No matter which weapon I'm carrying there is a round in the chamber. I do gun shows and as a result have had my choise of hundreds of weapons over the last ten years or so. I currently carry either a Mauser HSc or a Para Ord. custom P14. The P14 is carried cocked and locked. The Mauser always is loaded. What I'm getting at is, you need to ask yourself if you need it in a hurry, will you have time to chamber a round?