1. SAFETY FIRST: Risk of an accident is greatly increased when any semiautomatic pistol, no matter how safely designed, is carried with a cartridge in the chamber. THIS PRACTICE IS NOT RECOMMENDED AND MAY BE JUSTIFIED ONLY IN CIRCUMSTANCE OF CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER WHEN THE PISTOL MAY IMMEDIATELY HAVE TO BE USED IN SELF-DEFENSE. By far the safest procedure when carrying a loaded pistol is to leave the chamber empty.
2. SAFETY FIRST: If you MUST carry a Taurus semi-automatic pistol with a cartridge in the chamber, always lower the hammer to the uncocked position. In addition, if your pistol is equipped with a manual safety, never carry the pistol with a cartridge in the chamber unless the safe is "on" until you are ready to shoot and the firearm is pointed at the target.
3. SAFETY FIRST: When uncocking the hammer, always EASE the hammer down, NEVER LET IT SNAP DOWN, AS THIS MAY CAUSE THE PISTOL TO FIRE ACCIDENTALLY.
WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS INTERCEPT NOTCH OR HALF COCK POSITION AS A SAFETY DEVICE. DO NOT CARRY THE FIREARM AT ANYTIME IN THE HALF COCK POSITION. It is not designed or suitable for that purpose. The "half cock" or intercept notch serves only to prevent unintended firing in case of internal malfunction or in case your thumb slips off the hammer during manual cocking or decocking.
WARNING: TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE, it is absolutely essential to USE THE MANUAL SAFETY. NEVER CARRY THE PISTOL IN THE COCKED OR HALF COCKED POSITION AT ANYTIME.
5. SAFETY FIRST: Always point the muzzle in a safe direction when manually operating the slide to load the first cartridge from the magazine into the chamber. Malfunctions which allow the pistol to fire without the trigger being pulled when the slide snaps closed are rare but can happen. Always grip the slide so that your fingers, hand, elbow, and other parts of your body are BEHIND the pistol and your finger is off of the trigger.
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