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One in the chamber or no?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by dendad, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. dendad

    dendad Member

    When you were new to CCW did you carry with one in the chamber right off? I'm betting most start with the tube empty to get used to the feel...
  2. bhk

    bhk Well-Known Member

    I had been shooting for 35+ years when we were first allowed CCW permits. I felt entirely comfortable with a loaded chamber right away.
  3. archigos

    archigos Well-Known Member

    I carried with one in the chamber from the beginning. Having a loaded gun that is not ready to operate introduces you to unnecessary hazards without giving you any benefit from carrying.
    I introduced my father to carrying about a year after I started. For the first couple months he had his permit, he actually carried his gun in the manner he normally would (DA/SA decocked w/ no safety) but without any ammunition on him until he was comfortable enough that he knew it wasn't going to "go off".

    Its certainly worth getting used to operating your CCW, as well as holstering and unholstering the weapon, until you are very competent with its operation and it feels natural. However, carrying with a loaded magazine without a chambered round serves you next to no purpose.
  4. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Not I. My personal safety was too important to me.
  5. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Well-Known Member

    I have never carried without a chambered round. Doesn't seem right to me to have the chamber empty.

  6. 12131

    12131 Well-Known Member

    Yes, always on my carry gun.
  7. KAK

    KAK Well-Known Member

    IMO and I am always right. :D If you are afraid to carry with one chambered you should carry a revolver instead. <---- Nothing wrong with revolvers, just make it a 357!!!
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2010
  8. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Also, is that a bet you want to put on the table with a criminal? I'm betting his/her gun has a round in the chamber!
  9. ilikepancakes

    ilikepancakes Well-Known Member

    The vast majority of people (as far as I've gathered from various forums) carry with one chambered.

    The important thing is to make sure whatever you're doing, do it safely.
  10. tangomike706

    tangomike706 Well-Known Member

    Locked and loaded . always .
  11. sonick808

    sonick808 Well-Known Member

    After familiarizing myself with the safety features of my gun, I've always felt 100% safe carrying w/round chambered at all times. Research your weapon's features and how to carry it safely. If it can't be, switch.
  12. LouisCipher777

    LouisCipher777 Well-Known Member

    I have always carried guns with one in the chamber ever since I was a kid. You just get used to doing it that way. I like my guns to be like my computers, a "point-and-click" interface.

    I always get a good laugh from these TV shows and movies where everyone always racks the slide before they get serious.
  13. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Personally I don't like it when my gun goes click. :eek:
  14. Arkansas Paul

    Arkansas Paul Well-Known Member

    I think KAK makes a valid point. A good DA revolver would be ideal for those who don't feel comfortable with one in the pipe.
  15. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    welcome to thr.

    no i have always carried with a round in the chamber and to me that is the only way to carry.

    have you ever heard of the Tueller Drill? try doing it with your gun under concealment with a round chambered, that is hard enough. try doing it with it under concealment and with no round in the chamber, if you can pull it off in time i would be suprised.

    personally i believe if you don't feel safe with a loaded chamber in your ccw you probally should feel safe with out a loaded chamber, and maybe you should re evaluate your personal defense.
  16. sonick808

    sonick808 Well-Known Member

    don't give up, keep reading and practicing at the range. Read to learn the gun's operating system and features so you know how they work inside and out; practice so your shots are reflexive if you need to shoot. Consider seriously taking defensive pistol classes.

    Let me ask this: how long have you been shooting prior to getting your carry license ?
  17. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Well-Known Member

    For the first few hours i did carry, around the house, with an empty tube.
    But by the time I left my house with the gun, I was comfortable with one in the chamber and was carrying my gun with +1.
  18. AJChenMPH

    AJChenMPH Well-Known Member


    The only time I ever carried without one in the pipe was when I was having some problems with the hammer block -- the gun otherwise functioned fine, but I was afraid of a ND until I could get it fixed (and I didn't have another handgun at the time). So I carried it unchambered until (1) I bought another gun and (2) I got it fixed.
  19. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    When I was first introduced to shooting it was centered around hunting. My dad taught me to put one in the chamber and engage the safety. He said as long as there is no malfunction the gun will not fire as long as the safety is engaged. Just keep it pointed in a safe direction all the time. The round in the chamber was faster to deploy on a game animal and quieter to do so as well. You never knew when a deer was going to run in on you or jump out of some brush so it was good to keep your firearm ready to strike.

    Fast forward a few years and I bought my first pistol, a 1911. I felt fine with a round chambered and the safety on. Even though I saw the hammer back I knew it was the same as when my shotgun had been chamber loaded and ready while I was hunting but instead of the hammer being covered it was exposed. No big deal.

    My sister is a police officer and I once while watching her get her weapon ready to carry off duty she chambered a round a and holstered it. I saw nothing wrong with this and figured it was good to be ready.

    Fast forward a few more years and while reading some internet forums I run across someone talking about whether or not to carry a gun with one in the chamber and I was shocked that anyone would not carry a round chambered. I figured if one did not have the nerve to carry a loaded gun ready to go then they did not have the nerve to even have a gun.

    In the end though I now understand the concerns for each of us has a different situation and a different level of familiarity with firearms.
  20. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Arnold carried condition three, so that must be the best way, but I'm obstinate so I carry C1.

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