The shotgun is the ideal weapon for home defense and is used heavily in sport shooting and hunting. This article will help you familiarize yourself with how to load a generic pump action shotgun.
First, as always, ensure the gun is unloaded, the safety is on, the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and your finger is off the trigger.
- While holding the shotgun slide with your offhand, place the butt of the shotgun on a solid supported surface with the muzzle pointed upwards and the trigger facing away from you. A table or your thigh will work.
- Using your dominant hand, place the shell in the loading flap in front of the trigger guard and push the shell up with your thumb until you you hear a click. This means the shell is past the magazine catch.
- Repeat the step above until the magazine is fully loaded. You will know it is fully loaded when no more shells will go into the magazine.
- To chamber a shell, pull the slide back and forward with a smooth, forceful action. A shell will then be chambered and the shotgun ready to shoot.
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