Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at any part of your body or at another person. This is especially important when loading or unloading the fire- arm. When you are shooting at a target, know what is behind it. Some bullets can j travel over a mile. If you miss your target or if the bullet penetrates the target, it is your responsibility to ensure that the shot does not cause unintended injury or damage.
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Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at any part of your body or at another person. This is especially important when loading or unloading the fire- arm. When you are shooting at a target, know what is behind it.
Some bullets can j travel over a mile. If you miss your target or if the bullet penetrates the target, it is your responsibility to ensure that the shot does not cause unintended injury or damage. Never assume that a firearm is unloaded. The only certain way to ensure that a firearm is empty Is to open the chamber and visually examine the Inside to see if a round Is present. Remov- ing the magazine will not guarantee that a pis- tol is unloaded or cannot fire. Shotguns and rifles can be checked by cycling or removing all rounds and by then opening the chamber so thata visual inspection of the chamber for any remaining rounds can be made.
To reduce the risk of accidents involving children, unload your firearm, lock it and store the ammunition in a separate locked location. Please note that devices intended to prevent accidents — for example, cable locks, chamber plugs, etc.
Steel gun safes may be more appropriate to reduce the likelihood of intentional misuse of a firearm by an unauthorized child or person. Shooting at the surface of water or at a rock or other hard surface increases the chance of rico- chets or fragmentation of the bullet or shot, which can result in the projectile striking an unintended or peripheral target.
Never rely solely on a safety device to prevent an accident. It is imperative that you know and use the safety features of the particular firearm you are handling, but accidents can best be prevented by following the safe handling procedures described in these safety rules and elsewhere in the product manual.
To further familiarize yourself with the proper use of this or other firearms, take a Firearms Safety Course taught by an expert in firearms use and safety procedures. Store and carry your firearm so that dirt or lint does not accumulate in the working parts.
Clean and oil your firearm, following the instructions pro- vided in this manual, after each use to prevent corrosion, damage to the barrel or accumulation of impurities which can prevent use of the gun in an emergency. Always check the barrel prior to loading to ensure that it is clean and free from obstructions. Firing against an obstruction can rupture the barrel and Injure yourself or others nearby. In case you hear an unusual noise when shooting, stop firing immediately, ingage the man- ual safety and unload the firearm.
Make sure the chamber is free from any obstruction or possible bullet blocked inside the barrel due to defective or improper ammunition. Be certain that each round you use is in the proper caliber or gauge and type for the particular firearm.
The caliber or gauge of the firearm is clearly marked on the barrels of shotguns and on the slide or barrel of pistols. The use of reloaded or remanufactured ammunition can increase the likelihood of excessive cartridge pressures, casehead ruptures or other defects in the ammunition which can cause damage to your firearm and injury to yourself or others nearby. The chance that gas, gunpowder or metal frag- ments will blow back and injure a shooter who is firing a gun is rare, but the injury that can be sustained in such circumstances is severe, includ- ing the possible loss of eyesight.
A shooter must always wear impact resistant shooting glasses when firing any firearm. Earplugs help reduce the chance of hearing damage from shooting. Open and empty the chamber of your firearm before climbing or descending a tree or before climbing a fence or jumping over a ditch or obstruction. Never pull or push a loaded firearm toward yourself or another person.
Do not drink and shoot. If you take medication that can impair motor reactions or judgment, do not handle a firearm while you are under the influence or the medication. Unload a firearm before putting it in a vehicle. Hunters and target shooters should load their firearm only at their destination. If you carry a firearm for self-protection, leaving the chamber unloaded can reduce the chance of accidental discharge.
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling ammunition may result in exposure to lead and other substances known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, and other serious physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure. It has the strength, precision, sturdiness and safety devices usually characteristic of pistols in larger caliber, weight and dimensions.
Physical strength is not required in loading due to a unique barrel mounting system. By finger movement of a lever the barrel is released for direct chamber loading. Close the barrel and the pistol is ready to fire, even if the magazine is not in the weapon.
Insert a loaded magazine and you are ready to fire additional rounds. To fire, just disengage the safety and pull the trigger in the double action mode. No manual hammer cocking is required. The Safety when "ON" up prevents accidental trigger pull and simultaneously by locking the 7 slide prevents slide retraction. The Frame is machined from a high strength aluminum alloy forging, and its surface is black anodized finished.
The Barrel is machined from a special high grade barrel steel forging, and its surface is protected by a deep, durable hot blueing. The Slide is machined from a cold drawn shape of high strength steel and blued by the same process as the barrel. All parts are made to tight tolerances to insure the highest degree of interchangeability. A firearm when loaded has the potential to kill. Intelli- gently handled, it is safe. An accident is always the result of neglect of the basic safety rules.
