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INSTRUCTION & SAFETY MANUAL
READ CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM
HOWA SERIES 1500 SPORTING RIFLES
IMPORTANT! Do not discard!Keep this manual with your rifle.It should accompany the rifle toany new owner.
 
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 ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY THE FIRST STEP
The first step in the safe handling of any firearmis to know how to CLEAR it.The Howa rifle is considered CLEAR whenthere is no ammunition in the chamber or in themagazine, the bolt is open and the safety is "on".
To clear the rifle:
Point the muzzle in a safe direction. lift the bolthandle and pull the bolt fully to the rear. This shouldeject any cartridge that may be present in thechamber, but LOOK in the chamber anyway to besure it is empty. The magazine also is now exposed.If it con-tains any cartridges, remove them (seepage 17). Leave the bolt open and put the safety"on".Always clear your rifle before handing it toanother person. If someone hands a firearm to you,person-ally determine whether it is clear before anyfurther handling.Never assume any firearm to be unloaded, anddon't accept anyone's assurance. LOOK inside ityour-self. When entering or leaving a range orhunting area, or when showing the rifle to others,make sure the bolt is open, the safety is "on", andall ammunition has been removed. That way otherscan see, without need to operate its mechanism,that the rifle is clear.
THESE WARNINGS ARE IMPORTANT
Firearms, by their nature and intended function,are lethal weapons. By understanding the dangersinherent in the use of any firearm, and by takingproper precautions, you can enjoy complete safetyin the use of your firearm. Failure to heed any ofthese warnings may result in accidental death orserious injury to you or others, as well as severedamage to the firearm or other property.
NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS
Even if you are familiar with other firearms,don't assume there is no need to study this manual.Accidents happen to experienced shooters aswell as beginners. Most of them could have beenavoided if the shooter had read and followed theinstructions and observed the basic rules of gunsafety.
IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
Having a firearm in your possession is likebeing the captain of a ship: it's a seriousresponsibility, and yours alone. It's up to you toKNOW how to keep and use your firearm safely,and up to you to always TAKE the necessaryprecautions - all of them. If you fail to do so, andsomeone gets hurt, the blame rests on you.
 
Remember: Accidents are rarely the fault of thefirearm. A gun is just a machine, with no judgmentof its own. It responds to your actions, whetherwise or foolish. Of course it has mechanical safetyfeatures, but none as effective as the brain of acautious shooter who never forgets that a moment'scarelessness can produce a permanent tragedy.
TRAINING IS ESSENTIAL
The safe handling of firearms requiresspecialized training, knowledge and discipline. Thebest way to learn is with supervised instruction,often available from gun shops, gun clubs, statehunter safety programs or police departments. Forhelp in finding a training course, write to theNational Rifle Association, 11250 Waples MillRoad, Fairfax, Virginia 22030.
GUNS ARE NOT ALL ALIKE
Many makes and models of firearms might looknearly the same. However, they differ widely indesign and operation, and in the location andfunction of various controls.Study this manual. Thoroughly educate yourselfon the characteristics and operation of thisparticular firearm before attempting to load it. Donot permit others to have access to your rifle unlessthey have received proper instruction.
SAVE YOUR EYES AND EARS
Always wear protective shooting glasses andear plugs or "earmuff" type protectors wheneveryou are shooting. Your vision and hearing arepriceless, and irreplaceable. Always make certainthat persons close to you are similarly protected.Shooting glasses will protect your eyes fromburns and abrasions caused by powder gas,metallic particles, burning powder grains, lubricant,and similar debris that can emanate occasionallyfrom any firearm in normal use. If something goesseriously wrong and fragments of cartridge case orfirearm are sent flying, shooting glasses can makethe difference between future sight and blindness.The best compromise between protection andconvenience is offered by high-quality shootingglasses or industrial-grade safety glasses withlarge-area shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses atleast 2mm thick.Without ear protection, repeated exposure toshooting noise may lead to cumulative, permanenthearing loss. Many experienced shooters who valuetheir hearing wear both ear plugs AND ear muffs.At a shooting range it is common courtesy not tocommence firing until everyone nearby has theireyes and ears covered.
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