• Do not load the pistol until you are ready to use it.
• Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.
A WARNING: PISTOLS WITH A MAGAZINE SAFETY
ARE DESIGNED TO DISENGAGE THE TRIGGER LINKED AGE, AND THEREBY PREVENT THE TRIGGER FROM
FIRING THE PISTOL WHEN THE MAGAZINE IS REMOVED FROM THE PISTOL. NEVER PLACE YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER OR IN THE TRIGGER GUARD WHILE YOU REMOVE THE MAGAZINE. DOING SO COULD CAUSE THE HANDGUN TO FIRE. AFTER INSERTING A MAGAZINE, ALWAYS TEST TO MAKE SURE IT IS LOCKED IN PLACE BY APPLYING SOME REMOVAL PRESSURE TO THE EXPOSED PORTION OF THE MAGAZINE BUTT PLATE.
If the magazine is removed with a round left in the chamber, be sure to holster or otherwise safely secure the pistol under your direct control while the magazine is being reloaded.
• Only use Smith & Wesson magazines specifically manufactured for your particular model of pistol. Do not interchange magazines from one model pistol into another model pistol.
• Smith & Wesson has provided you with a magazine designed to operate in your specific model of pistol. While your magazine may be able to be inserted into another model pistol, it will only function properly in the specific model for which it was designed.
• Follow instructions in this manual and any other specific instructions which may be marked onto, or accompany, a magazine. Failure to use the particular type of Smith & Wesson magazine specified for your model and caliber of pistol may result in a malfunction.
• Load the magazine by first pulling the follower down as you insert a cartridge rim (rear of cartridge) downward on the forward portion of the magazine follower (or downward on the case of the previously loaded cartridge) and sliding the cartridge fully under the lips of the magazine until the cartridge rim is against the rear wall of the magazine. (Fig. 8) Repeat the procedure for the number of cartridges you wish to load, up to the magazine capacity. Do not attempt to load your magazine with more than the specified number of cartridges because doing so can cause a feeding failure.
• Place the manual safety in the safe (up) position.
• Inspect your pistol to ensure that the chamber is empty and the firing pin is not protruding beyond the breech face as previously described in the "Inspecting Your Pistol" section.
A WARNING: VERIFY THAT THE FIRING PIN IS NOT PROTRUDING FROM THE BREECH FACE. (Figures 7 & 8)
A WARNING: NEVER ATTEMPT TO LOAD THE PISTOL BY INSERTING A ROUND INTO THE CHAMBER THROUGH THE OPEN EJECTION PORT.
A WARNING: ALWAYS LOAD A ROUND INTO THE CHAMBER BY FEEDING IT FROM THE MAGAZINE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS WARNING CAN RESULT IN SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH TO YOU OR OTHERS.
Hold the pistol in one hand while pointing it in a safe direction and with your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard. Insert the loaded magazine into the magazine well (opening) with enough force to ensure that it is locked in place.
A WARNING: DO NOT USE EXCESSIVE UPWARD FORCE WHEN INSERTING A LOADED MAGAZINE INTO THE PISTOL. EXCESSIVE UPWARD FORCE COULD CAUSE THE SLIDE TO MOVE FORWARD, CHAMBERING A ROUND AND MAKING THE PISTOL READY TO FIRE.
• To make sure that the magazine is fully and securely inserted, apply some removal pressure to the exposed portion of the magazine butt plate.
• Press down on the slide stop to release the slide and allow it to carry fully forward. This strips a cartridge from the magazine and seats it in the chamber of the barrel.
A WARNING: IF THE CARTRIDGE FAILS TO STRIP FROM THE MAGAZINE OR FULLY SEAT INTO THE CHAMBER, IMMEDIATELY STOP THE LOADING PROCESS AND DETERMINE THE CAUSE AND CORRECT THE PROBLEM BEFORE PROCEEDING.
A WARNING: THE PISTOL WILL FIRE IF THE MANUAL SAFETY IS PLACED IN THE FIRE (DOWN) POSITION AND THE TRIGGER IS PULLED.
• Remember to keep your pistol pointed in a safe direction under all conditions and always keep your finger or any other object off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you have made the commitment to fire the handgun. Never leave a loaded firearm unattended.
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