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Operating the Firearm

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Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your firearm.

To Load the Firearm

MODEL 11-87 SUPER MAGNUM OWNERS PLEASE NOTE:
A BARREL SEAL ACTIVATOR IS USED ON THE MODEL 11-87 SUPER MAGNUM FOR 2 3⁄4" LOADS. MAKE SURE THE BARREL SEAL ACTIVATOR IS IN THE CORRECT POSITION (SEE PICTURE 31 in Cleaning, Lubrication, and Maintenance) FOR USE WITH 2 3⁄4" LOADS. REMOVAL OF THE BARREL SEAL ACTIVATOR IS RECOMMENDED WHEN USING 3" OR 31⁄2" LOADS.

NOTE: The 11-87 Super Magnum is designed to function optimally with ammunition ranging from 2 3⁄4" 3 dram 11⁄8 oz. loads, up to 31⁄2" Magnum loads. Loads lighter than 2 3⁄4" 3 dram 11⁄8 oz. loads may not create enough energy to fully cycle the bolt of the firearm.

WARNING: Always check the shell for the correct gauge and length before loading the firearm.

I. To Load One Shell Only

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle fully rearward until the bolt is held open by the carrier latch.
  4. Put one shell of the correct gauge and length through the ejection port. See Picture 14.
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  5. CAUTION: Keep your fingers away from the ejection port and operating handle.
  6. Push upward on the carrier release to close the action. See Picture 8 in Parts of the Firearm.
    THE FIREARM IS NOW LOADED.
  7. To fire the firearm, first disengage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL SHOW.
    THE FIREARM IS READY TO FIRE.
  8. Pull the trigger to fire the firearm. The bolt will remain open after the firearm is fired.
  9. Engage the safety mechanism when you are finished firing.

II. To Load the Chamber and Magazine

WARNING: Always check the shell for the correct gauge and length before loading the firearm.

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle fully rearward until the bolt is held open by the carrier latch.
  4. Put one shell of the correct gauge and length through the ejection port. See Picture 14.
  5. CAUTION: Keep your fingers away from the ejection port and operating handle.
  6. Push upward on the carrier release to close the action. See Picture 8 in Parts of the Firearm.
    THE FIREARM IS NOW LOADED.
  7. Press another shell of the correct gauge and length against the carrier release. See Picture 15.
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  8. Push four (4) shells of the correct gauge and length one at a time fully forward into the magazine tube.

NOTE: All Model 1100s have a magazine capacity of four (4) shells with two (2) exceptions. The Model 1100™ Special Field 12 & 20 gauge have a magazine capacity of 3 shells and the Model 1100 .410-gauge magazine capacity is reduced to 3 shells when using 3" ammunition.

NOTE: Model 11-87™ Sporting Clays grade holds only three (3) shells in the magazine.

NOTE: Model 11-87 12-ga. Super Magnum™ has a magazine capacity of three (3) rounds when using 31⁄2" shells.

WARNING: Be sure the rim of each shell snaps past the end of the shell stop to prevent the shell from sliding back over the carrier.

If the shell slides back over the carrier:

  • Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  • Forcefully OPEN the action, or
  • REMOVE the trigger plate assembly following the instructions on this page and remove the shell, or
  • When the chamber is loaded, firing the gun will CLEAR the jammed shell.

THE CHAMBER AND MAGAZINE ARE NOW FULLY LOADED.

  1. To fire the firearm, first disengage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL SHOW.
    THE FIREARM IS READY TO FIRE.
  2. Pull the trigger to fire the firearm. The firearm will fire each time the trigger is pulled until the magazine and chamber are empty. The bolt will remain OPEN when the last shell is fired.
  3. Engage the safety mechanism when you are finished firing.
  4. Look into the ejection port to make sure there are no shells inside the receiver, chamber or magazine.

To Unload the Firearm

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle fully rearward to remove the shell from the chamber.
  4. Close and open the bolt until all shells are removed.

WARNING: Check the chamber and the magazine to make sure there are no shells in the firearm.

To Assemble the Magazine Plug

WARNING: A magazine plug which limits the magazine capacity to two (2) shells must be installed according to the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and some state laws. Check with your local Fish & Game Commission to determine whether a magazine plug is required in your circumstances.

NOTE: There are two types of magazine spring retainers used in the Model 11-87™ and Model 1100™ shotguns. One has a slot in the center the other has a round hole in the center.

To Install the Magazine Plug on Firearms Having Magazine Spring Retainers with a Slot in the Magazine Spring Retainer

  1. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  2. Check the chamber and the magazine to make sure there are no shells in the firearm.
  3. Unscrew and remove the magazine cap.
  4. Put a screwdriver into the slot in the magazine spring retainer. See Picture 16.
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  5. Place your hand over the end of the magazine tube.
  6. Push the magazine spring retainer into the magazine tube.
  7. Turn the retainer 90° and slowly release the retainer. See Picture 16.
    WARNING: Use extreme care when removing or assembling the magazine spring retainer, as the retainer is under tension from the magazine spring.
  8. Place the small end of the magazine plug into the magazine spring. See Picture 17.
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  9. Work the magazine spring into the magazine tube.
  10. Put the open end of the magazine spring retainer over the large end of the magazine plug.
  11. Align the detent slot on the magazine spring retainer with the detents on the top and bottom of the magazine tube.
  12. Push the magazine spring, plug and retainer into the magazine tube approximately one (1) inch.
  13. Turn the retainer 90° to lock the retainer into position.
  14. Slowly release the retainer to make sure that the retainer is properly seated.
  15. Replace and tighten the magazine cap.

