Do not load the pistol until you are ready to use it, and unload it immediately when you have completed shooting. (See "Warning - Unloading" on page 18.) If dropped or struck, the pistol may fire. Keep chamber empty unless actually firing! Use the safety lever to decock pistol before moving with pistol or when not actually firing.
For maximum safety when carrying the pistol with a loaded magazine in place, the chamber should be empty, the slide should be closed, and the pistol should be decocked. Never carry it cocked! If placed into a holster, check it to be sure that the slide is not retracted far enough to either chamber a cartridge from the magazine or cock the pistol.
The user should never depend on any mechanical device to justify careless handling or permitting the pistol to point in an unsafe direction. The shooter should always be alert to the possibility of accidental discharge. The only absolutely safe pistol is one in which the slide is open, the chamber is empty, and there is no magazine in the gun.
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