January 18th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Easiest that I know of:
1) Finger off the trigger;
2)Point weapon in a SAFE direction;
3) Grasp slide from the rear at the sides;
4) Pull slide back approx. 1/4 inch;
5)Look down in to chamber (do not tilt gun up to face/eyes)
6) If you see a casing (brass or aluminum) then weapon is charged. If you see empty space and below that the mag with the copper of a bullet then look forward into the throat of the barrel to be sure casing is not stuck as due to an failed ejection.
7) Release slide.
There are other methods which I practice but this is both safe and very easy.
Source - http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ess-check.html