Firearms safety instructions

DO NOT USE ANY FIREARM WITHOUT HAVING A FULL AND COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF ITS PARTICULAR MECHANICAL AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS.

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS YOU MUST ENSURE YOUR COMPLETE AND CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS MANUAL AND YOU MUST FOLLOW ITS SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY.

NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO USE THIS FIREARM WITHOUT HAVING THAT PERSON READ THIS MANUAL FIRST.

IMPROPER HANDLING OF YOUR PISTOL CAN RESULT IN INJURY, DEATH OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

CAUTIONS:

1. ALWAYS TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT WERE LOADED.

2. NEVER - EVER - POINT ANY GUN, LOADED OR UNLOADED, AT ANYTHING YOU DO NOT INTEND TO SHOOT.

3. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER AWAY FROM THE TRIGGER, OUTSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD, UNTIL YOU ARE AIMING AT A TARGET AND READY TO SHOOT.

4. ALWAYS BE SURE OF YOUR BACKSTOP, WHAT LIES BEYOND YOUR TARGET, AND THE SAFETY OF BYSTANDERS BEFORE YOU CONSIDER SHOOTING YOUR PISTOL. THE BACKSTOP MUST BE ADEQUATE TO STOP AND CONTAIN BULLETS. OTHERWISE, A BULLET IS CAPABLE OF TRAVELING THROUGH OR PAST YOUR TARGET FOR A DISTANCE OF UP TO 11/2 MILES. DO NOT SHOOT IF YOU ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT WHAT LIES BEYOND YOUR TARGET.

5. ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR PISTOL IS UNLOADED AND THE SLIDE IS LATCHED OPEN BEFORE HANDING IT TO ANOTHER PERSON OR LAYING IT DOWN.

6. ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PISTOL HAS NOT BEEN IN ANY WAY DAMAGED AS THE RESULT OF IT HAVING BEEN DROPPED OR ANY OTHER INCIDENT OR CIRCUMSTANCE, INCLUDING CORROSION, THAT MAY HAVE POSSIBLY CAUSED DAMAGE TO SOME PARTS OF THE MECHANISM.

7. ALWAYS HAVE A COMPETENT GUNSMITH INSPECT YOUR PISTOL SO AS TO ENSURE ITS PROPER FUNCTION. REMEMBER, ONLY WEAPONS IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER CAN BE SAFE WEAPONS.

8. NEVER LEAVE A PISTOL COCKED AND READY TO FIRE.

ALWAYS USE YOUR HANDGUN SAFELY AND WISELY. PROTECT YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU BY TAKING THE PROPER AND NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS PRIOR

TO FIRING YOUR PISTOL. REMEMBER, UNSAFE PRACTICES CAN BE THE CAUSE OF INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

9. NEVER LEAVE A LOADED PISTOL UNATTENDED.

10. ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT ANY OTHER SHOOTERS OR BYSTANDERS ARE WELL CLEAR OF YOU WHEN PREPARING TO SHOOT YOUR PISTOL. EJECTED CARTRIDGES CAN CAUSE INJURY TO ANYONE STANDING IN THEIR PATH. NEVER OBSTRUCT THE EJECTION PORT ON YOUR PISTOL BY PLACING YOUR FINGERS IN FRONT OF IT.

11. ALWAYS WEAR ADEQUATE SHOOTING GLASSES AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. UNPROTECTED EYES MAY BE INJURED BY POWDER GAS, CARBON RESIDUE, LUBRICANT, METALLIC PARTICLES OR SIMILAR DEBRIS THAT CAN DAMAGE EYES AND EVEN CAUSE BLINDNESS.

12. ALWAYS WEAR ADEQUATE EAR PROTECTION AND MAKE SURE THAT OTHERS IN YOUR VICINITY DO THE SAME. REPEATED EXPOSURE TO SHOOTING NOISE CAN LEAD TO CUMULATIVE, PERMANENT HEARING LOSS.

