Posted On: 05-07-2020

After going through the thought provoking process, I’ve decided to add safety to the blog.  Talking with Paul Dancer Shooting Coach for the Clay Shooting Association, he has come up with 10 key points for safety.

10 Key Points of Safety by Paul Dancer shooting Coach with the Clay Pigeon Shooting     Association. Paul is a qualified tutor in the area of safety.

  1.  Respect –Treat all guns as though they are loaded—an accident could be fatal.
  • Safe and Sound— Guns must be in proof and in good order.  Do not use a faulty or doubtful gun.
  • Open and Empty—Carry guns open and empty, semi-autos, bolt back and flagged. Never rely on a safety catch.
  • Correct Cartridges—only carry the correct cartridges for the gauge and chamber of the gun you are using.  Never mix gauges in your pockets or bags.
  • Barrels Clear—Check the barrels are free from obstructions before every loading.  Check for light. Light is right. Wood is good. Plastic is fantastic
  • Point down the range—Keep barrels pointing down range at all times when loaded.  Open and empty immediately after firing.  Ensure gun is unloaded before turning from shooting station.
  • Only Shoot Clays—Only point or shoot at whole targets thrown for you on your command-not other objects, live or inanimate.
  • Misfires—Keep guns closed for 20 seconds, barrels pointing down range.  Check barrels are clear after a soft or unusual discharge.
  • Do Not Mix—Alcohol, drugs and horseplay—with guns.
  1. Remember –When shooting, you’re responsible for the safe handling of your gun(s) and the behavior and safety of your guests, family, friends and animals.

Remember, Safety is in the hands of the shooter!

Study the issues, think safety at all times, and hope to see you on the line.

Tom Roberts

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