BEWARE OF BARREL for the safety of both your gun and yourself. Mud, snow, and an infinite variety of other objects may inadvertently lodge in a barrel bore. It takes only one small obstruction to cause dangerously increased pressures that can ruin (swell or rupture) the finest shotgun barrels. OBSTRUCTIONS,
BEFORE CHECKING FOR A BARREL OBSTRUCTION, BE CERTAIN NO LIVE ROUND IS IN THE CHAMBER AND THAT THE
MAGAZINE AND FEED COMPLETELY EMPTY. “SAFETY” IN THE “ON
MECHANISMS PLACE THE SAFE” POSITION ARE
(See page 12 and 13 for instructions on unloading). After assuring yourself that the shotgun is Completely empty, again, open the breechblock, locking it to the rear, and look through the barrel to be sure it is clear of any
obstruction. If an obstruction is seen, no matter how small it may be, clean the bore
NOT IN USE.
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As a safety precaution, it is preferable to dis- assemble your gun for storage. Store your gun and ammunition separately—well beyond the reach of children. Take all safeguards to ensure your shotgun does not become avail- able to untrained, inexperienced or unwel- come hands.
with a cleaning rod and patch as described in “Cleaning and Maintenance Suggestions” on page 17. Before the first firing, clean the bore with a cleaning rod and patch, and wipe away any anti-rust compounds in the action/ chamber areas.
The barrel and action of this shotgun have been made with substantial safety margins over the pressures developed by established American commercial loads. Nevertheless,
Browning assumes no liability for incidents which occur through the use of cartridges of nonstandard dimensions which develop pres- sures in excess of commercially available am- munition which has been loaded in accor- dance with standards established by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufactur- ers Institute (SAAMI).
If you detect an off sound or light recoil when a shell is fired, DO NOT LOAD AN-
THE CHAMBER. Open the action and remove all shells from the magazine, chamber and action areas. With the action open, glance down the barrel to make sure that a wad or other obstruction does not remain in the barrel. If there is an obstruc- tion, completely clear the barrel before load- ing and firing again. Failure to follow these instructions can cause extensive damage to OTHER SHELL INTO
your gun and possible serious injury to your- self and others.
NOT PUT A GAUGE GUN.
16 OR A 20 GAUGE SHELL IN A
Store all shells of different gauges in com- pletely separate and well-marked containers. Do not store shells of mixed gauges in a com- mon container or in your pockets.
EXAMINE EVERY SHELL GUN.
The most certain way to bulge or rupture a barrel is to drop a 20 gauge shell into a 12 gauge chamber. The 20 gauge shell, unfortu- nately, will not fall completely through the bar- rel; its rim is caught by the front of a 12 gauge chamber. Your gun will misfire (with the chamber appearing to be empty). It is then possible to load a 12 gauge shell behind the 20 gauge shell. If the 12 gauge shell is then fired, the result will be a so-called “12-20 burst” which can cause extensive damage to your gun and possible serious injury to you.