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Glock-one in chamber or not?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by larry24, Jan 3, 2008.



Poll closed Jan 13, 2008.

    304 vote(s)

    39 vote(s)
  3. Only Keep A Live Round when at home

    3 vote(s)
  4. Only Keep A live round when away from home

    19 vote(s)
  1. larry24

    larry24 Well-Known Member

    My everyday carry gun is either my glock 19 or my 27. I never carry the gun holstered with a live round in the chamber. This is due primarily to the relative light trigger pull of these models. I feel much "safer" against any accidental discharges as a result......Several times I have felt as if I were entering a hostile or possibly dangerous situation I will chamber a round, or if I am alarmed by strange noise in the middle of the night.
  2. cdcmj

    cdcmj Well-Known Member

    I voted to Always keep a live round chambered. I do this, because I believe in the school of thought that an unloaded weapon is an expensive paper weight. Also, with proper dry fire practice, training, and repeated holstering drills, the muscle memory will ensure no AD. I have an XD, which affords me the added confidence of a grip safety, which I make sure not to depress during holstering moves. Regardless, I feel that a glock, which is comparable, should be chambered with confidence if the user is confident.
  3. larry24

    larry24 Well-Known Member

    I guess I just feel better knowing that when I get home and remove my paddle holster with gun and put it either in my night stand or cabinet (lets be real, a locked gun is useless) that I know that ever before that gun was in the wrong hands that the slide has to be manually engaged before discharge.
  4. larry24

    larry24 Well-Known Member

    When I carry my Smith and Wesson model 3914, which is another one of my favorite guns, I usually do keep a round in the chamber with that gun. I feel better with a heavy double action trigger pull as well as an external safety
  5. DFW1911

    DFW1911 Well-Known Member

    I always carry with a round in the chamber no matter what I'm carrying.

    Take Care,
  6. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Well-Known Member

    Don't own a Glock but the principle is the same...

    If I'm carrying it (or it's in the fast access lockbox) there is one up the snout and for pretty much the same reasons I keep my seatbelt buckled if I'm in the car.
  7. weisse52

    weisse52 Well-Known Member

    IF you need it, you need it with a round loaded and ready to go. IF you do not feel safe with a round loaded, then get another gun to carry.
    And not having it loaded and ready to go is useless as well.
  8. larry24

    larry24 Well-Known Member

    i disagree, its not as if Im barney fife and have to fumble it out of my shirt pocket. I can draw my glock and chamber a live round in less than 2 seconds if needed...........Like I said earlier, IF i am entering a hostile situation I take prior actions.............

    I cant' think of very many scenarios of where I wouldn't have a chance to load a round if needed.........Onviously for law enforcement, military, etc.....You ALWAYS need a round in the chamber.
  9. D-Man

    D-Man Well-Known Member

    If you aren't comfortable with keeping a round chambered in your Glock, then the Glock is not the correct weapon for you.

    How do you plan to chamber a round if entering a hostile situation on the street - if you see a bunch of potential 'bad' guys down the street do you plan to duck behind a bush, pull out your gun, and rack it?

    Maybe one of those NY springs that are heavier or a Comonilli (sp?) safety will work if you plan to keep the Glock.
  10. larry24

    larry24 Well-Known Member

    I guess I should have been more specific..........I live in a very rural area. And drive straight to our shop which is on my dads property. So for me, walking down the street in the city is considered a hostile or dangerous situation. I am 30 years old and have been shooting since I was 12......Very good and experienced shooter.......I don't want it to sound like Im not familiar with my weapons......Its just how I choose to carry my gun.
    I was curious to see whom else carried this way also.

    Thanks for the feedback guys.........
  11. TheActor

    TheActor Well-Known Member

    There is nothing more useless than an unloaded gun.
  12. FranklyTodd

    FranklyTodd Well-Known Member

    I went through both of these thoughts in settling on a carry piece. For my personal carry situation, I wanted an external safety or else would not carry with one in the chamber (tried the NY1 - definitely harder pull, but still only 1/2in. compared to my long-pull DAO j-frame - carry the j in complete confidence).

