Operation Of Safety

When the rifle is loaded, unless it is to be fired immediately, THE SAFETY SHOULD BE AT ITS EXTREME REARWARD POSITION with the word "SAFE" fully visible (on some older models the letter "S" appears). When operating the safety (with the thumb) the user will feel additional resistance to movement of the safety before it reaches its extreme rearward position. That resistance should not be assumed to indicate the safety is in the safe position.

Practice with an unloaded rifle, moving the safety into the "Safe" and "Fire" positions until you know the safety position's correct positions. See Figures 2 and 3, below.

WARNING: When manipulating the safety, DO NOT HAVE ANY FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD! When the safety selector is in the "Fire" position and the trigger is pulled, the rifle will fire.

The safety selector should always be in the "Safe" position except when the gun user is actually firing or unloading the rifle. The safety selector should unfailingly be moved to the "Safe" position when the gun user ceases firing.

Figure 3. Safety selector in "FIRE" (full forward) position. The safety selector should be moved to this position only when the gun user is actually firing the rifle. If you chose not to fire, immediately return the safety to the "SAFE" position shown in Figure 2. When the safety is in the "FIRE" position, it is referred to as being "off."

Figure 2. Safety selector in "SAFE" (full rearward) position. The safety selector should be in this position when the under-lever is open to load a cartridge, or to unload a live round. Whenever a cartridge is chambered, the safety selector should be in the "SAFE" position unless the rifle is to be fired immediately. Keep the safety in this position except when actually firing. (When the safety is in the "SAFE" position, it is referred to as being "on.")

Figure 3. Safety selector in "FIRE" (full forward) position. The safety selector should be moved to this position only when the gun user is actually firing the rifle. If you chose not to fire, immediately return the safety to the "SAFE" position shown in Figure 2. When the safety is in the "FIRE" position, it is referred to as being "off."

The safety selector is held in each of its positions by a spring. Therefore, the gun user should frequently check the position of the safety selector to be certain it has not been inadvertently moved. If the safety does not function properly, or if the selector seems to move too easily, or if the safety selector does not seem firmly positioned in either of its positions, stop using the rifle and return it to the Newport Product Service Department for repair (See p. 26).

A WARNING-MANUAL SAFETY

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Keep the safety on unless actually firing. Always move the safety fully to its intended position and check it. The safety has two positions -"SAFE" (also used for loading and unloading) and "FIRE." The safety is not on "SAFE" until it is "clicked" fully rearward and the word "SAFE" is fully visible. Never depend on a safety mechanism or any other mechanical device to justify careless handling or permitting the rifle to point in an unsafe direction. The only "safe" rifle is one in which the breech block is open and the chamber is empty.

KNOW HOW TO USE THE SAFETY

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