HUNTINGsmart! USA Knowledge Base
Module 04 - SHOTGUNS 101
Follow these steps to safely unload your break action shotgun:
STEP 1: Point the firearm in a safe direction.
STEP 2: Make sure nothing touches the trigger throughout this procedure.
STEP 3: Turn the safety on (if it can be engaged during the unloading process).
STEP 4: Remove the ammunition as follows:
- Move the action release to open the action. If the action release will not move, the safety may need to be turned ‘OFF’.
- Open the action by hinging the barrel (normally it drops downward). This should partly remove or eject any ammunition or empty casing/hull from the chambers. Remove them by hand if they don’t eject.
- Leave the action open.
STEP 5: Look in the chamber to confirm that there’s no ammunition, hull or empty casings in there.
STEP 6: Verify that there is no ammunition by inspecting the feeding path for any objects. Feel for the follower (if applicable).
STEP 7: Place the butt of the firearm on the ground, making sure the action is open and then look into the bore for lubricant, rust or obstructions. Now you’re officially UNLOADED.