which he has complete control. He is 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.
1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
2. Firearms should be unloaded when not in use.
3. Don't rely on your gun's "safety."
4. Be sure of your target and what's behind it.
5. Use correct ammunition.
6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
9. Don't alter your gun and have your guns serviced regularly.
10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
Courtesy of Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc.