• Point the muzzle in a safe direction. Make sure your finger is off the trigger and out of the trigger guard. Verify that the manual safety is in the safe (up) position. Depress the magazine release, and remove the magazine (Figure 9). With the muzzle still pointing in a safe direction, and with your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard, grasp the sides of the slide from the rear with the thumb and fingers, and briskly draw the slide fully rearward in order to extract any cartridge from the barrel chamber and clear it from the pistol. Do not obstruct the ejection port because doing so can interfere with ejection of a cartridge and thereby creates the risk of exploding an unchambered cartridge and possible injury (Figure 10).

• Unload the magazine by holding it with the bullet end of the cartridge pointing away from you and pressing each cartridge forward and out of the magazine.

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