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Course Outline

Always check that your barrel is clear of any obstruction, no matter how small. Stop immediately, and safely remove obstructions.

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Open the action, and make sure the chamber and magazine are unloaded.
  • Check for debris in the barrel. If the firearm is a break-action, look through the barrel from the breech end, or use a barrel light to inspect the barrel for obstructions.
  • Remove any obstructions with a cleaning rod.
  • Check the barrel again to make sure no debris remains.
Hunter removing barrel obstruction
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