Airgun Safety

Airgun safety rules to live by.

While enjoying your Hatsan airgun, please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Read and follow all instructions and warnings in the owner’s manual.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and clear of obstructions.
  • Treat every airgun as if it were loaded.
  • Never climb or jump over anything with your airgun in hand.
  • Wear eye protection and consider wearing ear protection – especially when shooting in enclosed areas.
  • Never load your airgun until you are ready to shoot.
  • Keep the safety engaged until you are ready to shoot.
  • Don’t place your finger on or near the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Know the danger distance (how far ammunition may travel) of your airgun.
  • Check your target and beyond your target to ensure you have a safe backstop and that no people, pets, or property could be in danger.
  • Shoot only the correct caliber and type of ammunition designated for your air rifle.
  • Avoid ricochet by not shooting at hard surfaces or the surface of water.
  • Always check to see that the safety is engaged and the airgun is unloaded when receiving it from another person or getting it out of storage.
  • Perform regular maintenance.
  • Store your airgun in a safe place away from the ammunition.

FOR AGES 16 AND OLDER. – Adult air rifles are intended for use by those 16 years of age or older. Read all instructions before using. The purchaser and user should conform to all laws governing the purchase, use, and ownership of airguns in his or her locale.

WARNING: Airguns are not toys! – Adult supervision for shooters under the age of 16 is required. Misuse or careless use may cause serious injury or death. Products may be dangerous up to 650 yards.

WARNING: Do not brandish or display in public! – Your air rifle could confuse people and may be a crime. Police and others may mistake it for a firearm. Do not change the coloration and markings to make it look more like a firearm. This is dangerous and may be a crime.

IMPORTANT: You and others with you should always wear shooting glasses to protect yourself and those around you from eye injury. Always practice safe handling and transportation of airguns in the same manner that you would treat a firearm.

Firearm Safety

  • Always practice safe handling of your firearm and maintain awareness of the environment in which you are doing so.
  • Treat every gun as if it were loaded at all times.
  • Never allow the gun to be aimed at anything you do not wish to destroy.
  • Keep the gun on safe and your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire it.
  • Be aware of your target, your surroundings, and what is beyond your target at all times.
  • Always transport and store your firearm unloaded.
  • Always check that your firearm is unloaded when retrieving it from storage, passing it to another person, or receiving it from another person.
  • Keep the barrel clear of obstructions and be aware of the possibility of squibs.
  • Handle and carry the gun in a manner that allows you to maintain control of the muzzle and the direction in which it is pointed.
  • Do not climb over obstacles with a loaded gun.
  • Do not shoot at water or hard, flat surfaces – this will help prevent unwanted ricochets.
  • Do not consume alcohol or other mind/behavior-altering substances before or while handling your firearm.