How to Load a Staple Gun? (4 Simple Steps)

Staple guns are handheld machines and they come into play in nearly every crafting, woodworking, upholstery work. They are basically used to put metal staples into different materials in order to attach them together. That being said you cannot use staples in hard materials like Metal. Staples are suitable for paper, plastic, thin wood sheets, etc. 

However, since staple gun is necessary for our everyday life, knowing how they work and how to use it is mandatory. Using them is easy but what is a bit complex is loading a staple gun. And that is exactly why we are here now. 

We have created an in-depth guide on how to load a staple gun. Everything is written in an understandable way, so there shouldn’t be any trouble. 

Here we go! 

Step by Step Guide on How to Load a Staple Gun

How to Load a Staple Gun

Before we get into the staple loading process, let us tell you, there are a couple of staple gun types. And staple loading process differs from one another. However, we are going to show you two kind of staple gun loading process. Rear loading staple gun and a bottom loading staple gun. Staring with the rear loading staple gun.  

Step 1

The very first thing we have to do is locating the pusher rod side. Pusher rod side is from where we will be loading the staples. First find out the front side of the gun, from where the stapler comes out that is the front side. And then look at the opposite side of it. You would see a small metal rectangle along with two indentations. Plus, there will be a hook as well somewhere in the top or the bottom side. Find that out. 

Step 2

Once you have located the pushers, time to take that out. Now see where the pusher is, with your thumb and forefinger, hold both sides of the pusher and then push the slide forward and slight down if you see the pusher on the top. And when you see the pusher at the bottom, push that a bit forward and up slightly. This is the process of unlatching the pusher. Once you have unlatched the pusher completely, pull the entire thing out of the staple gun. 

An easy way to do the unlatching process is, try both of the methods. Push the pusher both upward and downward, it will get unlatched easily. Do not force the pusher to come out without unlatching it, otherwise, you will ruin your entire stapler gun. 

Step 3

Now time to load the staples. Take the needed amount of staples and then you have to position them in M shape. Means, the legs of the staples have to be down. And then slide the entire row of the staple into the gun. Make sure they are in M shape, otherwise, the pusher will get stuck. Moving on, it is always best to load the staple chamber fully, or you would have to load staples very often which doesn’t make any sense. 

Step 4

And now we are going to put the pusher back on to its place. Hold the pusher rod and slide it into the chamber, the way we have taken it out. Then hook the rod end from taking up or down. Do the same we have done while taking the pusher out. Once you have placed the pusher, time to test the staple gun. Test if that is working or not. 

How to Load a Bottom Loading Electric Stapler?

Loading an electric stapler is not similar to the manual stapler. There are some changes. However, go through the instruction, it is easy. 

Step 1

The very first thing you have to do when loading an electric staple gun is unplugging the gun. Do not make the mistake of loading a plugged gun, that might lead to dangerous injuries. First unplugged the gun from the socket and then lock the trigger. There should be a button behind the gun trigger which will lock the trigger. However, some old stapler guns might not have a trigger lock and in that case, you have to be very careful while loading the gun. 

Step 2

Time to locate the release button. Yes, electric stapler guns come with release buttons which releases the magazine where you would load the staples. The button should be at the rear side. The opposite side of where the staples come out. There you should see two indentations and you have to squeeze and pull that. Use your thumb and forefinger to do that.

Step 3

Pull the staple tray out by squeezing the two indentations. You don’t have to squeeze the indentation pretty hard, just apply decent pressure. And if the gun is old and unused for a long time, then that can give you some stress while removing the staple loading tray

Step 4

Once the staple tray is out, now time to load the staples into it. But you cannot put staples randomly. The legs of the staples need to face down. In an easy word, we would say the position of the staple needs to be in small “n” shape. Now slide the row of the staple inside the gun. 

Step 5

Put the needed amount of staples, to eliminate the need for reloading often. Once you have put all the staples inside the magazine, hold the release button with your forefinger and thumb and then push it back to its place. Do not leave, until you hear a CLICK sound. If you don’t hear it, that means, the magazine is not locked and that can come out anytime. Push the mag decently inside the gun and you should hear the sound.


So by now, you must have learned how to load a staple gun. It is not a daunting job, in fact, it is very simple. All you need to have is little patience and the right instruction. We have mentioned it several times and saying again, when you are loading an electric staple gun, make sure to unplug it. 

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