Always follow the safety instructions for your safety and the safety of others.
1. Always handle your firearm as if it were loaded.
2. Never point your firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot.
3. Never take anyone's word that a gun is unloaded.
4. Always make sure that your firearm is not loaded before laying it down, or handing it to another person.
5. Always store your rifle unloaded with the striking mechanism released.
6. Never abuse your firearm by using it for any purpose other than shooting.
8. Prior to loading the firearm make sure that barrel bore, chamber, and action are clean and clear of obstructions. Clean a dirtied firearm immediately so that it will function properly and safely.
9. Always use only clean, dry, original high quality commercially manufactured ammunition, which is appropriate to the caliber of your firearm.
10. Never drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs before or during shooting.
11. Always wear safety glasses and ear protection during shooting whenever possible.
12. Always keep the safety on when the rifle is loaded with a cartridge in the chamber, until you are ready to fire. Keep firearm pointed in a safe direction when disengaging the safety.
13. Always keep clear and keep others clear of the ejection port.
14. Never squeeze the trigger or put your finger in the trigger guard until you are aiming at a target and ready to shoot.
15. Always be absolutely sure of your target, and the area behind it, before you squeeze the trigger. A bullet could travel through or past your target up to several hundreds of meters.
16. Never shoot at a hard surface such as rock, or a liquid surface such as water.
17. Never fire your firearm near an animal unless it is trained to accept the noise.
18. Never indulge in "horseplay" while holding your firearm.
19. Failure to fire: always hold the firearm, keeping it pointed towards the target, or a safe open area and wait 30 seconds when the firearm fails to fire. If a hangfire (slow ignition) has occurred, the round will fire within 30 seconds. If the round does not fire, remove the magazine, eject the round and examine the primer; if the firing pin indent on the primer is light, or non-existent, have the firearm examined by a competent gunsmith.
20. Always make sure your firearm is not loaded before cleaning, storing or travelling.
21. Always keep and store your firearm and ammunition in separate locked receptacles out of reach and sight of children and untrained people.
22. Never alter any parts of your rifle as the safety and proper function of your rifle could be seriously compromised.
23. Always be aware that corrosion, use of damaged ammunition, dropping the rifle on hard surfaces or other "coarse treatment" could cause a damage you may not see. If something like this happens let the firearm to be examined and tested by a competent gunsmith.
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