About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Washington Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

Unloading a magazine

Semi-automatics usually have cartridges stored in a magazine.

To unload a semi-automatic pistol:

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • Put the safety on if it is not already on.
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard.
  • Release the magazine and take it out of the pistol.
  • Remove the cartridges from the magazine.
  • Pull the slide all the way to the rear and then let it go forward to eject any cartridge that may be in the chamber. Repeat this several times to make sure the chamber is empty.
  • Make sure the pistol is empty by visually checking both the chamber and the magazine.