This guide has been developed by the National Rifle Association to support shooting sports programs around the country, and is a safety orientation for those adult leaders and parents who are responsible for marksmanship instruction and or competition.
Anyone who is interested in conducting air rifle live-firing practices should read this guide. This guide deals with safe air rifle handling, range safety criteria, supervising a safe range, including range personnel and range clean-up, compressed air and CO2 handling safety, and individual hygiene.
The most important goal of this guide is to develop in you the specific attitude, knowledge, and skills needed to safely conduct shooting training. The safety rules are the core of safe shooting, but you also need adult supervision at all times along with continuous enforcement of those rules.
Just like shooting, these skills require regular practice. Your specific situation may be different from that shown in the pictures used in this guide. When this difference occurs, you must use the attitude, knowledge, and skills you learn in this guide to safely adapt your procedures, policies, and practices. A great place to start is the owner’s manual for the air guns found in your program.
This guide teaches only the most basic skills needed to handle the common types of air rifles commonly found in shooting programs, and also teaches how to run a safe range.