Be A Safe Shooter

• Never let water, snow, mud or other material enter the barrel.

• Never pull a gun towards you by the muzzle. Do not climb a tree or cross a fence or ditch with a loaded gun.

• Guns and alcohol or drugs do not mix. Do not use them before or during shooting activities.

• Get instructions from a competent firearms instructor before using any gun.

• Always keep and carry your rifle with an empty chamber until you intend to shoot.

• Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. This means the chamber is empty and the magazine is removed.

• When receiving a gun always open the action and check that it is unloaded.

• Load the gun only when on the range preparing to fire, and unload it before leaving the range.

• Load and unload with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

• Be certain the gun is unloaded before cleaning.

• Always empty guns before entering a house, car, truck, boat, RV, camp or any building.

• Never leave a loaded gun unattended.

• Store guns and ammunition separately beyond the reach of children.

• Never place a gun where it could fall and fire.

• Children do not really believe that guns can kill. Keep every gun secure so kids can not get to it. If a child finds your gun and plays with it, tragedy may result.

• Use a rifle case with safety flap or strap when transporting your M1A.

• Old or reloaded ammunition may be dangerous. Use only clean, dry, original, high-quality, commercially manufactured ammunition.

• Many ammunition identifications sound similar. Make sure you use the right size ammunition in your gun.

• If a gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, keep it pointed at the target for at least 10 seconds before removing the cartridge from the chamber. Sometimes slow primer ignition will cause a "hang-fire" and the cartridge will go off after a short pause.

• Spectators should be 10 feet behind and away from the shooter while loading, firing and unloading.

• Always wear protective eyewear when shooting or near shooting activities.

• Always wear hearing protection when shooting, at a shooting range, or near shooting activities.

• Never shoot at hard flat surfaces, the ground, water or rocks...bullets will ricochet unpredictably.

• Do not alter or modify your gun, and have guns serviced regularly.

• Do not attempt to change your gun's trigger pull, because alterations of trigger pull usually affect sear engagement and may cause accidental firing.

• Stop using your gun if it fails to function properly. Have the gun examined by a competent gunsmith.

• Do not "horseplay" with a gun. Your gun can not think...but you can. Firearm safety depends on you.

• Use a gun lock when gun is not in use and store firearms in a secure place.

• Never assume or take someone's word that a gun is unloaded. Always check it yourself.

• Always carry a gun so you can control the direction of the muzzle in the event you fall or stumble.

• Never transfer a gun to someone who is not legally permitted to possess it or who might use it unlawfully.

• Know and obey all laws of firearms ownership.

• Write to Springfield concerning any items which you do not understand and which might relate to your safety and the operation of any of our products.

Always wear eye and ear protection when using any firearm. Safety and instruction manuals are available from Springfield, Inc.


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