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loading the chambers

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by 1canvas, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. i see alot of people load pump and auto shotguns through the ejection port then close the action. i would think that this would be really hard on the extractor. it is frowned on to load other guns this way.
    whats the difference?
  2. aippi


    Jun 12, 2009
    this is called combat loading and the reason is simple. You do not want to be caught with an empty weapon while you are loading the tube. It has no negative effect on the weapon and is plain good sense.

  3. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
    Think about the loading cycle of the shotgun.

    When a shell is released from the tube to be fed into the chamber, it's going to sit on the shell lifter. When you drop a shell into the open action, it's going to sit on the shell lifter.

    No difference, really, other than where the shell is coming from (outside the gun or inside the tube).

  4. What B. Coyote said. For most other guns the extractor is riding over the rim of the cartridge, causing it to feed in an unnatural manner. With the shotgun the shell goes to the lifter first, which then feeds the shell the same as if it had come out of the magazine.