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Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. This section is intended to make them even safer by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling and storage and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety.

You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in hunter safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and non-shooters. Beginners, in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted. Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, you have an obligation to insist on safer handling practices.

Develop safe shooting habits, and remember, firearms safety is up to you. (Could we do this as a callout quote of some type?)

10 Rules of Safe Gun Handling

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
  • Don’t rely on your gun’s safety.
  • Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
  • Use proper ammunition.
  • If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
  • Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
  • Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
  • Don’t alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.
  • Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.

More information on firearms safety and Project ChildSafe can be obtained from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Safety Notices

28 SA-08 Gauge Safety Notice

Weatherby, Inc. of Paso Robles, California, is performing a product safety recall on a limited number of Weatherby® SA-08 model semi-automatic shotguns sold by Weatherby, Inc., beginning March 11, 2013. READ THE SAFETY NOTICEREAD HOW TO IDENTIFY IF YOUR SHOTGUN HAS BEEN REPAIRED SEE IF YOUR SA-08 28 GAUGE IS AFFECTED If you own a . . . 

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SA-08 Safety Notice

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE WEATHERBY® SA-08 SEMI-AUTOMATIC SHOTGUN Weatherby, Inc. of Paso Robles, California, is performing a safety upgrade on a limited number of Weatherby® SA-08 model semi-automatic shotguns manufactured and sold by Weatherby, Inc., between June 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011. The affected shotguns bear serial numbers on the receiver within the following series: AD06825 – AD13793 . . . 

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Vanguard Safety Notice

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE VANGUARD® BY WEATHERBY RIFLE Weatherby, Inc. of Paso Robles, California, is performing a safety upgrade on all Vanguard® by Weatherby brand rifles manufactured between the years 1970 to 1993. The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver: 00001 through 03810; V00001 through V80966; VX00001 through VX44065; VS00001 . . . 

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Vanguard Stainless Safety Notice

Weatherby has found on some Stainless Steel Vanguard Rifles the barrel nut is not tightened to the required torque specifications. The use of teh rifle with an improperly torqued barrel nut may lead to a failure in a discharge situation which could result in personal injury.

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