Important Safety Tips for Sporting Clays

Stephen Erixon serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer at Rainy Lake Medical Center in Minnesota, a position he accepted after a significant tenure as the CEO of Skaggs Regional Medical Center. Outside of work, Steve Erixon enjoys a number of athletic pursuits, including sporting clays. Like virtually any sport, this activity involves certain risks. The use of guns elevates this risk, making it imperative that every participant understand the basic safety rules of the game. First, individuals should always point their guns in a safe direction–never at other people. This means remaining aware of the gun at all times. Also, individuals must never assume that a gun is unloaded. Whenever someone picks up a new rifle, he or she should check for live cartridges. Individuals should only load their guns at shooting stations and always leave the action open. Shooters should refrain from carrying more than one gauge of ammunition since loading the wrong size can result in serious problems. When preparing to shoot, people should never have their fingers on the trigger until they actually call for the target. In the event of a misfire, the individual should keep the weapon pointed downrange for at least 30 seconds before opening the action to avoid an accident. Also, participants should always wear proper ear and eye protection at the range.

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