To Carry Loaded in chamber or not

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    Question To Carry Loaded in chamber or not

    I have a Glock 23 as you know the Glocks don't have a safety button. when I carry the gun should I have it loaded with a bullet in the chamber or just loaded with the magazine only and nothing in the chamber?
    My buddy said I should not have it a bullet loaded in the chamber because if the gun drops that the bullet could go off and because the Glock doesn't have a safety. Whats your advice?

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    Glocks do have a safety,. In fact they have three,. You can drop them all you want and they will not go off until you pull the trigger,.. If your carrying yours in a good holster, one that covers the trigger, you should have one in the pipe,.. If you need to use it you wouldn't have time normally to rack one in,.. You would forget and end up pulling the trigger on ... ... ... and empty champer,. Get a good holster if you don't have one,.. That is VERY important,,.

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    The search function is your friend. Do a search and you'll have hours of reading on this topic.

    And yes, the Glock is designed to be carried with one up the spout.
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    First glocks have a drop safety so 1 in the pipe is fine. If you have a good holster that covers the trigger guard and practice safe drawing from holster(finger not on trigger) it is perfectly safe. If you have a clipdraw i would not unless you have a saf-t-blok.

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    One in the chamber and a full magazine. Your buddy is wrong, Glock do have a safety. It is just not an external safety like he's use to seeing. Almost all (may be some cheap pistols without) have a firing pin block. Unless the trigger is depressed the block keeps the firing pin from traveling forward and striking the primer on the round. Your Glock is perfectly safe to carry fully loaded and ready for action. As you will find as you read more here, a gun without one in the chamber is just and expensive paper weight!

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    Thousands of LEOs carry Glocks with rounds in the chamber every day.
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    lol you all beat me to the punch.

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    One in the pipe--Yes.

    What is your experience level with weapons and carry?

    Wife started carrying first with no ammo, then with loaded mag only. Finally after building confidence she went hot with round in chamber. That is your goal, one in pipe--Yes.
    While people are saying "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, ... and they will not escape. 1Th 5:3

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    Quote Originally Posted by TucAzRider View Post
    Glocks do have a safety,. In fact they have three,. You can drop them all you want and they will not go off until you pull the trigger,.. If your carrying yours in a good holster, one that covers the trigger, you should have one in the pipe,.. If you need to use it you wouldn't have time normally to rack one in,.. You would forget and end up pulling the trigger on ... ... ... and empty champer,. Get a good holster if you don't have one,.. That is VERY important,,.
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    I am new to ccw, I carry a S&W 640, its my learning tool. Iwill carry that until I can carry a pistol locked and loaded


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    For the zillionth time. You will NOT have time to ask the bad guy to hold on for a second while you chamber a round when the SHTF, period, end of conversation. Any modern handgun has some type of safety device (Glocks have 3) or a veeeeeeery long trigger pull.

    An empty gun might as well be a paperweight.

    No offense to the OP in particular, but this has been asked and answered so many times its not even funny. The search button is your friend.
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    Your greatest danger in carrying chambered is to forget some rules of gun safety . . .

    1. Treat it as if its is always loaded (always)
    2. Keep your finger off of the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you intend to fire the weapon
    3. Be aware when you are drawing and holstering the weapon so that you do not have your finger or an object between the gun and the holster
    4. Don't be tempted to have the gun out flashing it around and showing it off
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    As long as your booger hook is off the bang switch, your gun is "safe."

    Here's another thread that's still running.

    Keep one in the pipe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeet732 View Post
    I am new to ccw, I carry a S&W 640, its my learning tool. Iwill carry that until I can carry a pistol locked and loaded
    Do you carry this revolver unloaded?

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    1 in the pipe, full mag. Use a good holster, and you should be fine - keep your finger off the bang switch!

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