1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe directionThis is the most important gun safety rule. A safe direction is one in which an accidental discharge will not cause injury to yourself or others. Never allow your gun to point at anything you don’t intend to shoot. Be especially careful when you’re loading or unloading. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. And make it a habit to know where your muzzle is pointed at all times, even when your firearm is unloaded. No one will be injured by an accidental discharge if you keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. It’s as simple as that.
2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.Load your firearm only when you’re in the field or on the target range and ready to fire. Never let a loaded gun out of your sight or out of your hands. Unload it as soon as you’re finished shooting – before you bring it into your car, camp, or home. Remember, unloading your firearm means unloading it completely, so there is no ammunition in the chamber or in the magazine.
Before handling a firearm or passing it to someone else, visually check the chamber, receiver and magazine to be certain they do not contain ammunition. Always keep the gun’s action open when not in use. Never assume a gun is unloaded even if you were the last person to use it. Always check for yourself. Let common sense rule when you carry a loaded gun. If you’re in any situation that could risk accidental discharge – such as crossing a fence, wading through a stream, or climbing a tree – always unload your gun. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person. And never carry a loaded gun in a scabbard, detached holster or gun case.
3. Don’t rely on your gun’s safety.Treat every gun as if it can fire at any time, whether or not there’s pressure on the trigger.
Your firearm has been carefully designed to maximize performance and safety. However, a gun’s safety is a mechanical device and, like any mechanical device, it could fail. Human error is a more likely reason for a gun safety to fail. By mistake, you may think the safety is on when it really isn’t. Or the safety may have been disengaged without your knowledge. Or you could think your gun is unloaded when there’s actually a cartridge or shell in it. A safety is not a substitute for common sense. It’s merely a supplement to your proper handling of a firearm.
Don’t touch the trigger on a firearm until you are ready to shoot. Keep your fingers away from the trigger when you’re loading or unloading. And don’t pull the trigger when the safety is engaged or positioned anywhere between safe and fire. Read your instruction manual to understand the exact location and operation of your firearm’s safety. Even when the safety is on, maintain control of your loaded firearm and control the direction of the muzzle. In other words, don’t rely on your safety to justify careless handling. If your firearm’s internal mechanisms are broken or have been altered, your firearm may fire even when the safety is on. Remember, you and your safe gun handling practices are your gun’s best safety.
4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.You can’t stop a shot in mid-air, so do not fire unless you know exactly where your shot is going and what it will strike. Never fire at a sound, a movement or a patch of color. A hunter in camouflage can easily be mistaken for a target by an impulsive shooter.
Before you pull the trigger be absolutely sure of your target and what’s behind it. Make sure your shot has a backstop such as a hillside or dense material like sand. Remember, bullets can travel great distances with tremendous velocity. Know how far your shot will go if you miss your target or the bullet ricochets.
Policy on accruing a gun
1.1 Firearms and Ammunition are received by the company under four different categories as follows:-
Importation by the company
Clearance from points of entry such as airport, port, post office & border posts (these belong to individuals or entities)
Deposit by individuals or entities for storage
Deposit by individuals or entities for service and repairs
1.2 On direct importation by the company there are laid down procedures which are to be adhered to in order to facilitate importation and clearance of the consignment. The following documents are mandatory:
End user certificate
Airway bill or bill of lading
1.3 Clearance of firearms imported by individuals or entities will be effected after fulfilling the following conditions:
Payment of Agency Fees
Production of documents required for clearing such as import licence, invoice, withdrawal permit, airway bill or bill of landing.
1.4 Deposit for storage will be effected on production of the following documents:
A valid firearms licence
A deposit permit from the police
Deposit for service or repairs will require a valid firearms licence.
2.1 Firearms and ammunition purchased from Tanganyika Arms Ltd. will be released to customers on production of the following documents.
A valid firearm licence
Withdrawal permit for both firearm and ammunition
Copy of the authorized application form in case or late delivery of the licence book.
2.2 Firearms and ammunition cleared by Tanganyika Arms Ltd. will be released to customers on production of documents as per 2.1 above.
2.3 Firearms deposited at Tanganyika Arms Ltd. will be released to customers on production of the following documents.
Storage charge receipt.
2.4 Firearm deposited at Tanganyika Arms for service and repair will be released to customers on production of the following documents.
Original job card
Service charge receipt.
After shooting or before the firearm is stored for any length of time, cleaning should be performed. This will allow for the removal of residue, fouling, buildup, powder and moisture from the gun’s parts. A well-cleaned and lubricated gun improves function, performance and reliability.