Handling Warning

Do not load the rifle until you are ready to use it, and unload it immediately when you have completed shooting.

Do not chambcr a cartridge until you arc in the immediate area where you plan to shoot. Never carry the rifle loaded with the safety in the fire position.

The rifle should be carried and handled so it will not be dropped or struck. With the safety off, the rifle is in the ready-to-fire mode. Therefore, as in any firearm, any blow or jar which Is of sufficient force to actuate components of the firing mechanism may cause a chambered cartridge to discharge. Such a discharge can occur with or without the trigger being directly struck or touched.

Never rest a loaded rifle against any object (wall, fence, vchiclc, tree, ctc.) because there is always the possibility that the rifle will be jarred or slide from its position and fall with sufficient force to discharge.

Never store a firearm in such a manner that it may be pulled from a shelf or 'hidden place' as some other item is moved.

The shooter should always be alert to the possibility of accidental discharge regardless of the position of the safety. The only safe rifle is one in which the bolt is open and the magazine and chambcr are empty.

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