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Module 03 - RIFLES 101
Follow these steps to safely load your pump action rifle:
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: Point the firearm in a safe direction.
STEP 4: Make sure nothing touches the trigger during this process.
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 or ammo box. Place the magazine into the firearm by ‘squeezing’ it in—don’t smack it in.
STEP 7: Move the forestock to the forward position to close the action.
STEP 8: Cycle the action to move a cartridge from the magzine in to the chamber.
STEP 9: Turn the safety on (if not already engaged) unless you’re immediately prepared to fire.