Originally Posted by Tmergen24
With my curiosity I would have to fire it but firs I would chec the ammo cases for crack or any other suspicious looking defects, make sure the barell is clear, not to terribly rusty, check for cracks or loose fits in the gun. And if all pass have at it
The scene I'm researching for occurs at the climax of the story, so not much time for the protagonist to check for defects or other problems. I just didn't want to go off writing about something I had no clue about and it ending up being really lame.
But the info here definitely gives me something to work with.