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How to Shoot a Smith & Wesson .45

Learn how to shoot a Smith & Wesson .45 from Police Officer Keith Charley in this Howcast gun video.


Today we're going to talk about how to shoot the Smith & Wesson Model 4516 semi-automatic pistol.

This is the Smith & Wesson 45 caliber Model 4516 semi-automatic pistol.

As you can see, you start with the weapon is unloaded. The slide is locked back. Take your loaded magazine. You can insert it into the magazine well. Put it in nice and hard to be sure it's seeded properly. Release the slide release with your thumb and rack the slide forward.

This particular gun has a safety lever, as you can see right here. If you can't see the red, the gun is safe. Once you slide this lever forward you see the red dot. You can always remember "red, you're dead". That's what I like to use to always remember that the gun is ready to fire.

From there you're going to take your grip. Webbing your hand, the slide's up into the tang of the gun here. Nice strong grip with your shooting hand.

Be sure to keep your trigger finger out of the trigger until you're ready to shoot, that's very important.

Your support hand's going to come up under the trigger guard like this, over your fingers. And your hand is going to come together nice and tight.

From there your two thumbs are going to lay with each other, never crisscrossing them in the back because the slide going back will take skin off your hand.

Nice strong grip. You take your stance.

From there you're going to line up your sights. Once you are ready to shoot, your finger then goes on the trigger. Nice and easy. Fire off your shot.

Once you're done shooting, the first thing you do is remove your magazine. Rack your slide back several times and lock it back again, being sure that it's empty.

One last thing I like to do is a visual and physical inspection of the chamber, making sure there's no bullets in there. Now your gun is empty and safe to put down.

And this is how to shoot the Smith & Wesson 45.

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