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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. vegassprky
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    Barney we've missed you! :rofl:
     
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    Remind me not to stand too close to you when you holster your weapon. BANG!!

    lol!
     
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    Barney Fife, is that you? I was wondering where you went! :D
     
  4. Marlinaholic

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    Just don't go back and forth, either carry ALWAYS one way or the other, otherwise you'll eventually think you have an empty chamber when you have a loaded one and you'll end up with a hole in something you don't want to have a hole in. I always carry with loaded chamber. People always imaging they'll have all this free time when being assaulted, but life doesn't work that way. The bad guy probably isn't going to stand there for a minute saying nasty stuff like in the movies. Operate from the premise that even if you do your best to be aware of your surroundings, your first indication that something is wrong just might be a stab wound from behind or a brick to the head, ect. and if you are lucky you'll have a fraction of a second to react before you are finished off and killed. God willing the guy is poorly armed or not very adept at using what he has and you'll get that second or half a second that allows you to survive, but just because you have a gun doesn't mean you are safe, which is why it's best to live your life to avoid situations (like ATM machines at night, quicky marts ect.) that put you in danger if you can.
     
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    I read the original post only. My response.... Yes always
     
  6. gflack

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    Yes. Always.
     
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    Yes, always in my revolvers and autos. As far as carrying with an empty chamber under hammer in a revolver, there is no disadvantage to doing so other than have fewer rounds to fire. In a revolver, when you :censored: the hammer or pull the trigger - if double action, a live round is is rotated into firing position just as it would be if all cylinders are loaded. As far as autos are concerned there are some older models still in use - lugers and Walther P-38s come to mind - that lack the safety features that stop a round from being fired without pulling the trigger. While I am not a big fan of the "cocked and locked" carry that with 1911s and similar single action autos, I cannot imagine why one would not carry a round in the chamber, even in 1911s and variants that have a hammer block (meaning that the firing pin cannot be moved to fire without a trigger pull.

    As far as "situational awareness", yes all of that is true - be aware whether you are carrying or not carrying. I fail to see the how that bears on carrying with an empty chamber.
     
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    Greetings! I am new here and first want to say hello!!
    As far as the thread, 20 years with one in the pipe. That said I really believe it depends on how you were trained. For myself, thats how its been since day one and I believe you always revert back to your training. The main thing is no finger on the trigger until you are on a shootable target.
    Just my 2 cents........
    Glad to be a part of edc!!!
     
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    Well said Frogman.
     
  10. phantom357

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    Always, no exceptions
     
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    Always with loaded round in chamber. As others have mentioned, trigger finger control is vital. I see soooooo many internet videos of people drawing and firing etc that fail miserably to index their trigger finger properly along the side of the firearm until their muzzle is downrange and oriented at a safe target.

    Here's a perfect example of what not to do...

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/PtQNnlQLlwk
     
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    Uhhh... dying... Unless that is a death by firey, violent de-nuttification.
     
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    I always carry appendix, with my Bersa BP9CC facing at my junk, no safety, round chambered. I want to be able to pull from the holster and pull the trigger, no questions asked. The thought does cross my mind every now and then about what happens if somehow it just accidentally goes off on its own, but the chances of that are almost nill without the finger in the trigger. Just have to pay attention EVERY time to where your shirt is when holstering if you remove it, as the shirt could possibly get in there and cause a problem.

    I see carry when one in the chamber, always, as others have stated.
     
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    always one in the chamber, safety off while holstered, safety on as soon as I take it out to store in my bed-stand or truck ect.
     
  18. 320

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    always...what's the point if you don't
     
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    Always, i understand if some do not feel comfortable carrying with one in the pipe, but IMHO the difference between racking the slide and simply pulling the trigger could mean your life.
     
  20. andiem

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    Yes; round in the chamber, safety off. Unless it's a revolver, of course :)

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