when loading a springer...HOLD THE BARREL or under lever with one hand and DO NOT let it go until closed.
DO NOT assume the safety mechanisms will always work!!
I see so many people, kids and adults alike loading springers and letting go of the barrel or loading lever while inserting a pellet!!
It is a BAD practice and even though I repeatedly tell people at FT shoots about it I often get blank stares or "mind your own business" looks.
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