MCRP 3-01B

Pistol Marksmanship

U.S. Marine Corps
DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A: Approved for public release; distribution is unli ited! To Readers Unless ot"er#ise stated$ #"enever t"e included! DE&ARTMENT O' T(E NA)*: (ead+uarters United States Marine ,orps -as"in%ton$ D!,! ./01/23445 .5 Nove ber .//0 FORE OR!" asculine %ender is used$ bot" en and #o en are

Marines ust "ave t"e versatilit6$ fle7ibilit6$ and s8ills to deal #it" an6 situation at an6 level of intensit6 across t"e entire ran%e of ilitar6 operations! -"enever t"e situation #arrants t"e application of deadl6 force$ a Marine ust be able to deliver #ell2ai ed s"ots to eli inate t"e t"reat! A Marine #"o is proficient in pistol ar8s ans"ip "andles t"is c"allen%e #it"out escalatin% t"e level of violence or causin% unnecessar6 collateral da a%e! It is not enou%" to si pl6 provide Marines #it" t"e best available firear s; #e ust also ensure t"at t"eir trainin% prepares t"e to deliver accurate fire a%ainst t"e ene 6 under t"e ost adverse conditions #it"out "esitanc6$ fear$ or uncertaint6 of action! A #ell2trained Marine is confident t"at "e can protect "i self$ acco plis" t"e ission$ and protect "is fello# Marines! To be co bat read6$ a Marine ust be s8illed in t"e tactics$ tec"ni+ues$ and procedures of pistol ar8s ans"ip and dili%ent in t"e proper care and aintenance of t"e M9$ 92 service pistol! Marine ,orps Reference &ublication :M,R&; 02/3B$ Pistol Marksmanship$ is t"e source docu ent for pistol ar8s ans"ip and provides t"e doctrinal basis for Marine ,orps pistol ar8s ans"ip trainin%! T"is publication provides all Marines ar ed #it" a pistol #it" t"e tactics$ tec"ni+ues$ and procedures for ran%e and field firin% t"e M9$ 92 service pistol! M,R& 02/3B supersedes t"e discussion of pistol :'M'M; /21$ Basic Marksmanship! Revie#ed and approved t"is date! B* DIRE,TION O' T(E ,OMMANDANT O' T(E MARINE ,OR&S ED-ARD (AN<ON$ =R! <ieutenant >eneral$ U!S! Marine ,orps ,o ,orps ,o bat Develop ent ,o and &ublication ,ontrol Nu ber: 3?? ///301 // Distribution A: Approved for public release; distribution is unli ited! #ote" T"is boo8 contains t"e aterial found in t"e ,"apters of t"e ori%inal docu ent! T"e inde7 #as refor atted$ and lin8s to t"e ,"apters #ere added! Minor for attin% c"an%es #ere ade as needed$ and t"e font face @arial@ #as used to en"ance readabilit6 on <,D screens! $#!E% T"ese are lin8s to t"e 3/ ,"apters in t"e of t"eir contents follo#s t"ese lin8s! Chapter 1. The M& Ser'i(e Pistol Chapter ). eapons *andlin+ anual! A duplicate set of ,"apter lin8s alon% #it" listin% andin% >eneral Marine ar8s ans"ip in 'leet Marine 'orce Manual

Chapter 3. F,ndamentals o- Pistol Marksmanship Chapter .. Pistol Firin+ Positions and /rip Chapter 0. Use o- Co'er and Con(ealment Chapter 1. Presentation o- the M& Ser'i(e Pistol

Chapter 2. Pistol En+a+ement Te(hni3,es Chapter 4. One-*anded Te(hni3,es Chapter &. 5d'an(ed Te(hni3,es Chapter 10. 6o7 6i+ht and !arkness Te(hni3,es (ere are t"e sa e lin8s plus a list of t"e contents of eac" ,"apter! Chapter 1. The M& Ser'i(e Pistol 'unctional ,apabilities! ! ! ! Sin%le2Action Mode ! ! ! ! Double2Action Mode ! ! ! ! No enclature ! ! ! ! MaAor ,o ponents ! ! ! ! Slide Asse bl6! ! ! ! Safet6 'eatures ! ! ! ! Decoc8in%BSafet6 <ever ! ! ! ! 'irin% &in Bloc8 ! ! ! ! (alf2,oc8 Notc"! ! ! ! ! ,6cle of Operation ! ! ! ! ! 'irin% ! ! ! ! Unloc8in% ! ! ! ! E7tractin% ! ! ! ! EAectin%! ! ! ! ,oc8in%! ! ! ! 'eedin% ! ! ! ! ,"a berin% ! ! ! ! <oc8in%! ! ! ! A unition ! ! ! ! -earin% of t"e M9 Service &istol >ear! ! ! ! M3. (olster ! ! ! ! M3 A unition &oc8et ! ! ! ! M4 S"oulder (olster ! ! ! ! Assault (olster ! ! ! ! ,oncealed &istol (olster ! ! ! ! <an6ard! ! ! ! 'irin% t"e M9 Service &istol -"ile -earin% >loves! ! ! ! &reventive Maintenance ! ! ! ! &istol Disasse bl6 ! ! ! ! Disasse bl6 of t"e Ma%aCine! ! ! ! Inspection of t"e &istol ! ! ! ! ,leanin% and <ubricatin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! &istol Re2asse bl6 ! ! ! ! &istol Ma%aCine Re2asse bl6! ! ! ! Safet6B'unction ,"ec8 ! ! ! ! User Serviceabilit6 Inspection ! ! ! ! &istol Maintenance in Adverse ,onditions ! ! ! ! E7tre e ,old ! ! ! ! (ot$ -et ,li ates ! ! ! ! (ot$ Dr6 ,li ates ! ! ! !

(eav6 Rain and 'ordin% Operations ! ! ! ! A p"ibious ,onditions ! ! ! ! Chapter ). eapons *andlin+

Safet6 Rules ! ! ! ! -eapons ,onditions ! ! ! ! Deter inin% a -eaponDs ,ondition ! ! ! ! ,"ec8in% t"e Round Indicator ! ! ! ! ,onductin% a ,"a ber ,"ec8 ! ! ! ! -eapons ,o ands ! ! ! ! <oadin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Ma8in% t"e &istol Read6 ! ! ! ! 'ire ! ! ! ! ,ease 'ire ! ! ! ! Unloadin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Unloadin% and S"o#in% t"e &istol ,lear ! ! ! ! E pt6in% t"e Ma%aCine ! ! ! ! 'illin% t"e Ma%aCine ! ! ! ! Reloadin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Dr6 Reload ! ! ! ! ,ondition 3 Reload ! ! ! ! Reloadin% ,onsiderations ! ! ! ! Re edial Action ! ! ! ! Stoppa%e ! ! ! ! Malfunction ! ! ! ! Re edial Action ! ! ! ! Audible &op or Reduced Recoil ! ! ! ! -eapons ,arries ! ! ! ! Alert ! ! ! ! Read6 ! ! ! ! -eapons Transports ! ! ! ! (olster Transport ! ! ! ! Ad inistrative Transport ! ! ! ! ,o bat Mindset ! ! ! ! &"6sical and Mental &reparation ! ! ! ! T"reat <evels ! ! ! ! Transferrin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! S"o# ,lear Transfer ! ! ! ! ,ondition Un8no#n Transfer ! ! ! ! Chapter 3. F,ndamentals o- Pistol Marksmanship Ai in% ! ! ! ! Si%"t Ali%n ent ! ! ! ! Establis"in% Si%"t Ali%n ent ! ! ! ! Si%"t &icture ! ! ! ! Relations"ip Bet#een t"e E6e and t"e Si%"ts ! ! ! ! Tri%%er ,ontrol ! ! ! ! Si%"t Ali%n ent and Tri%%er ,ontrol ! ! ! ! >rip ! ! ! ! Tri%%er 'in%er &lace ent ! ! ! ! T6pes of Tri%%er ,ontrol ! ! ! !

Breat" ,ontrol ! ! ! ! Application of Mar8s ans"ip 'unda entals in 'ield 'irin% ! ! ! ! ,o pression of 'unda entals ! ! ! ! Ai in% ! ! ! ! Tri%%er ,ontrol ! ! ! ! Breat" ,ontrol ! ! ! ! Chapter .. Pistol Firin+ Positions and /rip &istol 'irin% &osition ! ! ! ! Mobilit6 ! ! ! ! Observation of t"e Ene 6 ! ! ! ! Stabilit6 ! ! ! ! &istol 'irin% >rip ! ! ! ! Before 'irin%: StabiliCe t"e Si%"ts ! ! ! ! Durin% 'irin%: Allo# Tri%%er ,ontrol ! ! ! ! After 'irin%: Mana%e Recoil ! ! ! ! -it"dra#in% t"e &istol 'ro t"e (olster ! ! ! ! -eaver and Isosceles )ariations ! ! ! ! Standin% &osition ! ! ! ! -eaver Standin% &osition ! ! ! ! Isosceles Standin% &osition ! ! ! ! Eneelin% &osition ! ! ! ! -eaver Eneelin% &osition ! ! ! ! Isosceles Eneelin% &osition ! ! ! ! &rone &osition ! ! ! ! -eaver &rone &osition ! ! ! ! Isosceles &rone &osition ! ! ! ! Natural Bod6 Ali%n ent ! ! ! ! Chapter 0. Use o- Co'er and Con(ealment ,over Materials ! ! ! ! Dirt ! ! ! ! ,inder Bloc8s ! ! ! ! Trees$ <o%s$ and Telep"one &oles ! ! ! ! Sandba%s ! ! ! ! ,onsiderations for 'irin% 'ro ,over ! ! ! ! AdAustin% t"e 'irin% &osition ! ! ! ! Appl6in% t"e -eaver and Isosceles )ariations ! ! ! ! Eeepin% t"e Bod6 Be"ind ,over ! ! ! ! &rovidin% Support for t"e &osition and t"e &istol ! ! ! ! ,"an%in% &ositions ! ! ! ! Movin% ! ! ! ! Supported 'irin% &ositions ! ! ! ! Supported &rone ! ! ! ! Supported Eneelin% ! ! ! ! Supported Standin% ! ! ! ! <ocate and En%a%e Tar%ets 'ro Be"ind ,over ! ! ! ! &ie Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! Rollout Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! ,o binin% t"e &ie and Rollout Tec"ni+ues ! ! ! !

o bat Mindset ! ! ! ! &rioritiCin% Tar%ets ! ! ! ! En%a%in% Multiple Tar%ets ! ! ! ! Movin% Tar%ets ! ! ! ! T6pes of Movin% Tar%ets ! ! ! ! <eads for Movin% Tar%ets ! ! ! ! Met"ods of En%a%e ent ! ! ! ! Appl6in% t"e 'unda entals of Mar8s ans"ip ! ! ! ! Chapter 4. Pistol En+a+ement Te(hni3.a oufla%e ! ! ! ! Tec"ni+ues of 'ire ! ! ! ! Double and Sin%le Action 'irin% ! ! ! ! Sin%le Action or Double Action 'irin% 'actors ! ! ! ! T#o2S"ot Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! Slo# 'ire Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! Re2en%a%e ent Tec"ni+ues ! ! ! ! Slo# 'ire Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! T#o2S"ot Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! Offset Ai in% ! ! ! ! Multiple Tar%ets ! ! ! ! . Presentation o.ondition 3 Reload ! ! ! ! Re edial Action ! ! ! ! &resentation 'ro t"e (olster -it" t"e -ea8 (and ! ! ! ! Met"od One: &istol Rotation ! ! ! ! .es &resentation and S"ootin% ! ! ! ! AdAust ent of t"e Standin% &osition ! ! ! ! Searc"in% and Assessin% After 'irin% ! ! ! ! Reloadin% ! ! ! ! Dr6 Reload ! ! ! ! . ! ! ! ! 'ro t"e (olster Transport ! ! ! ! &resentation -"ile Assu in% t"e &rone &osition ! ! ! ! Isosceles &rone ! ! ! ! -eaver &rone ! ! ! ! Searc" and Assess ! ! ! ! Chapter 2. One-*anded Te(hni3.lose Fuarters$ Elbo#s Bent.es Tar%et Detection ! ! ! ! Move ent ! ! ! ! Sound ! ! ! ! ! I proper .the M& Ser'i(e Pistol Si%"t Ali%n entBSi%"t &icture ! ! ! ! &resentation 'ro t"e .Chapter 1. ! ! ! ! 'ro t"e Alert :.arries and (olsters ! ! ! ! &resentation 'ro t"e Read6 ! ! ! ! &resentation 'ro t"e Alert ! ! ! ! &resentation 'ro a (olster Transport ! ! ! ! &resentation -"ile Assu in% t"e Eneelin% &osition ! ! ! ! 'ro t"e Read6 ! ! ! ! 'ro t"e Alert :Ar s Strai%"t.

