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INSTRUCTION & SAFETY MANUAL - Howa

INSTRUCTION & SAFETY MANUALREAD CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS FIREARMHOWA SERIES 1500 SPORTING RIFLESIMPORTANT! Do not discard!Keep this MANUAL with your should accompany the rifle toany new owner. 1 ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY THE FIRST STEPThe first step in the safe handling of any firearmis to know how to CLEAR Howa rifle is considered CLEAR whenthere is no ammunition in the chamber or in themagazine, the bolt is open and the SAFETY is "on".To clear the rifle:Point the muzzle in a safe direction. lift the bolthandle and pull the bolt fully to the rear. This shouldeject any cartridge that may be present in thechamber, but LOOK in the chamber anyway to besure it is empty. The magazine also is now it con-tains any cartridges, remove them (seepage 17). Leave the bolt open and put the SAFETY "on".Always clear your rifle before handing it toanother person. If someone hands a firearm to you,person-ally determine whether it is clear before anyfurther assume any firearm to be unloaded, anddon't accept anyone's assurance.

INSTRUCTION & SAFETY MANUAL READ CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS FIREARM HOWA SERIES 1500 SPORTING RIFLES IMPORTANT! Do not discard! Keep this manual with your rifle.

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1 INSTRUCTION & SAFETY MANUALREAD CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS FIREARMHOWA SERIES 1500 SPORTING RIFLESIMPORTANT! Do not discard!Keep this MANUAL with your should accompany the rifle toany new owner. 1 ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY THE FIRST STEPThe first step in the safe handling of any firearmis to know how to CLEAR Howa rifle is considered CLEAR whenthere is no ammunition in the chamber or in themagazine, the bolt is open and the SAFETY is "on".To clear the rifle:Point the muzzle in a safe direction. lift the bolthandle and pull the bolt fully to the rear. This shouldeject any cartridge that may be present in thechamber, but LOOK in the chamber anyway to besure it is empty. The magazine also is now it con-tains any cartridges, remove them (seepage 17). Leave the bolt open and put the SAFETY "on".Always clear your rifle before handing it toanother person. If someone hands a firearm to you,person-ally determine whether it is clear before anyfurther assume any firearm to be unloaded, anddon't accept anyone's assurance.

2 LOOK inside ityour-self. When entering or leaving a range orhunting area, or when showing the rifle to others,make sure the bolt is open, the SAFETY is "on", andall ammunition has been removed. That way otherscan see, without need to operate its mechanism,that the rifle is WARNINGS ARE IMPORTANTF irearms, by their nature and intended function,are lethal weapons. By understanding the dangersinherent in the use of any firearm, and by takingproper precautions, you can enjoy complete safetyin the use of your firearm. Failure to heed any ofthese warnings may result in accidental death orserious injury to you or others, as well as severedamage to the firearm or other JUST FOR BEGINNERSEven if you are familiar with other firearms,don't assume there is no need to study this happen to experienced shooters aswell as beginners. Most of them could have beenavoided if the shooter had read and followed theinstructions and observed the basic rules of 'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITYH aving a firearm in your possession is likebeing the captain of a ship: it's a seriousresponsibility, and yours alone.

3 It's up to you toKNOW how to keep and use your firearm safely,and up to you to always TAKE the necessaryprecautions - all of them. If you fail to do so, andsomeone gets hurt, the blame rests on : Accidents are rarely the fault of thefirearm. A gun is just a machine, with no judgmentof its own. It responds to your actions, whetherwise or foolish. Of course it has mechanical safetyfeatures, but none as effective as the brain of acautious shooter who never forgets that a moment'scarelessness can produce a permanent IS ESSENTIALThe safe handling of firearms requiresspecialized training, knowledge and discipline. Thebest way to learn is with supervised INSTRUCTION ,often available from gun shops, gun clubs, statehunter SAFETY programs or police departments. Forhelp in finding a training course, write to theNational Rifle Association, 11250 Waples MillRoad, Fairfax, Virginia ARE NOT ALL ALIKEMany makes and models of firearms might looknearly the same. However, they differ widely indesign and operation, and in the location andfunction of various this MANUAL .

