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Silveressa

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The importance of your handguns manual
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:15:04 PM »
One of the most important things you should always do after buying your first (or any) firearm, is to read the manual. Even if you already know the make and model of the firearm and handled one at the firing range, reading the manual is always recommended so you know the exact features of your gun, (where the safety, slide lock, magazine release etc. are located,) specific caliber of ammunition, and other important maintenance and safety features. (Such as how to properly disassemble the firearm for cleaning.)

Also some firearms can be a early or late production model (Such as Glock, which have models ranging from 1st generation all the way to 4th generation, each one with different features then the generations before or after it.) and the manual will detail any of these design changes and how to fully utilize them. (such as the back strap feature on a 4th generation Glock)

Most manuals also feature the 4 basic rules of gun safety at well, and assuming you haven't memorized them already before this, you should take the opportunity to do so now.

In the event your firearm doesn't come with a manual, (Such as those purchased at a gun show, or used from a friend) a simple Google search for the make/model of your firearm plus the word "manual" will readily pull up a free .PDF of your firearms manual you can download to your computer. (I.E: doing a Google search for: "Glock 22 3rd generation Manual," or "Walther p99 Manual")
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Re: The importance of your handguns manual
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 08:13:18 AM »
I've also found the following links to be useful for finding manuals:

http://stevespages.com/page7b.htm

http://pdf.textfiles.com/manuals/FIREARMS/
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Re: The importance of your handguns manual
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 06:13:50 AM »
Most manuals also feature the 4 basic rules of gun safety at well, and assuming you haven't memorized them already before this, you should take the opportunity to do so now.

I have read the four basic rules virtually every day for over a year.  They have become a part of me; I have memorized them, I know them innately, and I can quote them in my sleep.

Nevertheless, I continue to read them every day and think about them as I read them.  It only takes about a minute per day.  I plan to continue to follow this practice for the rest of my life.
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