If you haven't done so already, read every post in this thread.
Then when you are done with that, read every post in this thread: http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/...d-chamber.html
If there were an "intimidation value" in the sound of racking the slide on a pistol, and you wanted to use that "weapon" of sound - you could still do it with a round in the chamber. Sure a round will flop uselessly onto the ground - and maybe people might laugh - but at least you will have a loaded gun in the first place, in case you needed it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion - do what you think is best. For my part - I think it's best to keep my gun in the holster unless I'm going to use it.
Wish all of you here could just be caught in the minute using some sort of simulator.......boy would you change your mind quick about not carrying +1.........been there twice, believe me you'll be singing a different tune.
Not to bring You Tube into this but there are a couple of "scenerio" vids out there using snap caps. "bad guy" won almost every time the slide had to be racked.
To each his own.
Edward7, welcome to the forum. I have learned alot here.
Please keep reading thru the threads....one topic I recommend is when it's appropriate to use lethal force....and the legal consequences of showing your firearm when there isnt a reasonable & immediate threat of such. And if there isnt a reasonable, immediate threat, then your gun shouldnt be out (under most state's laws). And hence, there should be no racking the slide as a strategy. If there is a reasonable, immediate threat, then it's likely you'll need to shoot as soon as you draw. A gun is not a threat, it is a conclusion (we hope). Legally, in most states you cannot use it as a threat. (See also: brandishing)
At the same time, most here would agree that if you draw and the threat ceases to exist...attacker runs away, drops their gun, etc then we would not fire. But there wouldnt be any 'time to scare the bg' in there.
There is a thread running on that right now somewhere, I think.
Hello Edward and welcome to the forum.
In all seriousness to your question.
Yes there are bad guys out there who are intimidated by a number of things. An alarm sign in your yard, a 12 pound barking dog, your physical appearance, the mere sight of a firearm and so on. They are not really the ones you have to be concerned with because if they are intimidated by any of the mentioned things they probably will not cause you problems anyway as the moment they are confronted they will back off.
It is the other guys you have to worry about. Those who either through mental instability, use of drugs or alcohol, mental attitude or just plain don't give a damn will not be intimidated by anything up to and including a firearm. The problem is they do not wear color coded t shirts or present a memo stating their attitude and intentions, you will not know anything until they strike and by the time you realize how intent the are on harming you it will be to late to chamber a round. You will always be in the reaction phase. They will dictate what action you have to take and you are merely responding to it.
Self defense/lethal force encounters are generally close, fast, and bloody. Hopefully you have trained and conditioned your mind and your body to give a conditioned response. At the moment when you are attacked is not the time to practice a new technique or try to remember what you read in a magazine. There are no do overs or wait a minutes.
Your gun should stay holstered until you have to use it, no polling it out and calling him names, no sliding racks, or flipping on lazers.
Remove from holster, point/aim, shoot. no dilly dallying around.
Guys the woman in Wa. had one big advantage the guy did not do anything to prevent here from loading and chambering a round, he just stood there. If all bad guys would just stand there and do nothing you could carry your firearm disassembled in a paper bag and would have all the time in the world to put it together.
With enough time and distance yes you could recognize a threat, draw, chamber and engage but you will not always have that amount of time and distance to work with.
I know of no respected firearms trainer that advocates carrying in anything other than Condition One.
I see a pattern.
I have a question for those that carry condition 1 do you do so with your safety on?