One of the convenient features of an over and under shotgun is how easy it is to load, unload and visually determine the safety status of your shotgun. With the action open it is easy to know for certain whether your shotgun is loaded or unloaded. Several easy steps will assure that you maintain a safe status when unloading your Select shotgun.
Before opening the action to unload, make certain that the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and make certain that the safety is in the "on safe" position. Move it to the "on safe," fully rearward position, if it is not already there.
CAUTION: WHENEVER UNLOADING, ALWAYS BE CERTAIN THAT THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE SAFETY IS IN THE "ON SAFE" POSITION.
On the Select over and under the ejector/extractor mechanism mechanically adapts to whether there is a fired shell in a chamber or a loaded shell. With loaded shells the mechanism acts as an extractor, elevating the shells in the chamber. With fired shells it acts as an ejector, forcefully ejecting the empty shell clear of the chamber and onto the ground.
1. To unload after firing, open the action by pushing and then holding the top lever fully to the right while you pull (or push) down on the barrels with your left hand. Depending on your strength, it may be very helpful to brace the buttstock between your right arm (at the elbow) and the side of your torso. (Tilt the angle of your shotgun slightly to the right, away from your body if you are right handed.) Push down until the barrels hinge downward fully and the rear of the chambers — and the bases of the shells — are fully exposed. You must tilt the chambers slightly to the right to have the empties eject to the right — well clear of your face (Figure 17). Right-handed shooters tip to the right and left-handed shooters tip to the left.
BE CAREFUL: EMPTY HULLS WILL EJECT OUT OF THE CHAMBERS RAPIDLY AND DIRECTLY IN LINE WITH THE CHAMBERS. IF YOU FAIL TO TIP THE CHAMBERS AWAY FROM YOUR FACE AND BODY THEY MAY STRIKE YOU IN THE FACE OR BODY CAUSING INJURY.
2. Whenever possible, pick up all of your empties after they are ejected so as to not to cause litter. NOTE: With practice, it is possible to catch ejecting shells in your hand. If you open the action with the buttstock braced between your arm and torso, it is possible — when the action is almost fully opened — to remove the thumb of your right hand from the top lever and immediately cup your hand over the bases of the shells in the chambers. Open the action fully, using your body and arm as leverage. As the action opens, the shells will eject and be stopped by your cupped hand. You can then remove them from the chambers and place them into your empty shell carrier.
3. Unfired shells will be elevated in the chambers by the extractors. They can be unloaded from your shotgun by pulling the unfired shell(s) out of the chambers with your fingers.
If only one barrel has been fired, only the fired shell will be ejected upon opening of the action. If you will be continuing to hunt or shoot, a loaded shell can be inserted in its place. You are now fully loaded again.
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