Airgun safety is no accident that’s for sure.
It is important that every person that is handling an airgun, or is around someone handling an airgun adhere to basic safety rules to avoid accidental injury. This applies not only to airguns, but also airsoft, paintball guns and most certainly firearms. Always remember that your airgun is not a toy! It is a real, functional weapon. Always observe all of the proper handling and safety procedures of a live firearm. Before you shoot any airgun, read and understand the instruction manual and all of the airgun’s functions. It is essential that all airgun users understand the proper handling and functions of their airgun, airsoft or paintball guns. For more information on gun safety or training, please review the NRA’s “Airgun Shooting Sports Safety Guide“. You can also contact the NRA at 703-267-1430. If you don’t understand, or are not sure about the use of an airgun or firearm feel free to contact us.
Always Observe The Following Safety Rules:
- Remember always to wear the appropriate eye protection at all times when handling your airgun, airsoft or paintball guns.
- Learn how to handle, load, unload, operate, fire and care for your airgun, airsoft or paintball guns.
- NEVER PLAY with your airgun. It is a potentially dangerous weapon that can cause serious harm or death.
- Always keep the airgun pointed in a safe direction, NEVER point any weapon loaded or unloaded, at any person or anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Always keep you airgun unloaded until ready to fire and make sure that it is unloaded before cleaning.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are actually aiming at the target and ready to shoot.
- Never rely on an airgun’s “safety” to protect you from unsafe handling. A safety is a mechanical device, not a substitute for common sense and good safety procedures.
- Never leave a airgun unattended or where it could fail and fire.
- If an airgun is hit sharply or dropped, damage to the internal precision mechanism may result in an accidental firing.
- Store airgun, airsoft or paintball guns. and pellets separately beyond the reach of children. Make sure the airgun and pellets are locked and secured so children and untrained individuals will be denied access.
- Know your target and what is beyond. Ask yourself what your pellet will hit if it misses.
- Never brandish your airgun or airsoft gun in public. It may confuse people and may be a crime. Police and others may think it is a firearm. Do not change the coloration and markings to make it look more like a firearm. That is dangerous and may be a crime.
Daisy Outdoor Products’ Ten Shooting Safety Rules:
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. – There are several safe “carries” depending on the situation. NEVER ALLOW THE MUZZLE TO POINT IN THE DIRECTION OF A PERSON.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded. – You can never be positive that you were the last person to handle the gun. Never take anyone’s word about whether or not a gun is loaded. Always check a gun to see if it is loaded when removed from storage or received from another person. ALWAYS TREAT A GUN AS IF IT IS LOADED EVEN IF YOU KNOW IT ISN’T.
- Only load or cock a gun when you are shooting. – A loaded gun has no place in your home or other place.
- Check your target and beyond your target. – Be sure all persons are well clear of the target area before you shoot. Check behind and beyond your target to be certain you have a safe backstop and that no person or property could be endangered.
- Anyone shooting or near a shooter should wear shooting glasses. – Also, all other persons should remain behind the shooter.
- Never climb or jump with a gun. – You can’t control the direction of the muzzle if you stumble or fall. You should safely lay the gun down or hand it to a companion while you climb or jump over anything.
- Avoid ricochet. – Never shoot at a flat hard surface or at the surface of water. Ammunition can ricochet off of water just like a skipped rock.
- Keep the muzzle clear. – Never let anything obstruct the muzzle of a gun. Don’t allow the muzzle to come in contact with the ground.
- Guns not in use should always be unloaded. – Keeping guns unloaded when not in use is critical to the safety of you and others. When you are finished shooting, put the trigger safety in the “on” position and unload the gun. Store guns so that they are inaccessible to untrained shooters and store ammunition separately from the gun.
- Respect other people’s property. – Whether you’re target shooting or hunting, if you’re a guest on others’ land, you should leave it exactly as you found it.