Welcome to the forum.
To answer your question, yes and no, it all depends on the type of firearm I was carrying at the time.
If I was carrying a 1911 style pistol the round was chambered and the safety was on. If I was carrying a DA/SA pistol like a Beretta the round was chambered, the gun decocked and the safety was left off. I rely on the long DA first shot to prevent problems.
After spending about an hour reading through all of these posts I've decided a few things:
1) Everyone will continue to carry how they see fit/are comfortable with
2) The only thing that will change a person's mind is real world experience or good training
3) some people have not been aquatinted with "Murphy's Law" (everything that can go wrong WILL)
With #3 in mind, I've had hours upon hours of professional expert firearm training. Personally I will always carry with a round in the chamber here is why;
1) during training 50ft can be covered so fast at just a jogging speed clearing clothes and a holster then being accurate is EXTREMELY HARD under stress. Things are 100% different under stress. Your motor skills are deeply affected
2)If you don't want to go hand to hand first YOU WILL HAVE TO GET OFF THE X and create distance so you can shoot semi-accurately
3) drawing from concealment fast is HARD, shirts don't just poof out of the way. Murphy's Law loves to reek havoc. At this point the threat is upon you and you will most likely have to you your weak hand (racking hand for C2er's) to hold the threat far enough away from you so you can draw and shoot from retention at point blank range.
Summary Carry how you wish. Everyone remain alert. Get trained by an instructor not youtube!
Thanks for the answers i am new to handguns in general and it still is new about all of the workings. I believe tht I would carry sigh the safety but with more understanding of firearms I realize that it is not necessary
Call it a brick if you want...doesn't change the fact it was a pistol, carried in condition 4, that was effectively utilized to protect her and her son.
HD_FLHTK. Welcome to the forum.
You did not mention what firearm you were carrying but the practice of chambering a round they lowering the hammer then recocking for use is probably not the best option. If you firearm is equipped with a manual safety it is probably better to chamber a round and engage the safety.
One of the points of folks not carrying one in the chamber is the fear of a negligent discharge. The method you described is not really a safe one. All it would take is for your thumb/finger to slip one time and allow the hammer to fall and you may end up shooting something or someone you do not intend to.
Wow. I read this whole thing. What's wrong with me?
I carry condition 1. What I would suggest, and then I'm gonna stop drop and roll, is to consider looking at platforms that will provide one in the pipe but with a measure of safety that is comfortable and suitable for your personal requirements. Thumb safety, grip safety, decocker, etc. or not. Whatever. I gotta get a life.
Stop, drop and roll.
A defensive handgun without a round chamber is the same as a millenia old defensive tool..... its called a rock
The better addage is, "Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst." That is usually good advice. I would not want to be "hopeful" in a fight, and not prepared for the worst.
Other thing is that if you draw a gun and know it is loaded and you are willing to shoot if you have to, it is likely to send a different subtle message to your attacker. If you pull a gun and you know it is not loaded, and/or you don't intent to shoot, a savvy attacker may pick up on body language, facial expression and other things and almost instinctively know that you won't shoot. That can be a very bad thing.
I would guess that if you are not willing to shoot if you have to, then you are much better off with a Taser or pepper spray... if you are willing to use that ... and more training.