To Load And Fire With Magazine

Practice this important aspect of safe gun handling with an unloaded pistol until you can perform each of the steps described below with skill and confidence. But before you do anything with the pistol, first read completely through this manual.

1. Be certain the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. (See "The Basic Rules of Safe Firearms Handling," page 30)

2. Move either the right- or left-hand safety lever fully downward to its "safe" position so that the letter "S" and the white dot are fully exposed. (See Figures 1 and 2 on page 8).

3. Press either magazine latch forward and remove the magazine from the frame. NOTE: The magazine is designed to fall free of the frame of its own weight when unloaded and the pistol is held in the normal firing position, but you should always prevent possible damage to the magazine by not letting it drop to the ground unless rapid reloading is absolutely necessary.

4. For the 9mm P95 pistols, place ten (10) or fewer 9mm x 19 Parabellum cartridges into the magazine from the top.

5. Insert the magazine into the frame, taking care that the magazine is locked in place by the magazine latch. Slamming the magazine into the frame forcibly is not necessary.

6. Hold the pistol firmly in the shooting hand but do not touch the trigger. Keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction and the safety "on". With the thumb and forefinger of the other hand grasp the rear of the slide and pull the slide to the rear as far as it will go (See Figure 3, below and "Slide Retraction Warning", p. 15). When released, the slide will fly forward to strip the top cartridge from the magazine and chamber it. The safety mechanism drops the hammer automatically as the slide moves forward while simultaneously blocking the firing pin.

The trigger is inoperable when the safety is fully engaged in its "safe" position (lever fully down, white dot and letter "S" exposed; see Figure 1 on page 8). WARNING: The pistol is ready for instant use in the single-action mode once the slide moves forward if the safety is in the "fire" position. Be careful!

7. If the pistol is not to be fired immediately, the safety should remain in its "safe" position (see Figure 1, p. 8).

8. If the pistol is to be fired immediately, the manual safety can be rotated upward to its "fire" position (see Figure 2, p. 8). The firing pin is still blocked at all times by the internal firing pin block unless the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear.

9. The pistol is ready for instant use once the safety is disengaged. When the pistol is in the "uncocked" mode (hammer forward), the first shot can be fired double-action by pulling the trigger all the way to the rear, which cocks the hammer and then fires the pistol. Subsequent shots are fired single-action until the magazine is empty, the hammer being cocked by the slide as it recoils from each shot. Note that the trigger pull is much lighter for these subsequent shots.


The slide automatically opens and shuts quickly while firing. Keep face and hands away from rear. Hot brass is ejected quickly and can burn you. Always wear shooting glasses and hearing protection.


10. For greater accuracy and consistent trigger pull, the hammer may be manually cocked by the shooter before the first shot is fired once the safety is "off". Keep your finger off the trigger while cocking the hammer! The hammer will be automatically cocked as described above for subsequent shots.

11. Immediately following the firing of a shot, and if a subsequent shot is not to be fired at once, put the safety in its "safe" position (lever fully down, white dot and letter "S" exposed) while the pistol is still pointing in a safe direction downrange. This will also uncock (decock) the pistol.

12. When the last cartridge loaded into the pistol has been fired, the magazine follower presses the slide stop upward to engage the slide automatically holding the action open. If the slide is shut, the shooter should always assume that there is a cartridge in the chamber!

Don't rely on your memory to know if a gun or magazine is loaded. Visually inspect the magazine and chamber.



Do not load the pistol until you are ready to use it, and unload it immediately when you have completed shooting. (See "Unloading Warning" on page 14)

If dropped or struck, the pistol may fire. Keep chamber empty unless actually firing! Use decock 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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