S&W Model 909 9mm questions.
O.K. I just bought my first gun, a used S&W model 909 9mm. Having second thoughts that I bought the right one but nonetheless it's mine now. I went to the shooting range today for the first time after having only read the manual and have not actually been shown how to use this thing...probably stupid but I was anxious to shoot it. My problem was that it seemed the only way I could fire the gun was to flip the safety on then back off every time before I could fire it. I would load the clip, pull back the slide to put one in the chamber, turn off the safety, and fire it. Then I would have to put the safety on then back off to fire it again. What am I doing wrong? Something stupid I assume. Does this make any sense? I'm a newbie so please don't harass me too badly. lol