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ANSI/SAAMI Standards


Chart of Unsafe Firearms and Ammunition Combinations




August 21-22, 2018

SAAMI Ballistic Instrumentation Users' Group Workshop

Guidance on Firearms That Have Been Submerged or Exposed To Extensive Amounts of Water
SAAMI Welcomes Four New Members to Organization
SAAMI Safety Reminder
Guidance on Ammunition That Has Been Submerged In Water

October 16, 2015: United Nations General Assembly, 70th Session First Committee

Richard Patterson, Executive Director
Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute, Inc. spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, 70th Session First Committee.
View the text of his speech. | Video

Sporting Ammunition
and the Firefighter


The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) is an association of the nation's leading manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and components. SAAMI was founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with:

  • Creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality

  • Coordinating technical data

  • Promoting safe and responsible firearms use

The work at SAAMI is accomplished by its committees. Technical excellence is always our goal and safety is always the prerequisite.

SAAMI supports science-based solutions to the many issues related to firearms, ammunition and components. Who We Are contains specific information and a description of the function of each committee.

This Web site also contains a glossary of terms, a chart of unsafe firearm and ammunition combinations, a catalog of SAAMI publications, a list of SAAMI member companies (including links to their Web sites) and links to member companies' product manuals.


Firearm Safety Rules:

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  2. Firearms should be unloaded when not in use
  3. Don't rely on your firearm's safety
  4. Be sure of your target and what's beyond
  5. Use the correct ammunition
  6. If your firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, HANDLE WITH CARE!
  7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting
  8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting
  9. Don't alter or modify your firearm, and have firearms serviced regularly
  10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm before using it