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Do you carry with a round chambered?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by XDGirl, Aug 1, 2008.

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  1. XDGirl

    XDGirl Member

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    Do you carry with a round chambered? I always carry with a round in the chamber.;)
     
  2. phydaux

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    Yep, sure do.
     
  3. Mannlicher

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    well duh........... an empty gun is pretty much just another fashion statement.
     
  4. 30 cal slob

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    i'm gonna get flamed for this ... but most of the time ... no.

    ND paranoia. I usually carry a Glock or S&W M&P in a soft holster like thunderwear.

    But ... if I know I'm going into a situation that could be dicey (late at night in creepy part of town, going to bank with a lot of cash, two confirmed zombie kills in my driveway) then yes, but in a sturdy kydex OWB/IWB holster.
     
  5. SHOOT1SAM

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    I do, because if you ask anyone I played softball with, they'd tell you that I can't throw for crap. I'd have to throw that empty pistol at the bad guy, and I'd more than likely hit a car full of orphans being driven by some nuns.

    Sam
     
  6. doc2rn

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    Certain firearms like the S&W 10-4 are carried on an empty chamber for a reason. Otherwise if it's in the holster it's ready to go.
     
  7. possum

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    i always have a round in the chamber that is the way that i was taught, and that is the way that i have been carrying. IMHO if you aren't safe with and confident with carrying a gun with a round in the chamber then you shouldn't be carrying at all.
     
  8. DirksterG30

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    I ALWAYS carry with a round chambered. If I need to use my gun, it is possible that I may only have 1 hand available (injury, moving loved one out of the way etc.) Also, I want every advantage I can get; I don't want to have to take the time to chamber a round in a fight.
     
  9. SapperMapper

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    XD40 goes fully loaded whether it's IWB, in my backpack or in my glovebox. It's the subcompact, with the short mag that gives me 9 rounds, plus a full 12-round mag with grip extension

    Rossi .38 snubbie has the hammer down on an empty chamber, but I have a full speed-loader in a pocket, so I still have 9 rounds to work with.
     
  10. Geno

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    Always.
     
  11. bharen

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    Yes. Always. Why carry any other way?
     
  12. Ske1etor

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    Absolutely.
     
  13. FCFC

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    If I could, I would carry with two rounds in the chamber!
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    It's always a tradeoff. There are benefits to carrying one in the pipe. And there are detriments. Everyone has to decide how to assess and act on that tradeoff.

    Here's a case posted earlier this week where the CCWer had plenty of time to draw, then rack the slide to do what he needed to do. It's a practical example of the more predictable situation in drawing a firearm: sufficient time to rack a slide on a semi-automatic.

    Armed citizen foils dumb bank robber

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=380601

    Heck, the Israelis have been using Condition 3 carry for many years. Those guys know what they're doing.

    It's always a tradeoff, though. Ain't it grand that we can choose whichever method we feel comfortable with? Carry one in the chamber--it's OK. Don't carry one in the chamber--OK. You decide.
     
  14. SJgunguy24

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    I carry a Glock,if I gotta get to work. I aint even wasting time with a safety.
     
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    I have a friend that does this also but what if you in the "good part of town" and something comes up some guy pulls a knife or worse on a loved on...you have no time to pull the gun out chamber it then shoot. I always have a round chambered, either my 1911 is cocked and locked or my sig 229 is chambered and ready to go.
     
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    In my mind that is the ONLY way to carry a weapon with one in the pipe. The only thing I have a problem with is my Springfield 1911 45 ACP in the Cocked and Locked position especially it it's pointing at my Man Hood !
     
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    See... if you carry a wheel gun you wouldn't have to ask that question.
     
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    ....yep.
     
  19. Harley Man

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    Wheel guns are nice, and I have a couple, but putting up a sheet of 16 rounds to me is better that a sheet of 5 or 6 and those wheel gun speed loaders take a little longer that a clip change.
     
  20. JRG

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    Absolutely, if no round in the chamber the handgun is only partially loaded. My carry (CZ PCR) is also a decocker, so I don't have to remember the safety if I'm having an adrenalin rush. I've had that rush on several occasions in Vietnam and I remember what happens to you.....
     
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    I for now carry condition 3, at least till I have more experince with handguns.

    (Goes off and ducks)
     
  23. Harley Man

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    That's why I love my Sig 225 because of the Decocker, I just feel safer with it in my pants.
     
  24. Harley Man

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    Think about this...you are in a stop n go and your armed but don't have one in the pipe, and god forbid some bad business starts to go down, your in the back part of the store, buying milk of course...so you pull out your weapon and jack a round into the pipe...That is one sound all bad guys know...now you don't have the advantage. Keep one in the Pipe!
     
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    Always carry one in the chamber.If I ever have to pull it(and I hope not), I want it to be ready.
     
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