With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, engage the safety fully. The hammer will drop near the end of the safety's travel. Although this may appear startling, it is important to note that the firing pin is cammed forward into the slide and locked in a neutral position thus preventing forward movement toward the cartridge; therefore, the pistol will not fire when the safety is applied. Manually decocking the hammer with the thumb is neither necessary nor recommended. Always use either the right- or left-hand safety lever. Remember that when you return the manual safety to the firing position, the pistol can fire when the trigger is pulled if a cartridge is in the chamber and the magazine is in the gun.
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