enter )ision ! ! ! ! Scannin%B'i%ure Ei%"t Scan ! ! ! ! Effects of Illu ination ! ! ! ! Ac+uirin% Tar%ets at Ni%"t ! ! ! ! Si%"t Ali%n entBSi%"t &icture ! ! ! ! 'las"li%"ts ! ! ! ! T6pes of 'las"li%"ts ! ! ! ! Activation Devices ! ! ! ! T6pes of <enses ! ! ! ! Tar%et Detection ! ! ! ! Tar%et En%a%e ent ! ! ! ! Return to: Top !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Main Menu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sub Menu .es .ontinuin% to Move ! ! ! ! Reloadin% and Stoppa%es ! ! ! ! Turn and 'ire ! ! ! ! En%a%in% Tar%ets 9/ De%rees to t"e Ri%"t and <eft ! ! ! ! En%a%in% Tar%ets 31/ De%rees to t"e Rear ! ! ! ! Chapter 10. 6o7 6i+ht and !arkness Te(hni3. 5d'an(ed Te(hni3.o bat Mindset ! ! ! ! Ni%"t )ision Adaptation and Maintenance ! ! ! ! Ni%"t )ision Adaptation ! ! ! ! Ni%"t )ision Maintenance ! ! ! ! Tar%et Detection Tec"ni+ues ! ! ! ! Off2.es S"ootin% on t"e Move ! ! ! ! Movin% -it" t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Movin%: T"e >lide Tec"ni+ue ! ! ! ! En%a%in% Tar%ets: Usin% t"e &istol Si%"ts ! ! ! ! .Met"od T#o: (and Rotation ! ! ! ! Met"od T"ree: Enee &lace ent ! ! ! ! Transferrin% t"e &istol 'ro One (and to t"e Ot"er ! ! ! ! Chapter &.

oncealed &istol (olster ! ! ! ! <an6ard! ! ! ! 'irin% t"e M9 Service &istol -"ile -earin% >loves! ! ! ! &reventive Maintenance ! ! ! ! &istol Disasse bl6 ! ! ! ! Disasse bl6 of t"e Ma%aCine! ! ! ! Inspection of t"e &istol ! ! ! ! .leanin% and <ubricatin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! &istol Re2asse bl6 ! ! ! ! &istol Ma%aCine Re2asse bl6! ! ! ! Safet6B'unction . (olster ! ! ! ! M3 A unition &oc8et ! ! ! ! M4 S"oulder (olster ! ! ! ! Assault (olster ! ! ! ! ."ec8 ! ! ! ! User Serviceabilit6 Inspection ! ! ! ! &istol Maintenance in Adverse .6cle of Operation ! ! ! ! ! 'irin% ! ! ! ! Unloc8in% ! ! ! ! E7tractin% ! ! ! ! EAectin%! ! ! ! .C*5PTER 1 T*E M& SER8$CE P$STO6 CO#TE#TS" 'unctional .oc8in%! ! ! ! 'eedin% ! ! ! ! ."a berin% ! ! ! ! <oc8in%! ! ! ! A unition ! ! ! ! -earin% of t"e M9 Service &istol >ear! ! ! ! M3.onditions ! ! ! ! E7tre e .apabilities! ! ! ! Sin%le2Action Mode ! ! ! ! Double2Action Mode ! ! ! ! No enclature ! ! ! ! MaAor .old ! ! ! ! (ot$ -et .o ponents ! ! ! ! Slide Asse bl6! ! ! ! Safet6 'eatures ! ! ! ! Decoc8in%BSafet6 <ever ! ! ! ! 'irin% &in Bloc8 ! ! ! ! (alf2.oc8 Notc"! ! ! ! ! .li ates ! ! ! ! (eav6 Rain and 'ordin% Operations ! ! ! ! A p"ibious .onditions ! ! ! ! Chapter 1.li ates ! ! ! ! (ot$ Dr6 . The M& Ser'i(e Pistol .

Sin+le-5(tion Mode. left2"anded Marines reverse instructions as necessar6! F.re 1-).n(tional Capa9ilities -"en t"e M9 service pistolGs safet6 lever is oved to t"e firin% position$ it can be fired in eit"er a sin%le2action or double2action ode! It is desi%ned to fire one round eac" ti e t"e tri%%er is pulled! -"en t"e last round is fired$ t"e slide auto aticall6 loc8s to t"e rear! Sin+le-5(tion Mode T"e sin%le2action ode allo#s t"e pistol to be fired #"en t"e "a er is coc8ed.re See fi%ure 320 belo#! Ma:or Components T"e M9Gs aAor co ponents consist of t"e slide asse bl6$ barrel asse bl6$ and receiver! See . !o.! T"e M9 service pistol "as a a7i u effective ran%e of 5/ eters :5?!4 6ards.re 1-1.9le-5(tion Mode. #omen(lat.9le-5(tion Mode T"e double2action fi%ure 32. sin%le action re+uires t"e "a er to be coc8ed to t"e rear before t"e tri%%er is pulled! T"e "a er can be anuall6 coc8ed or ec"anicall6 coc8ed! T"e "a er is ec"anicall6 coc8ed after t"e first s"ot is fired! See fi%ure 323! Fi+.! ode causes t"e "a er to ove to t"e rear as t"e tri%%er is bein% pulled! See Fi+.orpsG uses t"e M9 service pistol as a defensive #eapon! It is a se iauto atic$ a%aCine2fed$ recoil2operated$ double2action pistol! T"e M9 service pistolGs a%aCine "olds 35 rounds and is c"a bered #it" a 92 ball :NATO M11. !o.! Note: T"e procedures in t"is c"apter are #ritten for ri%"t2"anded Marines.T"e Marine . round.

M& Ser'i(e Pistol.re 1-3.re 1-. Ma:or Components. T"e slide asse bl6 "ouses t"e firin% pin$ firin% pin bloc8$ stri8er$ e7tractor$ and loaded c"a ber indicator$ and it coc8s t"e "a er durin% recoil! Extractor T"e e7tractor pulls t"e brass fro t"e c"a ber after t"e round is fired! Fi+. Loaded Chamber Indicator -"en a round is in t"e c"a ber$ t"e upper surface of t"e loaded c"a ber indicator protrudes fro t"e ri%"t side of t"e slide! T"is protrusion can be felt #it" t"e fin%er$ verif6in% t"at t"ere is a round in t"e c"a ber! .fi%ure 32? on pa%e 320! Slide 5ssem9l.. Fi+.

Feat.res T"e safet6 features of t"e M9 service pistol include t"e decoc8in%Bsafet6 lever$ firin% pin bloc8$ and "alf2coc8 notc"! !e(o(kin+<Sa-et. position$ a red dot is visible$ indicatin% t"at t"e pistol is read6 to fire! Firin+ Pin Blo(k T"e firin% pin bloc8 rests in t"e firin% pin notc" and prevents ove ent of t"e firin% pin until t"e tri%%er is pulled! As t"e tri%%er is pulled$ t"e firin% pin bloc8 oves up and out of t"e firin% pin notc"! T"is ove ent allo#s a round to be fired #"en t"e "a er stri8es t"e firin% pin! *al--Co(k #ot(h a%aCine catc" asse bl6 for left2"anded Marines can be perfor ed b6 a anuall6 .Barrel Assembly T"e barrel asse bl6 "ouses t"e round for firin%$ directs t"e proAectile$ and loc8s t"e barrel in position durin% firin%! Receiver T"e receiver supports t"e aAor co ponents$ controls t"e functionin% of t"e pistol$ and "olds t"e a%aCine in place! T"e front and bac8 straps of t"e %rip are %rooved verticall6 to ensure t"at t"e "and does not slip #"ile firin%! T"e receiver consists of t"e asse bl6 button$ slide stop$ and a%aCine catc" asse bl6! Disassembly Button T"e disasse bl6 button per its +uic8 disasse bl6 of t"e pistol! Slide Stop T"e slide stop "olds t"e slide to t"e rear after t"e last round is fired! It can also be operated to loc8 t"e slide to t"e rear or release t"e slide! Maga ine Catch Assembly !Maga ine Release Button" T"e a%aCine catc" asse bl6 secures t"e a%aCine in place #"en loadin%$ and it releases t"e a%aCine fro t"e pistol #"en unloadin%! T"e a%aCine catc" asse bl6 is desi%ned for bot" ri%"t2 and left2"anded Marines! Note: Reversal of t"e +ualified ar orer! Sa-et. position$ t"e firin% pin stri8er oves out of ali%n ent #it" t"e firin% pin! T"is ove ent prevents t"e pistol fro firin% as t"e "a er oves for#ard! Note: In t"e fire :up. 6e'er T"e decoc8in%Bsafet6 lever$ co onl6 referred to as t"e safet6$ per its safe operation of t"e pistol b6 bot" ri%"t2 and left2"anded Marines! As t"e safet6 is oved to t"e safe :do#n.

re 1-2.(le o.T"e "alf2coc8 notc" stops t"e for#ard C. Unlo(kin+.re 1-1. E=tra(tin+. Firin+. Unlo(kin+ As t"e slide asse bl6 See fi%ure 32H! oves to t"e rear$ t"e loc8in% bloc8 rotates out of t"e notc"es in t"e slide! Fi+. E=tra(tin+ As t"e slide fi%ure 324! oves rear#ard$ t"e e7tractor #it" dra#s t"e cartrid%e case out of t"e c"a ber! See Fi+.Operation ove ent of t"e "a er durin% a ec"anical failure! T"ere are ei%"t steps in t"e c6cle of operation for t"e M9 service pistol! Firin+ Once t"e safet6 is off and t"e tri%%er is pulled to t"e rear$ t"e "a stri8es t"e pri er and i%nites t"e round! See fi%ure 325! er falls on t"e firin% pin$ #"ic" Fi+. E:e(tin+ .re 1-0.

Co(kin+ As t"e slide oves rear#ard$ t"e "a er is pus"ed bac8$ allo#in% t"e sear to en%a%e t"e "a er "oo8s$ coc8 t"e "a er to t"e rear$ and place t"e pistol in t"e sin%le2action ode! See fi%ure 329! Fi+.re 1-4. Feedin+. Feedin+ T"e slide starts for#ard$ pus"ed b6 t"e recoil sprin%! T"e face of t"e slide a8es contact #it" t"e cartrid%e at t"e top of t"e a%aCine$ strippin% it fro t"e a%aCine and pus"in% it to#ard t"e c"a ber! See fi%ure 323/! Fi+.As t"e face of t"e slide passes over t"e eAector$ t"e case stri8es t"e eAector and it is 8noc8ed up#ard and out#ard t"rou%" t"e eAection port! See fi%ure 321! Fi+. E:e(tin+. Co(kin+. Cham9erin+ As t"e slide continues for#ard$ it pus"es t"e cartrid%e into t"e c"a ber! See fi%ure 3233! .re 1-&.re 1-10.

5mm. 92 ball! Du 6 a unition can be used durin% trainin% :a du 6 round "as a "ole drilled in its side and contains no pri er.re 1-13. 6o(kin+.re 1-1). Cham9erin+. 6o(kin+ As t"e slide asse bl6 continues to ove for#ard$ t"e loc8in% bloc8 lu%s ove into t"e loc8in% bloc8 recesses on t"e ri%"t and left sides of t"e slide! See fi%ure 323.! See fi%ure 3230! Fi+.re 1-11. M& Ser'i(e Pistol 5mm. on pa%e 32H! Fi+.Fi+. Do not open a unition containers until t"e a unition is to be used! A aintained in a "i%" state of readiness! To care for a unitionI Eeep a unition dr6 and clean! If a unition ust be unition %ets #et or dirt6$ #ipe it off #it" a clean dr6 clot"! unition t"at is "eavil6 corroded$ -ipe off li%"t corrosion as soon as it is discovered! Never use a dented$ or "as t"e proAectile pus"ed in! Do not e7pose a unition to direct sunli%"t for lon% periods of ti e! .nition T"e onl6 a unition aut"oriCed for t"e M9 service pistol is t"e NATO M11.nition.

M1 5mm.re 1-1. The M1) *olster and M1 5mm.lder *olster T"e M4 s"oulder "olster consists of a "olster #it" a t"u b snap closure$ s"oulder strap$ c"est strap$ and a belt retainin% loop! T"e "olster is positioned on t"e left side of t"e c"est to provide eas6 and +uic8 access #it" t"e ri%"t "and! See fi%ure 3235! T"e M4 "olster co es full6 asse bled and "as adAustable straps to acco odate eac" MarineGs bod6 siCe! T"e "olster is available for ri%"t2"anded Marines onl6$ t"erefore$ a left2"anded Marine "as to #it"dra# t"e pistol fro t"e "olster #it" t"e ri%"t "and and t"en transfer t"e pistol to t"e left "and before firin%! :See c"ap! 1 for ..Do not oil or %rease a unition! Dust or ot"er abrasives can collect on %reas6 a unition and a6 cause da a%e to t"e operatin% parts of t"e pistol! Oiled cartrid%es also produce e7cessive c"a ber pressure! earin+ o.nition Po(ket T"e a unition poc8et attac"es to t"e cartrid%e belt on t"e side opposite t"e "olster in a position t"at best per its read6 access for reloads! T"e a%aCine is stored in t"e a unition poc8et #it" t"e rounds do#n and pointed inboard! M2 Sho.nition Po(ket.the M& Ser'i(e Pistol>s /ear T"e proper place ent of pistol %ear "elps ensure safet6 and aids t"e Marine in effectivel6 "andlin% and e plo6in% t"e pistol! M1) *olster T"e M3. "olster consists of t"e "olster$ re ovable "olster flap$ and etal retainin% clip! To c"ec8 for proper place ent of t"e "olster$ allo# t"e ri%"t ar to "an% freel6! T"e "olster s"ould be sli%"tl6 in front of t"e ar to per it eas6 access to t"e pistol upon presentation fro t"e "olster! See fi%ure 323?! Note: In ost cases$ t"e "olster is issued #it" t"e "olster flap installed for a ri%"t"anded Marine! To convert t"e "olster for a left2"anded Marine$ re ove t"e etal retainin% clip and install t"e clip on t"e opposite side of t"e "olster! Fi+.

