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Do you always carry with a round in the chamber?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by MerdachPKP, May 12, 2012.

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  1. JonM1911

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    Always carry chambered, I'm of the belief that if you aren't comfortable carrying one chambered, you shouldn't carry at all. As long as you aren't taking your gun out and playing with it, why would it matter. Now personally I don't carry in the Appendix location as the OP was talking about, just because I can conceal a full sized 1911 or a Sig 226 well enough at 4:30 IWB, not to mention my 229 during the summer. Pretty good for someone with an athletic build.

    Carrying without one in the chamber add ones more step, one more thing that you need to train doing, and one more thing to go wrong. What if you are shot in one arm and can't chamber a round? Do you practice chambering a round one handed?
     
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  2. IMightBeWrong

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    At all times, and in my PPQ with it's lack of manual safety and 4lb trigger. :)
     
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    Without one under the hammer, you'd be better off with a club.

    JMO.
     
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    What he said... Always carry with one in.
     
  6. swnh

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    Always. Wouldn't do much good not to (Ruger LCR 357). ;)
     
  7. SAKplumber
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    ALL. WAYS.

    Cocked & Locked
     
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  8. 0dBm

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    No. There are scenarios in my life that would prohibit carrying a firearm with a round in the chamber. Those scenarios revolve specifically around the Browning P-35 Hi Power 9mm semi-auto pistol.
     
  9. J_C
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    Yes. I most often carry a revolver so all chambers are loaded, but when I do carry a semi-auto there is a round in the chamber.
     
  10. DamnYankee

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    Always carry with one in the chamber. Most, actually all (1911s don't count :p ), modern firearms won't go off unless you intentionally squeeze the trigger.
     
  11. paaiyan

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    I carry chambered, always. So does my wife.
     
  12. JSmith88

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    Every firearm is loaded and chambered. Only my shotgun has external safety.
     
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    Personally, I prefer to have a sign posted in my yard, requesting a call before placing me in a self defense situation. That way I have time to get the gun loaded and chambered :p
     
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    Chambered, hammer back, safety on.
     
  15. dmattaponi

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    When we are sitting around imagining self-defense scenarios, it's easy to imagine that we'll have time to be able to get to our gun, rack the slide, and defend against an adversary. In reality, the dynamics of a situation, and the stress of the moment, will probably make that much more difficult. Probably a better idea to keep one chambered to avoid stress induced malfunctions, etc.
     
  16. 0dBm

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    "Probably a better idea to keep one chambered to avoid stress induced malfunctions, etc."
    This is an assumption that all handguns will necessarily be used in a high-stress circumstance. This is a wrong assumption.
     
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    "Probably a better idea to keep one chambered to avoid stress induced malfunctions, etc."
    This is an assumption that all handguns will necessarily be used in a high-stress circumstance. This is a wrong assumption.

    ^ In the context of this thread there is a very high chance that at the moment you are required to draw your firearm in a self-defense situation it will be a high stress moment/situation.
     
  18. 0dBm

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    "In the context of this thread there is a very high chance that at the moment you are required to draw your firearm in a self-defense situation it will be a high stress moment/situation."
    Only if you allow yourself to BE in a circumstance that manifests the high stress.
     
  19. RonReagan

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    No one can predict the future so we try to be as best prepared for any situation that arises. That is impossible to do so you go in with what you feel can get the job done in as many situations as possible. Always use your brain as a first response and be smart, but there are times when that isn't enough.
     
  20. 0dBm

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    "Always use your brain as a first response and be smart, but there are times when that isn't enough."
    When you use your brain as a first response, it is more than "enough" to avoid needful reliance on implements such as a handgun. Cerebral cortex first, trigger finger a VERY distant last.
     
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