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  • Accessory Rail

    provides space for lighting and sighting devices

    Back Strap

    portion of the grip that is placed in the palm of the shooting hand


    holds the internal parts, as well as the slide assembly, and
    provides a way to grip the pistol


    holds the internal parts, as well as the slide assembly, and
    provides a way to grip the pistol

    Front Sight

    located on the slide's front; used to bring the firearm into alignment
    for accuracy

    Front Strap

    portion of the grip that allows the fingers of the shooting hand
    to rest

    Grip Panel

    made of polymer designed to allow the shooter to easily grip and control the weapon

    Magazine Catch

    releases the magazine from the frame (magazine well)

    Magazine Floor Plate

    base of the magazine

    Muzzle Barrel

    provides a path for the fired bullet and is chambered to hold the cartridge

    Rear Sight

    located on the rear of the slide that aligns with the
    front sight to bring the firearm into alignment for accuracy


    houses the firing pin, safety, drop safety, sights, and

    Slide Cover Plate

    allows access of the firing pin assembly

    Slide Lock

    device that allows quick and simple field stripping of
    the pistol

    Slide Stop Lever

    device that locks the slide in the open position

    Thumb Rest

    place for the thumb to rest while gripping the pistol


    activates the pistol's operation

    Trigger Guard

    part of the frame that protects the trigger

    Trigger Safety

    allows the trigger to move when pressed

    Recoil Guide

    directs the recoil spring

    Recoil Spring

    pushes the slide forward

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