M2 Sho.re 1-10.transferrin% t"e pistol fro one "and to t"e ot"er!. -"en t"e s"oulder "olster is #orn properl6I T"e s"oulder strap la6s flat across t"e left s"oulder #it" t"e s"oulder pad directl6 on top of t"e s"oulder! T"e c"est strap attac"es to t"e D2rin% at t"e top of t"e "olster and runs dia%onall6 across t"e c"est$ underneat" t"e ri%"t ar $ and around t"e bac8 #"ere it attac"es to t"e end of t"e s"oulder strap! T"e belt retainin% loop is at t"e botto "olsterGs position! T"e a of t"e "olster and attac"es to t"e belt to stabiliCe t"e unition poc8et attac"es to t"e c"est strap directl6 underneat" t"e ri%"t ar ! Fi+.lder *olster. Con(ealed Pistol *olster .lt *olster So e Marines :i!e!$ Marine securit6 force$ direct action platoon$ and ilitar6 police.re 1-11. are re+uired to carr6 t"e assault "olster! T"is "olster "as a retention strap t"at fastens over t"e top of t"e "olster to retain t"e pistol! T"is t6pe of "olster %enerall6 "as a t"u b brea8 on t"e retention strap t"at is disen%a%ed to access t"e pistol! See fi%ure 323H! Fi+. 5ssa.lt *olster. 5ssa.

t"erefore$ t"e Marine ust consider t"e t6pe of clot"in% to be #orn! A secondar6 consideration is to place t"e "olster so t"e pistol can be presented easil6! T6picall6$ t"e best position for a concealed "olster is Aust be"ind t"e stron% side "ip! T"is position best conceals t"e pistol #"ile allo#in% it to be presented +uic8l6! Anot"er place ent c"oice is in a s"oulder "olster$ placin% t"e pistol Aust under t"e #ea8 side ar ! See fi%ures 3234 t"rou%" 32. earin+ o.the Con(ealed Pistol?S7eater.re 1-14. .re 1-12. earin+ o.So e Marines are re+uired to carr6 a concealed pistol as part of t"eir official duties! T"e pri ar6 consideration for place ent of a concealed pistol "olster is to ensure t"e pistol cannot be seen.the Con(ealed Pistol *olster?Utilities./ belo#! Fi+. Fi+.

ardB. earin+ o.3! Fi+.re 1-1&. Fi+. T"e lan6ard aids in pistol retention! It is issued in t"ree siCes and is adAustable! T"e lan6ard consists of a fabric cord$ t#o c6lindrical slip rin%s$ and a etal clip t"at attac"es t"e lan6ard to t"e pistolGs lan6ard loop! See fi%ure 32.! &lace t"e ri%"t ar Attac" t"rou%" t"e loop and place t"e loop over t"e "ead$ restin% on t"e left s"oulder! etal clip to t"e pistolGs lan6ard loop! &lace t"e pistol in t"e "olster! Use t"e left "and to "old t"e botto slip rin% a%ainst t"e base of t"e lan6ard! Use t"e ri%"t "and to slide t"e top slip rin% up#ard to position t"e loop of t"e lan6ard under t"e ar ! T"e lan6ard s"ould fit snu%l6 a%ainst t"e bod6$ but not restrict t"e MarineGs ove ents! . M& Ser'i(e Pistol A ith 6an.re 1-)0.the Con(ealed Pistol *olster?@a(ket.the Con(ealed Pistol *olster?Ci'ilian 5ttire. To don t"e lan6ardI AdAust t"e slip rin%s so t"e6 are positioned flus" #it" t"e lan6ardGs base :clip end. 6an.re 1-)1.ard earin+ o.Fi+.

! Not all co bat en%a%e ents occur durin% ideal #eat"er conditions! Durin% cold #eat"er$ t"e Marine a6 find it necessar6 to #ear %loves to protect t"e fin%ers fro frostbite and "elp prevent stiffenin% of t"e "ands! >loves a6 also be #orn in ission2oriented protective posture conditions! >loves provide protection to t"e "ands$ "o#ever$ t"e6 also a6 interfere #it" t"e MarineGs abilit6 to en%a%e tar%ets effectivel6! T"e added bul8 of t"e %loves a6 affect t"e MarineGs abilit6 to anipulate t"e safet6$ a%aCine release button$ a%aCine$ "a er$ and slide stopBrelease! 'or e7a ple$ t"e Marine a6 need to e7ert ore pressure to en%a%e t"e a%aCine release or slide release buttons to co pensate for t"e t"ic8ness of t"e %loves! T"e principles of tar%et en%a%e ent :see c"ap! 4. do not c"an%e #"ile #earin% %loves$ "o#ever$ t"e specific abilit6 to anipulate and control t"e tri%%er is %reatl6 affected b6 t"e t"ic8ness of t"e %loves around t"e fin%ers! -earin% %loves reduce t"e MarineGs abilit6 to feel$ #"ic" a8es it difficult to appl6 tri%%er control #"en firin%! T"e Marine a6 find t"at ore pressure t"an nor al ust be applied #it" t"e tri%%er fin%er Aust to establis" initial contact #it" t"e tri%%er! Once t"e Marine can JfeelK t"e tri%%er t"rou%" t"e %loves$ t"en t"e pressure re+uired to fire a s"ot can be applied! T"is action a6 increase t"e c"ances of firin% t"e pistol pre aturel6 due to e7cessive pressure on t"e tri%%er! Dr6 firin% #"ile #earin% %loves allo#s t"e Marine to learn "o# to appl6 tri%%er control consistentl6 and deter ines "o# uc" pressure is needed to effectivel6 fire a s"ot! -"ile #earin% %loves$ t"e Marine a6 find it difficult to fire t"e pistol in t"e double2action ode due to t"e position of t"e tri%%er and t"e li ited a ount of space bet#een t"e tri%%er and t"e tri%%er %uard! T"erefore$ if t"e situation per its$ t"e Marine a6 #is" to t"u bcoc8 t"e pistol to fire in sin%le2action ode! In sin%le2action ode$ t"ere is ore space bet#een t"e tri%%er %uard and t"e tri%%er$ a8in% it easier to position t"e fin%er on t"e tri%%er! (o#ever$ t"e MarineGs abilit6 to t"u bcoc8 t"e pistol a6 also be "indered b6 t"e %lovesG bul8! T"erefore$ to t"u bcoc8 t"e pistol #"ile #earin% %loves$ t"e Marine a6 perfor one of t"e follo#in% et"ods: 'or et"od one$ loop a section of 55/ cord :appro7i atel6 . t"rou%" t"e loop located on t"e top rear portion of t"e "a er! T"e len%t" of t"e cord s"ould not interfere #it" t"e pistolGs c6cle of operation or #it" t"e MarineGs abilit6 to establis" si%"t ali%n ent! Once t"e cord is attac"ed to t"e "a er$ ta8e t"e pistol off safe and pull do#n#ard on t"e cord to coc8 t"e "a er! See fi%ure 32..re 1-)). Co(kin+ the Pistol 7ith 000 Cord.Tuc8 an6 e7cess cord be"ind t"e "olster! Ensure t"at t"e lan6ard is adAusted properl6 b6 re ovin% t"e pistol fro t"e "olster and full6 e7tendin% t"e ri%"t ar ! T"e lan6ard s"ould be taut! AdAust as necessar6! Note: Re2adAust t"e lan6ard if an6 e+uip ent c"an%es are Firin+ the M& Ser'i(e Pistol hile earin+ /lo'es ade :e!%!$ fla8 Aac8et. .! Fi+. inc"es.

t"erefore$ aintenance of t"e M9 service pistol is a continuous effort! A clean$ properl6 lubricated$ #ell2 aintained pistol #ill fire #"en needed! Pistol !isassem9l.re 1-)3.re S. Co(kin+ the Pistol on a Se(.'or et"od t#o$ ta8e t"e pistol off safe$ rotate t"e pistol inboard$ and place t"e top of t"e "a er a%ainst a secure surface :e!%!$ cartrid%e belt$ table top$ "eel of boot.ondition ?! T"e pistol is in . Pre'enti'e Maintenan(e If t"e M9 service pistol is to be effective$ it ust be aintained in a state of operational readiness at all ti es.0! Fi+.ondition ? #"en t"e a%aCine is re oved$ t"e c"a ber is e pt6$ t"e slide is for#ard$ and t"e safet6 is on! To disasse ble t"e pistol$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps in se+uence: (old t"e pistol in t"e ri%"t "and #it" t"e uCCle sli%"tl6 elevated! Reac" over t"e slide #it" t"e left "and and place t"e left inde7 fin%er on t"e disasse bl6 button and t"e left t"u b on t"e disasse bl6 lever! &ress t"e disasse bl6 button and "old it in place #"ile rotatin% t"e disasse bl6 lever do#n#ard until it stops! Note: A left2"anded Marine places t"e ri%"t t"u b on t"e disasse bl6 button and t"e ri%"t inde7 fin%er on t"e disasse bl6 lever! &ull t"e slide and barrel asse bl6 for#ard and re ove it #"ile #rappin% t"e fin%ers around t"e slide to "old t"e recoil sprin% and recoil sprin% %uide in place! Turn t"e slide asse bl6 over in t"e left "and until t"e recoil sprin% and recoil sprin% %uide face up! &lace t"e ri%"t t"u b on t"e end of t"e recoil sprin% %uide ne7t to t"e loc8in% bloc8 and co press t"e recoil sprin% and sprin% %uide #"ile liftin% and re ovin% t"e fro t"e slide and barrel asse bl6! See fi%ure 32.r-a(e.! Appl6 pressure on t"e pistol to 8eep t"e "a er in place and pus" do#n#ard on t"e pistol in one continuous otion to coc8 t"e "a er! See fi%ure 32.?! Allo# t"e recoil sprin% to deco press slo#l6! . Before disasse blin% t"e M9 service pistol$ ensure t"at t"e pistol is in .

Fi+.5! Fi+. e!%!$ an in8 pen. on t"e floorplate retainer stud in t"e center of t"e floorplate! At t"e sa e ti e$ slide t"e floorplate a s"ort distance for#ard #it" t"e t"u b! Maintain t"e a%aCine! a%aCine sprin% pressure #it" t"e t"u b and re ove t"e floorplate fro t"e . Separate t"e recoil sprin% fro t"e recoil sprin% %uide! &us" in on t"e loc8in% bloc8 plun%er #it" t"e ri%"t inde7 fin%er #"ile pus"in% t"e barrel for#ard sli%"tl6! <ift and re ove t"e loc8in% bloc8 and barrel asse bl6 fro t"e slide! A Marine is not aut"oriCed to disasse ble t"e pistol an6 furt"er t"an t"e precedin% steps! An6 furt"er disasse bl6 ust be perfor ed b6 ordnance personnel! See fi%ure 32. !isassem9led M& Ser'i(e Pistol. !isassem9l.the Ma+aCine To disasse bl6 t"e a%aCine$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps: >rip t"e a%aCine fir l6 in t"e left "and #it" t"e floorplate up and t"e t"u b restin% a%ainst t"e flat end of t"e floorplate! Release t"e floorplate b6 pus"in% do#n :#it" a blunt obAect. Remo'in+ the Re(oil Sprin+ and Re(oil Sprin+ /.re 1-)0.ide.. o.re 1-).

