The following list of safety procedures has been created for your reference to ensure a safe and productive on-set environment for your cast and crew.
- Always point the barrel in a safe direction; never point a firearm at anyone.
- Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot.
- Keep the action open and the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
Additional Rules of Safely Handling a Firearm:
1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
2. Before handling any firearm, understand its operation.
3. Think before shooting: once you pull the trigger, you can't take back the shot you've just fired!
4. Receive instructions from one of our qualified employees before beginning to shoot. If ever questions arise feel free to call us for reliable information and answers.
5. Never rely on any mechanical device for safety.
6. Never pass a firearm to another person, or accept a firearm from another person, until the cylinder or action is open and you've personally checked that the weapon is completely unloaded.
7. Never joke around or engage in horseplay while handling or using firearms.
8. Be alert at all times! Never shoot if you're tired, cold or impaired in any way. Do not mix alcohol or drugs with shooting.
9. Safeguard your sight, hearing and health. Always wear eye and ear protection.
10. If you see unsafe behavior any time when firearms are being handled or used, speak up and take action to correct the unsafe behavior at once.
11. Receive instructions from one of our qualified employees before beginning to shoot. If ever questions arise feel free to call us for reliable information and answers.
12. Avoid unloading a firearm by working the cartridges through the action one-at-a-time; drop the magazine and then eject the round which may be left in the chamber, instead, if possible.
13. Avoid trying to catch a live round (while unloading a semiautomatic pistol) by cupping your hand around the ejection port while retracting the slide; doing so may result in an accidental discharge.
Safety Rules for Prop-Masters Using Blank-Firing Weapons:
1. While “safe” distances vary depending on the caliber and load being used, always keep 15 feet between your target and the barrel of the firearm. Upon firing, the muzzle will release flaming gases at extremely high velocities which CAN AND HAVE KILLED PEOPLE.
2. Firearms should never be pointed directly at a person! Cheating the angle of the shot is much safer. Aim approximately 6 inches to either side of the target.
3. If the scene in which you are shooting requires close-quarters shooting please consult a Weapons Specialist employee beforehand.
4. Make sure your firearm is in good mechanical condition before firing it. Periodically have your firearm checked for signs of erosion or damage by one of our certified gunsmiths. This is especially important for long-term rentals.
5. It is your responsibility to ensure that your firearm is always either about your person and under your personal control, or positively secured from access by unauthorized parties. Prevent tragedy: lockup your firearms when they are not in use.
Safety Rules Related to Your Blank Ammunition:
*** REMEMBER: ONLY BLANK AMMUNITION DISTRIBUTED BY WEAPONS SPECIALISTS WILL FUNCTION IN WEAPONS SPECIALISTS’ GUNS. ***
1. Be sure your gun and blank ammunition are compatible. Shooting the incorrect blanks in a firearm may cause severe damage to the firearm or explode in the shooters hand.
2. Relying on other blanks may not feed reliably into your firearm and may cause your firearm to malfunction at a critical juncture.
3. Never fire blanks which exceed the industry standard pressure specifications. Over-pressured ammunition will put you and those around you at risk of a catastrophic failure.
4. Store blanks that are not being used under lock and key so that it is inaccessible to unauthorized parties and children.
5. Dispose of unwanted blanks safely.
Safe Gun Storage:
Advised measures to prevent unauthorized access to a firearm by outside parties:
1. Firearms should be stored unloaded and separate from ammunition when the firearm isn't immediately needed.
2. Use a lock-box and padlocks are HIGHLY advised to secure all firearms when not currently in use.
3. "Hiding" a firearm does not secure it from discovery and possible misuse by curious children or intruders.
4. Metal gun cabinets or gun safes can be used to safeguard firearms from unauthorized access or theft in many circumstances and metal gun cabinets or gun safes are generally preferable to open racks and cabinets.
For more information on general gun safety visit the NRA's gun safety page.
We highly recommend that you consult with an experienced, professional armorer to learn how to conduct a safe shoot or ensure one is present during firearms use.