State of Readiness Poster | Firearms Safety 2020

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FIREARMS HANDLING

States of Readiness

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Load Magazine Full

Safety Catch On

Chamber Empty

The Load State is when you introduce ammunition into the empty firearm, generally into the magazine. The firearm’s chamber remains empty.

• The chamber is empty • The bolt or action is closed on the empty chamber • The cartridges are in the magazine only • The safety catch is on safe

Action

Safety Catch On

Round in Chamber

The Action State is when you introduce a cartridge into the chamber of the firearm, also known as ‘chambering a round.

• Safety catch is on safe • A cartridge is in the chamber

FIRING ZONE CHECK

• The bolt or action is closed on a cartridge • Remaining cartridges are in the magazine

Closed Action

Instant Safety Catch Off

The Instant State is the conscious and deliberate act of moving the safety catch from the safe position to the fire position.

• The safety catch is on fire • A cartridge is in the chamber

TARGET CONFIRMED

• The bolt or action is closed on a cartridge • Remaining cartridges are in the magazine • If the trigger is pressed, the firearm will fire

Unload The Unload State is designed to safely remove cartridges from the chamber and magazine areas of the firearm and to check and prove that your firearm is completely free from ammunition.

• The safety catch is on safe

Photos: Red Stag Timber Hunter’s Club, Dan Tong

• No cartridges are in the magazine - magazine open/removed if possible

Empty Chamber Empty Magazine

Safety Catch On

• The chamber is empty • The bolt or action is open at the rear

Action Open

STORE SAFELY

• A chamber flag is inserted in the chamber

ALWAYS TREAT YOUR FIREARM AS LOADED AND POINT IN A SAFE DIRECTION GET LICENSED New Zealand Police www.police.govt.nz

HOW-TO VIDEOS Hunter Safety Videos www.mountainsafety.org.nz

GET THE FORECAST MetService New Zealand www.metservice.com

PLAN YOUR HUNT NZ Mountain Safety Council www.mountainsafety.org.nz