Tips for First-time Rifle Buyers.
With such a wide variety of rifles on today's market, your first firearm purchase can be a bit daunting.
If you’re a first-time rifle buyer, Browning would like to offer some tips to make your first firearm a safe, prudent and useful purchase. This brief overview is intended only as a starting point for your interest in becoming a first-time rifle buyer. Always seek out other resources, such as certified training, gun store experts and excellent online resources from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). And always read and understand all information contained in any firearms owner's manual. DOWNLOAD BROWNING OWNER'S MANUALS HERE.
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Pick an Action Type You’re Comfortable With.
BLR Lever Action. Like many lever-action rifles with exposed hammers, the BLR does not have a separate manual safety. However, the BLR has a folding hammer feature which provides an added measure of safety when the hammer is at half-cock. The exposed hammer itself can be an excellent indicator of the safety status of the rifle. The folding hammer has four basic positions: The full-cock position, the half-cock position, the folded hammer position, and the dropped or fired position. An explanation of each position follows. DOWNLOAD THE BLR OWNERS MANUAL FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS.
BL-22 Lever Action. Like many lever-action rifles with an exposed hammer, the BL-22 does not have a separate manual “safety.” While you should never rely on the dropped hammer position to function as a “safety,” the exposed hammer itself is an ideal safety status indicator since it alerts you when the rifle is cocked and ready-to-fire or when the hammer is in its dropped position. The hammer has three positions: Full-cock, half-cock, and dropped or fired. DOWNLOAD THE BL-22 OWNERS MANUAL FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO USE THE HAMMER.