I was reading a shooting magazine last night where the author was describing aligning the sites on a fox and then releasing the safety.
This got me thinking
I have always released my safety catch when I am in a stable position and ready to take the shot, But I always release it with the rifle pointing at the ground near the animal I wish to take, rather than release it with the sights on the beast.
I then take the final site on the beast with finger only going onto the trigger when sights are aligned and starting the squeeze.
If I use the set trigger, likewise will set it with rifle pointing at a safe, inanimate object. Although I tend not to use the set trigger when in the field.
Logic being that guns can and do go off when the safety is released - they should n't but you can never be too careful. And if it were to go off (perhaps due to a bit muck getting in the way of the sear etc), I would much prefer to have a scarred / spooked beast than a wounded one.
Any body any thoughts