Safety Guide

Safety Information

Please read through and follow all safety measures outlined in this guide before purchasing and using any Raptor Targets products. Raptor Targets is not responsible or liable for any incidents that may occur when using a firearm alongside any of our shooting targets. We strongly recommend wearing protective eye goggles as well as ear coverings when shooting at targets and reading through our safety guide to ensure proper safety measures are met.


During the Canadian Firearms Safety Course(s) the following method is used to reinforce safe gun handling. Every time someone picks up or unloads a gun, he/she will be expected to perform ACTS & PROVE. Students are trained to perform ACTS & PROVE on hinge, bolt, pump, lever and semi-automatic action long guns in the CFSC and on semi-automatic pistols as well as single and double action revolvers in the CRFSC.


  • Assume every firearm is loaded.

  • Control the muzzle direction at all times.

  • Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.

  • See that the firearm is unloaded - PROVE it safe.


  • Point the firearm in the safest available direction.

  • Remove all cartridges.

  • Observe the chamber.

  • Verify the feeding path.

  • Examine the bore.

Shooting on Steel Targets

Shooting on steel targets can be incredibly fun and engaging, but like all shooting activities, it needs to be done safely and responsibly. To ensure your next shooting activity is fun and safe for everyone, please follow these rules: 

Firearms Safety Rules

1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. ie, towards the target or the ground.

2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Steel Target Safety Rules

1. ALWAYS wear hearing protection and wrap-around shatter resistant eye protection.

2. ALWAYS inspect the target for damage, functionality, stability, etc., before using.

3. ALWAYS place the target on a soft surface free of large rocks or other secondary ricochet hazards.

4. ALWAYS stand at least 100 yards from the target when using handgun and .22 rimfire calibers.

5. ALWAYS stand at least 100 yards from the target when using shotgun bird or buck shot (lead only).

6. ALWAYS stand at least 100 yards from the target when using centerfire rifle calibers.

7. ALWAYS stand at least 100 yards from the target when using shotgun slugs.

8. NEVER use centerfire rifle calibers on .22 rimfire or handgun rated targets (1/4" AR500 or 3/8" AR500).

9. NEVER shoot BB's, steel shot, or air gun pellets at steel targets.

10. NEVER use armor piercing, steel core, green tip, or other types of penetrator ammunition with steel targets.

11. NEVER shoot on steel that is cratered, pitted, or damaged in any way.

12. NEVER exceed a 20-degree angle of engagement.

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