Our experience has been that only experienced firearms owners and users commission custom rifles such as the ones that we build here at N. L. Heineke, Inc. Such rifles are true artifacts of three hundred years of firearms design: objects of intrinsic beauty and accuracy, hunting and target tools, heirlooms, and a tangible connection to both the future and the past. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to own and use such a firearm. But those of us who are most familiar with firearms have a corresponding obligation to set a teaching standard of safety and care for newer and less experienced owners and users of firearms.
Please remember what you were taught when you began shooting, and share your exacting care for safety with others in your shooting life. All guns are loaded. Never allow the muzzle of your firearm to cover anything that you do not intend to destroy. No safety is to be trusted—only the responsible owner. Do not place your trigger finger within the trigger guard until you have safely acquired your intended target. Be certain of your target and what lies behind it on the trajectory of your cartridge before you fire. When in even the slightest doubt, pause. A round cannot be called back, once fired, for all the wishing in the world, but there will always be another opportunity for a shot at game or a tight target group. When armed, be aware of your situation and the situation of those with you at all times. Always handle your firearm, in the field, in camp, at the range, in transit and at home, with the respect and caution that is appropriate considering that it is designed to function as a lethal weapon at distances beyond the range of your unaided eyesight. Alcohol and firearms do not mix. Store your firearm and your ammunition separately under lock and key where children and strangers have no access to either. Teach others these precepts as well.