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Do You Carry With a Round In the Chamber While You CC or OC?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Red Wind, Aug 28, 2016.

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Do You Carry With a Round In the Chamber While You CC or OC?

Poll closed Sep 27, 2016.
  1. Yes, always

    88.9%
  2. No, never

    3.9%
  3. It depends on the circustances

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  1. Red Wind

    Red Wind Member

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    Virtually every LEO in America carries with one in the pipe. But what about the members of this forum?

    I've often wondered about this. However, even with all the polls I used to do, I can't recall running one on this important decision. We'll keep it succinct.

    All comments and votes are appreciated.
     
  2. gunhack

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    Condition 3 with 1911 or BHP ..
     
  3. Robert

    Robert Administrator Staff Member

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    Doesn't do me much good if it is not there. I've had plenty of people tell me that they can rack the slide fast enough but I have never seen it done by the average person before I get a shot off, or two. We've actually done this during training at work. Carry how you see fit, but I carry ready to fight.

    Even before my present job I carried my 1911 with one in the chamber, hammer back, safety on.
     
  4. bannockburn

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    Red Wind

    Yep, wouldn't have it any other way.
     
  5. GBExpat

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    Ab-so-lute-ly!
     
  6. acdodd

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    This was discussed on another board I read.
    Split about even.
    I bought a new carry gun and I carried it with no round in the chamber.
    Went to the range a few times and gained confidence in the gun and myself and started to carry it loaded, cocked, and locked.
    Took awhile before I was comfortable with that.
    It's a Sig P938 which is basically a mini 1911 in 9mm.
     
  7. sig228

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    Honestly, I can't believe that you would even ask that question.
     
  8. tactikel

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    If you are not comfortable with a round in the pipe you need to train more.
     
  9. markallen

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    What if you only have one hand available ?
    Yeah I know you can rack the slide on your pants pocket lip, or a car door jam.
    Will you think of that when you have a split second to get into action ?
    To me if it's unloaded it's just a hammer.
     
  10. Jeff H

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    That is what I was thinking.
     
  11. Good Ol' Boy

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    EDC round in the chamber.

    Nightstand pistol loaded but no round in the chamber.

    Logic is that between perimeter security and dog I will have plenty of time to rack the slide should the need arise. Technically a "night stand" gun is off your person so I treat that differently than a carry piece.
     
  12. X-Rap

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    You'd be amazed at the rationale used by the empty chamber practitioners. I remember this discussion some years ago and I was shocked by how delusional some were on getting their gun in the fight if needed.

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  13. Liberty1776

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    Of course there is a round in the chamber. I want a gun, not a club...
     
  14. mokin

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    Yep.
    One day at the range we had some automated targets that would present for two seconds or so, then go away. We did several scenarios where we'd draw, chamber a round and shoot, just draw and shoot, different hands, etc. It was a lot of fun. It was also an eye opener. I encourage everybody to try some of those. I reckon more than a few of you who carry with an empty chamber will be surprised at how long it takes you to chamber a round with one hand and get a shot off.
     
  15. jmr40

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    If the pistol is in a holster, on my person, under my control, always. If the gun is not under my direct control, in the safe, nightstand, glove box etc. I do keep a loaded magazine in the gun with no round in the chamber.

    On occasion there are times where I carry with no holster and utilize a clipdraw when no other method will work. I know it isn't as fast, but it is a heck of a lot faster than going back home to get the gun I couldn't carry otherwise. And I'm not going to carry this way with one in the chamber.
     
  16. Good Ol' Boy

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    So I keep my gun right beside my pillow with no round in the chamber. What about folks who keep a round in the chamber but their gun in a safe?

    Or do you just advocate everyone having their gun in their hand on their chest, cocked and unlocked whilst sleeping?
     
  17. Bobson

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    Yes, always.

    When I was new to carrying a gun, a few years ago, I was really uncomfortable with it. Someone on this forum suggested that people in my situation carry with the slide racked, but no round in the tube. After X amount of time, we'll see that the trigger never pulls itself and therefore no round would have been fired for that entire time. Took me a couple weeks and I realized it was true / became comfortable with it. Carried with a round in the chamber ever since then.
     
  18. Red Wind

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    It had to be done! :D No worries, it won't be unanimous. Nothing ever is.;)

    Think again.
     
  19. X-Rap

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    My post had nothing to do with yours as I didn't see it till after I posted. My post was directed at those who believe they can draw and chamber a round against an armed threat.
    There are to many variables to try to dissect with regards to off body gun condition.

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  20. gunhack

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    Yeah .. This is always an entertaining topic .. Duane Thomas even published an article in the August Blue Press titled "Chamber Empty = Suicide"

    I used to shoot IDPA condition 3 .. Guaranteed conversation starter .. :)
     
  21. Deaf Smith

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    Try to chamber a round one handed....

    a) while being assaulted.
    b) while your hand is wet with sweat.
    c) while you are running for your life.
    d) while the bad guys a present and looking toward you.

    Also, can you guarantee you won't short stroke the action and jam it?

    If you are so worried about that chamber being loaded.. get a revolver.

    But, sure if you wanna carry chamber empty, fine with me.

    And when the gong sounds and you need that weapon fast, lots of luck!

    Deaf
     
  22. DeepSouth

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    No telling how many times I've been told "unloaded guns kill people" so of course I keep it fully packed. ;)
     
  23. david58

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    Revolver in the night stand Point and shoot.
     
  24. SeanSw

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    Of course. Striker fired with grip safety.
     
  25. Red Wind

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    Yep, whenever I strap on my .45, that very 1st round is always live. ;)
    Might not be time to rack that slide, one in the pipe can save my hide! :D

    Apologies to Hank Williams, Jr. :cool:
     
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