A WARNING: ALWAYS FOLLOW THE FIELD STRIPPING INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY. NEVER DO ANYTHING BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY INSTRUCTED TO DO IN THIS MANUAL. NEVER ALTER OR MODIFY THE PARTS IN YOUR PISTOL.
A WARNING: SAFETY GLASSES SHOULD BE WORN DURING THIS PROCESS.
Point the pistol in a safe direction. Make sure your finger is off the trigger, and the trigger is in the "at rest" or forward position. Depress the magazine release, and remove the magazine. (Figure 9) With the barrel still pointing in a safe direction, and with your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard, grasp the serrated sides of the slide from the rear with the thumb and fingers while holding the firearm in an upright position, and briskly draw the slide fully rearward in order to extract any cartridge from the barrel chamber and clear it from the pistol.(Figure 10) Lock the slide into the open position by pressing the slide stop lever to the up position.
• Make certain that the chamber is clear.
• While holding the pistol in the shooting hand, rotate the trigger guard down. (Figure 11)
• Make sure the pistol remains upright so that the barrel assembly will not fall off when released, lift off barrel assembly (Figure 12).
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