This is a discussion on One in the chamber within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Often it is a decision between fashion and concealment. I wear a 92FS at three o'clock with little to no printing, but I dress for ...
Often it is a decision between fashion and concealment. I wear a 92FS at three o'clock with little to no printing, but I dress for that purpose.
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Yep. ^^ [gasmitty]
A gun holstered at your side in an FBI cant type holster will have it's bore pointing rearward of you at the feet and legs of who ever is directly behind you at any given moment in space & time.
A holster that is a dead drop type will always be pointing at people directly beneath you such as when riding an escalator or when walking up a stair in the mall.
As noted by Guantes very many shoulder and belly band holsters will by function of their design result in the bore being pointed in the direction of persons around you.
And if you use an appendix type holster or a 'Smart Carry' brand holster then the bore will be pointing at your own body as well.
It is not humanly possible to avoid this in a 95th percentile way;Unless you either live in a flat world that has no secondary levels (straight drop holster) or you choose to never carry nor keep a gun at all as even when cased for transport or as stored in a safe the bore WILL at some time be pointing in the direction of something or someone you do not wish to destroy.
Thus comes the item of operational context and intent.
Do you intend to be safe with your firearms?
If so, then as in what context of operation?
This requires thought as beyond the very basics as are told and taught to fol under the premise of 'range safety' rules.
Range safety rules dictate that the bore should not be pointed at anything you do not wish to destroy as under _any circumstance_.
This is what you and most commonly folk are thinking.
As related to arms though that are not intended to be used within the context of a range AND that are specifically involved with being holstered with specific intent for carry, then the operational rules of bore line do in fact change due to context.
You would learn this and more in a properly instructed Basic Pistol and/or Introduction to Concealed Carry course.
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Always have a round in the chamber...the gun is almost always on my person and in a holster...no worries!
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Whats going to stop your kid from racking the slide like they see on TV ever time a gun is picked up....
For me my EDC stay's on me till i goto bed... I too have a littleone , but she knows not to touch and if she a handgun she comes and get and adult...
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"I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world."
One in the chamber at all times.
IMO less handling is safer. I'd rather keep one in the pipe than be clearing my guns all the time. Furthermore I'd rather not have to pause to recall whether or not I need to rack the slide at the moment of truth.
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I carry my LCP all the time in a pocket holster with one in the chamber. You will build confidence as you continue to carry.....just don't ever get complacent or careless. Enjoy the forum and welcome
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I too have kids at home and at first was very uncomfortable going from my revolver to a semi with one in the chamber. For the first few weeks I carried without one in the chamber. Then 1 day I racked the slide and from then on always have one in. I too pocket carry in a holster and ALWAYS make sure when I sit it is positioned down far enough that there can be no accident. Some will say if you don't pull the trigger it won't go bang. I don't want to be the exception one day. Just saw something on TV a week ago about Remington (I think) rifle that there were many reports of it firing without touching the trigger.
At home when I take it off I leave one in but it goes in a small safe.
Depends on your "routine" for being armed, transferring your active defensive weapon(s) to and from the safe. With kids, you've got to be very particular about controlling your guns that aren't actually on your person, whereas folks without children and/or others in the home can have multiple guns loaded and active around the home without so much concern as children require.I have two kids and wonder if I should unload it at home.
Whatever else you do, be sure to gun-proof your kids so that they know what to do around firearms, know when not to touch them, know to call an adult to the area when finding a gun, etc. IMO, this is just as important as how you control your guns. Why? Quite simply, because you're not going to always be able to be there when your children are around guns. At some point, one or more of them is going to find one, be shown one by somebody, or be involved with them (ie, in cub scouts, whatever). It's important to know that your kids know exactly what not to do when around firearms.
Myself, I don't have children in the house. So, you might say it's a bit simpler. My active defensive gun is on me while I'm awake. It's loaded and ready to go. If I have a firearm that's out of the safe and not otherwise being cleaned or prepared for transport, they're loaded and ready to go. Otherwise, inactive guns are unloaded and in the safe, with ammo stored separately.
Not an issue. A HOLSTERED gun in the pocket, on the hip or in the shoulder holster isn't a threat to anyone. Bummer to have the muzzle technically "sweep" someone as you're sitting down (with the legs presumably at 90deg.). But it's holstered. It's not as though the trigger's going anywhere; or, with a revolver, it's not as though the cylinder's going to be turning. Think of it: all day long, a pocket-carried gun is pointing at your feet. But there's no real threat, as it's holstered. Not to worry, until handling it.I pocket carry sometimes and when I sit it may be pointing at someone. I have it in a holster and when I sit I try to point it down. Should I worry about this kind of thing? What do you guys do?
I always carry a round chambered. This has been discussed to death, but the fact is that you may not have a free hand to rack the slide or you may be on your back fighting off an attacker, etc. Not to mention that you may fail to rack the slide with enough force to chamber the round reliably.
That being said, all of my guns are loaded in my house. I have two daughters (5 and 2). My older one knows not to touch my guns, but I have absolutely no confidence that she will not touch it. Which is why the gun is either on my person or in a safe like the GunVault. I could not live with myself if an accident happened.