DRY-FIRING: Going through the actions of cocking, aiming, and pulling the trigger of an unloaded gun is known as "Dry Firing." It can be useful to learn the "feel" of your revolver. Be certain the revolver is unloaded and that the gun is pointing in a safe direction even when practicing by dry-firing. The Ruger New Model revolvers can be dry-fired without damage to the firing pin or other components.
"FANNING": NEVER fan any revolver. Fanning is an unsafe way to fire a gun and it is abusive to the revolver mechanism.
A WARNING-SAFE CARRYING POSITION
Never carry revolvers cocked!
The safe carrying position for the New Vaquero Revolver is with the hammer fully down and the trigger forward. In this position the hammer does not contact the firing pin. See page 10. In older (1953-1972) single action revolvers, the hammer, when in the full forward position, does rest against the firing pin.
Accordingly, never carry an "old model" revolver with the hammer fully forward and the cartridge in line with the firing pin because a light blow to the hammer can readily cause discharge. It is always safest to carry the hammer down over an empty chamber regardless of the revolver type. See page 29 for details about our free safety conversion offer for "old model" Ruger Single Action Revolvers.
ALWAYS CARRY NEW MODEL SINGLE ACTIONS WITH HAMMER DOWN.
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