As we bring the next generation into hunting and the shooting sports, training and education should be of paramount concern, but we may overlook one of the most important pieces of literature available to the training regimen. That unique piece of literature is the firearm's owner's manual.
Your firearm's owner's manual explains how the firearm operates and the safety features which may be unique to its design and construction. Moreover, the owners manual gives you a complete picture of the facts about your personal firearm, how it was constructed, what oils were used to preserve it in transit from the factory, and what should be done before it is fired for the first time. It also spells out how best to properly care for your firearm throughout its life. It teaches you how to get the best performance and the greatest possible enjoyment from owning your firearm.
A proper understanding of this information is critical for both the safe use and long term maintenance of any firearm. The owner's manual should be read in a group setting with all possible users or users to be, and any questions should be answered fully.
If a question arises which cannot be answered, call the customer service department of the manufacturer for an accurate answer. Time spent educating family members on issues of firearms safety and responsibility may be some of the most important time you spend. Time spent reading and fully understanding your firearm through the pages of the owners manual is an investment in responsibility.
You can receive replacement owners manuals for any firearms manufactured by H&R 1871, Inc. by writing them at H&R 1871, Inc., 60 Industrial Rowe, Gardner, MA 01440 and including your serial number.