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position. The rifle is in the "on safe" position when the manual safety is moved fully to the right.

* ACTION: The mechanism of a firearm which loads and secures the cartridge in the chamber.

Your Model 63 rifle is designed with a cross bolt type safety. It is located just rearward o f the trigger on the trigger guard: convenient for gloved or ungloved fingers (see Figure 10). It is essential that you become very familiar with the feel, look and operation of the safety on this rifle before attempting to load or shoot. With the safety in the "ON SAFE" position the trigger is blocked and the rifle cannot be fired with a normal pull of the trigger. In the "OFF SAFE" position — if your gun is loaded with a round in the chamber — the chambered round can be fired by simply squeezing the trigger.

• "ON SAFE". The safety button is pushed fully to the right (see Figure 10). The red band on the left side is NOT showing.

•"OFF SAFE". The safety button is pushed fully to the left. A large red band is exposed on the button as it protrudes on the left side (see Figure 11). The red band is an added aid to safe gun handling.

FIGURE 10

FIGURE 10

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FIGURE 11

FIGURE 11

However, with time and exposure to the elements it can wear off.

Never rely totally on your gun's safety button. It is merely an aid to safe gun handling. Like any mechanical device the safety can possible fail: it can be jarred or inadvertently manipulated into an unsafe condition. Always keep your rifle pointed in a safe direction.

THIS MECHANISM WILL NOT NECESSARILY PREVENT THE ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE OF THIS FIREARM AS A RESULT OF JARRING OR ABUSE SUCH AS OCCURS WHEN A FIREARM IS DROPPED.

At all times in the field keep the safety in the "ON SAFE" position and the barrel pointed in a safe direction. It is a good idea never to load your rifle until you are in the field and shooting is imminent or, if you are at a range, until it is your turn to shoot. For extra safety, and as a courtesy to others, always keep your rifle's muzzle pointing down range. At any range (or around any other people, even when hunting), unless shooting is actually in progress, always keep the action locked open at all times (see procedures under "How to Operate the Action"). It is a proper gun handling practice to place your rifle in a

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