Gun Safety

NRA has 3 basic rules

  1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
  3. Keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to shoot

Other rules – most apply to all clubs, some may be specific to Powder Creek

  • Unless you are shooting, the gun action is to always be open so everyone knows it is unloaded
  • Guns are to be pointed up in the air or down at the ground
  • If you see an orange cone on the trap house, it is not safe to shoot. Someone may be loading targets.
  • You must wear eye and ear protection
  • The largest shot you can shoot is 7.5 and no steel shot is allowed. Use 7.5, 8.0 or 8.5
  • No running
  • No flip flops

SCTP Rules

  • No resting muzzle on your toe
  • You cannot wear earbuds if they are not noise dampening for shooting
  • Earbuds may not be plugged in while shooting an event
  • Parents do not yell at or coach their kids during practice

Storing and using guns

  • Guns should not be accessible to unauthorized people – Use safe or trigger locks
  • Be aware that there are some types of guns that require additional precautions – ie release triggers
  • Regular cleaning is important
  • Be sure the gun is unloaded
  • No ammo should be in the cleaning area


  • Common gauges are 12, 20, 28 and .410, 12ga is the largest, .410 is the smallest
  • A smaller gauge shell can fit into a larger gun and block the barrel – causing the gun to explode if a second shell is put in and fired.
  • Do not keep more than one gauge of shell on you at a time

Understand how your gun works

  • Become familiar with your gun so that you are very comfortable with how it works.


Failure to fire

  1. Keep the muzzle in a safe direction
  2. Wait 30 seconds before trying to eject the shell – The primer could still go off
  3. Raise your hand if working will a coach to let them know there is a problem
  4. Examine the primer to see if it has been dented

If the gun fired but sounded strange/muffled, the barrel needs to be checked for obstruction. The wad could be stuck in the barrel. If so, a rod needs to be used to clear the barrel.

Other reasons your gun may not have fired

  • Safety was on
  • Over/under shotgun selector switch could have been in the wrong position
  • The bolt may not have been closed all the way
  • Broken firing pin or other broken part of the gun
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