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    One in the chamber

    Do you guys always have one in the chamber?
    I have two kids and wonder if I should unload it at home.
    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?


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    Yes. When I wear it, it is always loaded.
    When I take it off, I unload it.

    I wear it in a holster that point down at all times so I dont worry about it.
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    Sounds like you need more traing to develop confidence in your weapon and your ability. A pistol not ready to fire is as good as a rock in your pocket.
    With children around, if it can't be secured where they absoluty can't get to it, then yes by all means, their safety is a priority. Unload it and keep ammo seperate from little hands and curious eyes.

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    I always carry chambered. If you have it in a holster, the trigger is covered, and you are in control of the gun, no problem. It is a personal choice, but most here will tell you they carry with one in the chamber and they carry at home. Just as long you are in control of the gun and it's not left laying around.
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    Well I met when I get home and it's still in my pocket. I absolutely have in locked away when it's not on me I never leave a loaded gun just laying around. Plus I got one of those nifty gun vaults.

    But my concern is I was always taught never point a gun loaded or not unless your planning on shooting. But I guess it's fine if it's holstered? I just have to adjust to the fact if it's in my pocket in may point at someone

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    Sounds like you need more traing to develop confidence in your weapon and your ability. A pistol not ready to fire is as good as a rock in your pocket.
    With children around, if it can't be secured where they absoluty can't get to it, then yes by all means, their safety is a priority. Unload it and keep ammo seperate from little hands and curious eyes.
    +1

    Also keep in mind that the more you load and unload your weapon to pocket carry at home the more likely there exists a chance for a ND.
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    ND?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmtbracer View Post
    ND?
    Negligent Discharge. Most here feel there is no such thing as an AD (Accidental Discharge).
    An accident would be the gun going off by itself.
    An ND is when someone makes a mistake and pulls the trigger, unintentionally, due to improper technique or sloppiness.
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    So basically I should no worry if it's in my holster and in my pocket

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Yes. When I wear it, it is always loaded.
    When I take it off, I unload it.

    I wear it in a holster that point down at all times so I dont worry about it.
    If you recline on your couch / recliner does it still point down?

    Mine does not.
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    Ssmbracer, you sound like a good person who is concerned about gun safety and proper etique in the handling therein, and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I applaud your concern and questions. We are all here to help.
    A holstered gun, that is, in a proper holster made for your particular firearm, is a safe weapon. Being an inanimate object, it requires manipulation to make it work. A proper holster circumvents inadvernt manipulation on your part. So you are ok there.
    Children are precious little innocent things, that must be protected at all times. If you have a safe that renders your gun inaccesable to them, then leave it loaded and secure it.
    Good training and a desire to never be satisfied with your knowledge and skill will take you the rest of the way.
    If you have anymore questions, there are a lot of people here that will be glad to help.

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    You are more likely to have a ND when handling, unloading and loading your weapon....keep it loaded and only unload when completely necessary then you will be less likely to accidentally shoot something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctsketch View Post
    You are more likely to have a ND when handling, unloading and loading your weapon....keep it loaded and only unload when completely necessary then you will be less likely to accidentally shoot something.
    +1

    I unload/load my weapons once a week -- when I go to the range. Hollowpoints out, target rounds in, hollowpoints back in after cleaning.

    The same is true with Barbara, my 12 gauge zombie killer, except she gets fired/cleaned monthly and I never keep one in the chamber.

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    If you recline on your couch / recliner does it still point down?
    If I recline on the couch I am not wearing it.
    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.


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    Welcome to the forum. Your questions remind me a lot of mine when I first joined here. There is an incredible amount of good information available, and a lot of experienced and patient folks who are willing to share it. This also brings to light the importance of the quality of the firearm, its proper maintenance, the quality of the holster, and the training that you receive.
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