Firing

A WARNING: WEAR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION SPECIFIED FOR FIREARM USE EVERY TIME YOU DISCHARGE YOUR FIREARM. MAKE SURE OTHERS IN THE VICINITY OF WHERE YOU WILL BE SHOOTING DO SO AS WELL.

• Keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction and your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire. Place the manual safety in the fire (down) position. While holding the grip firmly, pull the trigger fully to the rear. As the trigger is drawn fully to the rear, the hammer is released, striking the firing pin which then strikes the cartridge primer. Upon firing, the slide moves rearward thereby extracting and ejecting the fired cartridge case. The slide then returns forward feeding the next cartridge from the magazine into the barrel chamber.

• After firing you must allow the trigger to move forward fully before you can fire another shot. Failure to do so will prevent the lockwork from fully cycling and will prevent your being able to fire the next shot. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire again. This sequence can be repeated until the last round has been fired, at which time the magazine follower exerts upward pressure on the slide stop causing it to engage the slide and to hold it in the "open" position.

A WARNING: UPON FIRING THE PISTOL OR RELEASING THE SLIDE FROM THE SLIDE STOP, THE SLIDE MOVES REARWARD OR FORWARD WITH SIGNIFICANT FORCE AND SPEED. TO AVOID INJURY BE SURE NO PART OF YOUR BODY INTERFERES WITH THE SLIDE MOVEMENT OR EJECTION OF THE FIRED CASE.

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