To Extract And Eject A Chambered Cartridge

When the rifle is fired, the same gas pressure that drives the bullet forward acts through the gas port to push the slide and bolt to the rear. This action causes extraction and ejection of the fired cartridge case. If a cartridge fails to fire or if the shooter wishes to eject the chambered cartridge manually, follow the procedure "To Unload'* step 3, p. 12. When the slide handle is operated there can be a failure to extract the cartridge from the chamber, or a failure to eject the cartridge clear of the rifle. These failures usually are the result of the slide handle not being pulled rearward vigorously. From the foregoing, it is clear that the gun user must:

1. Always visually check the chamber and the breech-face after opening the slide to eject a chambered cartridge. If the slide is not vigorously retracted, the extracted cartridge can be "ejected" into the magazine area or remain held to the breech-face by the extractor.

2. Thoroughly clean the chamber and the extractor as necessary,

If an empty magazine is in the rifle when the slide handle is being retracted to extract a cartridge, the cartridge may drop on top of the magazine or remain held to the breech-face by the extractor. Then, when the slide goes fonvard, the cartridge will be chambered again! REMEMBER - always remove the magazine before clearing the chamber, and visually check to ensure that no cartridges remain in the gun.

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