H! a%aCine sprin% and follo#er fro t"e a%aCine tube! See Fi+."ec8 for free ove ent of t"e safet6! Ensure t"e rear si%"t is secure! Barrel 5ssem9l."ec8 t"e recoil sprin% for da a%e! . Inspect t"e bore and c"a ber for pittin% or obstructions! .re 1-)1. . !isassem9led Ma+aCine."ec8 t"e sprin% and follo#er for da a%e! ."ec8 for free ove ent of t"e slide stop and a%aCine catc" asse bl6! .the Pistol Once t"e pistol "as been disasse bled$ it ust be t"orou%"l6 inspected to ensure it is in a serviceable condition! &istol inspection is continuous durin% t"e pistolGs cleanin% and reasse bl6: Slide 5ssem9l."ec8 t"e loc8in% bloc8 plun%er for free ove ent of t"e loc8in% bloc8! Inspect t"e loc8in% lu%s for crac8s and burrs! Re(oil Sprin+ and Re(oil Sprin+ /."ec8 t"at it is not bent! . .Re ove t"e floorplate retainer and fi%ure 32. ."ec8 t"e recoil sprin% %uide for strai%"tness and s oot"ness! ."ec8 to be sure it is free of crac8s and burrs! Re(ei'er 5ssem9l. $nspe(tion o.ide ."ec8 t"e %uide rails for e7cessive #ear$ burrs$ crac8s$ or c"ips! Ma+aCine 5ssem9l."ec8 for bends$ c"ips$ and crac8s! .

can also assist in t"e re oval of e7cess dirt and carbon buildup! Ensure t"e safet6$ bolt face$ slide %uides$ and e7tractor are free of dirt and residue! -ipe dr6 #it" a clot" and appl6 a li%"t coat of .<& and a %eneral purpose brus" or clot"! Appl6 a li%"t coat of . Insert a bore brus" #it" .lean t"e slide asse bl6 #it" a clot"! A %eneral purpose brus" and cleanin% lubricant protectant :.<& into t"e c"a ber end of t"e barrel$ ensurin% t"at it co pletel6 clears t"e uCCle before it is pulled bac8 t"rou%" t"e bore! Ca.lean t"e loc8in% bloc8 #it" a %eneral purpose brus"! Use t"e barrel brus" to appl6 a li%"t coat of .<& after #ipin% t"e recoil sprin% and recoil sprin% %uide clean! Re(ei'er -ipe t"e receiver asse bl6 clean #it" a clot"! Use a %eneral purpose brus" for areas t"at are "ard to reac"$ pa6in% special attention to t"e disasse bl6 lever$ tri%%er$ slide stop$ "a er$ and a%aCine release button! Appl6 a li%"t coat of .Ensure t"e lips of t"e a%aCine are not e7cessivel6 bent and are free of crac8s and burrs! T"e a%aCine tube s"ould not be bent or dirt6! Cleanin+ and 6.<&! Barrel 5ssem9l.ide .<& to t"e bore and c"a ber area and lubricate t"e e7terior surfaces of t"e barrel and loc8in% bloc8! Re(oil Sprin+ and Re(oil Sprin+ /.9ri(atin+ the Pistol Onl6 aut"oriCed cleanin% aterials s"ould be used to clean and lubricate t"e pistol! If t"ese ite s are not issued #it" t"e pistol$ t"e6 a6 be obtained fro t"e ar or6! T"e follo#in% procedures are used to clean and lubricate t"e pistolI Slide Asse bl6 .<&! .lean t"e recoil sprin% and recoil sprin% %uide usin% .<&.tion Insert t"e bore brus" t"rou%" t"e c"a ber to prevent da a%e to t"e cro#n of t"e barrel! Repeat several ti es to loosen carbon deposits! Dr6 t"e barrel b6 pus"in% a s#ab t"rou%" t"e bore! Repeat until a clean s#ab can be observed! .

After t"e M9 service pistol "as been cleaned and lubricated$ it ust be properl6 re2asse bled to ensure its serviceabilit6! To re2asse ble t"e M9 service pistolI Use t"e left "and to %rasp t"e slide #it" t"e botto facin% up and t"e uCCle pointin% to#ard t"e bod6! Use t"e ri%"t "and to %rasp t"e barrel asse bl6 #it" t"e loc8in% bloc8 facin% up! Use t"e inde7 fin%er to pus" in t"e loc8in% bloc8 plun%er #"ile placin% t"e t"u b on t"e base of t"e loc8in% bloc8! Insert t"e uCCle of t"e barrel asse bl6 into t"e for#ard open end of t"e slide! At t"e sa e ti e$ lo#er t"e rear of t"e barrel asse bl6 b6 sli%"tl6 ovin% t"e barrel do#n#ard! T"e loc8in% bloc8 s"ould fall into t"e notc"es of t"e slide asse bl6! Slip t"e recoil sprin% %uide into t"e recoil sprin%! Insert t"e end of t"e recoil sprin% and recoil sprin% %uide into t"e slide recoil sprin% "ousin%! At t"e sa e ti e$ co press t"e recoil sprin% and lo#er t"e sprin% %uide until it is full6 seated onto t"e loc8in% bloc8 cuta#a6! Use t"e left "and to %rasp t"e slide and barrel asse bl6$ si%"ts up$ and #rap t"e fin%ers around t"e slide asse bl6 to "old t"e recoil sprin% and %uide in place! Ali%n t"e slide asse bl6 %uide rails onto t"e receiver asse bl6 %uide rails! &us" t"e slide rear#ard #"ile pus"in% up on t"e slide stop #it" t"e t"u b! <oc8 t"e slide to t"e rear #"ile aintainin% up#ard pressure on t"e slide stop! Rotate t"e disasse bl6 lever up#ard! <isten for a clic8$ an audible clic8 indicates a positive loc8! Pistol Ma+aCine Re-assem9l.<& and a %eneral purpose brus"! a%aCine sprin%$ floorplate retainer$ and floorplate clean #it" a clot"! Appl6 a li%"t coat of .lean t"e t"e a%aCine tube and follo#er #it" .tion Do not allo# t"e "a er to fall #it" full force b6 pullin% t"e tri%%er #"en t"e slide is re oved! T"is can da a%e t"e receiver and "a er! Ma+aCine .Ca. To re2asse ble t"e a%aCineI >rip t"e a%aCine fir l6 in t"e left "and #it" t"e floorplate end up and t"e countin% "oles facin% t"e Marine! Insert t"e follo#er into t"e a%aCine so t"e flat end of t"e follo#er is a%ainst t"e flat end of t"e a%aCine! Ensure t"e floorplate retainer is attac"ed to t"e first curve of t"e botto (old t"e sprin% upri%"t #it" t"e ri%"t "and and insert t"e sprin% into t"e coil! a%aCine tube so t"at t"e .<&! Pistol Re-assem9l.

n(tion Che(k A safet6Bfunction c"ec8 is perfor ed after reasse blin% t"e M9 service pistol! &erfor follo#in% steps to ensure t"e pistol is operational: Ensure t"ere is no a unition in t"e c"a ber of t"e pistol! t"e Ensure t"at t"e safet6 is in t"e safe position$ t"en depress t"e slide stop$ allo#in% t"e slide to return full6 for#ard! At t"e sa e ti e$ t"e "a er s"ould fall to t"e full for#ard position! &ull and release t"e tri%%er! T"e firin% pin bloc8 s"ould not ove! &lace t"e safet6 in t"e fire position! &ull t"e tri%%er to c"ec8 t"e double action! T"e "a er s"ould coc8 and fall! ove up and do#n but t"e "a er s"ould &ull t"e tri%%er a%ain and "old it to t"e rear! Use t"e fin%ers and t"u b of t"e left "and to %rasp t"e serrated sides of t"e slide Aust for#ard of t"e safet6! &ull t"e slide to its rear ost position and release it #"ile "oldin% t"e tri%%er to t"e rear! Release t"e tri%%er$ a clic8 s"ould be "eard and t"e "a er s"ould not fall! &ull t"e tri%%er to c"ec8 t"e sin%le action! T"e "a position! er s"ould fall! &lace t"e safet6 in t"e safe If t"e safet6Bfunction c"ec8 does not indicate an operational pistol$ t"e Marine ta8es t"e pistol to or%aniCational aintenance or t"e ne7t aut"oriCed repair level! User Ser'i(ea9ilit.flat end of t"e floorplate retainer is a%ainst t"e flat end of t"e a%aCine! &us" t"e a%aCine sprin% and floorplate retainer do#n #it" t"e ri%"t "and and "old it in place #it" t"e t"u b of t"e left "and! Use t"e ri%"t "and to slide t"e floorplate over t"e side #alls of t"e a%aCine until full6 seated$ #"ic" is indicated b6 an audible clic8! Sa-et. $nspe(tion T"e Marine is responsible for perfor in% a user serviceabilit6 inspection on t"e pistol prior to live fire! T"e user serviceabilit6 inspection ensures t"e pistol is in an acceptable operatin% condition! T"is inspection is not intended to replace t"e detailed pistol co ponents inspection follo#in% disasse bl6 or t"e li ited tec"nical inspection or pre2fire inspection conducted b6 a +ualified ar orer! To conduct a user serviceabilit6 inspection on t"e pistol$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps: Ensure t"e a%aCine release button is on t"e left side of t"e pistol for a ri%"t2"anded Marine$ t"e ri%"t side of t"e pistol for a left2"anded Marine! Ensure t"e out! a%aCine seats into t"e a%aCine #ell #"en it is inserted and t"at it cannot be pulled a%aCine Ensure t"e slide sta6s loc8ed to t"e rear #"en t"e slide is pulled rear#ard #it" an e pt6 in t"e pistol! Ensure t"e a%aCine falls out freel6 #"en t"e a%aCine release button is depressed! .<F.

t"erefore$ 8eep t"e pistol covered #"enever possible! .lean and lubricate t"e pistol inside at roo aintenance is perfor ed: te perature$ if possible! Appl6 a li%"t coat of lubricant$ arctic #eat"er :<A-.o bat situations can place Marines in a variet6 of adverse conditions! T"erefore$ t"e M9 service pistol ust be aintained properl6 to ensure its continued operation! E=treme Cold In e7tre e cold conditions$ ensure t"at t"e follo#in% . to all functional parts! Al#a6s 8eep t"e pistol dr6! Eeep t"e pistol covered #"en ovin% fro t"e pistol and prevents freeCin%! a #ar to a cold area! T"is per it %radual coolin% of Ensure t"at a "ot pistol is not placed in sno# or on ice! Eeep sno# out of t"e bore of t"e barrel! If sno# s"ould enter t"e bore$ use a s#ab and cleanin% rod to clean t"e bore before firin%! *otD et Climates ust be per for ed ore fre+uentl6: Maintenance in "ot$ #et cli ates Inspect "idden surfaces for corrosion! If corrosion is found$ clean and lubricate! Re ove "andprints #it" a clean clot" in order to prevent corrosion! Dr6 t"e pistol #it" a clot" and lubricate it #it" . Climates In a "ot$ dr6 cli ate$ dust and sand can cause stoppa%es and e7cessive #ear on co ponent contact surfaces durin% firin%.<&! .orrosion is less li8el6 to for on etal parts in a dr6 cli ate! T"erefore$ li%"tl6 lubricate internal #or8in% surfaces #it" .<& and #ipe dr6 #it" a clean clot"! If necessar6$ clean a unition #it" a dr6 clot"! *otD !r.<&! Do not lubricate e7ternal parts of t"e pistol! -ipe e7cess lubricant fro ."ec8 a unition and a%aCines fre+uentl6 for corrosion! Disasse ble and clean t"e a%aCines #it" .Repeat t"e precedin% four steps #it" t"e second a%aCine! Ensure t"e slide is loc8ed to t"e rear before lubricatin% t"e sprin% %uide$ t"e top of t"e barrel Aust for#ard of t"e front si%"t$ and t"e %uide rails of t"e slide asse bl6 be"ind t"e safet6! -it" t"e uCCle pointed do#n#ard$ #or8 t"e slide several ti es and release! Inspect t"e pistolGs e7ternal parts visuall6 to ensure t"at t"ere are no crac8s or e7cessive #ear! &erfor a safet6Bfunction c"ec8 of t"e pistol! Pistol Maintenan(e in 5d'erse Conditions .

M9$ t"en #as" t"e pistol #it" fres" #ater! Return to: Top !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Main Menu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sub Menu C*5PTER ) E5PO#S *5#!6$#/ CO#TE#TS" Safet6 Rules ! ! ! ! -eapons .s Conditions If t"e pistol co es into contact #it" salt #ater$ clean t"e pistol as soon as possible! If ti e does not per it cleanin% in accordance #it" Tec"nical Manual :TM. 9mm.o ands ! ! ! ! <oadin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Ma8in% t"e &istol Read6 ! ! ! ! 'ire ! ! ! ! . Rain and Fordin+ Operations T"e follo#in% operations: a%aCine! aintenance procedures are follo#ed durin% periods of "eav6 rains or durin% fordin% Al#a6s atte pt to 8eep t"e pistol dr6! Drain an6 #ater fro t"e barrel prior to firin%! Dr6 t"e bore #it" a s#ab and cleanin% rod! >enerousl6 lubricate internal and e7ternal surfaces of t"e pistol #it" .onditions ! ! ! ! Deter inin% a -eaponDs .e7posed surfaces! Do not lubricate internal co ponents of t"e *ea'."a ber ."ec8 ! ! ! ! -eapons .onductin% a ."ec8in% t"e Round Indicator ! ! ! ! .<&! 5mphi9io. Pistol Semiautomatic.ondition ! ! ! ! . 3//5A23/B3$ Operator’s Manual.

les T"e follo#in% safet6 rules are t"e foundation for responsible #eapons "andlin%! T"e6 observed at all ti es$ bot" in trainin% and co bat! R. R.lear Transfer ! ! ! ! . do not intend to shoot.lear ! ! ! ! E pt6in% t"e Ma%aCine ! ! ! ! 'illin% t"e Ma%aCine ! ! ! ! Reloadin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Dr6 Reload ! ! ! ! . 7eapon as i..ondition 3 Reload ! ! ! ! Reloadin% . T"is rule enforces t"e i portance of tar%et! uCCle a#areness and reinforces positive identification of t"e ust be .ondition Un8no#n Transfer ! ! ! ! Chapter ).arries ! ! ! ! Alert ! ! ! ! Read6 ! ! ! ! -eapons Transports ! ! ! ! (olster Transport ! ! ! ! Ad inistrative Transport ! ! ! ! .le 1" Treat e'er.le )" #e'er point a 7eapon at an.onsiderations ! ! ! ! Re edial Action ! ! ! ! Stoppa%e ! ! ! ! Malfunction ! ! ! ! Re edial Action ! ! ! ! Audible &op or Reduced Recoil ! ! ! ! -eapons .ease 'ire ! ! ! ! Unloadin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! Unloadin% and S"o#in% t"e &istol . eapons *andlin+ -eapons "andlin% is a et"od of providin% consistent and standardiCed procedures for "andlin%$ operatin%$ and e plo6in% t"e M9 service pistol! Understandin% and appl6in% t"e principles of #eapons "andlin% are critical to developin% safe and consistent #eapons s8ills! Strict ad"erence to trainin% and dili%ent practice #ill a8e #eapons "andlin% instinctive! Mission acco plis" ent and survival durin% co bat depend on a MarineGs abilit6 to react instinctivel6 and #it" confidence! Note: T"e procedures in t"is c"apter are #ritten for ri%"t2"anded Marines.thin+ .o bat Mindset ! ! ! ! &"6sical and Mental &reparation ! ! ! ! T"reat <evels ! ! ! ! Transferrin% t"e &istol ! ! ! ! S"o# .o.it 7ere loaded. T"is rule is intended to prevent unintentional inAur6 to personnel or da a%e to propert6 fro "andlin% or transferrin% possession of a #eapon! R. left2"anded Marines s"ould reverse directions as needed! Sa-et.

