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Old 26th August 2013, 03:16 PM
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Default Question time on springers (air rifle)

Hi all, have just witness something at a holiday park that has sparked a question,
when you load a spring rifle.

1. do you cock the rifle and at all times hold the barrel while you load the pellet.

2. Just load the rifle with out holding the barrel.

Would like to Know your thoughts .

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Old 26th August 2013, 03:22 PM
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Hold the barrel, or under lever at all times.
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Old 26th August 2013, 03:32 PM
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Yeah I always hold my Weihrauch 97k underlever whilst loading the pellet. These theme parks might have different safety rules.
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Old 26th August 2013, 03:46 PM
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I always keep a hold of the barrel or underlever throughout the loading cycle.

There's many who will tell you it's safe not to hold the barrel, but it only takes something like this to tell you why it needs to be controlled (00:25 onwards)

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Old 26th August 2013, 07:41 PM
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As above, the barrel or under lever should be always be held during the cocking/loading process! You'll be surprised at how many shooters you see at clubs who have no idea of basic range practice and safty drill. Barrels waving about all over the place, barrels resting on feet, barrels and under levers flapping about with actions cocked! At times I am surprised there's not more accidents than there are!
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Old 26th August 2013, 08:31 PM
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Default Thank you!

A big thank you to all' that have replied to this thread.Tomorrow i will be getting in contact with the organisation that are supposed to of trained
the holiday organisation on how to use a spring rifle' and to teach young children and adults how to use them.

The only reason I am making waves over this, is that our sport is always under-fret and none of us want any bad press. I was very pleased to see a holiday organisation introducing the sport of air rifle shooting, but to see the instructor cock the rifle and let go off the barrel and then load the rifle.
I think this is going to teach adults and children the wrong way, and some time down the line some one is going to get hurt.

Sorry to rant on about this but this is such a simple but important task to teach some one,
but for this holiday park they can't see it and after suggesting to the range person that they should hold the barrel while loading ,I think the guy thought I was an alien by the way he was looking at me, I showed him one of my cards from my own shooting club and after time spent talking to him he understood what I meant, but he told me, he can't hold the barrel and load as they haven't been taught that way. So I approached the management of the park, had a chat with them and to be quite honest with you , I personally think they are putting the money first before a persons safety. As said I will be contacting the organisation that has supposedly trained them and will post on here at a later date, that outcome.
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Old 1st September 2013, 06:13 AM
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Good on you mate. safety is paramount in our sport. It makes me cringe when I see someone not holding the barrel or under lever. Neil.
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Old 1st September 2013, 07:24 PM
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Without exception, always hold the barrel or under lever.

You have done the right thing by bringing it to their attention, and lets hope the holiday club takes on the good advice given before an accident occurs!
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Every,every,every time while loading a spring gun the barrel must be held and not to rely on any safety attachment supplied by the maker.If you could see the amount of metal holding the cocking lever,sear and piston back it would frighten you .
Safe loading proceedures are on line and are well known.Use them.
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