Here are some of our most important BB gun safety tips:
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded and never assume that a gun is not loaded.
- Never point your BB gun at anyone even if you think that it is not loaded!
- Do not fire at a target unless you know everything surrounding the target is clear. Do not shoot if there is a possibility that someone is near to the target… you might miss!
- Keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Always wear protective eyewear. Also a protective mask is a good idea.
- A BB bullet can easily ricochet. Be aware of the type of surface you are shooting at. BBs ricochet more easily off of certain surfaces. Flat surfaces, hard surfaces, and the water are all surfaces that BBs may ricochet off of. Also make sure that the target is not at an angle.
- Do not allow minors (persons under 18 years of age) to shoot any type of gun (not even a BB gun) with out active adult supervision.
- Now that BB guns are made to look more and more realistic, people will mistake them for real guns. This makes them potentially dangerous! If someone (including and especially the police) thinks you have a real gun you could be putting yourself and others in danger. Do not carry your BB gun in a public place.
- Do not alter the colour of your BB gun. It is fluorescent orange for a reason! It is important that the Police can recognize a BB gun from a real gun.
- Always check to make sure the gun is not loaded. Point the gun away from people and animals and squeeze the trigger (again, avoid pointing it at things that it might ricochet off).
- Do not carry a loaded BB gun when climbing over fences or up trees or even when jumping. Doing so could cause the gun to go off.
- Take care of your gun. A damaged or dirty gun is more likely to cause injury.
- One rule of BB gun safety that is too often overlooked is that you should always use new ammo in your BB gun. It does not matter if it is expensive. Not doing so is dangerous and can degrade your gun more quickly.