The information contained in this manual is useful, both for beginners and experienced shooters. In addition to important information about functioning, cleaning and care of the gun, the manual contains instructions that may be very helpful in shooting properly.
The most important rule of safe gun handling is always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction!!!
The safety warnings in this booklet are important. By understanding the dangers inherent in the use of any firearm, and by taking the precautions described herein, you can enjoy complete safety in the use of your Taurus revolver or pistol. Failure to heed any of these warnings may result in serious injury to you or others, as well as severe damage to the firearm or other property.
REVOLVERS and PISTOLS are classified as FIREARMS or DANGEROUS WEAPONS and are sold by us with the specific understanding that we are not responsible in any manner whatsoever for their improper or negligent handling or resale under local laws and regulations.
TAURUS shall not be responsible in any manner whatsoever for malfunctioning of the firearm, or for physical injury or property damage, resulting in whole or in part from (1) criminal or negligent discharge, (2) Improper or careless handling, (3) unauthorized modifications, (4) defective, improper hand-loaded, or reloaded ammunition, (5) neglect, or (6) other influences beyond our direct and immediate control. This limitation applies regardless of whether liability is asserted on the basis of contract, negligence or strict liability (including any failure to warn). Under no circumstance shall Taurus be liable for incidental or consequential damages, such as loss of use of property, commercial loss and loss of earnings or profits.
Securing your firearm may inhibit access to it in a defense situation and result in injury or death.
Failure to properly secure a firearm may result in injury or death.
NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS
Regardless of your familiarity or experience with firearms, don't assume that you have no need to study this manual.
The safe handling of firearms requires specialized training, discipline and caution. Firearms, by their nature and intended function, are deadly instruments. Accidental death or serious injury can result if they are handled improperly or carelessly.
Firearms rarely cause accidents. Firearms accidents almost always are caused by a failure to obey the basic rules of gun safety. Unfortunately, experienced shooters are found to violate these rules as frequently as beginners. Thus the basics of safe firearms handling cannot be repeated too often. Read, re-read and memorize the basic principles of firearms safety until they become second nature: habits that you don't forget.
If you have any question about your knowledge or ability to use this or any other firearm with complete safety you should seek supervised instruction. Personalized instruction is often available from gun dealers, gun clubs, state hunter safety programs or police departments in the United States. If none of these sources is accessible, write to the National Rifle Association, Washington, D.C. 20036. THEY WILL ASSIST YOU.
A person with a gun in his possession has a full-time responsibility. He must KNOW how to keep and use his firearm safely, and then must always TAKE the precautions necessary -all of them. He cannot guess; he cannot forget. This responsibility is his alone, it cannot be passed off to someone else.
Remember: no gun can be made accident-proof. A gun is just a machine, with no judgement of its own. It responds to your actions, whether wise or foolish. The only truly effective safety device is the mind of a cautious shooter who never forgets that a moment's carelessness can produce permanent tragedy.
Many makes and models of firearms might look nearly the same. However, they differ widely in design and operation, and in the location and function of various controls.
Study this manual thoroughly. Educate yourself on the characteristics and operation of your particular firearm before attempting to handle it. Do not permit others to handle it - unless they also have done so.
You should have an instruction manual for every firearm you own. If you do not, write the manufacturer and obtain one. Most manufacturers will gladly send you one free. If for any reason a manual is not available, visit your public library. Many books have been published which contain detailed information on obsolete or discontinued firearms.
The Taurus handgun was designed and is made to offer the maximum of safety when correctly used. However, as with any other weapon, it is not foolproof, and may become very dangerous if the following basic recommendations are not RIGIDLY observed:
To prevent injury or death, it is imperative that you must keep your gun unloaded, uncocked and securely locked, with ammunition in a separate location. In addition, take any other reasonable steps to limit the possibility of theft, accident or suicide.
1. Never, never-ever point any gun, loaded or unloaded, at anything you do not intend to shoot.
2. Always treat every gun as if it were loaded.
3. Get instruction from a competent firearms instructor before using any gun.
4. The safety is only a mechanical device, not a substitute for common sense.
5. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are actually aiming at the target ready to shoot.
6. Be certain the gun is unloaded before cleaning.
7. Always empty guns before entering a place where there are people.
8. Never leave a loaded gun unattended.
9. Store guns and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children.
10. Don't test the safety by pulling the trigger while the safety is on unless you are absolutely sure the gun is empty and you are pointing away from everyone.
11. Be sure of your target and backstop before you shoot.
12. Guns and alcohol or drugs don't mix.
13. Never pull a gun towards you by the muzzle. Don't climb a tree or cross a fence with a loaded gun.
14. Load and unload with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
15. If a gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, keep it pointed at the target for at least 30 seconds. Sometimes slow primer ignition will cause a "hang" fire and the cartridge will go off after a short pause.
16. Never shoot at hard flat surfaces or water... bullet may ricochet.
17. When receiving a gun always check that it is unloaded (Pistols: Remove magazine and open slide to check if chamber is empty. Revolvers: Open cylinder to check if it is empty), even if you saw it done previously.
18. Never put your hand over the muzzle of a gun.
19. Check ammunition to be sure it is the right size and caliber, and that it is not dented.
20. Use a proper holster and draw only if you intend to shoot.
21. Never cock the gun until you are ready to shoot.
22. Dry firing is bad for this gun, whether the hammer block is engaged or not.
23. WHILE HANDLING ANY FIREARM, NEVER ALLOW IT TO POINT AT ANY PART OF YOUR BODY OR AT ANOTHER PERSON. NO HARM SHOULD RESULT IF YOU OBEY THIS RULE, EVEN IF AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OCCURS.
24. Revolvers have "SIDE BLAST" or "CYLINDER BLAST", hot gases and particles escaping at high speeds to the sides of the gun from the clearance gap between the cylinder and barrel. Keep people behind and away from you and keep your hands and body clear of the sides of the revolver when firing.
25. If there is any reason to suspect that a bullet is obstructing the barrel, immediately unload the firearm and look through the bore. It is not sufficient to merely look in the chamber.
26. Treat this gun as a precision instrument.
27. Old or reloaded ammunition may be dangerous. We recommend against using it.
28. Never carry any handgun in your pocket, purse or waist-band. Use a pistol case or proper holster with safety flap or strap.
29. Don't try to change your gun's trigger pull, because alteration of trigger pull usually affects sear engagement and may cause accidental discharge.
30. Write to us concerning any items or circumstances which might relate to your safety and the operation of our products.
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