13. ALWAYS CARRY YOUR PISTOL EMPTY WITH THE SLIDE LATCHED OPEN UNTIL PREPARING TO FIRE.

ALWAYS EMPLOY SAFE HANDLING, LOADING, AND SHOOTING METHODS. REMEMBER A LOADED FIREARM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO KILL. INTELLIGENTLY HANDLED IT CAN BE USED SAFELY.

14. NEVER CONSUME ALCOHOL OR TAKE DRUGS PRIOR TO SHOOTING. IF UNDER MEDICATION, SEEK A DOCTOR'S ADVICE TO BE SURE THAT YOU ARE FIT AND ABLE TO HANDLE A GUN SAFELY.

15. NEVER SHOOT AT A FLAT SURFACE OF WATER OR AT ANY HARD SURFACE IN ORDER TO AVOID HAZARDOUS RICOCHETS THAT CAN CAUSE INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

ALWAYS USE AMMUNITION THAT COMPLIES WITH THE INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE STANDARD AS ESTABLISHED BY THE SPORTING ARMS AND AMMUNITION MANUFACTURER'S INSTITUTE (SAAMI). TO DO OTHERWISE MAY RESULT IN INJURY, DEATH, OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

16. ALWAYS MAKE SURE THE MUZZLE IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.

17. NEVER LOAD YOUR PISTOL UNTIL YOU ARE PROPERLY READY TO USE IT. UNLOAD IT THE MINUTE YOU HAVE COMPLETED SHOOTING.

18. ALWAYS EXAMINE THE BARREL BORE TO BE CERTAIN IT IS CLEAR AND FREE OF ANY OBSTRUCTIONS. ANY OBSTRUCTION, WHETHER IT BE FROM DIRT, CORROSION OR OTHER DEBRIS, EVEN A HEAVY COATING OF OIL

OR DROPS OF WATER, MAY RESULT IN DAMAGE TO THE PISTOL THAT CAN CAUSE INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

19. ALWAYS USE ONLY CLEAN, DRY, ORIGINAL HIGH QUALITY FACTORY-MADE AMMUNITION THAT IS IN GOOD CONDITION AND OF THE PROPER TYPE AND CALIBER FOR YOUR GUN. IMPROPERLY LOADED AMMUNITION CAN PROVE TO BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WHEN CARTRIDGES HAVE BEEN LOADED OUTSIDE THE EXACTING SAFETY LIMITS BUILT INTO YOUR PISTOL.

20. ALWAYS HAVE THE SAFETY ON UNTIL YOU INTEND TO FIRE.

21. NEVER WALK OR CLIMB WITH A LOADED FIREARM. PISTOLS HAVE SHORT BARRELS AND THEREFORE EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN HANDLING THEM BECAUSE THEIR ATTITUDE AND DIRECTION CAN BE EASILY CHANGED. HOLD YOUR PISTOL SO THAT THE MUZZLE IS CONTROLLABLE.

ALWAYS STORE GUNS AND AMMUNITION

SEPARATELY, LOCKED IF POSSIBLE, OUT OF SIGHT, AND BEYOND THE REACH OF CHILDREN AND INEXPERIENCED OR CARELESS ADULTS.

22. ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOUR PISTOL IS NOT LOADED BEFORE CLEANING AND STORING IT.

23. NEVER DRY FIRE YOUR PISTOL WHEN YOU HAVE REMOVED THE SLIDE FROM THE RECEIVER.

LEAD WARNING:

DISCHARGING FIREARMS IN POORLY VENTILATED AREAS, CLEANING FIREARMS, OR

HANDLING AMMUNITION MAY RESULT IN EXPOSURE TO LEAD AND OTHER SUBSTANCES

KNOWN TO CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS, REPRODUCTIVE HARM, AND OTHER SERIOUS INJURY. HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION AT ALL TIMES. WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AFTER EXPOSURE.

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