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071-004-0003 (SL1) - Load an M9 Pistol

Standards: Correctly loaded the magazine and ammunition into the pistol; ensured safety lever was in the safe position.

Conditions: Given an unloaded M9 pistol and a separate magazine
loaded with M9 ammunition.

Correctly loaded the magazine and ammunition
into the pistol; ensured safety lever was in
the safe position.

Performance Steps

The M9 pistol
has single- and double-action firing
modes. When the safety is set to
FIRE, squeezing the trigger will
automatically cock and fire the
pistol (this is the double-action

Keep your
finger away from the trigger until
you intend to fire

1.   Place safety lever in SAFE position.

2.   Insert the loaded magazine into the pistol magazine
well until you hear a click when the
magazine seats fully.

3.   Point the pistol in a safe direction (usually at
the target or skyward).

4.   Retract the slide fully and release it. This strips
a cartridge from the magazine and
chambers it.

Evaluation Preparation: 

Setup: At the test site, provide the equipment listed in the task
conditions . Use dummy rounds to evaluate
this task.

Soldier: Tell the soldier to load the M9
pistol so it will fire a round when he
squeezes the trigger.




1.   Placed the safety lever in SAFE position.

2.   Inserted the loaded magazine into the magazine

3.   Pointed the pistol in a safe direction (usually at
the target or skyward).

4.   Retracted and released the slide to chamber a
cartridge from the magazine.

Score the soldier GO if all
performance measures are passed. Score the
soldier NO GO if any performance measure is
failed. If the soldier scores NO GO, show
him what was done wrong and how to do it









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