If you carry Cond 1 good for you. if you carry cond 3 good for you.. its 1000% better than not carrying a pistol. Just make sure you practice that way. Alertness is much more important than if you carry Cond 1,2 or 3... I been carryin CCW everyday for 19 years much of it condition 3, and never have been harmed yet. condition yellow muy importante ,condition 1 poco importante
OP it's unfortunate that this type of situation happened but tat the same time it's a good thing for several reasons.
You were able to assess a situation that, at the time, seemed threatening, and you were able to see how your might possibly react. Your wife also showed that she is aware of her surroundings and knew that you were there to protect her and the kids.
The biggest benefit to this situation is realizing the difficulty you may have faced if you had to draw, chamber, and then engage. During that time, you may have tried to sweep your family behind you with your off hand. You may have short-stroked the slide and failed to get the round chambered. Many many things could have happened. You cannot do it all at once.
I hope you can get to comfortable place with carrying chambered. Your kids can't hurt themselves if you keep the trigger covered and the gun in a safe place when not on your person. You will do just fine.
I really can't think of anyone on this forum that would like to be called a nazi, soup or not. If you don't like the content of the OP just go away...
Huh?? :confused: It would be almost impossible for a small child to work the slide and chamber a round into a 1911 (or other full size pistol). Thus the chances of a child-induced ND are dramatically reduced with an empty chamber.
I can understand both sides of the OP's dilemma. With small kids around, I think he's doing the right thing with empty chamber. The small kids are around him ALL THE TIME, whereas a bona fide 'bad guy' may never show up in his life. If the OP has even one tiny memory lapse and leaves the pistol where a child can access it, then the chances of a ND are less with empty chamber. Of course, the trade off is that he's slightly slower getting the pistol into action against a 'bad guy'.
Wow. Did everyone not have their morning coffee? Am I the only one who understands the soup nazi reference? Seinfeld anyone?
Good SA. Each of us has to evaluate their own circumstances, physical abilities, and training when deciding on what state to carry our weapon(s). There is no right or wrong way to carry, there is only your way. Personally, I'm a little long-in-the-tooth and the lightening reflexes of my youth have dulled. So, I carry locked & cocked.
It's always fun to see things haven't changed during my absence.
I prefer cond 1 for all reasons already mentioned. As far as children getting hold of a firearm in cond 1, how likely is that to happen while you are carrying it?
I'm just envious that the OP can carry at church, we're still prohibited from church carry in Georgia.
I carry with an empty chamber as a rule but I rarely go anywhere sketch like the OP described. If I were to do so, I'd be locked and loaded.
It will be a hard lesson learned for you if you have a life threatening confrontation and your not ready......after 2 incidents in my life I can tell you.....there is no time to rack a slide......plain and simple......maybe a revolver would be a better choice for you or If your not comfortable carrying it +1......then maybe you should rely on OC spray, at least that will be ready when or if you need it.