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Even something as simple as loading or unloading a firearm can result in tragedy if it isn’t done properly. Here’s how to do it safely.

Hunters loading firearms
  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Open the action; make sure the firearm is unloaded.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard.
  • Put the safety on if the firearm can be loaded with the safety on.
  • Load the ammunition.
  • Close the action.
  • Put the safety on if you were not able to do so before loading.