The Ten Commandments Of Safety For Firearms

1. ALWAYS treat every gun as if it were loaded.

2. ALWAYS be sure the barrel is clear of any obstruction.

3. ALWAYS be sure of your backstop, what lies beyond and the safety of bystanders before you shoot.

4. ALWAYS use clean, dry, original factory-made ammunition of the proper type and caliber for your gun.

5. ALWAYS wear ear protection and shooting glasses when shooting.

6. ALWAYS carry your gun so that you can control the direction of the muzzle if you fail or stumble.

7. ALWAYS leave the safety on until you intend to fire.

8. NEVER leave an unattended gun loaded. Guns and ammunition should be stored separately, locked if possible, beyond the reach of children or careless adults.

9. NEVER allow your firearm to be used by anyone who has not read this Instruction Manual.

10. NEVER point any gun, loaded or unloaded, at anything you do not intend to shoot. EAR & EYE PROTECTION

Use ear plugs or "earmuff' type protectors to guard against permanent, cumulative hearing loss that can result from repeated exposure to shooting noise. Shooting glasses will protect against powder gas, carbon residue, lubricant, metal particles, or other debris that is occasionally emitted from firearms in normal use.

Make sure that anyone near you is also wearing ear and eye protection.

SAFETY FEATURES: the LLAMA automatic pistol incorporates several positive safety devices, which, if properly employed, will avoid the danger of accidental firing. These safety devices are described below.

SLIDE LOCK SAFETY: The Slide Lock Safety is located on the left of the pistol just below the back of the slide. With the hammer fully cocked and the Slide Lock Safety applied, the upper part of the Slide Lock Safety engages the slide lock notch to prevent rearward movement of the slide, while an internal cam surface engages the sear to prevent forward hammer movement when trigger is squeezed. This safety device can be applied only when the slide is fully forward and the hammer is in the fully cocked position. To apply the Slide Lock Safety, point the pistol in a safe direction, do not touch the trigger, pull the slide fully to the rear and allow it to return sharply forward, leaving the hammer in fully cocked position. Press up on the Slide Lock Safety until it fully engages the slide lock notch.

FIRING PIN SAFETY: The firing pin safety is located on the upper rear part of the slide. The firing pin safety is engaged automatically by means of a spring, which acts on the firing pin safety and prevents the firing pin from moving forward, in other words, towards the firing position, whenever the pistol is not gripped correctly and firmly. The firing pin safety diconnector, situated in the frame, is aligned with the lower end of the firing pin safety when the slide is placed forwards, in the firing position. The upper front part of the lever, in the pistol frame, makes contact with the lower end of the firing pin safety diconnector piece, within the frame when the pistol is gripped firmly. In this way, pressure is applied to the lever, which engages the firing pin safety disconnector, which, in turn, engages the firing pin safety, finally releasing the firing pin so that this is free to move and fire when the trigger is pulled.

GRIP SAFETY: The Grip Safety is located on the upper rear part of the receiver. The Grip Safety is automatically applied by spring action to prevent rearward travel of trigger unless pistol grip is firmly and properly grasped. The front of the Grip Safety (inside the pistol frame) contacts rear of trigger to prevent its rearward movement. When the pistol grip is positively grasped, the Grip Safety is rotated out of contact with rear of trigger to allow trigger movement.

HALF COCK NOTCH IN HAMMER: The Half Cock Notch is an automatically operating fail-safe device, which will engage the sear in the unlikely event of primary sear notch failure. This will prevent the hammer from falling fully forward unintentionally and insure against uncontrolled automatic fire. It also prevents the hammer from striking the firing pin, should your hand slip from the slide while cocking the pistol, provided the hammer is rotated past the Half Cock Notch. The Half Cock Notch is not meant to be engaged by hand.

CAUTION: NEVER PLACE OR ALLOW THE HAMMER TO REMAIN IN THE HALF COCK NOTCH. THIS IS NOT A SAFE CARRYING POSITION. ANY EFFORT TO ENGAGE THE HAMMER IN THE HALF COCK NOTCH MAY RESULT IN THE HAMMER PERCHING ON THE LIP OF THE HALF NOTCH. THIS IS EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS. IF THE HAMMER IS IN THIS CONDITION IT COULD FALL FORWARD AND DISCHARGE THE PISTOL. THEREBY REISKING INJURY, DEATH OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

Your gun has an effective, well-designed safety mechanism, but no safety mechanism can take the place of your own good sense and cautious gun handling. No safety can guard against horse-play, carelessness, or improper usage, and the safety may be rendered ineffective by breakage or malfunction due to abuse, incorrect assembly, or unauthorized adjustment.

Never allow a gun to point at any part of your body, or at any other person. If you obey this rule, even an accidental discharge will not cause injury.

The safety mechanism should remain on until the gun is pointed at the target, and you are ready to shoot.

Be sure to move the safety fully into position, or it will not be effective. Some guns have a red warning dot beside the safety, which could be completely covered when the safety is on.

Do not carry a gun with a cartridge in the chamber without the safety being on. (Double action revolvers and some double action pistols have automatic internal safety mechanisms rather than manual safeties.)

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