Safeties

The pistol has 4 safeties, viz. an ordinary hand safety and a triple acting automatic safety, which works without being noticed by the shooter. In addition to this, the pistol is fitted with a cocking indicator.

1. Ordinary safety. This safety is fitted on the left side of the frame. To put the pistol at safe, it will suffice to turn the safety upward so that it enters the notch made to that effect in the slide. In case of need, this safety can be set free instantly without any effort by means of the thumb of the right hand and without having to alter the position of the hand on the handle. This operation takes place without any apparent movement of the shooter (fig. 6).

2. Magazine automatic safety. First effect: Prevents the discharge of the shot when the magazine is removed. The magazine safety, which is fitted inside at the rear of the handle, moves forward under the action of a spring on withdrawing the magazine, it dus comes under the arm of the seae, preventing the latter from being unhooked and consequently making firing impossible.

3. Magazine automatic safety. Second effect: Prevents the magazine from being put again into place and, consequently, makes firing impossible if during this operation the shooter pulls the trigger. By pulling the trigger when the magazine is removed, the shooter locks the magazine safety in its forward position, and, under these circumstances, it is impossible to insert the magazine.

4. Fall safety. The same device also prevents any accidental discharge in case of a fall of the weapon ; indeed, under the effect of a shock, this safety moves rearward by inertia and, in that position, locks the sear, preventing it from releasing the firing pin.

— Cocking indicator. This device consists of a small piston which is mounted on the firing pin spring guide and projects above the rear part of the slide when the firing pin spring is stretched. This indicator, very visible and particularly very perceptible by the touch, enables to ascertain, even by night, if the pistol is cocked. It also offers the possibility to ascertain if the weapon is ready for firing when it is placed in the pocket without having to make any apparent movement. It affords an additional guarantee.

DISMOUNTING / REMOUNTING

Dismounting

Such partial dismounting as is necessary for cleaning the pistol is extremely easy.

Proceed as follows:

1. Unload the pistol (see paragraph HANDLING).

2. Empty the magazine, pushing out the cartridges one by one by the base.

3. Replace the magazine.

4. Pull the trigger in order to uncock the firing pin.

5. Take out the magazine again.

6. Draw the slide to the rear until the nose of the ordinary safety can be pushed into the front notch of the slide ; the latter being maintained to the rear lays bare the front end of the barrel.

7. Give the barrel a quarter of a turn to the right (fig. 7).

Release the slide by pushing down the ordinary safety catch. Slide and frame are thus pulled appart (fig. 8).

8. Take out the barrel from the slide, to that effect give it a quarter of a turn to the left (fig. 9).

9. Withdraw the barrel through the front part of the slide. Draw out the firing pin with its spring and the cocking indicator.

3. Replace the slide on the frame so that its two projecting parts engage the grooves of the frame and that the rear end of the cocking indicator leans on the spur projecting from the rear part of the frame.

4. Push the slide rearwards as far as it will go. The slide can be maintained in that position by means of the hand safety, but this is not necessary if the slide has been gripped by the front part.

5. Turn the barrelto the left and release the slide by pressing down the safety catch. The slide will come back to its former position under the action of the recoil springs.

6. Replace the magazine.

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