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I have seen the DVD. Almost nobody knows about it (club president, other gunners, judges) which is a shame. And when we have given the DVD to potential gunners, they don't watch it and they disappear without returning it.

How many know that you do not load the guns until the call "Guns Up"? How many know where you are supposed to locate the gunners relative to the thrower? And who checks on the safety of a setup?
Our club has a portable DVD player and all the gunners watch the DVD on the grounds prior to the start of every event. There is a short test that each one takes and signs prior to the start of the test.

The Gun Captain checks the safety of each set up, and if needed makes changes to the arrangement. Most of the time they don't have to due to our gunners have had the safety drill over and over again for years.

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I gotta say in all the hunt tests I've been a part of there has never been a detailed safety intro for gunners in the field manning the popper guns, beyond "open the chamber here, load the blank like this, close it, cock it, pull the trigger." I would have no idea what could possibly cause a shotgun to "blow up."
Thankfully both of the clubs I'm involved in (Mid-Florida GRC and Jacksonville RC) have gone to Thunder guns which are much more user friendly, very limited risk, and much less expensive to maintain beyond the initial expense of the equipment itself.

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