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Carrying Firearms Safely – The Six Safe Carry Positions

Carrying Firearms Safely – The Six Safe Carry Positions

Carrying Firearms Safely – The Six Safe Carry Positions

There are many different ways to carry firearms safely. Pictured in these flashcards are show you different ways that are illustrated in the CFSC ( Canadian Firearms Safety Course ) and the BC CORE Hunter Education Course. No matter how you decide to carry your firearm while hunting, be sure that:

• The safety is “on.”

• Your finger is outside the trigger guard.

• The muzzle points in a safe direction and is under control.

• The gun remains unloaded until you are ready to hunt.

Safely Carrying Firearms While Hunting

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Keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction and the barrel under control. Keep the safety in the “on” position while carrying a firearm. Only change the position of the safety to fire when you are ready to shoot. Always keep your finger outside the trigger guard.

While hunting

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Check the status of your firearm often, especially as you travel or get ready to cross an obstacle. Check to see if your safety is still on and keep the chamber empty. If your magazine is loaded, when you’re ready to fire, it is easy to chamber a round for the shot. Don’t be shy to ask others about the safety status of their firearm.

Sling Carry

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A sling carry uses a rifle sling placed over your shoulder to support the rifle. Keep your hand on the sling while walking to keep the rifle from slipping. The sling carry is good for long walks in open cover. If brush becomes dense, the barrel tip can get caught in shoulder-high branches and twigs so you may need to switch to a different carrying method. It is a good carry when walking with others.

Trail Carry

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The trail carry uses one arm to carry the firearm, leaving the other free for balance.

Elbow or Side Carry

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The elbow or “side” carry is a very comfortable carry for break-action firearms. The pivot of the open action rests easily in the crook of your elbow and down over your forearm. In this manner the barrel naturally points down. Others can easily see that your action is safe and open.

Shoulder Carry

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The shoulder carry balances the rifle on your shoulder, controlling the firearm by a hand on the grip. Always keep your finger off the trigger and on the outside of the trigger guard. This is a good carry when walking beside or behind others. It is not a good carry if others are behind you.

Two - Handed or Ready Carry

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In the two-handed or “ready” carry, the gun is held by both hands in front of the body with the barrel up. The trigger finger is always outside of the trigger guard. It provides the best control of the muzzle, particularly in thick brush or weeds, or when you need to be ready to take aim.

Safe Carries in a Group

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Safely carrying firearms while hunting with others can be a challenge. Strict muzzle control is the key factor to keep in mind. Remember that you may have to adjust or change your carry for the terrain and pace of your group.

Cradle Carry

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The cradle carry rests the gun across your forearm and elbow. The hand easily secures the firearm by grasping the stock. It is a comfortable carry that reduces arm fatigue.

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Elbow or Side Carry

Comfortable, but it has the least muzzle control. It also can snag in brushy terrain. Use it when no one is in front of you.

 

Sling Carry

Easy carry for long treks through open country. Keep a hand on the sling when walking so that it doesn’t slide off your shoulder if you trip. Not recommended for thick brush because the gun could be knocked from your shoulder.

 

Trail Carry

Leaves a hand free for balance, but don’t use it when you’re behind someone. Not recommended when walking in snow or brush—debris can get in the barrel.

 

Two-Handed or “Ready” Carry

Provides the best control, particularly in thick brush or weeds, or when you need to fire quickly.

 

Cradle Carry

Comfortable and secure; reduces arm fatigue.

 

Shoulder Carry

Good choice in waist-high brush. Don’t use it if someone is behind you.

 

Safely carrying firearms while hunting with others can be a challenge. Strict muzzle control is the key factor to keep in mind. Remember that you may have to adjust or change your carry for the terrain and pace of your group.

 

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