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Module 05 - HANDGUNS 101
Follow these steps to safely unload your semi-automatic action pistol:
Step 1: Turn the safety ‘ON’ (if it can be engaged during the unloading process).
Step 2: Point the firearm in a safe direction.
Step 3: Make sure nothing touches the trigger area during the process.
Step 4: Push the magazine release button to remove the magazine.
Step 5: Pull the slide to the rear by doing the following:
- Hold the handgun in your strong hand and point it in a safe direction. Extend your arm, locking your wrist and elbow.
- Pinch the rear of the slide with your weak hand. Make sure your hand does not cover the ejection port.
- Pull the slide quickly and completely to the rear. This will extract and eject any cartridge or casing from the chamber.
- Let any cartridge or casing fall onto the shooting bench or range floor and leave it there until you've completed all of the unloading steps.
Step 6: Look in the chamber to confirm that there’s no ammunition or empty casings in there.
Step 7: Verify that there is no ammunition by inspecting the feeding path for any objects. Make sure the magazine has been removed.
Step 8: Examine the bore for lubricant, rust or obstructions. Now you’re officially UNLOADED.