Whenever you pick up a firearm that has been out of your control, even if only for an instant, open the action to determine that it is in the condition in which you want it, loaded or unloaded.
A "click" when you expect a "bang!" can be as deadly as a "bang!" when you expect a "click."
A further and highly recommended application of this concept is to open the action when handing a firearm to another person. This not only reveals the condition but also disables the firearm.
Stephen P. Wenger
P.O. Box 4227
Show Low AZ 85902-4227