How to Unload a Pistol Safely
Bryan Hill / July 11 2022
Never assume a pistol is unloaded. Instead, every time you pick one up, verify!
Pick up the firearm while maintaining triggerand muzzle discipline.
Locate the magazine releaseon the gun.
While maintaining trigger and muzzle discipline, release the magazine.
Let it drop to the floor if needed. You can always pick it up later.
While maintaining trigger and muzzle discipline, locate the slide release.
Lift the slide release.
While holding the slide release up, rack the slide.
The slide is now locked back.
With the slide locked back, look down the chamber.
The firearm is clear if:
You can see all the way through the magazine well to the ground below.
And there is no ammunition lodged in the barrel.
The ammo pictured is a snap cap, an inert dummy round for practice.
Even after you've verified a firearm is unloaded, maintain trigger and
muzzle discipline. ID your target and backstop, even when doing dry practice.
Why? It builds safe habits. The creep of complacency can be costly or fatal.
Once you know how to safely unload your pistol, you can start dry practice: Practice with an unloaded gun.
Dry practice is a secret all top shooters use, whether they're military, police, or competition shooters.
It's effective, convenient, and free. Learn how to dry practice in this guide.
Start Leveling up with Dry Practice
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