New Mexico Hunter Safety Course

 

Safe Firearm Handling in the Field

Cradle Carry

Placing the firearm across your chest, hold the grip of the firearm and rest its action in the bend of your arm. Next, cover the trigger guard with the other hand. It's a very comfortable position. If there is another hunter walking beside you, make sure that the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction.

Sling Carry

This takes advantage of the sling attachments on your firearm. Attach a sling, making sure it fits, and place the rifle over your shoulder while grasping the sling with your hand. This is a great carry when traveling over long distances. If you bend over to pick up an object, remember that the muzzle is now pointed in front of you.

 

Elbow Carry

Place the butt of the firearm in your armpit and let the forearm of the firearm rest on your arm. The muzzle is pointed down and in front of you. This is also a very comfortable position but does not give you very good control of the muzzle. Remember that when you turn right or left, the muzzle will follow you.

 

 
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