Safety Instructions

A. NEVER ASSUME OR TAKE ANYONE'S WORD THAT A GUN IS UNLOADED. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK FOR YOURSELF, WITH FINGERS OFF THE TRIGGER AND THE GUN POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION, SO THAT YOU NEVER DISCHARGE A GUN ACCIDENTALLY WHEN YOU THINK IT IS UNLOADED.

B. ALWAYS TREAT A GUN AS IF IT WERE LOADED. THIS WILL PREVENT FIRING IT ACCIDENTALLY WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS UNLOADED.

C. NEVER POINT A GUN AT ANYTHING YOU DO NOT INTEND ON SHOOTING. THIS WAY IF THE GUN DISCHARGES ACCIDENTALLY, DEATH, INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE PREVENTED.

D. ALWAYS KEEP AND CARRY YOUR PISTOL EMPTY, WITH THE HAMMER FORWARD EXCEPT WHEN YOU INTEND TO SHOOT. THIS MEANS YOUR PISTOL CANNOT BE FIRED WHEN YOU DO NOT MEAN TO FIRE IT.

E. 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.

F. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TAKE DRUGS BEFORE OR DURING SHOOTING. YOUR VISION AND JUDGMENT COULD BE SERIOUSLY IMPAIRED MAKING YOUR GUN HANDLING UNSAFE TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

G. ALWAYS GET A DOCTOR'S ADVICE IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION, ASSURING THAT YOU ARE FIT TO SHOOT AND HANDLE YOUR FIREARM SAFELY.

H. BEFORE YOU BEGIN ANY TARGET PRACTICE, BE SURE YOUR BACKSTOP IS ADEQUATE TO STOP AND CONTAIN BULLETS, TO PREVENT HITTING ANYTHING OUTSIDE THE SHOOTING AREA.

I. ALWAYS HAVE A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RESPONSIBLE PERSON IN CHARGE OF A GROUP WHEN FIRING ON A RANGE. OBEY HIS COMMANDS TO INSURE SAFETY CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE, REDUCING THE POSSIBILITY OF ACCIDENTS.

J. ALWAYS WEAR (AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS NEAR YOU TO WEAR) EAR PROTECTION WHEN SHOOTING, ESPECIALLY ON A RANGE. IF YOU DO NOT WEAR EAR PROTECTION, THE NOISE FROM YOUR PISTOL, AND OTHER GUNS CLOSE TO YOU, CAN LEAVE A RINGING IN YOUR EARS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AFTER SHOOTING. THE AGGREGATE LONG-TERM EFFECT CAN BE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS.

K. ALWAYS WEAR PROTECTIVE SHOOTING GLASSES FOR PROTECTION OF YOUR EYES. L. ALWAYS BE SURE YOUR PISTOL IS CLEAN AND CLEAR OF OBSTRUCTIONS. GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE ACTION, CHAMBER AND BARREL BORE. CLEAN YOUR PISTOL IMMEDIATELY IF YOU FIND IT IS FOULED SO THAT IT WILL OPERATE PROPERLY AND SAFELY.

M. USE ONLY CLEAN, DRY, ORIGINAL HIGH QUALITY, COMMERCIALLY MANUFACTURED AMMUNITION IN GOOD CONDITION, AND WHICH IS APPROPRIATE TO THE CALIBER FOR WHICH YOUR PISTOL IS PRESENTLY EQUIPPED TO FIRE. GUN AND AMMUNITION MANUFACTURERS DESIGN THEIR PRODUCTS WITHIN EXACTING ENGINEERING SAFETY LIMITS. HANDLOADS ARE SOMETIMES OUTSIDE THOSE LIMITS AND CAN BE UNSAFE.

N. CARRY YOUR PISTOL EMPTY AND OPEN WHILE ON A RANGE UNTIL YOU ARE PREPARING TO FIRE. KEEP YOUR GUN POINTED TOWARDS THE BACKSTOP WHEN LOADING, FIRING AND UNLOADING. THIS ELIMINATES THE RISK OF DEATH, INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

O. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP CLEAR AND KEEP OTHERS CLEAR OF THE EJECTION PORT. SPENT CARTRIDGES ARE EJECTED WITH SUFFICIENT FORCE TO CAUSE INJURY. THE EJECTION PORT MUST BE UNBLOCKED BY YOUR HAND TO INSURE SAFE EJECTION OF LIVE ROUNDS. DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS IN THE EJECTION PORT; THEY CAN BE BURNED BY HOT METAL OR INJURED BY THE SLIDE MOVING FORWARD.

