Basic Safety Rules
Safety and responsibility have always been a cornerstone of Ruger's philosophy. We base this philosophy on the "Basic Rules of Firearms Safety":
- Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, and keep your finger off the trigger, until you are ready to shoot.
- Firearms should be unloaded and securely stored when not in use.
- Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before using.
- Be sure of your target before you shoot.
- Wear shooting glasses and ear protection when you shoot.
- Never climb a tree or fence, or do anything awkward with a loaded firearm.
- Don't shoot at a hard surface or at water.
- Never transport a loaded firearm.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages or drugs when shooting or handling a gun.
All these important safety rules must be followed at all times by persons handling any firearm. More detailed firearms safety information and specific warnings appropriate for each Ruger® model firearm can be found in its instruction manual.
Safe Storage & Locking
In 1987, Ruger pioneered the practice of supplying a lockable box and padlock with its newly manufactured pistols and revolvers. Since then, this safety program was expanded to encompass the entire Ruger firearm line. Currently, every Ruger firearm is shipped from the factory with an appropriate locking mechanism to help our customers meet their responsibility to store firearms unloaded and in a safe condition.
Since 2005, all newly manufactured Ruger firearms are shipped from the factory with an external, key-operated locking device. These are California-approved firearms safety devices that meet the requirement of California Penal Code Section 12088 and the regulations issued thereunder.
While locking devices are an important aid to security measures, they are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and proper storage. Remember that any mechanical device can be bypassed with enough time, knowledge, determination and equipment. At a minimum, you should always:
- Read the owner's manual supplied with your firearm and the instructions supplied with your locking device before attempting to install the locking device on your firearm.
- Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, including when you are installing and removing your locking device.
- Always verify that your firearm is completely unloaded before installing the locking device and storing your firearm.
- Store firearms, ammunition and keys separately and securely, away from children and careless adults; do not store your firearm with the keys in the locking device. Do not attempt to work the action of any firearm with the locking device in place; this may damage your firearm or lock.
NSSF Own It Campaign
Project ChildSafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearms safety and education. They are committed to promoting genuine firearms safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits to communities across the U.S.