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Module 04 - SHOTGUNS 101
Follow these steps to safely load your break action shotgun:
STEP 1: CHECK IT YOURSELF to make sure it’s unloaded and safe to handle.
STEP 2: Turn the safety ‘ON’ (if it can be engaged during the loading process).
STEP 3: Make sure nothing touches the trigger area during this process.
STEP 4: Point the firearm in a safe direction.
STEP 5: Clear the chamber and bore of any obstructions (clean, if required).
STEP 6: Select the correct ammunition by matching the data stamp on the firearm with the head stamp on the cartridge/casing or ammunition box.
STEP 7: Place the correct ammunition into the chamber(s).
STEP 8: Close the action (typically by snapping it closed with a firm, upward movement). This will lock the cartridges or shells into the chambers.
STEP 9: Turn the safety ‘ON’ (if not already engaged), unless you’re immediately prepared to fire.