How to Unload a Pistol Safely
Bryan Hill / March 10 2021
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
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.
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