Storage

GUNS SHOULD NOT BE STORED LOADED!

USE THE EXTERNAL LOCKING DEVICE SUPPLIED WITH THE PISTOL FOR STORAGE.

Do not keep the pistol stored in a leather holster or case. Leather attracts moisture, even though the holster or case may appear to be perfectly dry.

TO RENDER THE PISTOL INOPERATIVE FOR SAFE STORAGE

Be certain that the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction and that the safety is "on" (S) if the pistol is cocked. Remove the magazine and carefully check it to verify that it is completely empty. Draw the bolt fully rearward and visually inspect the chamber to be certain that there is no cartridge in it and then release the bolt. Insert the empty magazine into the magazine well until it "clicks" and is fully in place. Place the safety in the "off' (F) position. Point the pistol in a safe direction and pull the trigger to uncock the pistol.

Ruger Mark Iii Pistol Grips

Using a paper clip or similar non-marring tool, pull down on the main spring housing latch located at the lower rear of the pistol grip. Swing the main spring housing upward. With the pistol pointed upward, pull the trigger. Now invert the pistol so that it is pointing downward. Keeping the pistol pointing downward swing the main spring housing back in to the pistol grip and push the latch back into the main spring housing until it is flush with the pistol grip.

When assembled in this manner, it should be impossible to fully retract the bolt to chamber a cartridge. With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, test the pistol by attempting to retract the bolt. If the bolt cannot be retracted more than a fraction of an inch, the pistol has been assembled in an inoperative condition. It is uncocked and cannot be fired without correct reassembly.

To reassemble the pistol for firing, again using a paper clip or similar non-marring tool, pull down on the main spring housing latch and point the muzzle upward. Pull the trigger and keep the muzzle pointed in an upward direction. Swing the main spring housing back into position and shut the main spring housing latch. Test the pistol to be sure it is correctly reassembled by attempting to retract the bolt fully. If the bolt can be fully retracted, the pistol is correctly reassembled and can be loaded and fired normally.

While the pistol is less likely to be used by unauthorized persons when assembled in the above inoperative manner, it is always safest to store the pistol with the supplied external locking device correctly installed on the pistol, or to store the pistol in a gun safe or other secure location away from children and unauthorized adults. Guns should always be stored securely, unloaded and separate from their ammunition.

To operate internal lock, see instructions and warnings on page 11.

A WARNING-STORAGE

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Never place or store any firearm in such a manner that it may be dislodged. Firearms should always be stored securely and unloaded, away from children and careless adults. Use the locking device originally supplied with this firearm for storage.

The use of a locking device or safety lock is only one aspect of responsible firearms storage. For increased safety, firearms should be stored unloaded and locked in a location that is both separate from their ammunition and inaccessible to children and any other unauthorized person.

STORE SECURELY & UNLOADED

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