BE A GOOD CLOSER
There are two schools of thought when it comes to closing breakaction shotguns. Some people keep things simple and just close them; others put their thumb on the lever so they can ease the gun shut to save wear. New guns are typically tight and can simply be closed; if anything, they may need an extra push on the lever to fully seat. If a gun’s lever wants to snap shut—my dad’s Beretta is this way—I’ll ease it shut with my thumb, as do the owners of Foxes and L.C. Smiths, whose guns have rotary bolts that shut like mousetraps. To be on the safe side, I always ease the lever shut, then snug it closed, when I’m handling someone else’s dream gun.