This is a discussion on POLL - Do you carry: With a round chambered - No round in chamber within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Chad Rogers Despite the perceived drama created by many, the odds of a CCWer getting into a Heat style shootout are about ...
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For a day I carried without a round in a chamber to get used to the idea of cocked and locked. Once I saw that the safety did not disengage the entire day, I racked on in and ever looked back.
Even with my Shield, I still rock the chamber hot.
To me, it's much easier to train keeping the finger off the trigger until ready to fire and good gun safety rather than train a very fast draw and rack (or Israeli Draw).
That, and I've seen a video on liveleak where a jewelery store clerk was seen being shot to death while he tried to draw and rack his gun in the middle of an armed robbery. Images with that stick with a person, ya know?
Although I do carry with a round in the chamber, I respect people who prefer to not have one in the chamber. My idea is as long as they are carrying, almost anything else comes down to personal preference. I've seen people do a very fast Israeli draw - who am I to say they need to relearn their system and carry one in the chamber? If it works, it works.
Whatever condition you choose to carry a weapon, it's important to practice. Take the cartridges out or use snap-caps and handle the pistol.
I prefer pistols with a hammer-release and thumb safety (so I don't carry a Glock or its derivatives). I carry in C3 once in a while, but C1 is my preferred method most of the time (when I'm in mental Condition Orange for sure). My favorite pistols are my H&K P30 and Beretta M9. I carry a concealed weapon, so my favorite pistols don't usually make the trip because they're too big and heavy. I then fall back on my Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 Auto or my Smith and Wesson Airweight J frame .38 revolver.
I've shot bigger caliber guns, but I have come to believe the 9mm, .38 and even .380 are plenty powerful for self defense. I haven't needed to shoot the engine block of get away cars in a while.
I think carrying in C0 (even for police officers in normal conditions) is too dangerous, although statistics show unintentional discharges by LEO's are extremely rare, so training and practice make all the difference.
I carry a Glock, chambered.
Stop whining and go make a difference!
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I’d think the only issue could be IF you never got the chance to chamber a round. IF stats are correct, a lot of CCW incidents happen at contact distance, possibly while already grappling with an opponent (Zimmerman for instance), you may not have a free hand to chamber a round.
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I carry a LC9 right front pocket in a superfly, safety off, round in chamber. PX4 SC in console of car (round in chamber) since I cannot draw from sitting position.
Carry Bodyguard 380, XDsc9, and soon to be added into the rotation a LC9... all chambered with a round. Safeties off on the 380 and the LC9.... All holstered with triggers covered... To each his own, be safe.
Chambered all the time.
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
Chambered, cocked and locked, just the way JMB designed it to be carried.
When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
Wouldn't even think about carrying without one in chamber. I carry LCP and Glock 19.
I agree wholeheartedly with those that have said that bad situations have a way of finding you. I've had 3 such incidents find me, but fortunately I was able to avoid further escalation each time without having to use a weapon to defend myself. And I usually go out of my way to avoid perceived bad areas and confrontations, yet these incidents found me.
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