carrying DA only, one in the chamber?

carrying DA only, one in the chamber?

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    carrying DA only, one in the chamber?

    Looking for some opinions, Do you feel safe doing this, were you nervous at first?
    I know what many will say, whats the use of a gun not ready to fire, I would just like to know if anyone was nervous at first and if that feeling went away over time.


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    Just use a holster that covers the trigger. not scared to carry my p3at DAO chambered
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    If you don't pull the trigger it won't go off. This is how the majority of people carry daily. If your not comfortable try it without one in the pipe for a few days. If you ever need it you will want it condition 1. Cock,lock, ready to rock

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    I don't really see the point in carrying a gun if you don't have a bullet in the chamber. When things go bad the BG isn't going to pause and give you time to rack the slide to get your gun ready. Seems that from my reading, in most instances one barely has time to draw, aim, and fire.

    Again (as others have said) get a holster that covers the trigger well, and don't touch the trigger until you mean to fire the gun. But, always have it loaded and ready to go. Not much point in carrying otherwise....at least that's my opinion.

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    I was a but nervous at first....but about a week later it went away. Additionally, taking training courses beyond the basic "the bullet comes out this side" are great for getting over that fear. You learn to employ your firearm, versus just shooting at a piece of paper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjblat View Post
    Looking for some opinions, Do you feel safe doing this, were you nervous at first?
    I know what many will say, whats the use of a gun not ready to fire, I would just like to know if anyone was nervous at first and if that feeling went away over time.
    Absolutely one in the chamber.

    Assuming that you will have both hands free and functional in a sudden attack requiring you to defend your life is not a safe assumption. What if your support hand if busy or injured?

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    Yes, that nervous feeling goes away as you become more comfortable with the idea. If you are uncomfortable with carrying chambered, carry unchambered until you are ready. Just remember that you are at a serious disadvantage in a quickly escalating situation.

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    Yes, always one in the chamber.
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    The other members have covered it well. I will add that if you place your loaded pistol on a table it will not go off. That is what got me over the mental block.

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    I agree that one not chambered is alot less effective, my concern is really mental. Holster should arrive today and I plan to carry around the house while I wait for my liscence. I bought a Glock 26 and it seems they are considered very safe chambered.

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    If you really want to play it safe, load and carry a snap cap in the chamber. Once you have a level of confidence that your daily activity isn't going to ignite it, then move on to live ordnance.
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    If you're concerned, carry your glock around the house with an empty chamber for a while. You'll find that it is safe to carry, provided the holster covers the trigger.

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    My CZ-82 has a long, firm DA trigger and I'd certainly carry it chambered. Likewise for the Glock 30. Like previously mentioned, a well-designed holster and "finger awareness."
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    yes I carry one in the chamber on my Glock; yes I was uneasy at first; carried it without one in the chamber for severial days (it never went off) now I do not give it a second thought......

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