I'm writing a story set in Nebraska in 2007, and I want to know a) the proper words to describe readying / disabling a shotgun and b) if there's any name for the side of a pick-up.
1) the female character gets a pump-action shotgun from her pick-up truck and points it at the male character.
What I want to know is: how do I describe the method of getting the gun ready to fire? The gun would already be loaded, lying on the passenger seat, but not...cocked? Pumped?
I want to be able to say: "She picked up the gun, .... it, and pointed it at his chest" - so what's the verb I'm missing?
And then, once she realises he's not a threat, I want her to disable the weapon. "She lowered the weapon, .... it, and put it back in the truck" - so what's the verb I'm missing?
The guy telling the story doesn't know much about guns, so the terminology doesn't have to be too detailed or technical.
2) the male character get some really bad news, and grabs the side of the truck to hold himself up. What do I call the vertical side of the truck, rising up either side of the flatbed at the back? Or is it just 'the side'?
Thanks in advance for any help!