9 Important Safety Rules Of Black Powder Shooting
If shooting with black powder these are 9 important safety rules that shooters should follow (kindly supplied by Pedersoli).
- Never shoot anything else from your gun than factory made blackpowder.
- Never load your blackpowder gun directly from your flask.
- Know your target. Know what’s behind your target before pulling the trigger.
- If you have a misfire, wait 30 seconds and start to remove the ball after this time passed.
- The proper way of removing a dead charge: put the hammer in half cock, remove the cap (open the frizzen and remove the priming powder), push water on the charge from a hypo through the nipple (or touch hole). Start to pull the ball only after the powder charge is soaked.
- Wipe or blow in your bore after each shot to kill possible sparks in the breech.
- Hold the grip of the ramrod in your fist, don’t push it down with your palm. This will save your hand if you have a spark in the breech and the charge goes off.
- Treat your gun always as it is loaded. Never point your barrel to anybody, always turn it into a safe direction unless you see your desired target.
- Use your common sense. Cool down before shooting. It’s a time for relaxation not of rush.