Originally Posted by Pidlar
I always comply with the rules at whatever club or competition I am visiting.Aside from the always treating a rifle as unloaded Rule,as a shooter taught by the military the standard practice is to carry the rifle muzzle up.The reasoning being certain surfaces will enduce a ricochet should an N.D. occur.
Having attended a few busy competitions lateley ive noticed that a lot of shorter set ups that are slung muzzle down actually point way forward of the vertical axis, and in close proximity of say 1 to 2 metres would result in a person taking a pellet wound anywhere from the ankle up to the lower thigh.
Just my 2p,
Muzzle down was agreed by NEFTA as some grounds are on a slope.
A tall shooter stood, or walking, behind another shooter is likely to have the second shooter's muzzle sticking in his/her face.
If I were to be shot I would prefer it to be in my lower extremities than in the face.