You Are Responsible For Firearms Safety:
As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. I low seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all times handle your BL-22 and any other firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger.
READ AND UNDERSTAND THE PROPER HANDLING AND INSTRUCTION PROCEDURES OUTLINED IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE USING YOUR NEW FIREARM.
1 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR BL-22 POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. Never point your gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
2 ALWAYS KEEP THE HAMMER OF YOUR BL-22 IN THE DROPPED POSITION AND YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER, even if you are certain the rifle is unloaded. While you should never rely on the dropped hammer position to function as a "safety", it is the preferred carrying position for the hammer on the BL-22.
No guarantee can lie made that at some time, the dropped hammer position will not prevent the firearm from firing.
Like any mechanical device it can sometimes fail and can be jarred or inadvertently manipulated into an unsafe condition. When the BL-22 is stored or cased the hammer should always be placed in the dropped position.
Safe gun handling does not stop with your gun's mechanical "safety" devices. It starts there. Always treat your firearm with the respect due a loaded, ready-to-fire gun.
3 DO NOT USE A HAMMER SPUR.
A hammer spur could result in a malfunction and possibly create a hazardous condition.
4 WHENEVER YOU HANDLE YOUR BL-22, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE, ALWAYS OPEN THE ACTION IMMEDIATELY and visually check the chamber, receiver cavity and magazine to be certain they do not contain any cartridges.
5 DO NOT TRANSPORT YOUR BL-22 LOADED, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR OTHER CONTAINER.
6 BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS. When preparing to shoot your BL-22. open the action and inspect the chamber. BE CERTAIN NO LIVE ROUND IS IN THE CHAMBER. Glance down the barrel to be sure it is clear of anv obstruction. It takes only a small obstruction to dangerously increase pressures. Before the first firing, clean the lx>re with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the chamter and around the action. See "Care and Cleaning" on page 11.
7 BE CERTAIN YOUR RIFLE IS UNLOADED BEFORE CLEANING. Because so many gun accidents occur when a firearm is being cleaned, special and extreme care should be taken to be sure your gun is unloaded before disassembly, cleaning and reassembly. Keep ammunition away from the cleaning location. Never test the mechanical function of anv firearm with live ammunition.
8 ALWA YS UNLOAD YOUR GUN WHEN NOT IN USE. Your responsibilities do not end when your firearm is unattended. Store your gun and ammunition separately and well beyond the reach of children.
Take all safeguards to insure your gun does not become available to untrained, inexperienced or unwelcome hands.
9 USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION. The barrel and action of this rifle have been made with substantial safety margins over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless, Browning assumes no liability for accidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimensions or which develop pressures in excess of commercially available ammunition which has been loaded in accordance with standards established by SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute).
10 EXAMINE EVERY CARTRIDGE YOU PUTIN YOUR BL-22. The caliber is inscribed on the right side of the barrel. Your BL-22 is designed to shoot 22 Long Rifles, Lotigs and Shorts. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for the use of unsafe or improper amis and ammunition combinations. It is your
responsibility to read and heed all warnings in this instruction manual and on ammunition boxes.
Serious injury to yourself and damage to your gun may result from improper cartridge use.
11 DO NOT SNAP THE HAMMER ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER — THE CHAMBER MA Y NOT BE EMPTY!
Treat ever)' gun with the respect due a loaded gun, even though you are certain the gun is unloaded.
12 KEEP YOUR FINGER AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER WHILE UNLOADING AND LOADING - UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.
13 BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND BACKSTOP, particularly during low light periods. Know the range of your ammunition. Never shoot at water or hard objects.
14 HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH
AS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS and may
increase the risk of mishandling your firearm. The following rules should always be observed by you and those you hunt with: Always make certain that the stand being used is safe and stable; Always make certain that your firearm is unloaded when it is being taken up and down the stand; Always make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand, or dropped while it is being taken up or down the stand. Remember, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped, even with the safety on.
15 DROPPING YOUR BL-22 WHEN LOADED CAN CAUSE AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE EVEN WITH THE HAMMER IN THE DROPPED POSITION. Be extremely careful while hunting or during any shooting activity, to avoid dropping any firearm.
16 ALWAYS UNLOAD YOUR RIFLE'S CHAMBER AND OPEN THE BOLT BEFORE CROSSING A FENCE, CLIMBING A TREE, JUMPING A DITCH OR NEGOTIATING OTHER OBSTACLES. Never lean or place your BL-22 against or on a fence, tree, car or other similar object.
17 IF YOUR BL-22 FAILS TO FIRE, KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
Hold this position for a minimum of 30 seconds. Carefully open the action and remove the cartridge. If the rim (primer) is indented, the cartridge should Ik* disposed of in a way that cannot cause harm. If the rim (primer) is not indented, your firearm should be examined by
a Browning Recommended Sen-ice Center and the cause of the malfunction should Ix? corrected before further use.
18 WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING. Unprotected, repeated exposure to gunfire can cause hearing damage. Wear hearing protectors to protect your ears from loud noise and shooting glasses to protect your eyes from flying particles. Also, wear eye protection when disassembling and cleaning your rifle to prevent the possibility of springs, spring- tensioned parts, solvents or other agents from contacting your eyes.
19 BE DEFENSIVE AND ON GUARD AGAINST UNSAFE GUN HANDLING AROUND YOU AND OTHERS. Don't be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe other shooters violating any of these safety precautions, politely suggest safer handling practices.
Barrel Front Sight Muzzle
t Magazine (closed) Loading Port
Barrel Front Sight Muzzle t Magazine (closed) Loading Port
20 SUPERVISE AND TEACH FIREARMS SAFETY TO ALL MEMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY—
especially to children and nonshooters. Closely supervise newcomers to the shooting sports. Encourage enrollment in hunting/shooting safety courses.
21 NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE ANY TYPE OF DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING. Your vision and judgement could l)e dangerously impaired, making your gun handling unsafe to you or to others.
22 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE — A VOID UNA U-THORIZED SERVICING. Your BL-22 is a mechanical device which will not last forever, and as such, is subject to wear and requires periodic inspection, adjustment, and service. Like all Browning firearms, your BL-22 should be serviced by a Browning Recommended Serv ice Center or by Browning's service facility in Arnold. Missouri. Browning cannot assume any responsibility for injuries suffered or caused by lack of servicing or unauthorized servicing, alterations or modifications of Browning firearms.
IT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS TO ALTER THE TRIGGER OR OTHER FIRING MECHANISM PARTS OF THIS OR ANY OTHER FIREARM.
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