Ma%aCine re oved$ c"a ber e pt6$ slide for#ard$ and safet6 on! !eterminin+ a eapon>s Condition T"ere are t#o et"ods for deter inin% t"e pistolGs condition: c"ec8in% t"e round indicator on t"e ri%"t side of t"e pistol and conductin% a c"a ber c"ec8! Che(kin+ the Ro. T"is rule enforces t"e use of t"e #eaponGs o#n safet6 feature and reinforces positive identification of t"e tar%et! eapons Conditions T"e M9 service pistolGs level of readiness is defined b6 t"ree specific conditions! T"e steps in t"e loadin% and unloadin% process ta8e t"e pistol t"rou%" t"e specific conditions t"at indicate t"e pistolGs readiness for live fire! T"e Marine ust understand and 8no# t"e condition of "is pistol at all ti es! Condition 1. to -ire.ntil .o..23! Cond.(tin+ a Cham9er Che(k To conduct a c"a ber c"ec8I &oint t"e pistol in a safe direction and %rasp t"e pistol %rip #it" t"e ri%"t "and! .r -in+er strai+ht and o-.! T"is rule also reinforces positive identification of t"e tar%et! R. Ma%aCine inserted$ round in c"a ber$ slide for#ard$ and safet6 on! Condition ). intend to -ire. Not applicable to t"e M9 service pistol! Condition 3.le 3" Eeep . are read.o.the tri++er . Ma%aCine inserted$ c"a ber e pt6$ slide for#ard$ and safet6 on! Condition .le .o." Eeep 7eapon on sa-e .ntil .R. T"is rule is intended to ini iCe t"e ris8 of firin% t"e #eapon ne%li%entl6 :#"en not firin%$ t"e tri%%er fin%er is strai%"t alon% t"e receiver$ outside of t"e tri%%er %uard.nd $ndi(ator -"en t"ere is a round in t"e c"a ber$ t"e upper surface of t"e e7tractor protrudes fro t"e ri%"t side of t"e slide! T"e protrusion can be felt b6 slidin% eit"er t"e t"u b or t"e inde7 fin%er of t"e left "and over t"e top of t"e slide and across t"e e7tractor! See fi%ure .

the 6e-t *and.20 ! Fi+.re )-).Fi+. Cham9er Che(k. Che(kin+ the Ro. Pla(ement o. Ca. &lace t"e tri%%er %uard in t"e pal of t"e left "and! Use t"e t"u b and inde7 fin%er to %rasp t"e for#ard end of t"e slide at t"e indentations under t"e front si%"t$ be"ind t"e uCCle! See fi%ure . .! Fi+.! &"6sicall6 c"ec8 for a round b6 insertin% a fin%er of t"e ri%"t "and into t"e c"a ber area! See fi%ure .re )-3.2.nd $ndi(ator.tion Ensure t"e uCCle does not cover t"e "and or fin%ers! Eeep t"u b in place around t"e pistolGs bac8 strap and rotate fin%ers of t"e ri%"t "and over t"e top of t"e slide in front of t"e rear si%"t! &ull t"e slide to t"e rear b6 pus"in% for#ard #it" t"e ri%"t t"u b and pullin% bac8 on t"e rear si%"t #it" t"e fin%ers! Use t"e left "and to stead6 t"e pistol and to assist in pullin% t"e slide to t"e rear! Use t"e ri%"t "and to "old t"e slide to t"e rear :Aust enou%" to visuall6 inspect t"e c"a ber for a round.re )-1.

ondition ? to .ondition 0! .ondition ? to .tion &ullin% t"e slide too far to t"e rear #"ile inspectin% t"e c"a ber eAection of a round! a6 cause a double feed or t"e Re ove t"e fin%er fro t"e c"a ber and release tension on bot" "ands to allo# t"e slide to %o for#ard! Ensure t"at t"e slide is all t"e #a6 for#ard! eapons Commands -eapons co ands direct t"e Marine to safel6 load$ unload$ and e plo6 t"e M9 service pistol! Si7 co ands are used in #eapons "andlin%: J LoadK T"is co and is used to ta8e a #eapon fro .ondition ?! 6oadin+ the Pistol &erfor t"e follo#in% steps to load t"e pistol :ta8e t"e pistol fro . t"erefore$ t"e Marine #ill "ave to rel6 on t"e p"6sical c"ec8 #it" t"e fin%er to deter ine if a round is in t"e c"a ber! Ca.Note: At ni%"t or in lo# li%"t conditions$ t"e MarineGs visibilit6 is reduced.ondition 0.ondition 3! J Make ReadyK T"is co and is used to ta8e a #eapon fro JFireK T"is co and is used to en%a%e tar%ets! J ease FireK T"is co and is used to cease tar%et en%a%e ent! J !nloadK T"is co and is used to ta8e a #eapon fro an6 condition to . Sho" learK T"is co and is used to re+uire a second individual to c"ec8 t"e #eapon to verif6 t"at no a unition is present before t"e #eapon is put into .ondition 0 to .ondition ?! J !nload.: Ensure t"e pistol is on safe! Use t"e ri%"t "and to %rip t"e pistol %rip fir l6! Ensure t"at t"e pistol is pointed in a safe direction$ brin% t"e tri%%er %uard to t"e ri%"t of e6e level and cant t"e pistol so t"e a%aCine #ell faces inboard at appro7i atel6 a ?52de%ree an%le to t"e dec8! Dra# t"e ri%"t elbo# in to facilitate control of t"e pistol! .

. Makin+ the Pistol Read. $nde=in+ the Ma+aCine.Use t"e left "and to re ove a filled a%aCine fro t"e a unition poc8et! Inde7 t"e slidin% t"e inde7 fin%er alon% t"e for#ard ed%e of t"e a%aCine! See fi%ure .. Seatin+ the Ma+aCine.re )-0.re )-.25! Fi+. Insert t"e filled a%aCine into t"e a%aCine #ell b6 %uidin% it #it" t"e inde7 fin%er and$ #it" t"e fin%ers e7tended$ pus"in% it in #it" t"e "eel of t"e "and until it is full6 seated! Do not relin+uis" contact #it" t"e a%aCine until it is full6 seated! See fi%ure .2?! a%aCine b6 Fi+.

. Release t"e slide$ t"is strips a round fro for#ard! Ensure t"e pistol re ains on safe! .tion Ensure t"e uCCle does not cover t"e "and or fin%ers! &ull t"e slide to its rear ost position b6 pus"in% for#ard #it" t"e ri%"t "and #"ile pullin% bac8 on t"e slide #it" t"e left "and! Fi+. /raspin+ the Slide to Make Read.ondition 3: 'ir l6 %rip t"e pistol %rip #it" t"e ri%"t "and! Ensure t"at t"e pistol is pointed in a safe direction and t"e slide is in its for#ard position! Rotate t"e a%aCine #ell outboard to facilitate pullin% t"e slide to t"e rear! -it" t"e fin%ers and t"u b of t"e left "and$ %rasp t"e serrated sides of t"e slide Aust for#ard of t"e safet6! See fi%ure .2 H! Ca.&erfor t"e follo#in% steps to ta8e t"e pistol fro .re )-1.ondition 0 to .onduct a c"a ber c"ec8 to ensure a round is in t"e c"a ber! t"e a%aCine and c"a bers it as t"e slide oves .

ondition ?: Use t"e ri%"t "and to %rip t"e pistol fir l6! Ensure t"at t"e pistol is on safe! Rotate t"e pistol so t"e a%aCine #ell is pointed inboard and an%led do#n! ust allo# t"e a%aCine to fall freel6 fro a%aCine fro t"e #ell once t"e a%aCine Note: T"e an%le of t"e a%aCine #ell a%aCine release button is en%a%ed! Depress t"e a%aCine release button to re ove t"e #it" t"e left "and and retain it! t"e pistol! .Note: A c"a ber c"ec8 Fire &erfor a6 be conducted at an6 ti e to c"ec8 t"e pistolGs condition! t"e follo#in% steps to fire t"e pistol: Eeep tri%%er fin%er strai%"t and use t"e ri%"t t"u b to ta8e t"e pistol off safe! &lace t"e tri%%er fin%er on t"e tri%%er and appl6 pressure to t"e tri%%er until t"e s"ot is fired! Cease Fire &erfor t"e follo#in% steps to e7ecute a cease fire of t"e pistol: t"e tri%%er and place it strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! Re ove t"e fin%er fro &lace t"e pistol on safe #it"out brea8in% t"e %rip of t"e ri%"t "and! Assu e a carr6 or transport position! Unloadin+ the Pistol &erfor t"e follo#in% steps to ta8e t"e pistol fro an6 condition to .atc" t"e &us" up#ard on t"e slide stop #it" t"e ri%"t t"u b and t"e c"a ber is outboard! aintain pressure! Rotate t"e #eapon so .

Cat(hin+ the E:e(ted Ro.ondition ?! See fi%ure .nd.21! Fi+. Rotate t"e pistol so t"e inside of t"e c"a ber can be seen! )isuall6 inspect t"e c"a ber to ensure it is e pt6! &ress t"e slide stop to release t"e slide and observe it %oin% for#ard on an e pt6 c"a ber! Unloadin+ and Sho7in+ the Pistol Clear &erfor t"e follo#in% steps to ta8e t"e pistol fro an6 condition to .re )-4.re )-2.Note: A left2"anded Marine pus"es up#ard on t"e slide stop #it" t"e left inde7 fin%er! Reac" over t"e top of t"e pistol #it" t"e left "and and %rasp t"e slide serrations #it" t"e t"u b and inde7 fin%er! T"e left "and s"ould partiall6 cover t"e eAection port so it is positioned to catc" an eAected round! &oint t"e pistol in a safe direction and full6 retract t"e slide and loc8 it to t"e rear! At t"e sa e ti e$ catc" t"e eAected round #it" t"e left "and! See fi%ure . Use t"e ri%"t "and to %rip t"e pistol fir l6! Ensure t"at t"e pistol is on safe! Rotate t"e pistol so t"e a%aCine #ell is pointed inboard and an%led do#n! . UnloadD Sho7 Clear.24! Fi+.

Note: T"e an%le of t"e a%aCine #ell a%aCine release button is en%a%ed! ust allo# t"e a%aCine to fall freel6 fro a%aCine fro t"e #ell once t"e a%aCine Depress t"e a%aCine release button to re ove t"e #it" t"e left "and and retain it! t"e pistol! .in+ the Ma+aCine Once t"e pistol is unloaded$ t"e pistol a%aCine can be e ptied of a a%aCine$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps: (old t"e a%aCine upri%"t #it" t"e bac8 of t"e unition! To e pt6 t"e of t"e "and! unition is present$ and t"e a%aCine is re oved! a%aCine tube a%ainst t"e pal &us" t"e top round for#ard #it" t"e t"u b and catc" it #it" t"e ot"er "and as it is re oved! Repeat until t"e a%aCine is e pt6! Fillin+ the Ma+aCine &rior to loadin% t"e pistol$ t"e pistol a%aCine ust be filled #it" t"e prescribed nu ber of rounds of a unition! See fi%ure .atc" t"e &us" up#ard on t"e slide stop #it" t"e ri%"t t"u b and t"e c"a ber is outboard! aintain pressure! Rotate t"e #eapon so Note: A left2"anded Marine pus"es up#ard on t"e slide stop #it" t"e left inde7 fin%er! Reac" over t"e top of t"e pistol #it" t"e left "and and %rasp t"e slide serrations #it" t"e t"u b and inde7 fin%er! T"e left "and s"ould partiall6 cover t"e eAection port so it is positioned to catc" an eAected round! &oint t"e pistol in a safe direction and full6 retract slide and loc8 it to t"e rear! At t"e sa e ti e$ catc" t"e eAected round #it" t"e left "and! Rotate t"e pistol so t"e inside of t"e c"a ber can be seen! )isuall6 inspect t"e c"a ber to ensure it is e pt6! Brin% t"e pistol to t"e ad inistrative transport and "ave anot"er Marine visuall6 inspect t"e c"a ber to ensure t"atI T"e c"a ber is e pt6$ no a T"e pistol is on safe! Ac8no#led%e t"at t"e pistol is clear! &ress t"e slide stop to release t"e slide and observe it %oin% for#ard on an e pt6 c"a ber! Empt.29! To fill t"e a%aCine$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps: .