4 Thoroughly educate yourselfon the characteristics and operation of thisparticular firearm before attempting to load it. Donot permit others to have access to your rifle unlessthey have received proper YOUR EYES AND EARSA lways wear protective shooting glasses andear plugs or "earmuff" type protectors wheneveryou are shooting. Your vision and hearing arepriceless, and irreplaceable. Always make certainthat persons close to you are similarly glasses will protect your eyes fromburns and abrasions caused by powder gas,metallic particles, burning powder grains, lubricant,and similar debris that can emanate occasionallyfrom any firearm in normal use. If something goesseriously wrong and fragments of cartridge case orfirearm are sent flying, shooting glasses can makethe difference between future sight and best compromise between protection andconvenience is offered by high-quality shootingglasses or industrial-grade SAFETY glasses withlarge-area shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses atleast 2mm ear protection, repeated exposure toshooting noise may lead to cumulative, permanenthearing loss.

5 Many experienced shooters who valuetheir hearing wear both ear plugs AND ear a shooting range it is common courtesy not tocommence firing until everyone nearby has theireyes and ears Muzzle of barrel2. Barrel3. Floor plate4. Floor plate catch5. Trigger guard6. Trigger7. Stock8. Sling swivel stud9. Butt end of stock10. Bolt handle11. Cocking Piece(with firing pin)12. Bolt sleeve13. Bolt14. Receiver15. Safety16. Red dot indicator17. Bolt stop18. Magazine(inside stock)19. Chamber endof barrelImportant Terms Which Are Not Individual Parts:Bore:The hole lengthwise through the barrel through which a fired bullet :The enlarged rear portion of the bore into which a cartridge is seatedfor : The front face of the barrel from which the bullet :The space inside the rifle where cartridges are stored to be fed intothe chamber. Left, Right, Front, and Rear refer to the rifle as seen by ashooter holding it in the firing SPECIFICATIONSType andMagazineBarrelOverallRate Rem522" "1 Rem522" 1 Win522" "1 1 1:10270 Win522" "1 " "1 Win522" "1 Ram524" "1 Rem524 "1 Win524" "1:12 Big Game Magnum7mm Rem Mag 324" "1 Win Mag324" "1 Win Mag324" "1 1 1 1 most users wish to select a particulartelescopic sight and mount combination thatsatisfies their individual preferences andrequirements, your Howa rifle I.

6 Delivered from thefactory without sights. Mounting holes are factorydrilled and tapped to accommodate many popularmakes and models of telescopic lights and the manufacturer s instructions for properinstallation and !LEAD EXPOSURED ischarging firearms inpoorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, orhandling ammunition may result in exposure tolead and other substances known to the state ofCalifornia to cause birth defects, reproductiveharm, and other serious physical injury. Haveadequate ventilation at all times. Wash handsthoroughly after exposure. SHOOTING ORCLEANING GUNS MAY EXPOSE YOU AVOID A CATASTROPHEALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safedirection. Never point any gun loaded or unloaded at anything you are not willing to see every gun is loaded until youpersonally prove otherwise. Don't trust yourmemory, and never take anyone's word for your gun so that you can controlthe direction of the muzzle if you fall or the SAFETY "ON" and your fingeroutside the trigger guard until the muzzle is pointedat the target and you are ready to the gun unloaded until it mustbe ready for use.

7 If there is no need to load it untillater, don' attention where the muzzle ispointing when you (or others nearby) are handlingany gun, especially while operating any part of itsmechanism. Don't let anyone point the muzzle in anunsafe direction (for example: at you).ALWAYS check for any obstruction in thebarrel before loading or if there is any reason tosuspect blockage. Bore obstructions are a majorsource of gun identify your target and besure there is a safe backstop before you shoot. It'sfar better than making pathetic excuses your gun so that you can controlthe direction of the muzzle if you fall or high quality ammunition made toAmerican industry standards. Make sure it is clean,dry, in good condition, and of the proper type andcaliber for your gun. Defective or improperammunition is responsible for most malfunctionsand blown-up alcohol or drugs with is enough danger without the added hazardof fuzzy a gun toward you by grasping itsmuzzle end. If the rifle snags on something andfires, the bullet probably won't to load or unload a gun insidea vehicle or building (except a properly constructedindoor range); there usually is no safe direction topoint the at a hard object or at waterexcept under carefully controlled conditions.

