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Loaded chamber? Like father like son

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Geronimo45, Dec 21, 2006.

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  1. Geronimo45

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    I like to leave my pistol with an empty chamber when I go to bed. Never really thought to much of it until I was meddling around, scouring the house for old movies. HD Shotgun was under my father's bed - chamber empty and open, ammunition on the nightstand. I realized why I don't usually leave a chambered round in my gun at night. My father doesn't, never has done it unless he intended to shoot something that minute. I've just followed in his footsteps, not really thinking about why I did it.

    Any of you see yourself copying the gun habits of your parents? Do you keep a loaded chamber or not on y'all's HD guns?
     
  2. Erinyes

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    No. My dad liked to keep his 1911 loaded with one in the chamber, but with the hammer down. :what:

    I always kept my BHP cocked & locked.

    And for the record, my Mossberg and my Walther are both loaded and chambered.
     
  3. Anna's Dad

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    Definately not. To my knowledge, my father never owned a gun!
     
  4. 10-Ring

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    Guns are ready to go - loaded w/ one in the chamber. When my son was younger, shotty was out of reach & pistol was in lock box. Now that he knows how to shoot and knows how to handle the guns in the house the only real difference is that he's tall enough to reach the shotgun & he knows the combo to the box :D
     
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    When hunting this year my dad was surprised I was carrying my 1911 cocked & locked. I just said "that's how it's supposed to be carried".
     
  6. mustanger98

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    My Grandpa kept his semi-autos loaded, but with the chamber empty. Daddy has tended towards doing the same way. I broke the pattern when I got my first 1911A1; I went with cocked and locked. I wouldn't carry a .45 any other way because it's the only way to get one into action one handed easily in a hurry. This ain't in genetics but rather in point of view vs. alellomimetic (sp?) behavior.
     
  7. Let Us Reason

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    Communist Infiltration?

    I've heard some conservative radio talkshows suggest that some popular communist organizations are fronting as defenders of our civil liberties when all along their longterm agenda is to distroy such groups as the NRA and others. Is there anything to this?
     
  8. zinj

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    What?
     
  9. mustanger98

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    LUR, If your question is legitimate and you're not a troll, and I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt and the opportunity to prove you're not one, I suggest you start a separate thread on this topic in Legal and Political.
     
  10. possum

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    i keep my hd handgun locked and loaded as well as my carr gun, at all times, there is a 20rd mag in my ar, and 6+1 in my remington 870 but there are no rds in he chamber of the ar and shotgun. but they c be brought into play really quickly.:)
     
  11. doubleg

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    same here:uhoh:
     
  12. The-Fly

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    I'm definitely not like my parents, their both gun grabbers. I keep my house guns, a 92fs and a 870, chambered.
     
  13. c_yeager

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    Some people have a tendancy to move around a lot when they sleep. For them it might not be a good idea to have a gun at the ready within easy reach of their sleeping area. I believe we had a thread here in which several members indicated that they had woken up to find that they had cocked pistols or taken off safeties while sleeping with no memory of doing so. I can understand them having a gun in condition three, or even completely unloaded.

    Edit - Looks like we have had a couple threads on this phenomena.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=184305&highlight=sleepwalking

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=176549&highlight=sleepwalking

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=31731&highlight=sleepwalking (<- thats the one I remembered)
     
  14. Dorryn

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    I read all three of those threads you listed c_yeager, and I have one simple comment: How can individuals credibly believe that you would have the muscle memory to remember a sequence of button pushes to unlock a safe, and yet NOT possess the muscle memory of not pointing a gun at oneself? Since I do not make a habit of pointing weapons at myself while awake, I find it difficult to imagine a dream or hypnagogic state where I would ever do so. Possibly I might grab the gun under my pillow and point it at a dream, maybe, but not myself.

    While the points everyone made were very good, i've never discovered my Beretta anywhere but under my pillow where I left it, always with the safety on. Ive never awoken touching it. Ive never knocked it off the bed, and I move about very energetically in my sleep. This is why I dont feel terribly uncomfortable leaving a round in the chamber.

