HUNTINGsmart! USA Knowledge Base
Module 01 - HUNTING BASICS
Safeties do not replace safe handling.
A ‘safety’ is a mechanical device that prevents a firearm from accidentally firing. It does this by interrupting the firing sequence. The safety blocks one or more of the trigger, sear, hammer or firing pin. However, we all know that mechanical devices can fail. So, safe handling should always be practiced in combination with the use of your safety device. Modern firearms will have one of the following safety types: