Always practice safety when handling any type of firearm.
The 12-gauge pump-action shotgun is a weapon used primarily at shooting ranges. The gun also is used in military activities. The distinguishing characteristic of the pump-action shotgun is its action bar, which is used to load and unload rounds into the chamber and the magazine tube. Loading and unloading rounds into the weapon is an activity that should be practiced with utmost safety.
1. Push the safety button on the weapon into the “On” position.
2. Place the butt of the gun against your hip. Turn the weapon upside down with the magazine tube facing you.
3. Place the round flat against your fingers, holding the front and the back end between your index and pinkie finger with the round in a horizontal position. Slide the round into the magazine tube. Continue sliding rounds in until the magazine tube is full. The number of rounds held will vary depending on the model shotgun you own.
4. Turn the gun over. Hold in the action-release button, which is located either in front of or behind the trigger guard.
5. Pull the action bar back all the way. Push forward with moderate force to chamber the first round.
6. Ensure that the safety for the weapon is in the “On” position.
7. Place the butt of the gun against your hip. Turn the weapon upside down with the magazine tube facing you.
8. Press aside the shell latch inside the shell receiver end of the magazine tube. The shell will eject. Pull the shell all the way out. Repeat this process until the magazine tube is empty.
9. Press the action-release button. Pull the action bar back to remove the shell from the chamber.