When firing the SP101 revolver, be sure all persons are a safe distance to the rear of the shooter. When fired, all revolvers discharge hot gas and particles of lead, powder grains, or lubricant through the clearance gap between the cylinder and the rear of the barrel at high speed. This can injure a person who is standing too close to the revolver.
When firing the SP101 revolver (or any revolver), always be certain that nothing - including your hands - is in the path of the hot gas and particles which are discharged from the front and sides of the cylinder.
When shooting, adequate eye protection is essential. Shooters and bystanders must wear shooting glasses. Hearing protection must also be worn. Exposure to shooting noise can damage hearing.
HOT GASES EXIT BARREL/CYLINDER GAP
TO UNCOCK (DECOCK) THE REVOLVER
If your revolver is cocked, and you wish to let the hammer down to its forward position (against the frame), proceed as follows: USE EXTREME CARE WHEN ATTEMPTING TO DECOCK THE REVOLVER, AS THE THUMB SLIPPING DURING THIS PROCESS CAN RESULT IN AN ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE IF THE TRIGGER IS HELD TO THE REAR.
1. Make certain that the revolver is pointed in a safe direction (See Rule 2, Page 35).
2. Make certain both hands are dry and not impeded in any way - gloves, bandages, cold, etc.
3. Grasp the revolver (if right handed) so that the thumb and forefinger of your left hand are firmly holding the frame, forward of the trigger guard. Thus, your left hand is in full control of the revolver (See Figure 4A, Page 17).
4. Place your right thumb firmly on the hammer spur and, with your thumb securely in control of the hammer, squeeze the trigger only enough to permit the hammer to 'break free' of the trigger. At that instant, IMMEDIATELY RELEASE THE TRIGGER and then slowly permit the hammer, STILL SECURE UNDER YOUR THUMB, to move fully forward to its resting position against the frame. NOTE: It is imperative that finger pressure be removed from the trigger just as soon as it is free of the hammer. Then, properly, the trigger and hammer will move towards their fully forward rest positions together (See Figure 4B, Page 17).
Practice this important gun handling skill with an unloaded revolver until you have developed the proper control and 'touch' to decock your revolver safely. The key to safe decocking is having the weight of the revolver controlled with one hand, while the thumb and forefinger of the 'shooting hand' control the hammer and trigger. Improperly restraining the trigger during this procedure may result in the hammer not resting fully against the frame. If this should occur, carefully repeat the procedure for decocking, steps 1-4 again.
UNCOCKING THE REVOLVER
A. With the thumb controlling the hammer as shown (1), squeeze trigger to permit hammer to 'break free' (2).
B. When hammer is free, IMMEDIATELY release trigger (3). Then lower hammer slowly to its resting position completely down against frame (4).
TO UNLOAD OR EJECT CARTRIDGE CASES
KEEP THE REVOLVER POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION!
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO UNLOAD WHEN THE HAMMER IS COCKED.
2. Press crane latch. Guide cylinder out left of frame as for loading. The revolver now cannot be fired.
3. Push head of ejector rod smartly toward rear of cylinder until it stops. This action will extract cartridges or fired cases. Do not eject live cartridges onto any surface where a primer might strike a solid object and discharge the cartridge.
NOTE: When ejecting fired cartridge cases, position the revolver at a high angle so the cases will come fully out of the chambers and not slip under the ejector. This high angle positioning is not necessary when ejecting unfired cartridges.
9mm revolvers require special clips to extract cartridges using the ejector rod because this cartridge has no rim for the ejector to act against. Individual cartridges may be fired without the clip, but will then require that each cartridge or fired case be individually removed to unload the revolver.
TO LOAD CLIP:
Hold clip on outside diameter in one hand. With thumb and forefinger of opposite hand, press cartridge's extractor groove into clip until it snaps into place. Continue until clip is fully loaded. Load cartridges, along with the clip, into the cylinder.
TO UNLOAD CLIP:
Eject clip and cases from cylinder. While holding clip on outside diameter, press empty cases of clip for removal. Clip is now ready to be reloaded. Inspect clips after each use. If broken, bent or cracked, discard and replace. Additional clips can be purchased from out Newport, New Hampshire Service Department.
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