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Old 04-18-2010, 03:38 AM   #1
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I just purchase this shotgun and am wondering about the proper performance of the action bar lock. The fore end can be pulled rearward without engaging the lock. Once it is cocked it must be engaged. Is this correct? Obviously this is my first shotgun.

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I just purchase this shotgun and am wondering about the proper performance of the action bar lock. The fore end can be pulled rearward without engaging the lock. Once it is cocked it must be engaged. Is this correct? Obviously this is my first shotgun.

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Assuming that you are referring to the slide release then yes you must use it only when you want to eject a chambered round or when you have cocked the gun with an empty chamber and wish to release the slide. Under normal firing and dry firing circumstances the trigger pull unlocks the slide and there is no need to use the slide release.

It bears mentioning that pulling the trigger should be done with extreme caution with the muzzle in a safe direction...never assume that the gun is unloaded even when you are sure that it is. Many people have been killed with "unloaded" guns.
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Please swing on by the Introduction section if you would, so we can know more about you.

As for you question, this does sound correct. Most pump shotguns operate like this. Every time you fire a shot, dry-fire, or pull the trigger with the safety disengaged the action bar lock with disengage so you can freely cock the fore-end to load another round without manually engaging it every shot.
870s are a very good shotgun and the likely-hood of having a malfunction out of the box is extremely slim as they are very well made.
Be sure to follow the safety directions in the firearms manual. Safe trigger control and muzzle pointed in safe direction and always treat the weapon as if its loaded.
Is this your first firearm?

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If you are referring to the slide release as the "Lock", then you are actually releasing the "Lock" when you press the release. The lock is inside and cannot be seen.

I would strongly recommend you read the owner's manual. Believe it or not, it contains valuable information and not just dribble to prevent liability.

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Page 8 of the Model 870 Owner's Manual:

TO OPEN THE ACTION:
1. Push upward on the action bar lock. See Picture 4.
2. Pull the fore-end rearward to open the action.

I do believe to OP did read the Owner's Manual, otherwise he wouldn't know to call it the "Action Bar Lock."

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If you are referring to the slide release as the "Lock", then you are actually releasing the "Lock" when you press the release. The lock is inside and cannot be seen.

I would strongly recommend you read the owner's manual. Believe it or not, it contains valuable information and not just dribble to prevent liability.
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Wow! Remington uses some screwed up terminology there. I guess they could call it the "shamwow" since it is their product.

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