8 Bulletscan glance off hard materials like rock, glass orsteel, or skip off the surface of water, fly inunpredictable directions and an unattended gun loaded. Gunsand ammunition should be stored separately, lockedand beyond the reach of children and Use only high quality, original factory-manufactured ammunition. Do not use cartridgesthat are dirty, wet, corroded, bent, or only ammunition of the caliber for which yourfirearm is chambered. The proper caliber ispermanently engraved on your firearm; neverattempt to use ammunition of any other not oil cartridges, or spray aerosollubricants, preservatives or cleaners directly ontocartridges or where excess spray might come intocontact with them. Highly penetrative lubricants canmigrate inside cartridge cases and contaminate theprimer and/or propellant powder. Either a misfire ora failure of the powder to ignite may result. If onlythe primer ignites, there is danger that the bulletmay not exit the barrel, and obstruct the ammunition in a cool, dry place, awayfrom sources of heat.

9 Heat shortens the shelf life ofammunition by accelerating the chemicaldecomposition of primer and a habit of regularly examining your firedcartridge cases, particularly when trying differentammunition. Watch for abnormalities: punctured,loose, or excessively flattened primers; split,deformed or partially separated cases; rough orcratered firing pin indents, torn rims, etc. "Reading"the cases can reveal a lot about the quality of theammunition and the condition of the rifle, allowingcorrective steps to be taken before something 't mix up ammunition. Keep cartridges intheir original box until you are ready to load afield, carry only one caliber of ammunition inyour pockets. At the range, put only the ammunitionfor the firearm you are currently using on theshooting bench. Don't put ammunition of differentcalibers or loads in the same box or loose in arange bag. It is too easy to pick up and load thewrong cartridge, with potentially disastrous !AMMUNITIONE xcessive pressure in the barrel when a shotis fired can blow up even the strongest firearm,and cause death or serious injury to the shooter orothers at normal firing pressure (often in excessof 50,000 pounds per square inch), if the cartridgecase bursts the uncontrolled escape of propellantgas from the barrel into the receiver area can beextremely dangerous.

10 Explosions from excessivepressure or burst cartridge cases are mostcommonly caused by defective or improperammunition or by an obstruction in the barrel. (Seewarnings in following section, "BoreObstructions".)Defective cartridgesmay be overloaded orunderloaded, incorrectly dimensioned, improperlymanufactured or assembled, or assembled fromthe wrong or faulty components. Defectiveammunition also includes cartridges that are dirty,wet, corroded, bent, split, damaged, contaminatedwith lubricant, or deteriorated from age or poorstorage. Corrosion, dirt or other foreign matter ona cartridge can impede complete locking of thebolt, and in combination with other faults mayresult in a burst cartridge case; the same is true ofa cartridge that is oversized, damaged ordeformed. Another defect is a bullet that is loosein the case neck; this condition introduces a highrisk of a bore cartridgesare those of the wrongcaliber or loading for normal use in a SAFETY , USE ONLY CLEAN, DRY,HIGH QUALITY AMMUNITION IN GOODCONDITION MANUFACTURED ANDASSEMBLED TO INDUSTRY STANDARDSBY REPUTABLE MANUFACTURERS,AND OF THE CORRECT CALIBER ANDLOADING FOR YOUR ON RELOADED AMMUNITIONThe use of reloaded (or "handloaded","remanufactured", or other non-standard)ammunition is far and away the most commoncause of dangerous malfunctions and blown is a complex science whichunfortunately is not as fully understood by many ofits practitioners as it deserves to be.


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