Accident prevention is the responsibility of anyone han- dling a firearm. Before loading a firearm be sure you know how it func- tions. Be sure to use correct and undamaged ammunition. Be sure to keep your firearm clean — before loading inspect the barrel to insure it is perfectly clean and free of foreign objects. Shooting with an obstruction in the barrel such as dirt, mud, grease, lodged bullet or jacket, etc.
Never shoot a hard flat surface or water when target shooting; always be sure your backstop is adequate. Avoid alcohol and drugs before and during shooting. Extreme care must be taken to avoid hitting or dropping a loaded firearm.
Even if on SAFE, accidental discharge may occur — some ammunition has very sensitive primers. Earplugs reduce the chance of temporary or permanent loss of hearing when shoot- ing — particularly on an indoor range.
Remember— only YOU are responsible for the firearm in your hands. Prevent accidents by knowing its function. If stored in an unlocked area, be SURE the pistol is unloaded and the ammunition is stored elsewhere. To avoid corrosion during storage, the pistol should be thoroughly cleaned and all metal surfaces protected by a light film of a good grade of gun oil. Store pistol unwrapped in a container placed in a ventilated area. Store ammunition in a container placed in a cool venti- lated area.
Find out which caliber your model 21A uses and use only that caliber. Before leaving the factory, the pistol has been thor- oughly inspected, proof load testfired to check material strength and function tested with various brands of com- mercial. After a "break in" proof of shooting, you may find that your pistol like most other semiautomatic pistols shoots better with one or two brands of ammunition.
Standard velocity rounds will typically function more efficiently than higher velocity rounds and with less wear to the weapon. It takes only a second to insert the loaded magazine, and a fraction of a second to disengage the safety and retract and release the slide for chamber loading and cocking or, if preferred, to release the barrel for direct chamber loading, avoiding manual slide and hammer manipulation, making the pistol ready to fire by disengagement of the safety and double action trigger pull.
Always keep the cham- ber unloaded until you are ready to fire. NOTE: The situation could arise in shooting field or range when the chamber is loaded and you want to lock the cocked hammer to prevent inadver- tent discharge.
Being careful to control muzzle direction, push the Safety fully into its upward position. Remember— the pistol is still cocked and loaded! Remember — The quick barrel release can also be used as a Safety device against accidental discharge.
Flip the barrel release lever and, when the barrel springs to the tilted position, the pistol cannot be fired unless the barrel is returned to its downward locked position. If you want to practice aim and trigger pull, insert a FIRED cartridge case in the chamber to cushion the fall of the firing pin and eliminate chances of firing pin breakage.
Make sure the chamber is not already loaded. To Load the Magazine: Hold the magazine in the left hand. With your right hand place a cartridge on the follower in front of the lips, press down and slide the cartridge completely back under the lips. Repeat loading until the magazine contains 7. DO NOT try to force an extra cartridge into the magazine. NOTE: The. Insert a cartridge into the chamber, and push the barrel down. A sharp click indicates Barrel Lever Engagement. As a precaution, visually inspect that the Barrel Lever is securely closed or pull lever toward its rear stop.
The pistol is now chamber loaded, ready to be fired by trigger pull. A sharp click indicates magazine catch engagement. The pistol is now chamber and magazine loaded and ready to fire. Remember — when the hammer is fully-lowered to rest against the slide, the pistol can be fired by double action trigger pull direct trigger pull — no manual hammer cock- ing.
The Safety locks the slide when the red warning dot is covered and the Safety can go up no further. As long as you use appro- priate undamaged ammunition and keep the chamber clean you will not have loading and unloading problems.
Remember— when the hammer is fully-lowered and Safety "ON" the slide cannot be pulled. Grasp the slide serration with thumb and index finger keep finger outside the trigger guard , retract the slide to solid stop activating the recoil springs and cocking the hammer. The slide will automat- ically close, chambering the first cartridge from the maga- 12 zine.
Beretta 21A Manual
Design[ edit ] The Beretta 21A Bobcat is available chambered for either. It has a simple blowback operation, with a single- and double-action trigger mechanism, and exposed hammer. It has a magazine release button in the left side grip, located between the grip retaining screws. The frame is made out of aluminum alloy; the slide and barrel are either carbon steel or stainless steel, depending on the model. This can be applied with the hammer fully down, or cocked.
Beretta MODEL-21A Manual