The use of a rifle or a shotgun must be done according to the rules. We have to make sure that everything is in order and safe before firing.
I asked experienced gunsmith Michel Martel recently – who moved to 1950 Grande Côte, in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier – please draw up a list of recommendations to follow before picking up its caliber and during handling. Here is the gist of what he said:
1- Complete visual inspection of firearms to detect all potential breakages.
2-Thorough complete cleaning of the weapon, and this, every hunting season.
3- Checking the removable chokes to make sure they are tight and do not are not seized in the rust.
4- Inventory of ammunition and identification of the dates of purchase so as not to use old ammunition that is more than 10 years old.
5- Verification of telescope mount screws.
6- Verification of trigger guard attachment screws.
7-Lubrication of the removable chokes before and after each hunting trip.
8- Checking the carrying cases to avoid the risk of humidity and to leave a caliber in them too long.
9- Take note of problems that have arisen during the hunting season before making an appointment with a gunsmith, so that you do not forget anything and do not neglect anything.
10-When you return from hunting, be sure to thoroughly dry and lubricate your firearm.
11- Use only quality lubricant designed for firearms.
12-Checking the strap attachments as well as the strap itself.
13- Before storing of your weapon, release the detonation springs using a dummy or a release ball associated with the caliber of your weapon.
14- Check that your barrel is not obstructed .
15- Invest in a firearms rack in the form of a rack to avoid any risk of falling.
16- Store your weapons in a place safe and humidity controlled.
17- Have your guns repaired, maintained and adjusted several months before the hunt.
18- After your hunting trip, always remove the ammunition from your magazines.
19- Check the external condition of the ammunition. If you detect verdigris or scratches, do not use them.
20- Have regular shooting sessions. You will quickly become familiar with your firearm and you will feel more confident.
21- When purchasing your firearm, make sure of after-sales service, warranties and the availability of spare parts.
22- Invest in a quality scope and firearm suitable for the type of hunting you want to do.
23- Respect hunting territories as well as other enthusiasts who are nearby.
24- Respect hunting quotas in order to preserve the resource.
25- After your hunting parties, pick up your empty casings and leave your environment clean.
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