Like any other precision instrument of small size, this pistol can be damaged or broken by unusual abuse, such as by severe impact on a hard surface. If dropped from a height at which the pistol is normally used, the manual safety and automatic safety together provide double strong resistance against accidental firing caused by such impact, BUT THE MANUAL SAFETY MUST BE "ON" TO FULFILL ITS FUNCTION. A user who neglects to apply the manual safety runs a greater risk of accidental firing. It is important to recognize that it is impossible to make any small firearm absolutely foolproof against drop firing under all circumstances, so long as a cartridge is loaded in the chamber.
The risk is virtually eliminated by the simple precaution of leaving the chamber empty until you are ready to shoot. In the event of a severe drop, the pistol should be checked by a competent gunsmith to ensure that no internal damage has occurred which may impair its safety or reliability.
DANGER: USE OF SAFETY
1. Your firearm comes equipped with an effective, well designed safety device. HOWEVER, NEVER RELY COMPLETELY ON ANY SAFETY MECHANISM. The best safety mechanism is your own common sense: USE IT! Always handle your firearm as though you expect the safety NOT to work.
2. While handling any firearm, never allow it to point at any part of your body or at another person. No harm will result if you obey this rule, even if an accidental discharge occurs.
3. Leave the safety "on" until you are ready to shoot and the firearm is pointed at the target.
4. Always keep your finger off the trigger and point the muzzle in a safe direction when turning the safety "on" or "off'.
5. When applying the safety, be certain to move it fully into position. On some firearms a red warning dot is located beside the safety; when the safety is fully "on", the red dot should be completely covered. Always remember, "Halfsafe" is NOT SAFE.
6. Never carry any firearm with a cartridge in the chamber without placing the safety "on". (The only exceptions are double-action revolvers and some double-action pistols which have automatic internal safeties and which are not equipped with manual safeties.)
7. For maximum safety never carry a firearm with a cartridge in the chamber.
8. Most TAURUS pistols are equipped with the following:
THE AMBIDEXTROUS MANUAL SAFETY - levers on the left and right side of the slide. It is "ON" when the lever is turned fully up to cover the RED dot. When turned on, the safety lever will disengage the hammer and sear simultaneously.
AMBIDEXTROUS MANUAL HAMMER DROP SAFETY. Mechanism that allows the hammer to be lowered safely, when one of the safety levers is turned fully down. Hammer and firing pin are kept apart, and pistol is now in double action condition.
AUTOMATIC FIRING PIN BLOCK SAFETY built-in safety that blocks the firing pin from movement until the trigger is pulled completely to the rear as part of the firing sequence.
LOADED CHAMBER INDICATOR is in the extractor which protrudes on the right side of the slide, near the ejection port. When there is a round in the chamber, a red line is visible in daylight or may be felt in poor light
9. PT111, PT111Ti, PT132, PT138, PT140, PT145 and PT145Ti SAFETY FEATURES - The PT111, PT111 Ti, PT132, PT138, PT140, PT145 and PT145Ti pistols are equipped with the following safety features:
A. Manual safety lever on the left side of the frame above the left-hand grip. When turned ON (up), the Safety Lever will prevent the trigger from being pulled to the rear.
B. Automatic firing pin block safety is built in and blocks the firing pin from forward movement until the trigger is pulled completely to the rear.
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