    Since I live alone in a reasonably unsafe neighborhood, I trust my just-awakened judgement enough to prefer to have it loaded and ready at all times while asleep, just in case.
     
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    My Dad never kept a gun loaded in the house. In my home, all centerfire handguns are loaded and ready to go at all times, all autos with a round in the chamber. And all guns are to be considered loaded until cleared by whoever might be looking at one. ANYONE who might not know how to clear one is taught then and there. That's one of the rules I taught my sons from a very early age. AND, I will not hand a loaded gun to anyone period!!
     
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    Let Us Reason?

    Let Us Reason? Sounds like a troll to me.

    There is only one way to have firearms in the home: Loaded to the magazines max, rounds chambered, safeties on and the assurance of fresh batteries in all electronic sights. The major firearms can be vaulted, but you better have one on you to help you get to that vault.

    In the event of a break-in, you won't have time to unlock vault, load, etc. By then, you'll see talking with Jesus about your flawed strategy. Has anyone tried their strategy? Have a friend or family member pretend to break in. Sit you "self" on the sofa, watching TV or reading a book. Believe it or not, most adults are fully capable of kicking in a door. It is simple pine construction in most cases, not reinforced steel. See how far you can get before the person "tags" you with a red crayon.

    I noted such a similar test i the airplane defense scenario. As a TKD instructor, we engaged in tons of professional research, video recorded the scenarios and reviewed them, modified and tried again. Try it. See how far you do not get.

    On a related matter, and horridly deceptive to the buyer, has anyone else seen the commercials on television about these home defense systems (I think Brinks)? The bad guy kicks the door open and the alarm sounds. So horridly scared by the alarm, the bad guy runs back out the door, and the people from the security system calls:

    Security: "Is everything okay?"

    Home owner: "No, someone is trying to break in".

    Security: "Don't worry. We're sending help!"

    Hello?! Hello?!?! Is anyone (cognitively) home up there? After testing your reaction time as I have described briefly above, you will think twice (I hope) about locking ALL of your firearms in a vault and leave them unloaded.

    In closing, anyone else hear on the news this past week what is the most common break in time over the past few years? Supper, as in while the family is at the table. That seems to answer the why carry in the home.

    Doc2005
     
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    I leave my XD unloaded in the nightstand near the bed with a full mag next to it. If someone breaks it, i figure Ill have enough time to insert the mag and rack the side.
     
  18. Hemicuda

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    My Dad keeps loaded (fully loaded) guns at arms reach... so do I... so, yep, I agree! "Like father, like son"
     
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    My father grew up on a farm and actually had some poor gun habits (never cleaned his guns, when he cleaned handguns and rifles he would insert the rod at the muzzle end of the barrel damaging the crown, my parents lived on the second floor and every gun was kept in the basement, etc). Over time, my brother and I have corrected most of those habits, or at least the big ones.

    PS- You should keep one in the chamber :)
     
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    If they're in the safe, unloaded. Otherwise cocked and locked. My dad wasn't much of a gun person. He likes firearms, but he just never got into it. I got my 'habits' from my brother. He got his from they guy that introduced him to deerhunting.
     
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    Cocked and locked. I wouldn't carry on an empty chamber, why would my house gun be any different?
     
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    Dad kept his S&W 9mm in his office, in a locked file cabinet, unloaded. Only handgun in the house when I was a kid.

    Living with no kids, I have loaded guns in easy reach. Might re-think that when I have kids, but not an issue now.
     
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    I keep my home defense weapons in the same condition I was trained in the military, i.e., it depends on the weapon.

    Shotgun, rounds in magazine, slide forward, selector on safe. Requires two distinct operations before it's ready to fire, rack slide, place selector on fire.

