Friday, July 8, 2011
How To Disassemble A Darne Shotgun
To field strip a Darne, first place the gun on safe and open the action.
Underneath the sliding action there is a tang, push it upwards and the ears will pop forward a bit. Don't slide the action too far back you won't be able to reach this tang as the comb of the stock will get in the way. On subgauges its even more difficult as there is less real estate to get your finger under the action.
Slide the action all the way rearward. Once all the way rearward, you may need to push the ears forward a little, pulling the action upwards a bit.
Then you can remove the entire action from the rails by sliding it off.
Inside the receiver there is the barrel release. It works like a seesaw. Push the side closest the barrels downward.
Now the barrels can be removed. Depending on your Darne, you may or may not be able to do this without much force. Some shotguns are easy and you can remove them with simply your hands and just pull them off while others require tremendous amount of force to jar the barrels free. If the latter is the case then you hold the shotgun stock with one hand and the other on the barrels. Then you can tap the end of the barrels (not too hard) on the carpet to free it. The first time you do this its quite awkward as forcing your barrels down onto the floor is very counter intuitive and rather scary.
Once you've done that, you have now the gun field stripped for cleaning or inspection.
To reassemble reverse the order.
Place the bites in their slots. Then pull the barrels forward.
Once the barrels are put back, push the rear side of the barrel release downward.
Line the sliding action with the rails.
Pull the ears all the way back slide the action forward. You may get some resistance. If you do you'll need to wiggle the ears slightly forward and back until the action slides onto the rails and locks.