Fillin+ the Ma+aCine.5mm. Pistol Ran !r.re )-&.nition.Fi+. on t"e follo#er in front of t"e &ress do#n on t"e round and slide t"e round co pletel6 bac8 under t"e lips! T"e t"u b or fin%er a6 pus" do#n on t"e bac8 of t"e round to assist ove ent! T"e base of t"e round s"ould be flus" #it" t"e bac8 of t"e a%aCine! Repeat t"is procedure until t"e a%aCine is filled #it" t"e appropriate nu ber of rounds! (oles on t"e bac8 of t"e a%aCine allo# t"e visual countin% of rounds in five2round incre ents! Reloadin+ the Pistol T"e MarineGs abilit6 to reload t"e pistol +uic8l6 i proves "is c"ance for success on t"e battlefield! !r. (old t"e a%aCine #it" t"e bac8 of t"e a%aCine a%ainst t"e pal of t"e "and and t"e follo#er up! a%aCine lips! Use t"e ot"er "and to place a round :pri er end first. t"e tri%%er fin%er is ta8en out of t"e tri%%er %uard and placed strai%"t alon% t"e side of t"e receiver! Fi+.re )-10.23/! &erfor t"e follo#in% steps to conduct a dr6 reload #it" t"e slide loc8ed to t"e rear: Note: T"e pistol is not placed on safe durin% a dr6 reload. Reload A dr6 reload is conducted #"en t"e pistol runs out of a unition durin% en%a%e ent and t"e slide loc8s to t"e rear! See fi%ure . See8 cover if t"e situation per its! Retain t"e firin% %rip #it" t"e ri%"t "and and pull t"e pistol in close to t"e bod6 to facilitate control! Brin% t"e tri%%er %uard to t"e ri%"t of e6e level and cant t"e pistol so t"e a%aCine #ell is facin% . o.

nition Po(ket.re )-1).re )-11.230! Fi+. >rasp t"e a%aCine b6 curlin% t"e iddle fin%er and t"u b of t"e left "and around t"e base of t"e a%aCine$ #it" t"e inde7 fin%er strai%"t alon% t"e a unition poc8et! See fi%ure . Brin+ the Pistol To7ard the Bod. /raspin+ the Ma+aCine.! Note: T"e pri ar6 obAective durin% a dr6 reload is to %et t"e pistol bac8 in action as +uic8l6 as possible! 'ollo#in% en%a%e ent$ retrieve t"e a%aCine before ovin%! Fi+.233! Fi+. . &ress t"e a%aCine release button and let t"e e pt6 a%aCine fall to t"e dec8! At t"e sa e ti e$ unfasten t"e a unition poc8et to #it"dra# a filled a%aCine! See fi%ure . Release Ma+aCine and Un-asten 5mm.inboard at appro7i atel6 a ?5de%ree an%le to t"e dec8! See fi%ure .re )-13.23..

. Rotate t"e "and up so t"e >lance +uic8l6 at t"e a%aCine is ali%ned #it" t"e a%aCine #ell! a%aCine #ell :see fi%! . a%aCine$ do Brin% t"e e6es bac8 on tar%et at t"e sa e ti e as t"e "eel of t"e left "and seats t"e not relin+uis" contact #it" t"e a%aCine! See fi%ure .235. /lan(e at the Ma+aCine ell. Roll bot" "ands in#ard to establis" a t#o "anded %rip and press t"e slide release #it" t"e left t"u b to allo# t"e slide to ove for#ard$ c"a berin% t"e first round$ and present t"e pistol to t"e .23?! t"e poc8et$ t"e inde7 fin%er s"ould Fi+. $nde=in+ the Ma+aCine. Seatin+ the Ma+aCine.re )-11.23H! Fi+.! a%aCine #ell$ insert t"e a%aCine into t"e Fi+.re )-10.re )-1.Inde7 t"e a%aCine: as t"e a%aCine is bein% #it"dra#n fro be alon% t"e front of t"e a%aCine! See fi%ure .

re )-12.239! a%aCine and . Present Pistol Ba(k to Tar+et.234! Note: A left2"anded Marine presses t"e slide release #it" "is tri%%er fin%er! Fi+.tar%et! See fi%ure . Condition 1 Reload In a .re )-14. Fa(ilitatin+ Control o.231! Fi+.Pistol. -it"dra# a filled a%aCine fro t"e a unition poc8et #it" t"e left "and! Inde7 t"e brin% it up to t"e left of e6e level! See fi%ure .ondition 3 reloadI Retain t"e firin% %rip #it" t"e ri%"t "and and pull t"e pistol in close to t"e bod6 to facilitate control! Eeep t"e pistol pointed in t"e direction of t"e li8el6 t"reat! See fi%ure .ondition 3 reload is perfor ed #"en t"ere is a lull in t"e action or #"enever dee ed necessar6 b6 t"e Marine! To perfor a .ondition 3 reload$ a partiall62filled a%aCine is re oved fro t"e pistol and replaced #it" a full6 filled a%aCine! A .

Fi+.re )-)1.2. /raspin+ a Filled Ma+aCine. Slide t"e inde7 fin%er to t"e side of t"e iddle fin%ers! See fi%ure . Insert t"e filled a%aCine into t"e a%aCine #ell :see fi%! ./! a%aCine to %rasp t"e a%aCine bet#een t"e inde7 and Fi+..2.3! Fi+.2. Remo'in+ a Partiall.. ithdra7in+ and $nde=in+ a Filled Ma+aCine.! .-Filled Ma+aCine. Raise t"e pistol and brin% t"e tri%%er %uard to t"e ri%"t of e6e level and cant t"e pistol so t"at t"e a%aCine #ell is facin% inboard at appro7i atel6 a ?52de%ree an%le to t"e dec8! Note: T"e an%le of t"e a%aCine #ell a%aCine release button is en%a%ed! ust allo# t"e a%aCine to fall freel6 fro t"e #ell once t"e &ress t"e a%aCine release button #it" t"e ri%"t t"u b to eAect t"e partiall62filled a%aCine fro t"e a%aCine #ell! >rasp t"e a%aCine bet#een t"e inde7 fin%er and t"u b! See fi%ure .re )-)0.re )-1&.

<o#er t"e pistol and point it in t"e direction of t"e li8el6 t"reat! If ti e per its$ e7a ine t"e partiall62filled Sto# t"e partiall62filled a%aCine in t"e a Reloadin+ Considerations If possible$ ta8e cover before reloadin%! Al#a6s reload before leavin% cover to ta8e advanta%e of t"e protection! -"en reloadin%$ t"e first priorit6 is to reload t"e pistol +uic8l6 so t"at it is read6 to fire! Durin% a reload$ t"e Marine focuses on reloadin% onl6I not on t"e ene 6! T"e ne7t priorit6 is for t"e Marine to retain t"e a%aCine durin% t"e reload! (o#ever$ t"e co bat situation a6 dictate droppin% t"e a%aCine to t"e dec8 #"en perfor in% a reload :i!e!$ dr6 reload.$ t"e Marine pic8s t"e a%aCine up or secures t"e a%aCine :e!%!$ a unition poc8et$ fla8 Aac8et. e!%!$ t"e slide not ovin% for#ard co pletel6! A stoppa%e is nor all6 discovered #"en t"e pistol #ill not fire! Most stoppa%es a%aCine to deter ine t"e nu ber of rounds re ainin%! unition poc8et for later use! .0. before ovin% to anot"er location! Remedial 5(tion T"e M9 service pistol is an effective and e7tre el6 reliable #eapon! &roper care and preventive aintenance usuall6 ensures t"e pistolGs serviceabilit6! (o#ever$ stoppa%es$ #"ile infre+uent$ do occur! To 8eep t"e pistol in action$ stoppa%es ust be cleared as +uic8l6 as possible t"rou%" re edial action! A alfunction cannot be corrected t"rou%" re edial action b6 t"e Marine! Stoppa+e A stoppa%e is an unintentional interruption in t"e c6cle of operation. $nsertin+ a Filled Ma+aCine.re )-)).re )-)3.Fi+. Seatin+ a Filled Ma+aCine.2.! If ti e per its :i!e!$ . Use t"e "eel of t"e "and to ensure it is full6 seated :see fi%! .ondition 3 reload.! Fi+.

? on pa%e .can be prevented b6 proper care$ cleanin%$ and lubrication of t"e pistol! Man6 stoppa%es of t"e M9 service pistol are caused b6 s"ooter error! T"e Marine ust be a#are of s"ooter2induced stoppa%es in order to avoid t"e or to +uic8l6 identif6 and correct t"e stoppa%e and return t"e pistol to action! In a s"ooter2induced stoppa%e$ t"e MarineI 'ails to a8e read6! 'ails to ta8e t"e pistol off safe prior to firin%! En%a%es safet6 #"ile firin%! En%a%es a%aCine release button #"ile firin%! En%a%es slide stop #"ile firin% :particularl6 prevalent #"en firin% #it" an Isosceles %rip. t"at can be perfor ed to clear all or even ost of t"e stoppa%es t"at can occur #it" t"e M9 service pistol! T"erefore$ re edial action re+uires investi%atin% t"e cause of t"e stoppa%e$ clearin% t"e stoppa%e$ and returnin% t"e pistol to operation! -"en perfor in% re edial action$ t"e Marine s"ould see8 cover if t"e tactical situation per its! Once a pistol ceases to fire$ t"e Marine ust visuall6 or p"6sicall6 observe t"e pistol to identif6 t"e proble before it can be cleared: Note: T"e steps ta8en to clear t"e pistol are based on #"at is observed! Re ove t"e fin%er fro t"e tri%%er and place it strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! Brin% t"e pistol in close to t"e bod6 and in a position to observe t"e c"a ber! &ull t"e slide to t"e rear #"ile observin% t"e c"a ber area to identif6 t"e stoppa%e! See fi%ure .23?! Note: Ensure t"e pistol does not ove to safe #"en pullin% t"e slide to t"e rear! .! 'ails to reset t"e tri%%er! 'ails to reco%niCe t"e pistol "as run dr6 and t"e slide "as loc8ed to t"e rear! Mal-.2.n(tion A alfunction is a failure of t"e pistol to fire satisfactoril6 or to perfor as desi%ned :e!%!$ a bro8en front si%"t t"at does not affect t"e functionin% of t"e pistol.! A alfunction does not necessaril6 cause an interruption in t"e c6cle of operation! -"en a alfunction occurs$ t"e pistol ust be repaired b6 an ar orer! Remedial 5(tion T"ere is no one set of procedures :i!e!$ i ediate action.

Ro.Fi+.orrect t"e stoppa%e: If t"ere is a round in t"e a%aCine but not in t"e c"a ber :see fi%! .re )-)0.H! If t"ere is no round in t"e a%aCine is tapped to seat it a%aCine or c"a ber$ a reload is conducted! See fi%ure .2.5.2. O9ser'in+ Cham9er.$ t"e slide is released and a round is observed bein% c"a bered! Fi+. If a round bein% c"a bered is not observed$ t"e botto of t"e properl6$ and t"e slide is rac8ed to t"e rear! See fi%ure . ..nd in Ma+aCine 9. Ro. .nd #ot Bein+ Cham9ered.2.re )-)1.re )-).t #ot in Cham9er.4! Fi+.

the propellant is i+nited.nd in Ma+aCine or Cham9er. red.(ed Re(oil 5R#$#/ hen an a. a portion o.(ed re(oil and the pistol 7ill not (. e=(essi'e smoke es(apin+ -rom the (ham9er area. SometimesD it is a((ompanied 9.nless he is in a (om9at en'ironment. identi-ia9le 9.di9le Pop or Red.di9le pop o((.rs 7hen onl.(le. instead$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps: Re ove t"e fin%er fro t"e tri%%er and place it strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! ediatel6! Do not &oint t"e pistol do#n ran%e! &lace t"e pistol on safe! Raise a "and to receive assistance fro Combat Environment T"e tactical situation a6 dictate correction of an audible pop or reduced recoil! To clear t"e pistol$ perfor t"e follo#in% steps: Re ove t"e fin%er fro t"e tri%%er and place it strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! available ran%e personnel! See8 cover if t"e tactical situation per its! Unload t"e pistol$ but leave t"e slide loc8ed to t"e rear! Insert so et"in% into t"e bore and clear t"e obstruction! Observe t"e barrel for crac8s or bul%es! Reload t"e pistol! eapons Carries As t"e t"reat level increases$ so s"ould t"e MarineGs readiness for en%a%e ent! -eapons carries are desi%ned to place t"e Marine in a state of increased readiness as t"e t"reat level increases! T"ere are t#o carries #it" t"e pistol: t"e Alert and t"e Read6! T"e carries per it +uic8 en%a%e ent #"en necessar6! . $t is normall. 'ire t"e pistol! 5.Fi+. #raining Environment If an audible pop or reduced recoil is e7perienced durin% firin%$ cease fire i appl6 re edial action.di9le pop or red.(ed re(oil is e=perien(edD the Marine !OES #OT per-orm remedial a(tion .re )-)2. #o Ro. 5n a.