    AR, no round in chamber, magazine in well, bolt forward, selector on safe. There is actually a good reason for this. Since the firing pin in an AR is free floating, having a round in the chamber can lead to an accidental discharge if the weapon is hit at the right angle with sufficient force even if the safety is on. This actually happened to a troop in my old squadron, so I have personal knowledge that this is not a myth. (He dropped his M-16 down the ladder of the LSB on an alarm response to a missile site. It hit butt first, chambering a round without his knowledge. Later, at the LCF, he accidentally dropped it while preparing to clear it at the clearing barrel. Round went off, striking him in the outer right thigh. He was relieved of duty and discharged shortly thereafter. Can't have such clumsy people carrying firearms around nuclear weapons. :uhoh: This happened in the late 80's at Warren AFB.)

    Handgun, however the weapon is designed to be carried. SA autos, cocked and locked, DA or DA/SA, round in the chamber, decocked if necessary. I don't use DA/SA handguns with safeties for concealed carry or home defense. If I need a handgun, I need it NOW. DA revolvers, all cylinders loaded.

    My reasoning is thus:

    If I should wake with an intruder in the room, I have a S&W Model 65-3 loaded with Federal Hydra-Shock .357's in a holster attached to the frame of my bed where I can easily reach it. There's an inexpensive Brinkmann lithium flashlight in a holder next to it (great buy, $20 at wallie world.) I have immediate firepower that won't get clogged in the bed clothes like an auto might and won't be pushed out of battery at contact distances.

    Leaning against the head of the bed next to that is my Mossberg 500 Persuader with a regular stock, 7 rounds of #1 buck in the tube, 6 slugs in the sidesaddle and a lithium light attached. Slide is forward on an empty chamber, selector is on safe.

    My wife keeps her S&W 640 on her side of the bed in her purse, which she always places next to her before retiring.

    We keep our cell phones on chargers on the night stand on either side of the bed.

    The drill is, if we are awakened by the dogs barking or the sound of an intruder somewhere in the house, whichever one of us wakes first grabs a handgun and flashlight, wakes the other, and we assess. If there is time, I grab the 12 gauge, we take cover and watch the hallway outside the bedroom while she calls the local PD on a cell phone.

    Generally, by this time my GS will be going nuts and trying to eat whoever happens to be inside my house without being invited. I know the guys at the local PD since I've worked with some of them before, so they know what my plan of action is. This is one of the essentials to any HD plan. Even though I'm LE, I am not about to go on a house clearing expedition with no backup. If there's only one officer on duty(it happens in small towns) I'll have him back me up while we clear the house. If we've waited this long, I'll have had time to put on my boots, vest and duty gear before he gets there.

    P.S. We don't have any kids, so I don't have any need to go rescue one of my own. It will be a vastly different situation if you do have loved ones in other areas of the house, so I highly suggest you get some professional training if this is the case.
     
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    Timely subject

    Last night at around 0030hrs my driveway alarm #1, #2 and then #3 went off and the dogs started raising he**. I rolled out of bed and looked out the window where the outside lights had come on (linked to driveway alarms) and watched a large tow truck come up the hill to my house. I put on my robe, opened the drawer in my night stand, handed my wife my XD45 and grabbed my all steel full size (rather large) Witness 10MM. By the time the truck had reached the top of the driveway the dogs and I were out the back door running around the house to come up behind the truck. My wife covered the front of the house from the bedroom window and when the driver got out he was blinded by the outside lights (total of eight 300 watt floods) and my wife was in shadow. The driver held up a paper in front of his face and called out that he was looking for an address half a mile down the valley from us. By then my dogs were standing less than two feet from his buttocks and I was ten feet behind them. I told the driver (I had checked out the truck cab and found it empty) where the address he was seeking was located and he about jumped out of his skin. He turned and the dogs growled. I told the dogs to shut up and he finished turning towards me when he saw the 10mm at my side. He informed me he was a reposessor and was on a legal job and didn't want any trouble. I laughed and told him since he didn't want any we wouldn't give him any and the dogs proceeded to sit down and wag their tails when they heard me laugh. It took me over an hour to calm down and get back to sleep. ALL MY FIREARMS ARE LOADED TO THE MAX AND CHAMBERED.
    If I had to fumble with loading mags and charging weapons out of a sound sleep I'm not sure what the outcome would be.
     
  25. MD_Willington

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    Ditto here
     
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