In the field, we all strive to be as safe as possible. Hunter Safety Education classes teach us the do's and don'ts with great and proven effect. Years in the field with friends and family also enhance our collective level of experience but basic human nature may cause us to forget the simple safety messages which are sometimes the most important.
The beauty and simplicity of the exposed hammer, single shot shotgun or rifle provides an added measure of safety. It is best shown by the simple adage, "never cock the firearm until you are ready to fire." The principle of an exposed hammer allows the firearm to be safely carried uncocked when in the field.
All firearms manufactured by H&R 1871, Inc. contain an invaluable safety feature, a transfer bar system. This unique and Patented system keeps the hammer from ever touching the firing pin when the hammer is in the down, or uncocked position. The firearm may only discharge if the hammer is fully cocked and then the trigger is pulled and held. This is a powerful difference when compared to most other type of shotguns and rifles which are cocked as the cartridge is fed into the chamber. These firearms rely on a mechanical safety to keep them from accidentally discharging when in the field.
When in the field or at the range remember the basic safety message of the single shot, exposed hammer long gun. "Cock only when you are prepared to fire". Do this and your hunting experiences will be as safe as they are enjoyable.