Loaded Chamber Indicator

A WARNING: NEVER RELY UPON THE LOADED CHAMBER INDICATOR ALONE TO VERIFY THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A ROUND IN THE CHAMBER. THE SUREST METHOD TO DETERMINE THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A ROUND IN THE CHAMBER IS TO VISUALLY CHECK THE CHAMBER OF YOUR FIREARM BY PULLING AND LOCKING THE SLIDE TO THE REAR.

Smith & Wesson 1911 Series pistols come with a loaded chamber indicator. This indicator can be observed at the top of the slide/ejection port by observing an opening at the rear of the barrel hood (Figure 8). By looking into this opening, you can observe whether or not a round is in the firearm's chamber. If a round is in the chamber, you should see the actual brass or silver colored rim through this opening. Never rely on the loaded chamber indicator alone to verify the presence or absence of a round in the chamber. The proper method to verify the presence of a round in the chamber is to follow the directions in the "Inspecting Your Pistol" section of this manual.

A WARNING: ALWAYS TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT WERE LOADED AND WILL FIRE IF THE TRIGGER IS PULLED. A LOADED CHAMBER INDICATOR MAY HELP DETERMINE WHETHER THE CHAMBER IS LOADED OR UNLOADED. THE AMOUNT OF LIGHT, CLEANLINESS OF THE PISTOL, DISCOLORATION OF THE AMMUNITION AND OTHER FACTORS MAY LIMIT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE LOADED CHAMBER INDICATOR.

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