GUNS SHOULD NOT BE STORED LOADED!
USE THE LOCKING DEVICE SUPPLIED WITH THE REVOLVER FOR STORAGE.
Do not keep the revolver in a leather, fabric or canvas holster when it is stored. These materials attract moisture, even though the holster may appear to be perfectly dry.
With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, finger off the trigger, and starting with the hammer fully forward, pull the hammer back one "click" to the half-cock loading notch. Be sure the cylinder rotates freely and check the nipples and chambers to be sure the revolver is completely unloaded! Turn the slotted basepin retaining pin assembly, located forwad of the cylinder, counter-clockwise until it stops. Unlatch the rammer lever and swing downward 90°. Pull rammer/basepin assembly forward, towards the muzzle, until it comes free of the revolver. The cylinder may then be removed from the left side of the frame.
Store the cylinder and frame in different locations. When disassembled in this manner, the revolver is inoperable. It is impossible to fire the revolver until the cylinder and rammer/basepin assembly have been correctly replaced.
To reassemble the revolver for firing, with fingers off the trigger, put the hammer in the half-cock loading notch, and reinsert cylinder into frame. Fully reinsert rammer/basepin assembly. Swing the loading lever upward and snap into place. Turn the basepin retaining pin assembly clockwise until it stops. Check to be sure the cylinder rotates freely.
The revolver is now reassembled and can be loaded and fired normally.
While the revolver is less likely to be used by unauthorized persons when disassembled in the above manner, it is always safest to store any firearm with the supplied locking device correctly installed, or to store the firearm 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.
A WARNING - STORAGE
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
Firearms made of stainless steel are relatively more resistant to corrosion than blued steel firearms. However, you should still inspect it frequently and clean, lubricate and apply an appropriate rust preventative as required.
Sometimes surface discoloration may be noted, particularly in the grip area of stainless steel handguns, resulting from perspiration. Contact with some types of holsters can also cause stains or rusting. Rusting may also occur as a result of the handgun being exposed to moisture, humidity, salt air or chemicals.
Minor discoloration can usually be removed by rubbing the stained area with an abrasive ink eraser, crocus cloth, or a "metal polishing" compound. When using any of these abrasives, proceed with care and use light pressure to achieve a blending of 'color' with those areas that are not discolored.
Exposed surfaces on the firearm should be cleaned and wiped dry after use or after exposure to adverse conditions. If the firearm is to be stored, coat it with a light film of oil or preservative.
Where the firearm is in continuing use, and the presence of oil or grease would be objectionable, then the external surfaces can be coated (after cleaning and drying) with a paste wax formulated for use on metals. Apply the wax sparingly, allow time for it to dry hard, then buff lightly with a soft cloth. When applying the wax take care that it does not get into the mechanism or on the functioning parts such as the bolt, trigger, magazine, etc. A properly applied hard wax coating will not interfere with comfortable gun handling and it will provide a measure of protection against the formation of rust.
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