    I looked high and low for a subcompact automatic with an external safety that would compete with a G26 in terms of reliability and concealability. No luck. CZ 2075 RAMI was the closest, but its safety only works in Cocked-and-Locked mode. The HK USPc is too big. Beretta is supposedly coming out with a subcompact PX4 with safety, but you sweep it UP for fire mode - for me I don't want to go there - too much time logged on guns with "sweep down" for fire. That would screw with me under stress! Plus, though small, its reported dimensions are somewhat larger than G26/27.

    Thus, my conclusion is that a Glock w/o a safety is fine if you are comfortable with it (not trying to convince anyone otherwise), but if you feel you must have a safety, at least in subcompact, a Glock 26/27 with Cominolli is still the best gun out there... I get LEO discount, so I'll have $525 in the gun with the safety (taking it to the Smith this afternoon).

    One in the chamber with a safety compared to NOT carrying one in the chamber: having the safety seems the less onerous. Sweeping it off becomes automatic (and already is for me, from previous guns), and is accomplished with one hand (racking the slide is doable one handed but difficult).

    To each his own - just sharing my thoughts...
  13. 03Shadowbob

    03Shadowbob Well-Known Member

    To each his own but I always carry with one in the chamber no matter which gun I am carrying. In a stressful situation it's one last thing I have to worry about (although training negates this somewhat).
    I also like what was wrote above about ducking behind a bush to chamber a round or better yet, having to ask a BG to wait one second while I chamber a round.
  14. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member


    Gun Safety Rule #2) ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

    For me, owning a GLOCK has this rule screaming in my brain everytime I carry.
    Lastly, there is no such thing as an Accidental discharge...if someone has one, then he/she is a numbskull.
  15. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    I voted never. Guns kill people and loaded guns kill even more people. Much too dangerous. I even remove the triggers.

  16. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    While I have never carried a Glock, I vote with the "chambered round" group. As a LEO I normally carried a revolver, but when I carried an auto pistol it was always with the chamber loaded.

    The idea that a non-LEO can or should carry chamber empty doesn't really fly. IMHO, a non-LEO may be MORE likely to have to use the gun in a hurry than a LEO. A uniformed officer is rarely attacked suddenly, where a civilian might be. For example, there are few carjackings of marked police cars or muggings of uniformed police officers.

  17. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    Feeling safe and being safe aren't the same. Have you ever come home to find the trigger back on your Glock? I haven't, nor has anyone else I know that carries a Glock - with or without a round chambered.

    I suppose if you have poor trigger discipline and insist on putting your finger inside the trigger guard, it could be an issue. But if that's the case, maybe you shouldn't carry at all.

    Why would you willingly enter a hostile or dangerous situation? I avoid places like that.

    Trigger pulls can be made heavier on a Glock. All you need is a punch and silly plastic part for about $10. Takes less than 10 minutes to install. Do a search for "NY Trigger" or "New York Trigger". Of course, heavier trigger pulls generally degrade accuracy.

    Like I said earlier, why enter a hostile situation? In such a case, use the Nike defense: turn around and leave.

    I think you need to revisit the definitions of hostile and dangerous. Or, visit other cities and/or neighborhoods.
  18. larry24

    larry24 Well-Known Member

    Calm down strap81, I didn't take the loaded round out of your glock...................

    Obviously I wish I lived in the magical kingdom you did where you never enter a dangerous or hostile situation. Thats life and it happens.
    Do I often attempt to wander in gang territory and break up a "CRIPS" gathering, NO!

    And walking down the street in any major city across america DOES hold the possibility of DANGER............

    Also, if you are such a firm believer in your NIKE approach, why do you have a gun at all???????????
  19. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    In the words of Borat: "That's NICE!"
  20. fineredmist

    fineredmist Well-Known Member

    What was the point of your question? It is your choice so why bother to ask for someone else's opinion.

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