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Old 05-04-2011, 07:27 AM
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Good morning. I am amazed just how many different methods folks come up with to unload a pump action shotgun. Some seem quite safe; others I would not want to be standing next to them when they try and unload. With that said what methods do you all recommend for safely unloading a pump action shotgun?
Old 05-04-2011, 07:30 AM
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Safety on, pointed in a safe direction, keep finger off trigger, pump until empty. Visually confirm empty.

I have a Mossberg 500, this is the first thing that comes to my mind...............
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I agree with Robot, although you can remove the shells from the magazine it is time consuming and awkward, however there is the added safety that a round never access's the chamber.
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With the Mossy 500 series, you simply push inward on the shell stop to release each shell into the loading bay one by one. It's faster, more controlled, and far safer than pumping each round through the chamber. Once the mag tube is empty, you open the action to clear the chamber.

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Safest way is safety on point safe direction remove one at the time by use of the cartridge stop.

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+1000 on the above reference to the method of releasing the weapon's shell latches/stops to unload.
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With 870 you can also just rack the slide back and turn gun upside down to get shell into receiver and tilt it to drop it out the side, without it ever going into chamber. I guess same with Mossies, though I don't have one.

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Amen, to all of the above...

Specaily safety on and point away.
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With the Mossy 500 series, you simply push inward on the shell stop to release each shell into the loading bay one by one. It's faster, more controlled, and far safer than pumping each round through the chamber. Once the mag tube is empty, you open the action to clear the chamber.

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If you actually take the time to read the manual for a 500 series Mossberg, this is the recommended method.
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Only the internet could complicate unloading a shotgun.
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Only the internet could complicate unloading a shotgun.
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Depends on the gun. I have Winchester Defender, Remington 870s and Mossberg 500/590s and they all unload differently(assuming all are in cruiser ready condition). With the Mossberg, you simply depress the shell stop, the shell comes out of the magazine and into your hand. With the Winchester, you press up on the shell lifter then depress the shell stop and the shell comes out of the magazine and into your hand. The Remington is a little different though. While you can unload it like the Winchester, there is a chance of the shell jumping the shell catch, winding up on the lifter and binding up the gun (assuming you are dealing with an older model without the flex-tab lifter) so I change that a little. Here, I pull the pump back first so the first shell winds up on the lifter,now roll the gun over on the ejection port so the shell falls out into your hand. Now with the bolt to the rear, press the shell lifter up and like the others, depress the shell stop allowing the shell to come out of the magazine and into your hand without the possibility of a shell on the lifter with a closed bolt jamming up the weapon.
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The way I unload it in my house is by pressing the spring latch like described in the video with my thumb, the other method I don't do in the house because they fly every where, while its kinda cool to do that I don't want to lose my ammo since it goes flying out of the shotgun.
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repeatedly removing the shells by racking them into the chamber, causes damage to the shells and is not recommended. When I was in the academy, using the 870, they taught us to pull the forearm down, releasing one round into the receiver, drop it into your hand by rotating the weapon and then using the stop release to remove the rest of the rounds. The problem with this on most civilian weapons is that the tail of the forearm is covering the access to the release. This 'tail' is easily removed but many are reluctant to cut up their forearm. The advantage to doing this way instead of when the forearm is forward is that you only have to release one side of the stop. You only need one hand to do it. With the forearm back you only have to depress one side.
I hope I explained this well, but it can be confusing at first, even when you do it in 'real life..'
I don't have an 870 in the safe these days as I have been parceling out most of my guns to the kids as they have grown up. Otherwise I would have included pictures.

for those whom are sticklers out there, I know, it's technically called the "fore-end" not the forearm.
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With the Mossy 500 series, you simply push inward on the shell stop to release each shell into the loading bay one by one. It's faster, more controlled, and far safer than pumping each round through the chamber. Once the mag tube is empty, you open the action to clear the chamber.

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I have a Maverick 88, should be the same but I can push and tap all day long and never get a shell to pop free. I have to pump and pick it off the elevator, or off the extractor.
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Its way more cool to kick shells across the room using the eject pumping motion.
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With 870 you can also just rack the slide back and turn gun upside down to get shell into receiver and tilt it to drop it out the side, without it ever going into chamber. I guess same with Mossies, though I don't have one.

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With 870 you can also just rack the slide back and turn gun upside down to get shell into receiver and tilt it to drop it out the side, without it ever going into chamber. I guess same with Mossies, though I don't have one.

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My NEF is basically an 870- so I tried this, works great! I'll admit I always unloaded by racking the gun and popping the shells into my hand (safety on, of course) I like this method MUCH better. Once the first drops out, I can pull the rest out from the load side.
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Ummm.... Dont put finger on trigger as well as safety on rack till clear, Double/Triple check.
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I'm with randkl, slight pressure on the cartridge stop will empty the magazine, then pump it once to make sure there is not one in the chamber. If I am by myself, I will just jack them out a lot of the time but it just depends where you are. I don't want to drop my ammo in the dirt, mud or what ever or loose any of them.
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