Before attempting to load this firearm with live ammunition, follow the sequence of operations shown here without ammunition or with dummy shells.
By practicing operations without ammunition (or with dummy shells), you will become familiar with:
• Safety features,
• and handling of your firearm.
As a result you will be a safer, more confident shooter when aiming at your first target.
Springfield pistols sold after January, 2001 have a loaded chamber indicator. (See Figure 1.) The barrel slot allows you to observe whether a shell is in the chamber. When a shell is in the chamber the brass case can be seen clearly.
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