How to Load a Staple Gun

We have seen desk staplers since our childhood. But what is a staple gun? Well, it’s a machine similar to regular staplers. Contrary to the regular staplers, these gun forces row of staples or nails into wood, thick paper, heavy fabric, and plastic, etc.

Staple guns are used for different purposes, such as upholstery, carpeting, carpentry, decorating, and construction-related tasks, etc.

You’ll find three types of staple gun in the market. And you should know how to use them. Proper knowledge of using a staple gun will increase this machine’s durability and also makes sure the safety around your house.

That’s why we’ll show you how to load a staple gun in detail in this article.

How to Load a Manual Staple Gun

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As the name suggests, this is a manually usable staple gun; it only requires the strength of arm muscle. It is the easiest method to work with compared to the other two types; also very mobile, as this staple gun is easy to carry anywhere without needing to use the power cord or battery.

  • Step 1: Loading the Gun

To load this gun, you first need to turn toward the back of it. Generally, manual staple guns have their chamber for loading the staples at the backside, few exceptions aside.

This chamber is a spring-loaded rod with a lever. You have to either push or pull the chamber to get it out so that you can load it with staples.

  • Step 2: Rod Placement

Put two of your fingers at the bottom of the staple gun to drive the rod in and down that holds the staple in place. Now take out the rod, put a row of staples on the rail slide in.

Insert the rod in. You would feel some tension while putting the rod back. Then push in and up the top part of the rod to lock it in place.

  • Step 3: Testing

The gun is now ready to shoot, but always remember to test a few times to see if it is working properly; better experiment on some similar material that you are going to use for your project.

Check if there is any jam as sometimes the staples get jammed inside. Everything’s okay? Great! You may start shooting now.

How to Load an Electric Staple Gun

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You can guess that this staple gun is run by electricity. Electric staple guns are generally used for ceiling tiles, carpet padding, picture frames, and molding, etc. It is a very favorite tool for many crafters and carpenters. You can also use it as a brad nailer to fire brad nails.

  • Step 1: Unplugging the Staple

Before you begin to load the electric staple gun, make sure you unplug the staple from electricity. Then find a lock, which is usually located nearby the trigger to release the staples. Some staples may not have this lock, so keep it unplugged for safety reasons.

  • Step 2: Loading

You need to turn the electric staple gun over to load it. There is a release button on the bottom rear part of the machine. Push the release button.

You would see a tray that holds a row of staples in place. Put staples in the tray; make sure the staples are upside down and legs facing to the ceiling. After inserting staples in the tray, push the clip inside. Now you are ready to go.

  • Step 3: Using as a Brad Nailer

If you want to use it as brad nailer, first you will have to take out the staplers from inside of the machine.

Usually, there are indications in the magazine rod for loading the brad nails, follow them to get your job done. If you don’t find any indication, make sure if your staple has the option of shooting brad nails. Otherwise, it could be disastrous.

How to Load a Pneumatic Staple Gun

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Pneumatic staple guns are generally used in construction projects to press staples into hard objects such as metal or wood. The majority of this type of staple gun uses compressed air to let heavy-duty staples get into the materials.

  • Step 1: Switch the Device off

First of all, always remember to switch it off if it is turned on; and always make sure to disconnect the staple from the hosepipe that is connected with a compressor.

Also, if your gun has a safety lock for the trigger, make sure you activate it. The very purpose of this lock is to bar the staples from getting discharged when you are loading.

  • Step 2: Preparation

Now, disconnect the magazine follower by pushing the lever. A follower is a rod that helps to hold the magazine to ensure its immobility. Pull this rod as far as possible to its farthest position. The gun is fully ready to get loaded.

  • Step 3: Loading

Load the gun with staples in the rail of the chamber; keep the legs of staples downward. Be assured that the staples can move smoothly on the rail without getting caught, to confirm that use your hand to slide the staples.

You can either load one large staple row or more than one smaller rows together to fill the rail.

  • Step 4: Pushing the Lever

By pushing the lever again, unlock the follower to move it back to its previous position. It usually pushes the staples automatically into the gun once the lever is pushed.

However, if that’s not the case for your gun, you will have to manually give the rod a small push. But be cautious; don’t push it too hard. Otherwise, it might misfire later.

  • Step 5: Final Step

Finally, plug in the compressor and reattach the hosepipe with the gun. Check if the device is working properly by turning on the compressor and shooting a few rounds or one on an object similar to your project.

By the way, don’t forget to wear safety goggles before doing all these. If the gun is shooting smooth and fine, you are ready to go.


Staple guns have become very popular tools nowadays not only to the professional workers but also to the DIY lovers. That’s why we have talked very briefly about how to load the most popular types of staple guns above. We hope you’ll find this article helpful if you are a newbie.

Now go, shoot’em up!

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