1 ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE OF YOUR RIFLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION. Do this even though you are certain the gun is unloaded. Never point any firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Be extremely alert and aware of all persons and property within the range of your ammunition.
2 THIS RIFLE'S HALF-COCK NOTCH IS SIMPLY A HAMMER POSITION THAT MAY CATCH A HAMMER THAT SLIPS FROM YOUR THUMB WHILE COCKING (PROVIDING THE TRIGGER IS NOT DEPRESSED). It should not be taken as an assurance it will be caught all the time. You should never trust the half-cock hammer position to function as a safety. An excessive, abusive pull on the trigger could still cause the hammer to fall. Also, while the half-cock notch may frequently catch a hammer that slips from your thumb while cocking the rifle (provided the trigger is not depressed), the half-cock notch is NOT a safety and should not be relied upon to always catch the hammer. No guarantee can be made that the half-cock notch will prevent the hammer from striking the firing pin.
When the hammer is in the full cocked position, the inertia firing pin is positioned to the rear until it is struck by a forcible blow from the forward motion of the hammer.
3 THE FOLDED-HAMMER POSITION OF THE HAMMER IS ONLY AN EXTRA MEASURE OF SAFETY. It is designed to put your rifle in a SAFER status. However, like any mechanical device, it can sometimes be jarred or unintentionally manipulated into an unsafe condition. Safe gun handling does not stop with the folded hammer position of your rifle. This is an aid to safe gun handling and is no excuse for pointing the muzzle in an unsafe direction.
ALWAYS TREAT YOUR RIFLE AS THOUGH IT WERE LOADED AND READY TO FIRE.
4 ALWAYS KEEP YOUR LIGHTNING BLR OR LIGHTWEIGHT '81 BLR IN THE FOLDED HAMMER POSITION AND YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER, EVEN IF YOU ARE CERTAIN THE RIFLE IS UNLOADED. Chamber a round only when preparing for a situation where shooting is imminent. When you place a round in the chamber, immediately make sure the hammer is in the half-cock position with the tip of the hammer folded forward. The preferred carrying and storage status for the Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR is with the chamber empty and with the hammer in the half-cock position and with the tip of the hammer folded forward.
5 WHENEVER YOU HANDLE A FIREARM, OR HAND IT TO SOMEONE, ALWAYS OPEN THE ACTION IMMEDIATELY, VISUALLY CHECK YOUR FIREARM'S CHAMBER, FEED MECHANISM AND MAGAZINE. Make certain that they do not inadvertently contain any ammunition. Always keep the chamber empty and the hammer in the half-cock position with the hammer folded forward unless shooting is imminent.
WARNING: WHEN YOU ENGAGE THE FOLD-DOWN HAMMER, KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER.
6 DO NOT TRANSPORT YOUR FIREARM LOADED, WHETHER IN A SCABBARD, GUN CASE, OR OTHER CONTAINER.
7 HUNTING FROM ELEVATED SURFACES SUCH AS TREE STANDS IS DANGEROUS. Doing so may increase the risk of mishandling a firearm. You, and those you hunt with, should be sure to observe the following rules: 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 from the stand; always make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand, or dropped while it is being taken up or down from the stand. Remember, even with the hammer in the half-cock position and the hammer folded forward, a loaded firearm may discharge when dropped.
8 BEWARE OF BARREL OBSTRUCTIONS. Do this for the safety of both your gun and yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other objects may lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest barrel.
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, LOWER THE LEVER TO OPEN THE ACTION. THEN, CHECK THAT NO LIVE ROUND IS IN THE CHAMBER AND THAT THE MAGAZINE AND FEED MECHANISMS ARE COMPLETELY EMPTY.
After assuring yourself that the firearm is completely empty, and with the action open, look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch as described in "Cleaning Suggestions" later in this manual.
Before the first firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the action/chamber areas.
Your responsibilities do not end when your firearm is unattended. Store your gun and ammunition separately — well beyond the reach of children. Take all precautions to ensure that your gun does not get into untrained, inexperienced or unwelcomed hands.
10 USE THE PROPER AMMUNITION.The Browning Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR are available in many different calibers. It is important to use the correct ammunition for your particular rifle. The proper caliber for your rifle is inscribed on the right side of the barrel.
You can safely shoot ballistically superior pointed bullets, since the Lightning BLR and Lightweight '81 BLR have a box magazine and not a tubular one.
The barrel and action of this rifle have been made with substantial safety margins over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. However, Browning assumes no liability for accidents which occur through the use of cartridges that have nonstandard dimensions or that develop pressures in excess of the commercially available ammunition that has been loaded in accordance with industry standards established by SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute). BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF AMMUNITION MALFUNCTION.
If you detect an off sound or light recoil when a cartridge is fired, fully unload your firearm's chamber, feed mechanism, and magazine. With the action open, glance down the barrel to make sure that an obstruction does not remain in the barrel. Completely clear the barrel before loading and firing again.
11 MAKE SURE OF ADEQUATE VENTILATION IN THE AREA THAT YOU DISCHARGE A FIREARM. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE TO AMMUNITION OR CLEANING A FIREARM. Lead exposure can be obtained from discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling ammunition. Lead is a substance that has been known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious injury.
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