When I carry, it's usually a 1911, without one in the chamber. Whether it's a valid concern or not, I like the fact the gun is not readily fireable by someone not knowledgeable about 1911's, in the event I lost control of the weapon. I also like the fact it is absolutely 'safe'. There is no way it can be fired accidentally. I realize my inexperience with carrying is a factor here. But it's peace of mind. And I don't honestly think it would take me long to rack the slide, if I needed to, while walking the dogs at night (which is about the only time I carry).