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 RockBottom It's not so much safety habits or confidence in the weapon for me Bumper. For me, it's that all important decision ...
We have had people in "nice neighborhoods" robbed at gunpoint in their own yard in our town. Seems criminals have cars as well as guns.
I know who belongs in my house. If you aren't invited in my house, you are an intruder. I won't fire though, unless I am in fear of my family's or my safety. If you take the time to chamber a round, you may not have to worry about "living with the decision".
Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
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Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”
That's how I feel about it.
P.S. "Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands." -- Jeff Cooper
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Always one in the pipe..
Don"t let stupid be your skill set....
Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means, that you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you......
Always chambered. No knotted knickers here, do what you want.
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Thanks to ALL who have participated in the voting.
This wasn't an argument starter. It was a simple poll asking you to vote & to follow-up on how you carry if you so choose. I'm afraid that due to the exuberance of some of the follow-up comments here, that some are not willing to share the requested information due to those of us with overbearing attitudes.
Lighten up folks - it's a forum to share in & not a contest on who is right.
"Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right." -- U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings, Re: U.S. vs Emerson (1999)
I don't carry one in the chamber all the time but I respect those that do if that's their desire.
Let's be honest here, I bet there are thousands of years experience on this forum alone when it comes to guns but getting a CCW is not hard and even though I feel any law abiding citizen has the right to get their permit, I am equally convinced there are some in this world who seriously don't need one in the chamber while carrying.
It would be cool to hang out with you guys though, I could just leave mine in the car :)
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I carry, and I carry with one in the pipe, ready-to-go when I press that trigger.
My reasoning? With the little Force-on-Force training I've had so far, I know for certain that in a vast number of scenarios, I did not have time to rack that slide.
So when I looked for a carry pistol, I shopped with specifics in-mind: with heavy emphasis put on safety mechanisms which would make me comfortable carrying with one in the pipe.
I have a young daughter. She's now 5 and 1/2. While I've tried my best to convey to her the seriousness of gun-safety in an age-appropriate manner (and while she has exhibited perfect understanding and obedience - again, age-appropriate), at home, I still had problems storing my defensive firearms in "Condition I," despite already having placed them behind the barrier of quick-access safes. As a result of these concerns, I stored those firearms safe and cleared, and with the magazine out: this meant that when I opened the safe, I had to insert the mag *and* chamber a round. So that's two concessions I've made there, but weighing my decision for myself, I slept easier. Late this winter, my daughter spontaneously demonstrated awareness of the actions one would take to insure the chamber is clear - reassured that she understood, I then immediately switched to "Condition I" storage in those quick-access safes (with a holster, protecting the trigger, of-course!).
For me, it's the discipline of keeping my gun with me at all times when it's out of my safes. And when the gun comes out, it's either actively being used, or being returned to those safes.
I met one British PSD in Iraq who carried his Glock with an empty chamber, even on BIAP runs. His premise? If he had an ND, any ND, he would be sent home. He was not willing to run any risks of losing his job.
Always with a round in the chamber. if I wasn't comfortable with my gun or my ability to safely carry with a round in the chamber, I wouldn't be carrying a gun at all.
I have one in the chamber at all times and locked and put in a holster. like others have said if I show it off I alway take the clip out and unload it before I let anyone touch it that don't know how to handle a gun.