AR-15 is America’s most popular rifle. It’s a prized possessions among gun enthusiasts, hunters and marksmen. Though, every user, no-matter their experience level have to follow the best-practices when using an Ar-15.
All users should understand one thing. Before firing any firearm these weapons are considered inherently deadly. But to mitigate this threat, we abide to safety guidelines.
Treat All guns the same way you would treat a loaded gun.
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
Keep your finger away from the trigger until you’re ready to shoot something.
Know what you are shooting at and what is behind it.
This article will cover AR-15 safety.
Before picking up the AR-15, you must clear. Clearing is simply checking to see if your rifle is loaded and it if is loaded, then you will unload it.
How To Clear An AR-15
First step to clear an AR-15 is to remove the magazine. This is simply done by pressing on the release and pulling the magazine out.
Second step is to open the bolt to visually inspect if there is a round in the chamber. The AR-15’s bolt is located in the mid-section of the rifle, it moves back and forth as it fires.
To open bolt, you must pull on the charging handle. Pull it to the rear as far as it can go. If there is a round in the chamber, it should pop out – though you still need to look in chamber to make sure there is not another round.
To inspect bolt thoroughly, it’s best to lock the bolt open. On left side of AR-15 above the trigger, by mid-section is a bolt catch or bolt release. Push on bolt release and at same time pull on the charging handle all the way back – this will lock the charging handle in its place.
When bolt is locked open you can take a good look into the AR-15’s barrel to see if there is a round in it.
On left side of AR-15, above the handle, is the safety selector to safe.
Now you have cleared the rifle and you can do what you want with it (e.g., clean it or put it away).
If you’ll be loading the weapon, place the rifle on the right side up. Point the rifle away from other. Keep bolt locked, so other can see the ejection port (where the bolt is) is visible so others can know that rifle is unloaded.
Now we can load the AR-15.