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As an industry leader in ammunition manufacturing, Winchester works with key groups like the National Shooting Sports Foundation on a variety of topics important to our industry including training, education and safety. Whether you're experienced or completely new to the hunting and shooting sports, it's important to take the necessary steps to be trained and educated when handling and using a firearms for recreational purposes.


Basics of Safe Gun Handling

From the time you pick up a firearm, you become part of a system over which you have complete control. You are the only part of the system that can make a gun safe or unsafe.

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use
  3. Don't rely on your gun's "Safety"
  4. Be sure of your target and what's beyond it
  5. Use correct ammunition
  6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care!
  7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
  8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
  9. Don't alter or modify your gun, and have guns serviced regularly
  10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using


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Project Childsafe

Project ChildSafe is a national program supported by the firearms and ammunition industry that educates and reminds firearm owners to securely store firearms when not in use to help deter access by children, at-risk persons, and individuals legally prohibited from possessing firearms. Proper storage of firearms is the number one way to help prevent accidents, theft and misuse.

Gun owners are encouraged to use a safe storage device that meets their personal and home circumstances. Options for storing firearms as well as tips for safely handling guns can be found at projectchildsafe.org.

Firearms Responsibility in the Home (PDF)

Parents Guide to Recreational Shooting for Youngsters (PDF)