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Unloading the round in the chamber, but...

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    Unloading the round in the chamber, but...

    There is a round in the chamber.
    Eject the magazine and with the finger out of the trigger clear chamber pulling the slide back…

    But at this point, the live ammo is going to be dropping down through the inside empty grip or it will be flying out via ejection port upper area?
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    I suggest taking a firearm safety class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .XX View Post
    There is a round in the chamber.
    Eject the magazine and with the finger out of the trigger clear chamber pulling the slide back…

    But at this point, the live ammo is going to be dropping down through the inside empty grip or it will be flying out via ejection port upper area?
    Eject the magazine, rack the slide. How the round comes out will depend on where your hand is. If your hand is gripping the slide in such a manner that you are covering the ejection port, the round will fall through the magazine well. If the ejection port is free from obstruction, it will be ejected in the normal manner.

    It doesn't really matter which way you do it; either way the round still comes out of the chamber.

    And yes, keep your finger away from the trigger at all times. Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by connsolo View Post
    I suggest taking a firearm safety class.
    This. A thousand time this.

    You could also get some snap-caps and try with those to see what will happen.
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    Or hold it upside down, and rack the slide over your bed (with no one in the bed, of course), and let the round fall out on your mattress. The training suggestion is a good one, btw.
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    I leave my gun in the holster 24/7. The holster covers the trigger so I don't feel the need to unload all the time. But your circumstances may be different from mine (kids/no kids). When I am unloading and if I can safely do so, the hand that pulls the slide back covers the ejection port. That way the round drops into my hands. Of course you could also try to do it the way some TV/movie cops do it. They quickly pull the slide back with the ejection port pointing up, launch the round into the air and than catch before it falls. Just make sure that your gun handling/gun safety skills are much better the the TV/movie cops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .XX View Post
    There is a round in the chamber.
    Eject the magazine and with the finger out of the trigger clear chamber pulling the slide back…

    But at this point, the live ammo is going to be dropping down through the inside empty grip or it will be flying out via ejection port upper area?
    1. If the gun is loaded correctly there will be a round in the chamber..

    2. Keeping your finger indexed is first, then eject the mag.

    3. The round will fall, but the gun will be unloaded like you want. If enough force is used while racking the slide the round will eject from the ejection port..

    4. Seek out a instructor and take a class. You will thank us for it later...
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    Quote Originally Posted by connsolo View Post
    I suggest taking a firearm safety class.
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    All my pistols but one launch the round into the air after pull their slide back. Maybe the ejector needs some viagra
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    Depends on how fast you rack the slide
    slow, mag well.
    fast, like normal.
    I personally point in a safe direction, eject the mag, rack the slide "medium" with my hand cupped over the ejection port to catch the cartridge, then ride the slide forward, set the mag down and cartridge down, double check chamber and magwell are empty, point in a safe direction and (on my gun) decock the firearm.
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    I always eject the mag, hold the grip with my right hand and with my finger well out of the trigger guard and with my other hand rack the slide, all while quickly moving the whole thing up to shoulder level. When the round is ejected it will keep the upward momentum giving you time to take your hand off of the slide and catch it in mid air.

    I don't like letting rounds fall on the floor. If you are in your bedroom you can let it eject out onto your bed if that is too hard for you.
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    Is your concern with the round hitting the ground?
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    At about 10 seconds into the video clip I show one way of unloading a chambered round so as to catch it in your right hand.

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    This may very well be a stupid question, but I gotta ask. What's the problem with a round hitting the floor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blitzburgh View Post
    This may very well be a stupid question, but I gotta ask. What's the problem with a round hitting the floor?
    A couple of potential problems, in my book. What if something strikes the primer? Also, if it were to land on the bullet itself (for lack of a better description, "the pointy end"), it might well set the bullet back, or deform it in some way.

    In the case of bullet setback, you can end up with a dangerous over pressurization situation.

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