How To Load A Staple Gun Effectively?

If you have some quick installation of furnishings and upholstery, you’ll need a staple gun. Before you start your job, be sure that you understand how to use a staple gun. Loading the device can be a challenging task if you have never used one.

You also need to figure out the type of machine you have and locate the mechanism which opens the loading area of the staples. Once you figure out how to insert the staples into the device, then you have a done deal. Check out how to load the 5 types of staple guns.

How To Load A Staple Gun

How To Load Manual/Electric/Pneumatic Staple Gun

#Load An Electric Staple Gun

Before you start, make sure that the staple gun is unplugged from the electric source. Then, ensure that the trigger is locked in so you can begin the process of loading.

When you have done this,  look out for the magazine release buttons. It is usually located at the back of the stapler.

The third step is to squeeze the release buttons before pulling out the tray. To do this efficiently, your thumb and forefinger must be placed at either side of the release before you press it.

The next step will require you to place the staples in an upside-down position within the magazine. To do this, make sure that a row of staples is placed inside the compartment.

The next step is to make sure that the marking on the magazine release is to be used. This should happen if you are simply using brad nails.

The last step is to slide the magazine back to the chamber. Ensure that you hear a snap sound as it latches to place.

#Load A Pneumatic Staple Gun

The first step to take us to turn off the compressor. This is done to detach the stapler. The power button is located at the back of the compressor tank.

Proceed to push on the level which is located at front of the gun. This is done to help you disconnect the follower.

The next step is to ensure that a strip of staples is laid. The laying should be over the magazine rail and their legs should face down. Try to ensure that they can slide up and down the rail to avoid friction. This can be undertaken with your hand.

The next step is to ensure that the lever at the front of the gun is released. This will make the follower into place.

Then, the last step is the testing of the gun on a scrap piece of wood. Ensure that you are using a piece of wood that is as thick as the one you want to staple together.

#Load Manual Staple Gun

There are three basic steps you take when loading a Manual Staple Gun.

The first step is to pinpoint the location of the pusher rod. It is at the back of the gun. If you look closely, it is located where there is a metal rectangle with 2 indentations.

Then, proceed to push in the rod and then pull it out. This motion must be done right to ensure it comes out.

If you have done the above, load the staples legs down over the guide rails. If you avoid sliding down the staples to the front, you may find it stuck.

Then, proceed to put back the pusher so that it is locked in place again. At this point, you have to keep on pushing the rod till it is locked. Then, test it on a surface.

Top 3 Staple Guns Comparison Table

Power Source
Best Pick
Dewalt DWHTTR510 Multi-Tacker Stapler
Product Brand

Dewalt DWHTTR510

Power Source



11 x 7 x 2 inches

Rapid R34 Stapling Gun
Product Brand

Rapid 20511550 R34

Power Source



11.2 x 1.5 x 5.2 inches

Best Quality
Hitachi N3804AB3 Pneumatic Stapler
Product Brand

Hitachi N3804AB3

Power Source



14.7 x 11.8 x 3.4 inches

How To Load A Stanley Staple Gun?

This heavy-duty stapler can be used in construction works, upholstery, or interior décor. Only heavy-duty staples can be used to load it i.e. those between ¼” to 9/16”. The gun has a loading system on its front part. It lets you see when the staples are depleted. To prevent accidental firing, always lock the handle. The steps to loading Stanly stapler are as follows:

  • Lock down the handle and turn on the handle safety mode. Let the bottom of the gun face up.
  • At the end of the staple gun is a loading latch which you have to release. Then open the slide.
  • Insert a bunch of staples inside the loading area. Ensure that the staple legs face up.
  • Push in the slide to close the loading channel. The latch should click and catch upon closure.

How To Load A Bostitch Staple Gun?

With Bostitch staple gun, you can use either heavy-duty or standard staples. First of all, power off the stapler to its appropriate source. If it is an electric gun, use an electric socket; while for the pneumatic, make sure you have compressed air. Check the procedure for loading heavy duty and standard stales.

#Loading heavy duty staples

  • Grab the machine and turn it upside down. Find the location of the release latch- it is at the posterior end of the gun.
  • The release latch braces the magazine ate the front of the gun. Press it and pull the magazine out. You will see the loading rail.
  • Place a stick of staples on the rail, with their legs facing up.
  • Push back the magazine inside the stapler till you hear a click that signifies fastening of the release latch.
  • Confirm that the gun is working on a test material

#Loading standard staples

  • Hold the gun’s handle with one hand. With your second hand, hold the bottom of the gun down.
  • Expose the loading rail by pulling back the handle.
  • Clear any unwanted staples or debris from the loading area with compressed air. Any distracting materials cab lead to staple jams or failure.
  • Insert the standard staples. Their legs facing down. Hold the stapler at an inclined angle so that the staples slide nearer the rail’s front.
  • Slide in the gun’s handle and fasten it on the hinge restore. Do some testing to see if the gun can fire.

How To Load An Arrow Staple Gun?

The Arrow staple gun can do just any household work. Loading it is straightforward and so is the operation.

  • Start with reading the instructions on the user’s manual and study the machine carefully
  • Have the right size of staples at hand depending on your construction needs
  • Press the staple track release inwards. This system is located at the back of the gun. A spring-loaded stapler pusher will emerge. Check the track release position before you pull out the long stapler pusher.
  • Slide in your staples inside the loading track. The staple’s pointing sides should face downwards.
  • Engage the stapler pusher to secure the loading track in place.

How To Load A Craftsman Staple Gun?

This is a multipurpose gun. It is a stapler/nailer combination that can perform a wide array of jobs. You may load the gun with nails of sizes between 5/8” to 2” and crown staples  5/8” to 1 ½”. It is powered by air pressure. This is how to load this gun.

  • Disconnect air supply before you load. Hold the gun while it faces away from you. Put on protective wear- goggles, gloves, ear protection, and boots.
  • At the bottom of the lower side of the magazine is the release latch. Squeeze the latch to uncover the loading section. Remove any nails, staples, or materials in this area.
  • Put the nails/staples inside, points facing down. The pointers tips should straddle the interior wall.
  • Slide in the cover to push back the magazine into the gun till it snaps.
  • Do not press the trigger as you load or unload.

How To Load A Dewalt Staple Gun?

The Dewalt Stapler never disappoints. You will need an air compressor and its operation is straightforward. Its sliding mechanism is designed in plastic and the staples sit at just the right depth. You’ll see how easy it is to load this lightweight staple gun.

  • Always read the manual before loading and put on safety goggles.
  • You will load staples of lengths ½ inches to 1 ½inches  or crown of ¼inches.
  • Attach the device to an air compressor to avoid accidental firing.
  • At the gun front, push the magazine release lever
  • Slide the magazine out and put the staples in the loading rail
  • Press the magazine back into the stapler till you hear a click in the release latch.
  • Test the device on a scrap material

The reason the Dewalt stapler is connected to an air compressor before loading is that the firing system could cycle after the connection.

The most critical step to using a staple gun is loading the staples correctly. This ensures safety and proper operation. For your own good, load the stapler only when you have a task ahead.

During the loading process, do not point the gun nose towards you. Always put on protective goggles and earmuffs. Have a smooth stapling and nailing process!

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