1! T"e Marine perfor s t"e follo#in% steps to assu e t"e Alert: Fi+.: inent! T"e Marine . Read.arters.re )-)4.2. 5lert?Close F.2.9! T"e uCCle of t"e pistol is pointed in t"e li8el6 direction of t"e t"reat! Fi+. Ensure t"e pistol is on safe! >rasp t"e pistol %rip fir l6 #it" t#o "ands! T"e tri%%er fin%er is strai%"t and t"e ri%"t t"u b is on t"e safet6 and in a position to operate it! E7tend t"e ar s do#n at appro7i atel6 a ?5de%ree an%le to t"e bod6 or bend t"e elbo#s! See fi%ure .20/. T"e Read6 is used #"en t"ere is no tar%et$ but contact #it" t"e ene 6 is i perfor s t"e follo#in% steps to assu e t"e Read6 :see fi%! .re )-)&. 5lert.5lert T"e Alert is used #"en ene 6 contact is li8el6 :probable.! See fi%ure .

eapons Transports T"e M9 service pistol is transported in eit"er t"e "olster transport or t"e ad inistrative transport! *olster Transport T"e "olster transport is t"e ost co on et"od of carr6in% t"e pistol because it can be transported safel6 in t"e "olster! T"is transport is used #"en t"ere is no i ediate t"reat :ene 6 contact is re ote. Read.re the pistol is pointed in a sa-e dire(tion at all times and does not (o'er an. part othe 9od..re )-30.! See fi%ure . . 7hile holsterin+.Ensure t"e pistol is on safe! >rasp t"e pistol fir l6 #it" t#o "ands! T"e tri%%er fin%er is strai%"t and t"e ri%"t t"u b is on t"e safet6 and in a position to operate it! E7tend ar s and raise t"e pistol to Aust belo# e6e level so a clear field of vie# is &oint t"e uCCle of t"e pistol in t"e direction of ene 6 contact! aintained! Fi+.203! To transport t"e pistol in t"e "olster: &oint t"e pistol in a safe direction! 5R#$#/ Ens.

re )-31.re )-3). Ensure t"at t"e safet6 is on$ t"e slide is for #ard$ and t"e tri%%er fin%er is strai%"t! Use t"e ri%"t "and to fir l6 %rip t"e pistol %rip and place t"e pistol in t"e "olster: <ift t"e flap of t"e "olster #it" t"e left "and! <oo8 do#n at t"e "olster$ brin% t"e pistol bac8 to a position above t"e "olster$ and rotate t"e uCCle do#n into t"e "olster! &us" t"e pistol snu%l6 into t"e "olster and fasten t"e flap #it" t"e ri%"t "and! 5dministrati'e Transport T"e ad inistrative transport is used to transport t"e pistol #"en t"e Marine does not "ave a "olster! See fi%ure . .Fi+. *olster Transport.20.! T"e Marine perfor s t"e follo#in% steps to assu e t"e ad inistrative transport: Establis" a fir %rip around t"e pistol %rip #it" t"e ri%"t "and! Fi+. 5dministrati'e Transport.

Ensure t"e pistol is on safe$ t"e a%aCine is re oved$ t"e slide is loc8ed to t"e rear$ and t"e tri%%er fin%er is strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! Bend t"e elbo# to appro7i atel6 a ?52de%ree an%le so t"e pistol is positioned near s"oulder level! T"e #rist s"ould be strai%"t so t"e pistolGs uCCle points up! Com9at Mindset In a co bat environ ent$ t"e Marine ust be constantl6 prepared to en%a%e tar%ets! -"en a tar%et presents itself$ t"ere a6 be little ti e to react! T"e tar%et ust be en%a%ed +uic8l6 and accuratel6! It is not enou%" to si pl6 8no# ar8s ans"ip tec"ni+ues$ t"e Marine ust be able to react instinctivel6! T"e develop ent of a co bat indset can be associated #it" t"e carries and "olster transport for t"e pistol! T"e use of eac" carr6Btransport is dictated b6 t"e perceived level of t"reat! Eac" carr6 and transport s"ould si%nif6 a sta%e of ental and p"6sical preparedness for co bat! T"e intensit6 of t"e MarineGs ental and p"6sical preparation depends on t"e li8eli"ood of ene 6 contact! Ph. e!%!$ identification of tar%ets$ s"ootBno2s"oot decision a8in%$ and t"e selection and use of cover! Mini iCin% stress and a7i iCin% t"e li ited ti e available to en%a%e tar%ets can be acco plis"ed b6I Eno#in% t"e co bat environ ent and bein% constantl6 a#are of t"e surroundin%s :e!%!$ terrain$ available cover$ possible t"reats.si(al and Mental Preparation $hysical $reparation In co bat$ tar%ets can present t"e selves #it"out #arnin%! T"erefore$ it is essential for t"e Marine to aintain proper balance and control of t"e pistol at all ti es so t"at t"e pistol can be presented +uic8l6 and t"e tar%et en%a%ed accuratel6! Speed alone does not e+uate to effective tar%et en%a%e ent! T"e Marine s"ould fire onl6 as fast as "e can fire accuratel6$ never e7ceedin% "is p"6sical abilit6 to appl6 t"e funda entals of ar8s ans"ip! To be effective in co bat$ t"e Marine ust train to perfect t"e p"6sical s8ills of s"ootin% so t"e6 beco e second nature! T"e ore p"6sical s8ills t"at can be perfor ed auto aticall6$ t"e ore concentration t"at can be %iven to t"e ental side of tar%et en%a%e ent! Mental $reparation -"ile co bat is unpredictable and constantl6 c"an%in%$ t"e Marine can prepare entall6 for t"e contin%encies of t"e operational settin% and confrontation #it" a t"reat! T"e stress of co bat$ coupled #it" t"e li ited ti e available to en%a%e tar%ets$ re+uires concentration on t"e ental aspects of tar%et en%a%e ent. enables t"e Marine to +uic8l6 present t"e pistol and accuratel6 en%a%e tar%ets! Identif6in% and evaluatin% possible courses of action and developin% potential plans for tar%et en%a%e ent t"at #ill be appropriate to t"e co bat situation! Instillin% confidence in a MarineGs abilit6 to fire #ell2ai ed s"ots in t"e stress of a co bat situation! A 8e6 factor in a MarineGs level of confidence is t"e de%ree to #"ic" "e "as astered t"e tactics$ tec"ni+ues$ and procedures of pistol ar8s ans"ip! .

$ t"e Marine assu es t"e Alert! -"en ene 6 contact is li8el6$ t"e Marine s"ouldI E7pect ene 6 contact and be constantl6 prepared to present t"e pistol! Searc" t"e entire area for indications of ene 6 tar%ets and for suitable terrain features t"at offer cover and conceal ent! T"e Marine s"ould avoid restrictin% t"e searc" to a sin%le terrain feature because t"is "inders a#areness to a sector of t"e battlefield and to approac" b6 t"e ene 6! Be entall6 prepared for contact! &lan a course of action for i Modif6 t"e plan of action as needed! ediate response to a tar%et! Be p"6sicall6 prepared to fire! Maintain proper balance at all ti es! Avoid self2induced p"6sical fati%ue! 'or e7a ple$ do not %rip t"e pistol so ti%"tl6 t"at fin%ers$ "ands$ and ar s tire fro carr6in% t"e pistol! Contact Imminent -"en contact #it" an ene 6 tar%et is i inent$ assu e t"e Read6! In t"is carr6$ t"e Marine is at t"e "i%"est level of a#areness and is constantl6 searc"in% for and e7pectin% a tar%et! To fire #ell ai ed s"ots upon tar%et detection$ t"e Marine ust be at t"e pea8 of "is ental preparation$ all distractions ust be eli inated$ and "is focus ust be on firin% an accurate s"ot! In t"e Read6$ t"e Marine ustI Eeep t"e pistol oriented in t"e %eneral direction of observation :e6es$ uCCle$ tar%et.! Maintain a clear field of vie# above t"e pistol si%"ts until t"e tar%et is detected! Be entall6 and p"6sicall6 prepared to en%a%e t"e tar%et! T"e Marine ust be read6 to: Identif6 t"e tar%et! S#eep t"e safet6! .Threat 6e'els %o Immediate #hreat -"en t"ere is no i ediate t"reat$ t"e Marine assu es t"e "olster transport! T"e pistol s"ould be in .ondition 3! T"is is t"e lo#est level of a#areness for t"e Marine in a co bat environ ent$ but t"e Marine ust sta6 alert and a#are of an6 nearb6 activit6! To prepare for tar%et en%a%e ent at t"is level$ t"e Marine ustI Be a#are of li8el6 areas of ene 6 contact! Be a#are of t"e condition of "is pistol! Establis" a plan or course of action to present t"e pistol to a tar%et s"ould a tar%et appear! Mentall6 revie# appropriate actions suc" as reloadin% and re edial action! Contact Li&ely !$robable" If ene 6 contact is li8el6 :probable.

radle t"e tri%%er %uard in t"e pal t"e fin%ers around t"e top of t"e pistol! Release t"e firin% %rip! of t"e left "and and #rap If t"e receivin% Marine is to t"e left: -it" t"e left "and$ %rasp t"e slide of t"e pistol #it" t"e t"u b over t"e slide and t"e fin%ers underneat"! Release t"e firin% %rip! Ensure t"at t"e uCCle points up at a ?52de%ree an%le in a safe direction and t"e c"a ber e7posed! (and t"e pistol to t"e ot"er Marine$ %rip first! See fi%ure .Appl6 t"e funda entals of ar8s ans"ip! Move onl6 as fast as "e is capable of deliverin% #ell2ai ed s"ots$ ensurin% t"at speed of en%a%e ent does not e7ceed "is p"6sical abilities! Searc" t"e entire area for indications of ene 6 tar%ets$ lo#erin% t"e pistol enou%" to observe a clear field of vie# of t"e area! Trans-errin+ the Pistol T"e MarineGs abilit6 to transfer a pistol to anot"er Marine is critical to safe #eapons "andlin%! T"ere are t#o et"ods for transferrin% t"e pistol fro one Marine to anot"er: s"o# clear transfer and condition un8no#n transfer! Eac" transfer is perfor ed based on t"e operational environ entBco bat situation! Sho7 Clear Trans-er To transfer t"e pistolI >rasp t"e pistol fir l6 in t"e ri%"t "and #"ile ensurin% t"at t"e pistol is on safe! Re ove and retain t"e a%aCine! <oc8 t"e slide to t"e rear and catc" t"e round if t"ere is a round in t"e c"a ber! Inspect t"e c"a ber visuall6 to ensure it is e pt6 and leave t"e slide loc8ed to t"e rear! To transfer t"e pistolI If t"e receivin% Marine is to t"e ri%"t: .200! Fi+. T"e receivin% MarineI >rasps t"e pistol %rip #it" t"e tri%%er fin%er strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! . Sho7 Clear Trans-er.re )-33.

Inspects t"e c"a ber visuall6 to ensure it is e pt6! Ensures t"e pistol is on safe! Condition Unkno7n Trans-er To transfer t"e pistolI >rasp t"e pistol fir l6 in t"e ri%"t "and #"ile ensurin% t"at t"e pistol is on safe! To transfer t"e pistolI If t"e receivin% Marine is to t"e ri%"t: ..re )-30. Condition Unkno7n Trans-er to the 6e-t.205! Fi+. If t"e receivin% Marine is to t"e left: -it" t"e left "and$ %rasp t"e slide of t"e pistol #it" t"e t"u b over t"e slide and t"e fin%ers underneat"! Release t"e firin% %rip! See fi%ure .radle t"e tri%%er %uard in t"e pal of t"e left "and and #rap t"e fin%ers around t"e top of t"e pistol! Release t"e firin% %rip! See fi%ure .re )-3. Condition Unkno7n Trans-er to the Ri+ht.20?! Fi+. Ensure t"at t"e uCCle points up at a ?52de%ree an%le in a safe direction! (and t"e pistol to t"e receivin% Marine$ %rip first! T"e receivin% MarineI >rasps t"e pistol %rip #it" t"e tri%%er fin%er strai%"t alon% t"e receiver! Ensures t"e pistol is on safe! .

