It a commen arguement for reacreational shooting that "plinking" is quite a lot safer than playing football. I don't know if this is true or not, but I do recognise that both activities can be risky.
Even a smal caliber target rifle can be lethal, so care must be taken when handeling ALL firearms. Failure to do so may result in the injury or death of a close friend or yourself.
Michael Polchlopek was recently struck in the head when his friend was cleaning a .22 rifle, he is in critical condition according to local6.com .
Never assume a firearm to be unloaded unless you have just personally cleared the chamber.
Never point the muzzle of a firearm in an unsafe direction, even if you're "sure" it's unloaded.
This is especially important if your gun needs to be dry-fired as part of the dissasembly/cleaning procedure!