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47 Key Principles for Guns

Principle 32 - Clearing a Gun

The process of clearing a gun of bullets is a very important skill to make a gun safe, though never assume the gun is safe.

Safe means there is no ammo in the chamber, or magazine and the action is open.


If you remove round in chamber first and the magazine in loaded it will eject the round in chamber and load a new round.

  • Remove the magazine or empty it if attached/fixed
  • Open the action, pull back the charging handle or bolt and cartridge will be ejected
  • Check inside
  • Put a flag or lock the action open

    To make gun safer
  • Remove the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG)/Charging Handle (CH)

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