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Even something as simple as loading or unloading a firearm can result in tragedy if it isn’t done properly. To load a firearm safely:

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • If the firearm has a safety, put the safety on if you can open the action and load the firearm with the safety on.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard.
  • Open the action. Make sure the firearm’s chamber and barrel are clear and unobstructed.
  • Load the correct ammunition into the chamber or magazine.
  • Close the action.
  • Put the safety on if it is not on already.
Two hunters facing away from each other and safely loading their firearms
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