though it does not have the complete safety factors embodied in the Colt Automatic Pistol, which is provided with a grip safety which functions automatically.

Both models of this Mauser W.T.P. are equipped with magazine removal safety. When the magazine is withdrawn from the grip it is impossible to pull the trigger. This feature was introduced to prevent accidents, which sometimes happen with pistols not so equipped, when shooters unfamiliar with semi-automatic weapons remove the magazine without checking the firing chamber. In an automatic pistol, not only must the magazine be removed to be emptied, but the slide must be pulled back to eject the cartridge (if any) in the firing chamber before the pistol is truly safe unless it is equipped with a magazine safety.

So long as there are any cartridges in the magazine, every time an automatic pistol is fired the arm is re-cocked and the chamber reloaded by the recoil. Hence, if the magazine is withdrawn and the pistol is not equipped with the special magazine safety, a pull on the trigger will fire the cartridge in the chamber. This chamber cartridge is frequently overlooked even by experts.

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