Black Power Weapon Safety Guidelines
IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING!
The Black Powder Guns offered by Old Trading Post, Inc are accurate 19th centrury replicas. Consequently, the safety devices on them are limited to the technological knowledge of the period. The risks in using a gun like this can be higher compared to modern gun designs.
The complete and full knowledge of your firearm may help you to avoid serious injuries due to lack of safety devices. Read the entire manual and learn the proper use of the gun without live ammunition. It is important that you understand the proper use of these products.
Old Trading Post Inc. and it suppliers, manufacturers, distributors or agents are not responsible for damage to objects or injuries to persons or animals that occur as a result of the use of these guns and decline any responsibility for misuse of the firearms. In case of alteration of the firearms, Old Trading Post Inc. and the manufacturer decline any civil and penal responsibility and will not refund any damage.
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Know how to use the gun safely.
Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
Never use alcohol or over-the-counter, prescription or other drugs before or while shooting.
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
Always keep guns out of the reach of children. Always make sure the gun is unloaded and the barrel
unobstructed before storing.
Store Guns separately from Ammunition
Keep guns clean.
Always keep your gun, ammunition, and powder away from fire or heating sources.
Only use quality powder and recommended loads to avoid damage, and/or injury. Poor quality powder and improper loads can cause excessive pressure in the barrel that can lead to damage and/or serious injury to the shooter or bystanders.
Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction, especially when walking in a shooting are such as a range when others are at close proximity.
After use, make sure the gun is unloaded, and clean and lubricate the inside of the barrel with appropriate oil. Avoid grease or oil build up that can cause excessive pressure and result in serious personal injuries.
Before using the gun again, inspect the barrel and chamber to make certain that there are no patches or other obstructions in the bore. Remove any oil residue with rod and dry patch before shooting.
Accumulation of rust in the barrel can cause excessive pressures resulting in serious injury and may cause the explosion of the barrel. A rusted, pitted or eroded barrel should be replaced.
NEVER modify any parts of your gun. Any alteration may cause serious personal injury and cancels the warranty.
Only a qualified gunsmith may service the gun for repair or serious maintenance.
Pay special attention to the percussion caps. During ignition, the cap may explode into small parts and may cause serious personal injury.
Wash hands thoroughly after shooting and handling firearms to remove any unwanted residues.
In case of misfire, keep the firearm in pointed in the direction of your shot for some minutes; it could be a retarded burst.
Pay attention during loading operation do not load two times, a double charge may cause the barrel explosion.
When shooting, if you hear a weak detonation or atypical sound, stop immediately, unload the gun and inspect immediately for damages or obstructions. NEVER shoot with a damaged firearm or obstructed barrel.
NEVER run with a loaded gun. Do not cross obstacles (fences or water courses, exc.) without having your firearm unloaded and in safety position.
ONLY USE BLACK POWDER OR APPROPRIATE BLACK POWDER SUBSTITUTE
Our firearms are marked BLACK POWDER ONLY. Do not use powder other than BLACK POWDER OR APPROPRIATE BLACK POWDER SUBSTITUTE.
Pay attention to keep the powder away from fire or heating sources and do not use storage boxes or devices that can produce an electrostatic charge.
Do not smoke while using black powder.
Black powder leaves corrosive residues. Be sure to wash, clean and then oil all parts that come in contact with black powder.
Review appropriate charts that indicate correct powder loads for your black powder gun. It is very important to use only quality powder and recommended loads to avoid excessive pressure that may cause the explosion of the barrel.
In case of misfire, keep the firearm in the direction of your shot for several minutes; it could be a delayed shot.
NEVER dry fire the gun, you may damage to the shooting mechanism.
Before shooting, correctly shoulder the gun by laying the butt plate firmly against your shoulder.
Use extreme caution and care during loading to prevent a double charge of powder or Bullet. This can cause the barrel to explode and cause serious injury or death to you or bystanders.
ALWAYS be sure to read and follow all loading, unloading, safety, and maintenance materials prior to any use of a black powder firearm.