Rule 9: Never fire at hard surfaces or water

 Consider the area in which you are shooting. Could a ricochet occur? A ricochet will almost certainly occur from shooting at water or smooth flat surfaces and rocks.

  • Remember that when a ricochet occurs you have lost control of where the projectile will finish up, resulting in possible injury to another person or damage to property.
  • Be especially careful when shooting with an air rifle due to the slow velocity of pellets they fire. They are very prone to ricochet and should be treated with the utmost of caution.
  • Rimfire and centrefire bullets are prone to ricochet as they lose velocity at the end of their travel.
  • Exercise extreme caution when dispatching downed game birds on water.