Safe gun handling and unloading requires you to know the name of essential parts of your handgun. Self-defense handguns usually fall into two common types—revolvers and pistols. “Revolvers” hold ammunition in a cylinder which rotates into a firing position before each shot is fired. “Pistols” store ammunition in a magazine but fire it from the chamber of the barrel.
Safe Gun Handling
The main components of a revolver are shown in the picture above. Most self-defense revolvers are “double-action,” which means that pulling the trigger cocks and releases the hammer and rotates the cylinder. Single action revolvers are also common. When the hammer is cocked by pulling the hammer back unitl it locks the trigger performs a single function (single action) releasing the trigger.
The cylinder of these revolvers usually swings out for rapid loading and unloading.
To unload a revolver, perform the following safe gun handling actions. Remember to keep the revolver pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard.
1. Activate the cylinder release. (Depending on your model, it may need to be pushed forward, pulled back, or pressed inward.)
2. Swing the cylinder out of the revolver. This will make the rear of the cylinder visible.
3. Visually and physically examine the cylinder chambers for ammunition. Look into each cylinder. Feel the rear of the cylinder to confirm no ammunition is present.
4. If cartridges are present, point the revolver up and press down sharply on the ejector rod. This extracts and ejects cartridges in the cylinder. Re-examine the chambers to confirm all of them are empty.
Safe Gun Handling is a gun owners responsibility
Safe gun handling is an attitude. You should be aware of all safe gun handling rules and procedures. I will do a piece on safe gun handling for shotguns in the near future. Safe gun handling is everyone’s responsibility. If you see someone handling a gun unsafely explain to them why they should do it properly. Lets make Safe Gun Handling an attitude. Don’t handle guns without an attitude towards safe gun handling.