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Handling Ammunition

Your responsibility:

  • Use only ammunition specified for your firearm
  • Store & carry ammunition in a safe & secure manner
  • Follow safe loading practices

Caution! High impact, excessive heat, or contact by sharp objects can be dangerous to ammunition under certain circumstances. 

Ammunition should be:

  • Locked up - separate from firearms
  • Stored - in original container or ammo box
  • Sorted - and stored by caliber or gauge
  • Carried - in original container or secure carrier
  • Correct - ammunition used with its firearm
  • Appropriate - round or soft point only in tubular magazines
  • Checked - for good condition of ammunition before loading

Inside cartridges

Inside cartidges

Inside shotshells

Inside shot shells

Caliber stamped on rifle barrel caliber stamped on end of cartidge

Make sure your ammunition is the correct caliber and chambering or gauge and length for your gun.

gauge and shell length stamped on barrell gauge stamped on end of shotgun shell Shell length'

Understanding How a Gun Fires

  1. Cartridge or shot shell is loaded into the chamber.
  2. The firing pin strikes and ignites the primer.
  3. The primer ignites the powder.
  4. Expanding gasses propel the bullet or shot.


Gun firingfiring pin strikes

Primer ignites powder Expanding gas propels bullet

Watch a video on: Cartridges.