If dropped or struck with the safety "off," the pistol may fire. Keep chamber empty unless actually firing! Keep safety "on" unless actually firing!
10. When the last cartridge loaded into the pistol has been fired, the magazine follower presses the slide stop upward to engage the slide automatically holding the action open. If the slide is shut, the shooter should always assume that there is a cartridge in the chamber!
Don't rely on your memory to know if a gun or magazine is loaded. Visually inspect the magazine and the chamber.
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