IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THESE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS BE THOROUGHL Y STUDIED BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM TO ASSURE PROPER AND SAFE FIREARM HANDLING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS OR FAILURE TO OBEY ANY SAFETY WARNING MA Y RESULT IN INJURY TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS, OR CAUSE DAMAGE TO YOUR FIREARM.
As a firearm owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between life and death. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all times handle your shotgun and any other firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger.
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE CAUTIONS, PROPER HANDLING PROCEDURES AND INSTRUCTIONS OUTLINED IN THIS OWNER'S MANUAL BEFORE USING YOUR NEW FIREARM.
1. Do not carry a loaded firearm with a live shell in the chamber while running, climbing a tree, crossing a fence or anywhere you might slip or fall, drop the firearm or otherwise bump or jar the firearm. A firearm that is dropped, bumped or jarred with a chambered shell might accidentally discharge even with the safety on, causing serious injury to you or someone else. When you are ready to shoot and a shell is chambered, keep the safety in the "on safe" position until shooting is imminent.
2. Do not rely on the safety to prevent accidental discharge. Many safeties merely block the trigger and prevent firing by pulling the trigger. The safety may not prevent an accidental discharge due to dropping, jarring or bumping a firearm.
3. Use only ammunition for which the firearm is chambered, as indicated on the barrel, to prevent excessive pressure and possible serious personal injury.
4. Incorrectly reloaded ammunition can cause serious personal injury and damage to the firearm due to excessive pressure. Reload only after proper instruction and in strict compliance with instructions and data contained in current reloading manuals.
5. Never point a firearm at anything you do not intend to shoot. Always keep it pointed in a safe direction in case of accidental discharge.
6. Always check to ensure that the barrel is free of obstructions before loading and using the firearm.
If you experience light recoil or off sound, check the barrel for an obstruction.
7. Before firing, clean any grease or oil out of the barrel with a cleaning rod and patch. Grease or heavy accumulation of oil can cause excessive pressures and result in serious personal injury.
8. Keep barrel, chamber and action free of rust. Rust in the barrel and chamber can cause excessive pressures resulting in serious injury. A rusted, pitted or eroded barrel should be replaced.
9. Use hearing protection to prevent ear damage from repeated exposure to gunfire.
10. Always use proper shooting glasses to prevent eye injury from flying particles.
11. Never carry a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle or carry one into a dwelling. Always carefully unload the firearm before entering a motor vehicle, a dwelling or an area such as a camp. Always point your firearm in a safe direction while loading or unloading to prevent serious injury in case of an accidental discharge. Never load your firearm in a house or in a vehicle.
12. Never shoot at a hard, flat surface or at the surface of water to avoid a ricochet and possible serious personal injury to yourself or a bystander.
13. Store firearms in a clean, dry place out of reach of children and separated from stored ammunition.
14- Never alter any parts of your firearm. Any alterations or adjustments that may become necessary to the operating mechanism should be performed by a qualified gunsmith.
15. Hunting from elevated surfaces, such as tree stands, is dangerous. Doing so may increase the risk of handling any firearm. Always make certain that the stand being used is safe, sturdy and stable. Always make certain your firearm is unloaded when it is being taken up and down from the stand. Always make certain that your firearm is not dropped from the stand or dropped while it is being taken up or down from the stand.
16. Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead and other substances known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.
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