To Install the Magazine Plug on Firearms Having Magazine Spring Retainers with a Hole in the Magazine Spring Retainer

  1. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  2. Check the chamber and the magazine to make sure there are no shells in the firearm.
  3. Unscrew and remove the magazine cap.
  4. Put a screwdriver into the open end of the magazine tube. Move the tip under the rim of the magazine spring retainer. See Picture 18.
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  5. Place your hand over the end of the magazine tube.
  6. Using the screwdriver, pry up and remove the magazine spring retainer.
    WARNING: Use extreme care when removing or assembling the magazine spring retainer, as the retainer is under tension from the magazine spring.
  7. Place the small end of the magazine plug into the magazine spring. See Picture 19.
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  8. Put the magazine spring retainer over the large end of the magazine plug.
  9. Push the magazine spring, magazine plug and magazine spring retainer into the magazine tube.
  10. Tap the magazine spring retainer into the magazine tube, even to the end of the magazine tube.
  11. Replace and tighten the magazine cap.

To Disassemble (Model 1100™)

WARNING: Check the chamber and the magazine to make sure there are no shells in the firearm.

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle fully rearward until the bolt is held open by the carrier latch.
  4. Unscrew and remove the magazine cap.
  5. Slide the fore-end forward and remove it from the magazine tube.
  6. Hold the barrel in front of the gas cylinder. Pull the barrel from the receiver.
  7. Slide the barrel seal, piston and piston seal from the magazine tube. See Picture 20.
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  8. Hold the operating handle and close the action.
  9. Pull the operating handle from the bolt. See Picture 21.
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  10. Push the carrier release and push upward on the carrier.
  11. Reach in the bottom of the receiver. Press and hold the feed latch. See Picture 22.
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  12. Pull the action bar assembly from the receiver and the magazine tube. Release the feed latch.
  13. Lift the breech bolt assembly from the rear of the action bar assembly.
  14. Tap out the front and rear trigger plate pins. See Picture 25.
  15. Lift the rear of the trigger plate assembly, slide rearward and remove it from the receiver.

WARNING: DO NOT allow the hammer to snap forward when the trigger plate assembly is removed. This can best be assured by keeping the safety mechanism engaged at all times. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.

To Disassemble (Model 11-87)

WARNING: Check the chamber and the magazine to make sure there are no shells in the firearm.

  1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
  3. Pull the operating handle fully rearward until the bolt is held open by the carrier latch.
  4. Unscrew and remove the magazine cap.
  5. Slide the fore-end forward and remove it from the magazine tube.
    NOTE: A gas cylinder collar is used on 12-ga. models only. 11-87 12-ga. Super Magnum does not use a gas cylinder collar
  6. Remove the gas cylinder collar. See Picture 12 in Parts of the Firearm.
  7. Hold the barrel in front of the gas cylinder. Pull the barrel from the receiver.
  8. FOR 11-87 12-GA. SUPER MAGNUM ONLY:
    Slide the barrel seal, barrel seal activator (when using 23⁄4" shells), and piston/piston seal assembly from the magazine tube. See Picture 23a.
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    IMPORTANT: A BARREL SEAL ACTIVATOR IS USED ON THE MODEL 11-87 SUPER MAGNUM WHEN USING 23⁄4" LOADS. REMOVAL OF THE BARREL SEAL ACTIVATOR IS RECOMMENDED WHEN USING 3" OR 31⁄2" LOADS.
    FOR 11-87 12-GA. (23⁄4" - 3") ONLY. Slide the barrel seal and piston/piston seal assembly from the magazine tube. See Picture 23b.
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    FOR 11-87 20-GA. ONLY. Slide the barrel seal, barrel seal activator, piston and piston seal from the magazine tube. See Picture 24.
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  9. Hold the operating handle and close the action.
  10. Pull the operating handle from the bolt. See Picture 21.
  11. Push the carrier release and push upward on the carrier.
  12. Reach in the bottom of the receiver. Press and hold the feed latch. See Picture 22.
  13. Pull the action bar assembly from the receiver and the magazine tube. Release the feed latch.
  14. Lift the breech bolt assembly from the rear of the action bar assembly.
  15. Replace the magazine cap.
  16. Tap out the front and rear trigger plate pins. See Picture 25.
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  17. Lift the rear of the trigger plate assembly, slide rearward and remove it from the receiver.

WARNING: DO NOT allow the hammer to snap forward when the trigger plate assembly is removed. This can best be assured by keeping the safety mechanism engaged at all times. RED BAND WILL NOT SHOW.
 

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