open, pull rearward on the operating handle until the breech bolt locks back. The gun is now ready to load.
2 Hold the gun with either right or left hand at the grip or forearm as you prefer or are ac- customed. With the opposite hand, merely introduce the front end of the shell into the under side of the receiver and thrust com- pletely forward as if loading the magazine — then release the pressure of your thumb.
(See Figure 11.) The shell is immediately and automatically driven rearward, tripping the feed mechanism, and delivered instantly into the chamber without further manipulation. The breech bolt automatically closes during the loading operation.
THE GUN IS FIRING.
NOW LOADED AND
To load the magazine, continue the same pro- cedure, slipping shells past the carrier into the magazine until the latter is full. (Without the magazine plug, the magazine will hold 4 shells; 2 shells if the plug has been inserted.) Be sure to insert each shell completely into the magazine before releasing.
The speed loading system is equally conve- nient for right or left-hand shooters. The in- stant delivery of the first shell to the chamber in one simple operation eliminates entirely the conventional process of dropping the first shell into the open receiver port and then pressing the bolt release button on the right
side of the receiver to close the action. The bolt release button is still provided to close the action on an empty chamber, if desired.
CAUTION: DO NOT PRESS THE BOLT RELEASE BUTTON AND LET THE BOLT SLAM HOME WITH THE BARREL REMOVED FROM THE ACTION.
When the barrel is installed, the breech bolt stops against the barrel extension, preventing any damage. With the barrel removed, how- ever, the operating handle will forcefully strike the front edge of the ejection port caus- ing damage to the receiver. If you wish to close the bolt with the barrel removed, be sure to hold the operating handle as you de- press the bolt release button. Let the bolt ride home slowly.
Unloading Your Auto-5
CAUTION: WHENEVER UNLOADING, ALWAYS BE CERTAIN THAT THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION AND THAT THE “SAFETY” IS “ON SAFE’’.
The recommended way to unload the Auto-5 is simply to grasp the operating handle and cycle the action until all rounds are ejected.
ING TO BE SURE ALL CLEARED FROM THE
Breech Remains Open After the Last Shot
The breech of the Auto-5 remains open after the last shot has been fired. This allows convenient and fast reloading as follows:
1 Place the “safety” in the “on safe” position.
2 Drop an appropriate shell into the open breech.
Close the action by depressing the breech- block release button.
EVEN WITH SHOOTING,
BREECH OPEN AFTER NOT ASSUME YOUR