safety manual

Safety Manual

Gun Safety

What You Need To Know For Protection & Safe Shooting


The face of gun owners is changing today: millennials, women and people of color are leading the charge for new gun ownership. These gun owners are looking for personal/home defense, hunting ability, confidence, empowerment, fun and proficiency.


Education is critical to firearms safety, self-defense, and negligence. Communication between gun manufacturers and gun owners, in terms of education, is an important function in this regard. Thus, this Gun Safety booklet.


Gun owner skills and safety knowledge will lead to proficiency, a sense of security, and adventure. Please apply the following safety rules, so that you may enjoy  safe and enjoyable handling of your firearm.


– Jason East, President Adam Arms

The difference between helping or harming is INTENTION and CONTROL. This booklet is about controlling your firearm to use it safely for good. Just as there are guidelines that keep fire from burning down your house (like turning off your gas stove when done), there are guidelines to firing and storing your firearms.


Master Rules For Gun Use


1. Assume every gun is loaded, always.


It doesn’t matter if you just finished emptying your chamber yourself, or your gun has been in your closet unused for years, or someone just handed you a gun and told you that “It’s not loaded…” Even if you just dropped the magazine, ACT AS IF YOUR GUN IS LOADED. That is, don’t point it at anything you don’t intend to kill or harm.


To assure your firearm isn’t loaded drop the magazine and check the chamber yourself to assure a bullet isn’t in the chamber. When checking point the firearm in a safe direction where, if it accidentally fires, no one or nothing will be injured or harmed.


Firearms should be loaded only when you are at a target range or shooting area, and you are ready to shoot. When not in use, firearms and ammunition should be secured in a safe place, separate from each other.


2. Never point the firearm at anything you don’t intend to kill or harm.


Even if you “know” a gun isn’t loaded, don’t point it at anyone or anything you don’t intend to harm. Always point your muzzle in a safe direction. Depending exactly where you are this could be at the ground, or it could be in the air. The basic rule is knowing everything in your surroundings thus knowing the safest direction to point.


One of the most common times that can result in unsafe pointing is when you are loading your firearm or checking to see if the safety is on or off, or in some way inspecting your gun
when there are people around. Always be aware of where people are around you so that you don’t inadvertently point the gun at someone.


3. Always be sure of what lies behind and beyond your target and verify the safety of bystanders, before shooting.


Remember that projectiles can and will penetrate targets. It is important to note what your target consists of, and what is behind it, if your target does not stop the projectile.


4. Check to be sure that the barrel is clear of obstructions.


As a projectile travels down the barrel of a firearm, it is in a vulnerable state. An obstruction within the barrel, can cause the projectile to shift, causing a catastrophic failure. It is important to always follow all manufacturer instructions regarding safely cleaning the barrel.


5. Always use dry factory-made ammunition of the proper type and caliber for your firearm.

Understand how to load and unload your gun.
Always use the correct ammunition for your gun. (Instructions with your gun will tell you the type of ammo, also it’s usually on the barrel or slide arm.) Understand the different calibers and which is best for your weapon.


Examine the ammunition before loading it. Never put wet, oily, or damaged ammunition in your firearm.


6. What to wear when shooting.


Always wear protective eye and ear gear when shooting.

When you fire your gun, it ejects the empty casing that held the bullet. These casings are hot and can spray into the air around you and one could even land on you. If you are wearing a low-neck top (woman) for example, the casing may land on your neck and cause you to flinch or jerk your body with your gun in your hand while holding your gun. If there is another shooter standing next to you, you could inadvertently point your weapon at him or her. The same with men’s clothing, sleeveless shirts for example.


7. Never shoot at a flat surface or water.


Bullets can ricochet off hard surfaces, but also water. Always take into account possible ricochets.

Misfiring at a concrete sidewalk, wall, or even water could have the bullet hitting someone in the vicinity.


8. Firearms and ammunition should be stored separately, and locked if possible, beyond the reach of children and unauthorized users.


When your firearm is not in use it should be unloaded, and the ammunition stored in a separate location from the weapon. The biggest concern for storage is children. Use a safe box, or a location that children cannot possibly get to. Keep the ammunition in a separate location from your gun when storing.


9. NEVER drink alcoholic beverages or take drugs before or during shooting.


Shooting and discharging firearms is serious action. Every individual should ensure that they are shooting appropriately and responsibly. This means being of sound mind. Therefore, it is ALWAYS unsafe to shoot while under the influence of any substance.


10. NEVER fire your firearm near an animal unless it is trained to be around shooting; the sound may startle or injure the animal.


All firearms cause significant sound. Shooting around an animal that is not accustomed to being around firearms, or trained to do so, may startle or harm the animal. Remember that you’re wearing ear protection, that animal is not.


11. Clean and oil your firearm.


Clean and oil your firearm regularly per the instructions that come with it. A damaged, unoiled or rusty gun can be dangerous. Keep your gun well-maintained at all times.


Please apply the above points when handling your firearm. This booklet does not cover all there is to know about gun safety. For more control and safe handling of your firearm, we at Adams Arms suggest that you and your loved ones seek training via certified firearms instructors in your local area.

About Adams Arms

In a changing nation where the fastest growing markets of first-time gun owners are millennials, women and people of color, the old public impression that all gun owners has faded. Skill proficiency, adventure and empowerment are spearheading the sharp demand for firearms and ammunition, while personal and home defense continues to be a driving force. Adams Arms, headquartered in Brooksville, Florida is the face of reliable, clean, and cool AR15 firearms operation with its patented piston drive action—favorites of gun enthusiasts across the country. Known for their years of parts experience and their engineering and design prowess, their Retro-Fit system can be installed by owners or piston-action arms can be purchased new. Adams Arms’ proprietary PVD and meloniting processes and their lifetime warranty make their lineup of products dependable for years to come.


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