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Stay safe this season with new BASC films

BASC is launching a series of short shotgun safety films ahead of the start of the lowland game season.

The six shareable videos cover key aspects of shotgun safety in line with BASC's best practice advice.

  • Inspecting a shotgun
  • Shotgun slip procedure
  • Preparing to shoot
  • Handling a misfire
  • Crossing an obstacle alone
  • Crossing an obstacle in company

The films, hosted on BASC’s YouTube Channel (youtube.com/bascfilms), support BASC's shotgun Safe Shot Award.

Tom O'Carroll, BASC's video producer, said: "It can be surprising what questions crop up when looking at the details of shotgun safety. Exactly what stage of shooting should you disengage the safety catch? How can removing a shotgun from a slip bring you respect or make those around you feel safe? What should you look for to check if a gun is safe to use?

“In these films, we show things being done right and point out what makes it right.

“Tutorial videos should be easy to follow and easy to watch. These films were designed to be as direct as possible, avoiding the waffle and only presenting what’s important.

“They are also in a format that can be watched and shared easily on social media.”

Sally-Anne Cockerill, a member of BASC council, said: "Tom and his team have done a brilliant job creating these short, easy-to-watch videos.

“I would urge anyone going into the field this season - be it as a gun, in the beating line or picking-up – to refresh their minds on what should be done.

“There is no excuse for anything short of best practice when it comes to shotgun safety."  

To view the first two films in the series, visit https://youtu.be/OvtRaL392FE and https://youtu.be/Ii7oxWLSpX0

BASC’s shotgun safety code of practice can be found here: https://basc.org.uk/cop/shotgun-safety-code-of-practice/

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