P. NEVER SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER OR PUT YOUR FINGER INSIDE THE TRIGGER GUARD UNLESS YOU ARE AIMING AT A TARGET AND READY TO SHOOT. THIS PREVENTS FIRING YOUR PISTOL WHEN IT IS POINTED IN AN UNSAFE DIRECTION.

a BE ABSOLUTELY SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEHIND IT BEFORE YOU SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER. IF IN DOUBT, DO NOT SHOOT! A SLUG CAN TRAVEL THROUGH OR PAST YOUR TARGET UP TO VA MILES OR MORE. (When shooting, greater accuracy is achieved by "squeezing" the trigger instead of "pulling" or "jerking" it.)

R. IF YOUR PISTOL FAILS TO FIRE. CONTINUE HOLDING IT POINTED TOWARDS THE TARGET OR A SAFE OPEN AREA AND WAIT FOR 30 SECONDS. IF A HANG-FIRE (slow ignition) HAS OCCURRED, THE ROUND SHOULD FIRE WITHIN THAT AMOUNT OF TIME. IF IT DOES NOT FIRE, REMOVE THE MAGAZINE, EJECT THE ROUND AND EXAMINE ITS PRIMER. IF THE FIRING PIN INDENTATION ON THE PRIMER IS LIGHT, OFF CENTER, OR NON EXISTENT, HAVE YOUR PISTOL EXAMINED BY A QUALIFIED GUNSMITH. IF THE FIRING PIN INDENTATION ON THE PRIMER LOOKS NORMAL (when compared with similar rounds previously fired) YOU CAN ASSUME IT IS FAULTY AMMUNITION. SEPARATE THE MISFIRED ROUND FROM OTHER LIVE AMMUNITION AND THE EMPTY CASINGS, RELOAD AND CONTINUE FIRING. Note: Dispose of misfired rounds in accordance with ammunition manufacturer's instructions. S. NEVER CONTINUE USING YOUR PISTOL IF IT FAILS TO FUNCTION PROPERLY, AND DO NOT FORCE A JAMMED ACTION. THIS MAY CAUSE A ROUND TO EXPLODE, CAUSING POSSIBLE DEATH, INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

T. NEVER LEAVE YOUR PISTOL COCKED READY TO FIRE AS THIS CONDITION IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AND THE PISTOL COULD EASILY BE ACCIDENTLY DISCHARGED, CAUSING DEATH, INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

U. NEVER LEAVE A LOADED PISTOL LYING AROUND. SOMEONE, ESPECIALLY A CHILD, MAY FIRE IT AND CAUSE DEATH, INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.

V. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN "HORSEPLAY" WHILE HOLDING YOUR PISTOL AS IT MAY BE DISCHARGED ACCIDENTALLY.

W. DO NOT SHOOT AT HARD SURFACES, SUCH AS ROCKS, OR AT A LIQUID SURFACE, SUCH AS WATER. A SLUG MAY RICOCHET AND TRAVEL IN ANY DIRECTION TO HIT YOU, OR AN OBJECT YOU CANNOT SEE, CAUSING DEATH, INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE. X. NEVER, CLIMB, WALK OR FOLLOW SOMEONE WITH YOUR PISTOL COCKED AND READY TO FIRE, WITH IT OUT OF ITS HOLSTER, OR WITH THE HAMMER IN ANY POSITION OTHER THAN FORWARD ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER. THIS HELPS ELIMINATE THE CHANCE OF DISCHARGING YOUR GUN ACCIDENTALLY. WHEN HUNTING, HOLD YOUR GUN SO THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS IN CONTROL OF THE DIRECTION OF THE MUZZLE.

Y. NEVER FIRE YOUR PISTOL NEAR AN ANIMAL UNLESS IT HAS BEEN TRAINED TO TOLERATE THE NOISE. THE ANIMAL'S STARTLED REACTION COULD INJURE IT OR CAUSE AN ACCIDENT.

Z. BEFORE CLEANING, STORING OR TRAVELING WITH YOUR PISTOL, CHECK TO BE SURE IT IS NOT LOADED. THE MAGAZINE SHOULD BE REMOVED WITH THE SLIDE LATCHED OPEN BEFORE LAYING IT DOWN, OR BEFORE HANDING IT TO ANOTHER PERSON, SO THAT IT CANNOT BE FIRED WHEN IT IS UNSAFE TO DO SO.

AA. STORE YOUR PIREARM AND AMMUNITION IN SEPARATE, LOCKED LOCATIONS OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN. THIS REDUCES THE RISK OF THE AMMUNITION AND THE PISTOL BEING EASILY AVAILABLE FOR LOADING AND FIRING. BB. TEACH CHILDREN TO RESPECT FIREARMS AND THE DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH THEM. IF YOU TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO SHOOT, TEACH THEM TO TREAT AND USE THE FIRE-ARM PROPERLY AND ALWAYS UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION. STRESS SAFETY ALWAYS SO THAT THEY WILL NOT FIRE THE PISTOL V.'HEN IT IS UNSAFE TO DO SO.

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