Practice this important aspect of gun handling (with an unloaded pistol) until you can perform cach of the steps described below with skill and confidence. But before you do anything with the pistol, first read completely thru this Manual.
1. Using your thumb, push the knurled maga/ine catch at the bottom of the grip frame to the rear and pull the magazine down out of the grip frame by its grooved foot. (Sec Figure I and Figure 2.)
2. Put nine (9) or fewer .22 calibcr Long Rifle cartridges into the magazine. (See Figure 3.) In loading the magazine, make sure that all of the cartridges lie parallel and evenly in the maga/ine. The button on the side of the magazine is used to lower the follower so the cartridges can be readily inserted. CAUTION: When using the button, have it under control. When loading or handling the magazine, do not pull the button down and then release it suddenly. The rim of the cartridge hitting the magazine lips can set off a sensitive primer and cause the cartridge case to discharge, burst violently, and cause injury.
3. Invert maga/ine into pistol, taking carc that the magazine catch closes fully and thus has the maga/ine locked in place. Slamming the magazine into the grip frame is not necessary and should not be done.
4. With a loaded magazine in place, hold the pistol firmly in the shooting hand but don't touch the trigger. With the thumb and forefinger of the other hand, grasp the grooved ears of the bolt and pull the bolt to the rear as far as it will go. (Sec Figure 4.) Release the bolt so that it will fly forward, chambering the first cartridge. The safety button is now in the down position with the "F" (fire) fully showing. (See Figure 5.) The pistol is now ready to fire each time the trigger is pulled, until all of the cartridges in the maga/ine. and the one in the chamber, have been fired. If the pistol is not to be fired immediately or consccutivcly. the safety button on the left side of the grip frame should be pushed fully upward so that a click is heard and the letter is fully showing. (See Figure 6.) The safety will engage (move fully upward) only when the pistol is cocked. CAUTION: Placing the safety in an 'intermediate' position between 'safe' (S)and Tire'(F) can result in the gun user thinking the safety is in a safe position when it is not. Therefore always move the safety fully to its intended position and then check to be sure it is where you want it to be.
5. The safety also serves to hold the bolt open. The safety should be used to hold the bolt open when checking the pistol visually to see if the chamber is loaded, to have the pistol in its safest mode (bolt locked open—chamber empty), and when inspecting or cleaning the pistol.
NOTE: The bolt is not in its rearmost position when being held open by the safety. When the bolt is not in its rearmost position, it docs not develop 'full speed* in moving forward. Therefore DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHAMBER A CARTRIDGE FROM THE MAGAZINE BY ONLY RELEASING THE SAFETY.
The correct way to chambcr a cartridge from the maga/ine is to:
a) Pull the bolt back to its maximum rearward position, and then . . .
b) With a finger of the other hand, push the safety fully down, and then . . .
c) Allow the bolt to fly forward with full energy to strip a cartridge from the magazine and chambcr it.
When the safety is ON (the fully showing), the bolt cannot be opened. When the safety is "ON" check to be sure that the bolt cannot be drawn back. CAUTION: The bolt of the Rugcr pistol docs NOT automatically'hold open* when the last cartridge from the magazine has been fired. Therefore there can be a cartridge in the chambcr any time the bolt is closed. The only way to be certain the pistol is completely unloaded ('empty') is to remove the magazine and lock the bolt open with the safety. See the instructions in the section headed, "To Unload*4.
Removing the maga/ine from the pistol does not prevent the pistol from being fired! When there is a cartridge in the chamber, and the safety is off (T position), then the cartridge will discharge if the trigger is pulled. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for the user of an automatic pistol to know how to completely unload it. "Completely" means first removing the magazine and then removing a chambered cartridge.
NOTE: This sequence must be followed exactly as spelled out. Failure to do so can result in the pistol's chamber becoming unintentionally loaded with a cartridge!
1. The muzzle of the pistol must be pointing in a safe direction at all times, and your fingers must be outside the trigger guard. If the pistol is cocked, put the safety on by pushing safety button fully upward. If the pistol is not cocked the safety cannot be engaged.
2. Remove the magazine from the pistol and place it where it will not get damaged or collect dirt. (REMEMBER that even though the magazine has been removed, a cartridge remaining in the chamber can still be fired.)
3. If the safety was on, disengage it (the letter "F" will show). While firmly holding the pistol in your left hand, grasp the bolt cars firmly between the thumb and forefinger of your right hand and pull the bolt fully to its rearward position. Lock the bolt open by pushing the safety upward until the shows. (See Figure 7.) Pulling back on the bolt should cjcct any cartridge that may have been in the chambcr. But always visually double check the chambcr and the interior area of the receiver and the magazinc-wcll to be ccrtain there are no cartridges present. Gently shake the pistol to dislodge any cartridge which may have been ejectcd into the magazine-well when the bolt was retracted.
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