This web site contains information on all types
of firearms. All firearms by design are dangerous and if mishandled, can be
potentially lethal. Therefore Gunnery Network, recommend and endorse the
- Never pick up, accept or hand over a firearm
without first removing the magazine and or emptying the chamber / cylinder
and opening the action so as to expose the chamber and demonstrate that the
firearm is unloaded.
If you do not know how to do this or unable to perform this task, leave the
firearm alone or request assistance from somebody whom is familiar with the
firearm and who is competent in safe firearms handling. If circumstances
dictate that you must hand over a loaded firearm make sure that the safety
system is engaged and inform the recipient immediately and in no uncertain
terms "This firearm is loaded. The safety system is engaged." If
there is no safety system on the firearm, ensure that the recipient is fully
aware of this fact before the firearm is handed over.
- Always assume any firearm to be loaded until
you have positively proved that it is not. No matter that the firearm is
old, corroded, rusted, obsolete, dirt-covered, incomplete or brand new, it
is possible that any firearm may be loaded.
- Always use an unloading box if one is
available. Always point the firearm in a safe direction whist unloading it.
Do not carry out a detailed examination or touch the trigger mechanism
before complying with point one above.
- Always be aware of exactly where your firearm
is. Never leave it unattended or unsecured, even for a moment.
- Ensure that children do not have access to
firearms without adult supervision.
- Do not be swayed by an 'expert' who tells you
to ignore these rules. You and yours are likely to outlive them.