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The job of the safety is to prevent a firearm from firing. When the safety is “on,” the gun should not be able to fire. When the safety is “off,” the gun is ready to fire.

The safety is located in different places on different rifles. Also, the safety moves in different directions for the “on” position with different firearms. Be sure you know the location of the safety and how it works on your rifle! Use the safety at all times.

Typical locations of safeties on firearms
The red outlines indicate where safeties are typically located on rifles.