New Jersey Hunter Safety Course


Pump or Slide Action

Used in both shotguns and rifles, pump actionUsed in both rifles and shotguns, pulling back the slide ejects the spent ammunition and pushing the slide forward loads a new round. allows a hunter to quickly eject and chamber new ammunition. It is typically loaded from the bottom into a tubular magazineStorage mechanism for cartridges or shot shells. The action is opened when the forearmForward part of the stock on a firearm.  On pump-action firearms, the forearm slides back and forth to load ammunition into the chamber. is pulled back to the rear of the firearm. Pushing the forearm forward moves the ammunition from the magazine into the chamber and closes the action so that the firearm is loaded and ready to be fired. On most pump-actions, a slide lever located by the trigger guardProtects the trigger from being accidentally pulled. releases the action so you can inspect the chamber or unload the firearm.