• If, during firing, a cartridge fails to fire, the chamber must be manually cleared. Wait ten seconds while keeping the pistol pointed in a safe direction. Verify that the manual safety is in the safe (up) position. Press the magazine release and remove the magazine. Grasp the serrated sides of the slide from the rear and briskly pull the slide fully rearward to eject the misfired round. Keep your finger off of the trigger and out of the trigger guard. Do not obstruct the ejection port, and do not attempt to catch the round by placing your hand over the ejection port. (See figure 6) Also, remember that any time you release the slide while a magazine containing cartridges is in the pistol, you will have reloaded the chamber.
A WARNING: IF YOUR HANDGUN GIVES ANY INDICATION THAT IT IS NOT PERFORMING PROPERLY, OR THE OPERATION OF YOUR HANDGUN HAS CHANGED "THE WAY IT FEELS OR SOUNDS", STOP FIRING. MAKE SURE THE FIREARM IS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION, UNLOAD THE FIREARM AND HAVE IT INSPECTED AND TEST
FIRED BY A GUNSMITH QUALIFIED TO PERFORM SERVICE 18 ON SMITH & WESSON PISTOLS.
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