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071-004-0004 (SL1) - Unload an M9 Pistol

Standards: Correctly removed magazine and ammunition from the pistol; removed all the rounds from the magazine; and ensured the pistol safety lever was in the SAFE position.

Conditions: Given an M9 pistol loaded with rounds.

Correctly removed magazine and ammunition
from the pistol; removed all the rounds from
the magazine; and ensured the pistol safety
lever was in the SAFE position.

Performance Steps

The M9 pistol
will fire single- or double-action
mode. With the safety in the FIRE
position, squeezing the trigger
automatically cocks and fires the
pistol. This is the double-action
mode of firing the pistol. Keep your
finger away from the trigger unless
you intend to fire.

1.   Remove the magazine and the ammunition from the

Place the safety lever in
the SAFE position.

Depress the magazine
release button, and remove the
magazine from the pistol.

Point the pistol in a safe
direction (usually at the target or

Retract the slide fully to
remove the chambered cartridge.

Lock the slide to the rear
using the slide stop. Visually inspect
the chamber to make sure it is empty.

Release the slide. Ensure
the safety lever is in the SAFE

2.   Remove the ammunition from the magazine.

With one hand, hold the
magazine upright, front end forward.
With your thumb, firmly press down on
the cartridge rim, and push forward.
As the cartridge moves forward, tip
the forward end of it up and out with
your index finger.

Repeat the above steps
until the magazine is empty.

Evaluation Preparation: 

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

Soldier: Tell the soldier to unload the
M9 pistol and remove all ammunition from the




1.   Removed magazine and ammunition from the pistol.

2.   Removed ammunition from 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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