Operation Of Loaded Chamber Indicator

You should always treat every gun as though it is loaded and always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Never rely upon any safety or mechanical device to justify unsafe or careless gun handling. In order to assist you in determining the presence of a cartridge in the chamber of your RUGERĀ® P345TM pistol, it is equipped with a loaded chamber indicator. The indicator appears on the top of the slide. (See "Nomenclature," p. 9.)

When the chamber is empty, the loaded chamber indicator should be flush with the top of the slide. (See Figure 6A, below.)

When the chamber is loaded, the forward portion of the loaded chamber indicator should protrude from the top of the slide. When the chamber contains a cartridge, a red dot and the word "loaded" should be visible on either side of the loaded chamber indicator. (See Figure 6B, below.)

OPERATION OF LOADED CHAMBER INDICATOR

Chamber Empty

Indicator Protrudes From Top -Red Dot and "Loaded" Visible

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A NEVER RELY ON YOUR MEMORY OR ANY LOADED CHAMBER INDICATOR TO KNOW IF A GUN IS LOADED. ANY MECHANICAL DEVICE CAN FAIL. ALWAYS VISUALLY CHECK THE CHAMBER BY RETRACTING THE BOLT AND EXAMINING THE CHAMBER TO BE SURE WHETHER IT IS EMPTY OR LOADED.

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