Minnesota Hunter Safety Course


Semi-Automatic Action

This type of action is used in both shotguns and rifles. Many hunters find this firearm a pleasure to shoot due to its reduced recoil. After the trigger is pulled and a round is fired, the action opens automatically, the spent ammunition is ejected, a new round is chambered, the action closes and the firearm is ready to be fired again. This sequence repeats each time the trigger is pulled. The action remains open automatically when all ammunition stored in the magazine and chamber has been fired.

Unloading and Inspection

To unload the semi-automatic, pull on the action release until ammunition is ejected, and release. Repeat this until no more ammunition is ejected, then leave the action open. With your eyes and finger, inspect the chamber to ensure no ammunition is chambered. Say the word "empty" when you are certain the firearm is unloaded.