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Check It Yourself: Semi-automatic Action... | HUNTINGsmart!

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Module 04 - SHOTGUNS 101

CHECK IT YOURSELF: SEMI-AUTOMATIC ACTION SHOTGUN

Follow these steps to properly safety check your semi-automatic action shotgun: 

Illustration of a hunter's hands holding a forward facing semi-automatic action shotgun.

STEP 1: Assume the shotgun is loaded.

Illustration of a hunter's hands turning on a semi-automatic action shotgun's safety.

STEP 2: Turn the safety ‘ON’ and point the shotgun in a safe direction.

Illustration of a hunter's hands opening a semi-automatic action shotgun's action.

STEP 3: Open the action by operating the cocking device (usually a slide or a bolt).

Illustration of a hunter's hands holding a semi-automatic action shotgun on its side with the action open.

STEP 4: Visually check the chamber and magazine for any ammunition.

Illustration of a hunter's hands holding a forward facing semi-automatic action shotgun.

STEP 5: Grasp the shotgun with both hands and point the muzzle in a safe direction. 

 

 

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