You should always follow safe shooting practices when using your Stoeger Airguns air rifle.
NEVER POINT AN AIRGUN AT SOMETHING THAT IS NOT SAFE TO SHOOT
Never let the muzzle of an airgun point at any part of your body or at another person. This is especially important when loading or unloading an airgun. When you are shooting at a target, know what is behind it. If you miss your target or if the pellet penetrates the target, it is your responsibility to ensure that the shot does not cause unintended injury or damage.
ALWAYS TREAT AN AIRGUN AS A LOADED FIREARM
An airgun can cause permanent injury and death. Never assume that an airgun is unloaded. The only certain way to ensure that an airgun is not loaded is to open the chamber and visually examine the inside to see if a pellet is present.
It is your responsibility to ensure that children under the lawful age of possession of an airgun, or other unauthorized persons, do not gain unsupervised access to your airgun.
To reduce the risk of accidents involving children, unload your airgun, lock it and store the pellets in a separate, locked location.Please note that devices intended to prevent accidents-for example, cable locks and chamber plugs-may not prevent the misuse of your airgun by a determined person. Steel gun safes may be more appropriate to reduce the likelihood of intentional misuse of an airgun by a child or other unauthorized person.
NEVER SHOOT AT WATER OR A HARD SURFACE
Shooting at the surface of water or at a rock or other hard surface increases the chance of ricochets or fragmentation of the pellet, which can result in the projectile striking an unintended or peripheral target.
SAFETY FEATURES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR SAFE HANDLING PROCEDEURS
Know and use the safety features of your airgun, but remember that those features are not a substitute for safe handling practices. Keep your airgun on "safe" until ready to fire, but never rely solely on a device to prevent an accident. Accidents can be best prevented by following the safe handling procedures described here and in your Owner's Manual. To further familiarize yourself with the proper use of airguns, take an airgun safety course taught by an expert in airgun use and safety procedures.
PROPERLY MAINTAIN YOUR AIRGUN
Store and carry your airgun so that dirt or lint does not accumulate in the working parts. To prevent corrosion, damage to the barrel or accumulation of impurities, clean and oil your airgun after each use, following the instructions found in the Owner's Manual. Always check the barrel prior to loading, to ensure that it is clean and free from obstructions. Firing against an obstruction can cause a dangerous build-up of pressure and can injure you or others nearby. If you hear an unusual noise when shooting, stop firing immediately, engage the manual safety and unload the airgun. Make sure the chamber and barrel are free from any obstruction.
USE PROPER PELLETS
Be certain that each pellet you use is in the proper caliber for the airgun. The caliber of the airgun is clearly marked on the barrel. The use of low-quality pellets may affect accuracy or obstruct the barrel by accumulation of pellets inside the barrel.
ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE GLASSES WHEN SHOOTING
A pellet or pellet fragments can blow back or ricochet and cause serious injury, including the possible loss of eyesight. The shooter and bystanders must always wear impact-resistant shooting glasses when firing any airgun. If shooters wear prescription eyeglasses that are not protective glasses, they should wear protective eyewear over the prescription eyeglasses.
NEVER CLIMB A TREE, FENCE
or Obstruction with a Loaded GunOpen the barrel before climbing or descending a tree or before climbing a fence or jumping over a ditch or obstruction. Never pull or push a loaded airgun toward yourself or another person.
AVOID ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND JUDGMENT OR REFLEX-IMPAIRING MEDICATION WHEN SHOOTING
Do not drink and shoot. If you take medication that can impair motor reactions or judgment, do not handle an airgun while you are under the influence of the medication.
NEVER TRANSPORT A LOADED AIRGUN
Unload an airgun before putting it in a vehicle. A hunter or target shooter should load an airgun only at the destination.
NEVER FIRE AN AIRGUN
without Pellets in the Chamber This may permanently damage your airgun.
AUTOMATIC LOCKING SAFETY
The airgun has an automatic locking safety which engages automatically when the gun is cocked. The safety slide is located at the end of the compression tube. (See diagram.) Back = Safe When the safety button is fully rearward and the white dot is visible, the safety is in the "on" or "safe" position. Forward = Fire When the safety button is pushed fully forward and the white dot is not visible, the safety is in the "off" or "fire" position.
ADJUSTING THE TRIGGER
The trigger pull on the X10, X20 and X50 models is adjusted in the factory. For most shooters, the trigger does not need adjustment. The adjustable feature is for experienced shooters. This two-stage trigger has an adjusting screw for second-stage length adjustment. (See diagram.) To reduce second-stage length, turn the screw clockwise. To increase second-stage length, turn the screw.
Point the airgun in a safe direction while keeping your finger off the trigger. (See diagram.) With one hand, grasp the stock at the pistol grip. Holding the rifle firmly, tap the barrel behind the front sight, in order to break locked position. (See diagram.) Grasp the barrel behind the front sight and pull downward until it stops. You will hear an audible click of the trigger mechanism lock when the pressure is released. You must control and not release the barrel under strong resistance until an audible click is heard. Be careful not to pinch your hand or fingers in the hinge area. (See diagram.)
Check the pellet to ensure it matches the caliber of the airgun. Insert the pellet into the breech face. (See diagram.)
Move the barrel back to its original, locked position. Again, be careful not to pinch your hand or fingers in the hinge area. (See diagram.)
SHOOTING: AIMING AND FIRING
Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until on target. Push the safety button fully forward. Squeeze the trigger. The safety can be put back to the "on" or "safe" position at any time by pulling fully rear-ward until the white dot is visible. Left two images show incorrect aim. Right two images show correct aim. Your airgun is equipped with an adjustable rear sight for both elevation (up and down) and windage (left and right). Elevation settings are marked on the elevation knob and are controlled by turning elevation screw 1. Turn the screw clockwise to make the airgun shoot lower. Turn the screw counter-clockwise to make the airgun shoot higher.Left and right windage settings are marked on the sliding scale and are controlled by turning windage screw 2. Turn the screw clockwise to make the pellet hit to the right. Turn the screw counter-clockwise to make the pellet hit to the left.The scale and numbers are for reference only, and do not represent a specific distance to the target.