The Grip Safety is located on the upper rear part of the receiver (see illustration below). The Grip Safety is applied automatically unless the pistol grip is firmly and properly held in your hand. It is engaged automatically by spring action to prevent the trigger from moving back. The front of the Grip Safety (inside the frame of the pistol) contacts the rear of the trigger to prevent it from moving back. When the pistol is gripped properly,
HALF COCK NOTCH IN HAMMER:
The Half Cock Notch is a fail-safe device which automatically engages the sear in the unlikely event of primary sear notch failure. This is to prevent the hammer from falling fully forward unintentionally and to prevent uncontrolled automatic discharge. It also prevents the hammer from striking the firing pin if your hand slips from the slide while cocking the pistol IF the hammer has been depressed beyond the Half Cock Notch. This safety feature is NOT meant to be engaged by hand.
NEVER PLACE OR ALLOW THE HAMMER TO REMAIN IN THE HALF COCK NOTCH. THIS IS NOT A SAFE POSITION IN WHICH TO CARRY THE PISTOL. ANY EFFORT TO ENGAGE THE HAMMER IN THE HALF COCK NOTCH MAY RESULT IN THE HAMMER HANGING ON THE LIP OF THE HALF COCK NOTCH. THIS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. WITH THE HAMMER IN THIS CONDITION, IT COULD FALL FORWARD AND FIRE THE PISTOL, THEREBY RISKING DEATH, INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
This safety feature prevents a round being fired before it is in the chamber with the slide and the barrel locked. When the slide is not completely forward the Disconnector is depressed, its lower part disengaging the sear, so that the hammer cannot be released if the trigger is squeezed. However, when the slide and the barrel are locked, a spring pushes the Disconnector up into a recess in the slide. This links the trigger and sear so that the pistol can be fired by squeezing the trigger.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHECK OR DEMONSTRATE THE DISCONNECTOR FUNCTION WITH A LOADED PISTOL. PUSHING ON THE MUZZLE OF THE GUN WITH YOUR HAND OR ANY PART OF THE BODY IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND COULD RESULT IN ACCI DENTALLY FIRING THE GUN, CAUSING DEATH, INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
The firing pin is shorter than its housing and is held back by a spring and cannot extend through the face of the slide unless the force of the spring and inertia of the pin is overcome by the force of a blow. This will happen when the hammer falls normally OR could occur by a blow on the muzzle or front of the gun. See the WARNING at the beginning of the Safety Instructions.
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