NRA has 3 basic rules
- Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
- Keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to shoot
Other rules – most apply to all clubs, some may be specific to Powder Creek
- Unless you are shooting, the gun action is to always be open so everyone knows it is unloaded
- Guns are to be pointed up in the air or down at the ground
- If you see an orange cone on the trap house, it is not safe to shoot. Someone may be loading targets.
- You must wear eye and ear protection
- The largest shot you can shoot is 7.5 and no steel shot is allowed. Use 7.5, 8.0 or 8.5
- No running
- No flip flops
- No resting muzzle on your toe
- You cannot wear earbuds if they are not noise dampening for shooting
- Earbuds may not be plugged in while shooting an event
- Parents do not yell at or coach their kids during practice
Storing and using guns
- Guns should not be accessible to unauthorized people – Use safe or trigger locks
- Be aware that there are some types of guns that require additional precautions – ie release triggers
- Regular cleaning is important
- Be sure the gun is unloaded
- No ammo should be in the cleaning area
- Common gauges are 12, 20, 28 and .410, 12ga is the largest, .410 is the smallest
- A smaller gauge shell can fit into a larger gun and block the barrel – causing the gun to explode if a second shell is put in and fired.
- Do not keep more than one gauge of shell on you at a time
Understand how your gun works
- Become familiar with your gun so that you are very comfortable with how it works.
Failure to fire
- Keep the muzzle in a safe direction
- Wait 30 seconds before trying to eject the shell – The primer could still go off
- Raise your hand if working will a coach to let them know there is a problem
- Examine the primer to see if it has been dented
If the gun fired but sounded strange/muffled, the barrel needs to be checked for obstruction. The wad could be stuck in the barrel. If so, a rod needs to be used to clear the barrel.
Other reasons your gun may not have fired
- Safety was on
- Over/under shotgun selector switch could have been in the wrong position
- The bolt may not have been closed all the way
- Broken firing pin or other broken part of the gun
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