Who Reads Owner's Manuals?

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Do you read the Owner's Manual before shooting the first time?

Poll closed Nov 6, 2016.
  1. Yes

    108 vote(s)
    73.5%
  2. No

    39 vote(s)
    26.5%
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  1. alexander45

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    Yes but not for the reason they want you to I tend to read them once I open the Box because we'll it's there, it's a short read, and nine outa ten times it's more ads than any thing. Also some companies put the most generic ones in with their guns that they are jokingly useless.
     
  2. GBExpat

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    I seriously doubt that anyone here wastes any time on the lawyer/CYA crap that fills contemporary firearms owner's manuals.

    Speaking for only myself, though, I always breeze past such stuff and quickly (usually) peruse the subject-firearm-specific information for any details with which I am not already familiar.

    In the late '70s I bought a Mini-14 which I sold several years later. A few years after that, I bought another, this one a used rifle, from an individual ... and I requested a manual from Ruger.

    I was stunned at how much the Mini-14 manuals had changed in less than a decade. It seemed that at least half of the information in that new manual was lawyer-generated copy.
     
  3. On An Island

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    I don't read it cover-to-cover, but I do read the disassembly, maintenance and (if available) adjustment sections.
     
  4. MyGreenGuns

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    I read the manual for everything.
     
  5. Ironicaintit

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    So glad I read the manual....how else would I have known to make sure it's unloaded? Whew! That was close!
    I voted no. It's a rare occasion that I open them at all ... If ever.

    I like vintage manuals, but that's it.
     
  6. chicharrones

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    May I add, two reasons I prefer to read the manual is to know ammo limitations and if dry firing is okay or not. Other than that, the most useful portion to me is the parts diagram.
     
  7. Twiki357

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    I voted no because I rarely buy a new gun and used ones don’t usually come with a manual.
     
  8. entropy

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    No, but I often consult J. B. Wood, Jerry Kuhnhausen, or the US Army TM of a particular gun sometimes.
     
  9. morcey2

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    Paul Mauser and Sergei Mosin didn't include any manuals with any of their guns that I have bought. :D Come to think of it, the only gun that I've ever bought that had a manual with it is the 20 gauge mossberg 500 that I bought new as a gift for my daughter.

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  10. JohnKSa

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    The only time I don't read the manual is if it's a model that I already own. Even then, I will look through it to see if anything new has been added since the last manual from that model.

    It's surprising how much one can learn from owners manuals.
     
  11. wideym

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    Owner's manuals tell you everything you need to know for the safe handling, loading, unloading, disassembly, cleaning, and lubrication of the firearm. I read them on every new gun I purchase or sell. I also highly encourage customers to read the manual, specifically any red letter statements and warnings.

    At least half of our customers are new owners or haven't owned the current model they buy. Plus gun manuals can be looked up on company websites or ordered directly.

    I did have a problem with magnum research at first when I asked for a copy of the desert eagle manual. I had two desert eagles and no manual, and they wanted me to buy a manual for $20, but when I suggested that a lawyer would love to hear that if I accidentally injured myself do to not having a manual, I was sent one free of charge. (I did have the serial numbers of both to prove I owned them and not just some fanboy looking for deagle swag)
     
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  12. tarosean

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    I would say YES!


    No I dont read the manuals or any of the other rubbish put in the box...
     
  13. cfullgraf

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    This is pretty much what I do.

    As far as good reference materials, some manufacturers do a better job than others.
     
  14. montanaoffroader

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    Same here. It doesn't cost any extra to look over the manual, and might even save me a headache or two.
     
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    Generally when I get a new gun I shoot it a good bit the day I get it, then that night I skim through the manual skipping everything in red/bold. A lot of the time I don't read it at all especially if I'm fairly familiar with the gun in question already.
     
  16. tommy.duncan

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    Every firearm every time before they ever get fired. I even read all the manuals for my 3 P226s.
     
  17. Red Wind

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    At this point in the poll, almost 75% read the manual. A excellent number. I thought it would be far lower.
     
  18. GBExpat

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    With some fellows reading an owner's manual is closely akin to stopping to ask for directions when lost ... both are behaviors that, in some vague & visceral way, threaten their Guy Card. :D
     
  19. Red Wind

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    3 out of 4 of your fellow posters here are absolutely consumed by the thought of losing their Guy Card! :neener:

    Must be a slow Saturday in NoVa. :rolleyes:
     
  20. rugerman

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    Not the one that comes with the gun, but before I buy a gun I usually have read up on the gun in magazines or on the web so I have often read about how to take it down and other important stuff.
     
  21. Rockrivr1

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    Manuals? We don't need no stinkin manuals.....
     
  22. Deanimator

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    With my Citadel 3.5 CS I didn't have much choice. I'd never owned a bushingless M1911 before. I didn't have the slightest idea of how to take it apart.
     
  23. RX-79G

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    That sounds like a Communist plot by anti-gun cultists. You should complain on your local news comment section.
     
  24. GBExpat

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    Ayup, I had time to compose one entire sentence ... and now two, each with its own ellipsis. ;)
     
  25. Red Wind

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    Being a life long Anglophile, I commend you and your admirable independent gun stance! ;)

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