.ontrol ! ! ! ! >rip ! ! ! ! Tri%%er 'in%er &lace ent ! ! ! ! T6pes of Tri%%er .Pistol Marksmanship T"e funda entals of pistol ar8s ans"ip are ai in%$ tri%%er control$ and breat" control! Understandin% and appl6in% t"e basic pistol ar8s ans"ip funda entals ensures t"e MarineGs effectiveness in tar%et en%a%e ent! T"e funda entals ust be continuall6 studied and practiced because t"e6 are t"e eans b6 #"ic" accurate s"ots are placed on tar%et! A Marine #it" a solid foundation in t"e funda entals of ar8s ans"ip #ill be successful in t"e application of t"ese funda entals durin% co bat! .ontrol ! ! ! ! Application of Mar8s ans"ip 'unda entals in 'ield 'irin% ! ! ! ! .onducts a c"a ber c"ec8 to deter ine t"e condition of t"e pistol! Re ove t"e a%aCine and count t"e nu ber of rounds in t"e a%aCine b6 usin% t"e countin% "oles$ if ti e per its! Re2insert t"e a%aCine into t"e a%aCine #ell ensurin% it is full6 seated! Return to: Top !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Main Menu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sub Menu C*5PTER 3 FU#!5ME#T56S OF P$STO6 M5RESM5#S*$P CO#TE#TS" Ai in% ! ! ! ! Si%"t Ali%n ent ! ! ! ! Establis"in% Si%"t Ali%n ent ! ! ! ! Si%"t &icture ! ! ! ! Relations"ip Bet#een t"e E6e and t"e Si%"ts ! ! ! ! Tri%%er .ontrol ! ! ! ! Chapter 3.ontrol ! ! ! ! Si%"t Ali%n ent and Tri%%er .ontrol ! ! ! ! Breat" .o pression of 'unda entals ! ! ! ! Ai in% ! ! ! ! Tri%%er .ontrol ! ! ! ! Breat" . F.ndamentals o.

5imin+ Maintainin% t"e correct relations"ip bet#een t"e pistol si%"ts is essential for accurate tar%et en%a%e ent! Because of t"e s"ort distance bet#een t"e pistol si%"ts$ a s all error in t"eir ali%n ent causes a considerable error at t"e tar%et! Si+ht 5li+nment Si%"t ali%n ent is t"e relations"ip bet#een t"e front si%"t and rear si%"t #it" respect to t"e ai in% e6e! .re 3-1. Si+ht 5li+nment < Si+ht Pi(t.re. t"erefore$ t"e pistol is in constant otion! T"e Marine ust understand t"is$ 6et continuall6 strive to ali%n t"e si%"ts! To fire accuratel6$ t"e si%"ts ust be ali%ned #"en t"e s"ot brea8s! 'rip T"e %rip is 8e6 to ac+uirin% si%"t ali%n ent! If t"e %rip is correct$ t"e front and rear si%"ts s"ould ali%n naturall6! Dr6 fire durin% presentation of t"e M9 service pistol aids in obtainin% a %rip t"at allo#s si%"t ali%n ent to be ac+uired consistentl6! Controlled Muscular #ension T"ere ust be enou%" controlled uscular tension in t"e %rip$ #rists$ and forear s to "old t"e pistol stead6 and level t"e barrel to aintain si%"t ali%n ent! . Esta9lishin+ Si+ht 5li+nment T"e pistol is fired #it"out benefit of bone support.onsistent tension stabiliCes t"e si%"ts and aintains si%"t ali%n ent! Si+ht Pi(t.orrect si%"t ali%n ent is t"e front si%"t centered in t"e rear si%"t notc" #it" t"e top ed%e of t"e front si%"t level ali+ned #it" t"e top ed%e of t"e rear si%"t! T"ere s"ould be e+ual space on eit"er side of t"e front si%"t! See fi%ure 023! Fi+. belo#! aintainin% si%"t Because t"e pistol is constantl6 ovin%$ si%"t picture is ac+uired #it"in an ai in% area t"at is located center ass on t"e tar%et! T"e ai in% area allo#s for ove ent of t"e si%"ts on t"e tar%et .re Si%"t picture is t"e place ent of t"e front si%"t in relation to t"e tar%et #"ile ali%n ent! See fi%ure 02.

re 3-).#"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent! Eac" Marine defines an acceptable ai in% area #it"in "is o#n abilit6 to stabiliCe t"e si%"ts! Ti e$ distance to t"e tar%et$ and personal abilit6 affect dictate t"e ai in% area! As t"e Marine beco es ore proficient #it" t"e pistol$ t"e ai in% area beco es ore precise! Fi+.e and the Si+hts T"e "u an e6e can focus clearl6 on onl6 one obAect at a ti e! T"e Marine ust focus on t"e top ed%e of t"e front si%"t and fire t"e s"ot #"ile aintainin% t"e relations"ip bet#een t"e front and rear si%"ts #it"in t"e ai in% area! 'ocusin% on t"e top ed%e of t"e front si%"t rat"er t"an t"e tar%et 8eeps t"e front si%"t clear and distinct$ #"ic" allo#s t"e Marine to detect inor variations in si%"t ali%n ent! Secondar6 vision allo#s t"e Marine to see t"e tar%et :alt"ou%" sli%"tl6 blurred. T"e ai in% area is deter ined b6 t"e MarineGs stabilit6 of "old! T"e proper %rip stabiliCes t"e si%"ts so si%"t ali%n ent can be aintained$ but t"e si%"ts ove continuousl6 #it"in t"e ai in% area of t"e tar%et! T"e Marine understands t"e pistolGs ove ent and learns to appl6 tri%%er control as "e is obtainin% si%"t ali%n entBsi%"t picture #it"in t"e ai in% area so t"e s"ot brea8s t"e o ent si%"t picture is establis"ed! Relationship Bet7een the E. Si+ht Pi(t. and aintain si%"t picture #it"in "is ai in% area! Tri++er Control Tri%%er control is t"e MarineGs s8illful anipulation of t"e tri%%er t"at causes t"e pistol to fire #"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent and si%"t picture! &roper tri%%er control aids in aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent #"ile t"e s"ot is fired! Si+ht 5li+nment and Tri++er Control Ai in% and tri%%er control are utuall6 support iveIone cannot be perfor ed #it"out t"e ot"er! Si%"t ali%n ent and tri%%er control ust be perfor ed si ultaneousl6 to fire an accurate s"ot! As pressure is applied to t"e tri%%er$ t"e si%"ts a6 ove$ causin% t"e to be isali%ned! To fire accurate s"ots$ t"e si%"ts ust be ali%ned #"en t"e s"ot brea8s! Tri%%er control can actuall6 assist in ali%nin% t"e si%"ts! -it" proper tri%%er fin%er place ent and consistent uscular tension applied to t"e %rip$ t"e si%"ts can be controlled as t"e tri%%er is oved to t"e rear! If t"e si%"ts ove e7tensivel6 #"ile pressin% t"e tri%%er$ t"is can indicate an i proper %rip or inconsistenc6 in t"e uscular tension bein% applied to t"e %rip! /rip .re.

i!e!$ t"e natural respirator6 pause! Breat"in% s"ould not be stopped for too lon% because it "as adverse visual and p"6sical effects! (oldin% t"e breat" lon%er t"an is co fortable results in a lac8 of o76%en t"at causes vision to .pes o.ontinue pressure on t"e tri%%er to be%in ovin% t"e tri%%er strai%"t to t"e rear #"ile obtainin% si%"t ali%n ent and si%"t picture! Move t"e tri%%er strai%"t to t"e rear in a sin%le$ s oot" otion #it" no "esitation! Interrupted #rigger Control Interrupted tri%%er control is particularl6 effective at lon%er ran%es$ #"en t"e tar%et is s all$ and #"en stabilit6 of "old is critical to aintainin% si%"t picture in t"e ai in% area! T"is et"od is also used if t"e pistol si%"ts ove outside t"e ai in% area #"en appl6in% tri%%er control! If t"e si%"t picture is outside t"e ai in% area$ t"e Marine stops and "olds t"e rear#ard ove ent on t"e tri%%er until si%"t picture is re2establis"ed! -"en si%"t picture is re2establis"ed$ t"e rear#ard ove ent of t"e tri%%er is continued until t"e s"ot is fired! Breath Control Breat"in% causes ove ent of t"e c"est$ abdo en$ and s"oulders$ #"ic" causes t"e pistol si%"ts to ove verticall6 #"ile atte ptin% to ai and fire! T"erefore$ it is necessar6 to stop breat"in% for a period of ti e #"ile firin% a s"ot or a series of s"ots! T"e obAect of breat" control is to stop breat"in% Aust lon% enou%" to fire t"e s"ot #"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent$ stabiliCin% t"e si%"ts$ and establis"in% t"e si%"t picture! To be consistent$ t"e breat" s"ould be "eld at t"e sa e point in t"e breat"in% c6cle.A fir %rip is essential for %ood tri%%er control! T"e %rip is establis"ed before appl6in% tri%%er control and is aintained t"rou%"out t"e firin% process! To establis" t"e %rip$ t"e "and is placed around t"e pistol %rip in a location t"at allo#s t"e tri%%er fin%er to ove t"e tri%%er strai%"t to t"e rear #"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent! Once t"e %rip is establis"ed$ it s"ould be fir enou%" to allo# anipulation of t"e tri%%er #"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent! T"e pressure applied to t"e %rip ust be e+ual to or ore t"an t"e pressure re+uired to ove t"e tri%%er to t"e rear! If t"e pressure is not applied correctl6$ t"e si%"ts ove as t"e tri%%er is pressed to t"e rear and si%"t ali%n ent is disturbed! Tri++er Fin+er Pla(ement Once t"e %rip is establis"ed$ t"e fin%er is placed on t"e tri%%er! &lace ent of t"e fin%er s"ould be natural and allo# free ove ent of t"e tri%%er fin%er! A natural tri%%er fin%er place ent allo#s t"e tri%%er to be oved strai%"t to t"e rear #"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent! If t"e fin%er presses t"e tri%%er to t"e side$ it can cause an error in si%"t ali%n ent and s"ot place ent! Eac" Marine ust e7peri ent #it" fin%er place ent in order to deter ine effective place ent on t"e tri%%er! Once establis"ed$ effective tri%%er fin%er place ent allo#s t"e tri%%er to be consistentl6 oved strai%"t to t"e rear #"ile aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent! T.Tri++er Control (ninterrupted #rigger Control Durin% uninterrupted tri%%er control$ t"e Marine applies a stead6$ unc"an%in% pressure to t"e tri%%er until t"e s"ot is fired! Uninterrupted tri%%er control is particularl6 effective at close ran%e$ #"en t"e tar%et area is lar%e$ and #"en stabilit6 of "old is not critical for accurac6! To appl6 uninterrupted tri%%er control$ appl6 pressure on t"e tri%%er #"ile aintainin% focus on t"e top ed%e of t"e front si%"t! .

the F.deteriorate and t"en affects t"e abilit6 to focus on t"e si%"ts! 5ppli(ation o.Marksmanship F.ndamentals in Field Firin+ Compression o.ndamentals &istol en%a%e ents t6picall6 occur over close distances and are s"ort in duration! Because an i ediate response to t"e t"reat is re+uired$ t"e application of t"e funda entals ust be a conditioned response t"at is e7ecutable in a co pressed ti e! T"e %oal of successful$ +uic8 tar%et en%a%e ent is t"e application of t"e funda entals of ar8s ans"ip #"ile firin% t"e s"ot t"e o ent #eapon presentation is co plete! T"e ti e re+uired to ove t"e tri%%er to t"e rear#"ile ac+uirin% and aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent and si%"t picture is uni+ue to eac" Marine and is based on "is capabilities! Eac" Marine s"ould 8no# "is abilities and fire onl6 as +uic8l6 as "e is capable of firin% accuratel6! T"e Marine ust not e7ceed "is s"ootin% s8ills in an effort to %et rounds off +uic8l6! 5imin+ In field firin%$ t"e funda entals are applied in a co pressed ti e so si%"t ali%n ent and si%"t picture are ac"ieved as t"e s"ot is fired! Alt"ou%" t"e tar%et ust be +uic8l6 en%a%ed in co bat$ si%"t ali%n ent is still t"e first priorit6: strive for a clear front si%"t! Distance to t"e tar%et and t"e siCe of t"e tar%et affects si%"t ali%n ent as follo#s: As t"e distance to t"e tar%et increases and t"e siCe of t"e tar%et decreases$ si%"t ali%n ent beco es ore critical to tar%et en%a%e ent! Accurate si%"t pictureBsi%"t ali%n ent cannot be co pro ised for speed! Si%"t ali%n ent is critical to t"e effective en%a%e ent of s aller tar%ets suc" as partiall6 e7posed tar%ets! As t"e distance to t"e tar%et decreases$ perfect si%"t ali%n ent is not as critical$ but t"ere ust be a relations"ip bet#een t"e si%"ts and t"eir place ent on t"e tar%et #it"in t"e ai in% area to ensure accurac6! Tri++er Control &roper tri%%er control aids in aintainin% si%"t ali%n ent #"ile t"e s"ot is fired! As pressure is applied to t"e tri%%er$ t"e si%"ts a6 ove$ causin% t"e to be isali%ned! T"erefore$ t"e Marine is constantl6 re2ali%nin% t"e si%"ts as pressure is applied to t"e tri%%er! Si%"t ali%n ent and tri%%er control ust be perfor ed si ultaneousl6 to fire an accurate s"ot! Breath Control Durin% co bat$ t"e MarineGs breat"in% and "eart rate often increase due to p"6sical e7ertion or t"e stress of battle! T"e 8e6 to breat" control in field firin% is to stop breat"in% Aust lon% enou%" to fire an accurate s"ot or a series of s"ots! Return to: Top !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Main Menu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sub Menu .

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