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Range Protocol?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by HammerBite, Sep 27, 2006.

  1. HammerBite

    HammerBite Well-Known Member

    I have never fired a shotgun. I have had a Beretta O/U and an Ithaca 37 in the safe for years and I've decided that they really need to be shot. I have read a lot about shotgunning in the forums and in books. but I still have a basic question . . .

    What is the correct protocol for carrying a pump shotgun between stations on a trap/skeet/sporting clays range?

    An O/U with the action open is obviously safe. The status of a pump isn't so immediately obvious. What is the preferred mode of carry for my Model 37?
  2. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    The protocol is the same for all guns -- action open at all times when not in the shooting box ready to fire. The only exception is that break open guns can be closed while they're sitting in a stand, but must be opened immediately when picked up.
  3. HammerBite

    HammerBite Well-Known Member

    RNB65 . . .

    Should a pump be carried pointed toward ground or pointing up?
  4. TrapperReady

    TrapperReady Well-Known Member

    Pumps and autos should be carried with the action open and the gun pointed up. Personally, I carry them slightly turned so that the action is clearly visible if someone is approaching me from the front.

    With an O/U, I carry it with the action broken and balanced over my shoulder, my hand holding the barrels, which I keep pointed at the ground.
  5. RNB65

    RNB65 Well-Known Member

    Like TR said, pumps and semis carried on the shoulder with the barrel point up. Break opens carried open on the shoulder with the barrels pointed down.
  6. HammerBite

    HammerBite Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys.

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