GUNS SHOULD NOT BE STORED LOADED!
USE THE LOCKING DEVICE SUPPLIED WITH THE RIFLE FOR STORAGE.
Do not store the rifle in a leather case or scabbard. Leather attracts moisture, even though it may appear to be dry.
With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, remove the magazine, open the bolt, and check the chamber to be sure the rifle is completely unloaded! Remove the trigger housing screw and pivot the trigger housing forward and out of the stock. The trigger housing assembly contains most of the firing mechanism.
Store the rifle and the trigger housing assembly in different locations. When disassembled in this manner, the rifle is inoperable. It is impossible to fire the rifle until the trigger housing assembly has been correctly replaced into the rifle.
To reassemble the rifle for firing, reinstall the trigger housing and replace the trigger housing screw to secure the trigger housing to the receiver. Check to be sure the bolt, trigger, and safety mechanisms can be operated fully and freely. The rifle is now reassembled and can be loaded and fired normally.
While the rifle is less likely to be used by unauthorized persons when disassembled in the above manner, it is always safest to store a firearm with the supplied locking device correctly installed, or to store the firearm in a gun safe or other secure location, away from children and unauthorized adults. Guns should always be stored securely, unloaded and separate from their ammunition.
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