Inspecting Your Handgun

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When you inspect your pistol, you should first check for yourself to ensure that it is unloaded. To do this, grasp the pistol with your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard, point the pistol in a safe direction, depress the magazine release, and remove the magazine.

With the pistol still pointing in a safe direction, grasp the serrated sides of the slide from the rear with the thumb and fingers as shown in Figure 3, 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. To lock the slide open, insert an empty magazine into the pistol. Pull the slide fully back and release. Remove the magazine. You are now able to safely check the barrel chamber and magazine well (opening) visually for any obstructions (Figure 4). You must follow this procedure every time your firearm is inspected, cleaned, handed to another person, transported or stored. To unload a loaded magazine, hold it with the bullet end of the cartridge pointing away from you and others and press each cartridge forward and out of the magazine.

To close the slide on an unloaded pistol, first remove the magazine and then pull the slide fully back and release it.

INSPECTING YOUR HANDGUN CONT'D. FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4

INSPECTING YOUR HANDGUN CONT'D. FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4

Familiarize yourself with the safety decocking lever on your pistol. When the safety decocking lever is fully up (parallel to the top of the slide) as shown in figure 5, it is in the "fire" position; when the safety decocking lever is fully down (figure 6), it is in the "safe" position. Notice how the safety decocking lever looks and feels in each of the two positions of its extreme travel - fully up for "fire" and fully down for "safe". Your pistol may have a red dot which is totally visible when the safety decocking lever is in the "fire" position; however, do not rely on your inability to see a red dot as the only indication that the safety decocking lever is engaged.

Please be advised that other model or brand pistols may have a safety decocking lever that operates differently.

FIGURE 5

FIGURE 6

FIGURE 6

FIRE

SAFE

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