Safety is everyone's responsibility

As a gun owner, you accept a set of demanding responsibilities. How seriously you take these responsibilities can be the difference between life and death.
There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. At all times handle this firearm and all other firearms with intense respect for their power and potential danger. Please read and understand all of the cautions, warnings, notices, proper handling procedures and instructions outlined in this owner’s
manual before using your new firearm.

Recall information.

Although extremely uncommon, from time to time special recalls of various firearms and non-gun type products may be listed on with instructions. If you have a question about any safety issue or past recalls regarding Browning products please call us at: 1-801-876-2711. For more information on recall look under the SUPPORT menu above, listed under RECALL/SAFETY INFORMATION. 

Use National Shooting Sports Foundation Resources.

Browning is a proud member of the NSSF. As the firearms industry trade organization it is their mission to "Promote, Protect and Preserve" our country's great firearm heritage. Safety is a significant component of this mission. The NSSF excels with a complete library of firearms/gun safety information that is made available to all. Most of the literature and video resources can be downloaded from the NSSF site or provided on DVD for classroom use. To go to the NSSF for useful resources click here.

Project ChildSafe.

How sharp is your gun safety knowledge? Take the gun safety quiz and see how your score compares to your friends. Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearm owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. Special kits are available that include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure that discusses safe handling and storage. Since 2003, the Project has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to distribute more than 36 million safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories - See more at:  A video has been produced by the NSSF explaining this important program:

Don't lie for the other guy.

Convicted felons, minors, persons determined by a court of law to be "mentally defective" and certain others are prohibited by law from buying a firearm. If a friend or relative asks you to lie to the federal government or to a federally licensed firearms retailer to try to buy a gun for him/her, don't do it! It's not worth 10 years in jail.

Understanding the importance of cooperating with law enforcement, the firearms industry through the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the industry's trade association -- has for more than a decade partnered with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to assist law enforcement in educating firearms retailers to be better able to identify and deter illegal straw purchases and to raise public awareness that straw purchasing is a serious crime. For more information go to

Firearms safety depends on you.

From the time you pick up a firearm, you become part of a system over which you have complete control. You are the only part of the system that can make a gun safe—or unsafe. Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. Many tools are provided that are intended to make firearms even safer.

One of these is the "Firearms Safety Depends on You" brochure provided by Browning and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This brochure helps by emphasizing the basics of safe gun handling and storage and by reminding you that you are the key to firearms safety. View the entire brochure by going to the NSSF website "Literature" page.

Knife safety is also very important.

Browning produces a large selection of knives and blades for a variety of purposes. Most are the traditional class of Browning knives you are familiar with. We also produced a complete line of Black Label tactical knives suitable for law enforcement or personal protection purposes.

Whether it is for around-camp chores, dressing out wild game, chopping wood, cutting limbs for a treestand or for personal defense, using adequate and informed knife safety principles will help ensure the safety of yourself and those around you. All of our bladed tools and knives have sharp edges which can be dangerous. For a listing of safety rules click here.

Consider securing your firearms with a Browning ProSteel gun safe. 

If it has been too long since you thought about securing your firearms, then now is the time to act. One of the best ways to protect your firearms from unwanted hands is a gun safe. Browning Pro-Steel gun safes are clearly the premier firearms/gun safes on the market. When it comes to obtaining peace of mind -- securing your guns from children, unwanted hands and fire -- nothing offers you more benefits than a top quality Browning Pro Steel in your home.

Too often people put off buying a gun safe and then, when a burglary occurs, they find their fine firearms and other valuables are lost forever. A Browning gun safe has many interior options for storing a complete firearms collection and for securing other valuables and documents. No one makes a stronger safe with more internal, protective features that protect from theft and fire than Browning ProSteel. Period! Go to the Browning ProSteel page by clicking here.

Be a safe shooter.

Read and follow all safety information in the owner’s manual provided with each firearm before using the firearm. Additional copies owner's manuals are available free and can be downloaded by clicking here. Browning endeavors to make all our firearms as safe as possible; however, firearms safety begins with you. At all times treat any firearm with intense respect for its power and potential danger. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. There is no excuse for careless or abusive handling of any firearm. For more information on being a safe shooter please review the NSSF's section on "Safety & Education".

Browning locking devices.

Gun owners are an extraordinarily safety conscious and responsible group. Browning offers gun owners an added measure of safety with approved gun locks. Every new Browning firearm is shipped from the factory with either a cable type, chamber lock or trigger lock. While easy to use, these locks aid the responsible gun owner in preventing accidental firing of the firearm if in the hands of children or others. Click here for a listing of California-approved gun locking devices.

Fire Prevention.

The fire outlook in much of the West is often severe. For this reason the National Shooting Sports Foundation is reminding target shooters and hunters to be cautious when using firearms in hot, dry environments and to share its fire-prevention poster with others in the outdoors community.You can download the poster in two sizes--the standard 8.5 x 11 inchesand a larger 11 x 17 size--each is suitable for displaying at shooting ranges, firearms retail shops and outdoor-equipment stores, as well as sharing on websites, blogs and social media sites.

The poster encourages firearms owners to know the rules and regulations related to shooting in fire-prone areas; to minimize the risk of fire by not using ammunition that is steel-jacketed or has steel-core components, and by not using tracer rounds or exploding targets; to remember that a vehicle or ATV's hot exhaust pipes could ignite a fire; and to properly extinguish campfires, among other fire-prevention measures. Wildfires have many possible causes, and target shooters and hunters who are aware of their surroundings, cautious and responsible can make sure they are not among them. For more information, visit

First Shots. An introduction to shooting.

For New Shooters: When it comes to learning about shooting and firearms ownership, not knowing how or where to start can be an intimidating hurdle. First Shots® provides quality instruction that emphasizes firearm safety and gives newcomers an opportunity to give shooting a try. Developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation ( and hosted by independent shooting facilities, First Shots provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to shooting by qualified range operators and instructors that includes firearm safety, local ownership requirements, shooting fundamentals, hands-on instruction and how and where to continue.

First Shots seminars across the country are generously supported by the industry partners. To learn more click here.