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Loading Steps

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Open the action; make sure the barrel is unobstructed.
  • Put the safety on if the firearm can be loaded with the safety on.
  • Load the ammunition.
  • Close the action.
  • Put the safety on if you were not able to do so before loading.

Unloading Steps

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Make sure the safety is on.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard.
  • Open the action.
  • Remove the ammunition by first detaching the magazine; eject cartridges or shells if it’s the only way to remove them—use extra care with lever-action firearms.
  • Count shells or cartridges to make sure the gun is empty.
  • Make sure the gun is empty by checking both the chamber and the magazine.