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To unload a handgun safely:

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • If the firearm has a safety, put the safety on if you can open the action and unload the firearm with the safety on.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard.
  • Remove the magazine if using a semi-automatic, or open they cylinder on a revolver.
  • Open the action if using a semi-automatic handgun.
  • Eject cartridges if it is the only way to remove them.
  • Make sure the firearm is empty by physically and visually checking both the chamber and the magazine well.
  • Put the safety on if it is not on already.
Hands dropping magazine out of semi-automatic pistol
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