•A shot sounds weak or abnormal. In such cases it ispossible that a bullet is lodged part way down the bar-rel.Firing a subsequent bullet into the obstructed bar-rel can wreck the ﬁrearm and cause serious injury tothe shooter or to bystanders.
5 Bullets can become lodged in the barrel:
•If the cartridge has been improperly loaded withoutpropellant powder, or if the powder fails to ignite,(ignition of the cartridge primer alone will push thebullet out of the cartridge case, but usually does notgenerate sufficient energy to expel the bullet completelyfrom the barrel), or•If the bullet is not properly seated tightly in the cartridgecase. When such a cartridge is extracted from thechamber without being ﬁred, the bullet may be leftbehind in the bore at the point where the riﬂing begins.Subsequent chambering of another cartridge may pushthe ﬁrst bullet further into the bore.
If there is any reason to suspect that a bullet is obstruc-ting the barrel, immediately unload the ﬁrearm andlook through the bore. It is not sufficient to merely lookin the chamber. A bullet may be lodged some distancedown the barrel where it cannot easily be seen.IF A BULLET IS IN THE BORE, DO NOT ATTEMPT TOSHOOT IT OUT BY USING ANOTHER CARTRIDGE, OR BYBLOWING IT OUT WITH A BLANK OR ONE FROM WHICHTHE BULLET HAS BEEN REMOVED: SUCH TECHNIQUESCAN GENERATE EXCESSIVE PRESSURE, WRECK THEFIREARM AND CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY.If the bullet can be removed with a cleaning rod, cleanany unburned powder grains from the bore, chamber,and mechanism before resuming shooting. If the bulletcannot be dislodged by tapping it with a cleaning rod,take the ﬁrearm to a gunsmith.
Dirt, corrosion, or other foreign matter on a cartridgecan impede complete chambering and may cause thecartridge case to burst upon ﬁring. The same is true ofcartridges which are damaged or deformed.
Do not oil cartridges, and be sure to wipe the chamberclean of any oil or preservative before commencing toshoot. Oil interferes with the friction between cartridgecase and chamberwall that is necessary for safe functio-ning, and subjects the ﬁrearm to stress similar to thatimposed by excessive pressure.
Use lubricants sparingly on the moving parts of yourﬁrearm. Avoid excessive spraying of any aerosol guncare product, especially where it may get on ammunition.
Protect your eyes and ears
Always wear adequate safety glasses and ear plugs or“earmuff” type protectors whenever you are shooting.Always make certain that persons close to you are similarlyprotected. Unprotected eyes may be injured by powdergas, carbon residue, lubricant, metallic particles or similardebris which may emanate occasionally from any ﬁrearmin normal use. Without ear protection, repeated exposureto shooting noise may lead to cumulative, permanenthearing loss.
Use only high quality, original factory-manufacturedammunition. Do not use cartridges that are dirty, wet,corroded, bent, or damaged. Do not oil cartridges. Donot spray aerosol-type lubricants, preservatives, orcleaners directly onto cartridges or where excess spraymay ﬂow into contact with cartridges. Lubricant orother foreign matter on cartridges can cause potentiallydangerous ammunition malfunctions. Use only ammu-nition of the caliber for which your ﬁrearm is chambe-red. The proper caliber is permanently engraved onyour ﬁrearm; never attempt to use ammunition of anyother caliber.
The use of reloaded, “remanufactured”, hand-Ioaded,or other non-standard ammunition voids all warranties.Reloading is a science and improperly loaded ammuni-tion can be extremely dangerous. Severe damage tothe ﬁrearm and serious injury to the shooter or to othersmay result. Always use ammunition that complies withthe industry performance standards established bythe Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’Institute, Inc. of the United States (SAAMI) or ammuni-tion manufactured to military speciﬁcations.
Firearms may be severely damaged and serious injuryto the shooter or to others may result from any conditioncausing excessive pressure inside the chamber or barrelduring ﬁring. Excessive pressure can be caused byobstructions in the barrel, propellant powder overloads,or by the use of incorrect cartridges or defectivelyassembled cartridges. In addition, the use of a dirty,corroded, or damaged cartridge can lead to a burstcartridge case and consequent damage to the ﬁrearmand personal injury from the sudden escape of high-pressure propellant gas within the ﬁrearm’s mechanism.
4 Immediately stop shooting and check the barrelfor a possible obstruction whenever:
•You have difficulty in, or feel unusual resistance in,chambering a cartridge, or•A cartridge misﬁres (does not go off), or•The mechanism fails to extract a ﬁred cartridge case, or•Unburned grains of propellant powder are discoveredspilled in the mechanism, or