Gun's Chamber Indicator Doesnt Work? First time gun owner

Gun's Chamber Indicator Doesnt Work? First time gun owner

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    Gun's Chamber Indicator Doesnt Work? First time gun owner

    Hey everyone,
    I read these forums all the time - especially in my google searches for the perfect weapon for me. I just bought my first hand gun after 6 months of saving. I bought a Berretta PX4 Compact in a 9mm. After I bought it I shot 100 rounds through it. I took it home, messed around with my IWB holster and changed into a few outfits in front of the mirror to find the best cant angle and best spot on my waist to conceal (I totally felt like a little girl trying on all her new outfits). Anyways, after loading the weapon and putting a round in the chamber I noticed that the loaded chamber indicator did not work. I dont know if it worked at range as I had just noticed it at home. I know its supposed to work because I can just barely see the red paint on the top that is supposed to be sticking out but isnt. Any idea on how to fix it? I know its not necessary and that I always need to check the weapon manually and not rely on the indicator, blah blah blah. However, its brand spankin new, its my first gun, and it bothers me in an OCD type way that it doesnt work.


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    You might want to contact the company and present the issue to customer service. I am not familiar with this system, but I would want to be sure it is not a potential issue in regards to reliability and function. It may not be, but you never know.
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    Are you sure the slide is all the way forward, into battery? Many new gun owners have a tendency to ride the slide forward instead of just letting it slam home... which makes the round get hung up a bit in the chamber. (I did this myself also).

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    If you haven't already done so check the manual that came with the weapon just to be sure you are doing everything correctly and make sure that a cartridge is fully chambered. It could also be as simple as proper lubrication.

    After that call the manufacturer or go by the gun store were you purchased it.

    Always a bummer if things don't work like they are supposed to with a new gun. Most of all be careful and don't get frustrated and do something foolish
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    Not familiar with the px4 specifically, but most chamber loaded indicators are very simple, the XD pistols for example, the chamber loaded indicator simply raises up because it hits on the rim of the case, and a small spring puts a little pressure on it to keep it "down" (and not flipping around) when it's not loaded.

    I would imagine the PX4 working in a similar fashion, so if actually have a chambered round with a pistol fully in battery, it should be "up" unless it is damaged.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra419 View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I read these forums all the time - especially in my google searches for the perfect weapon for me. I just bought my first hand gun after 6 months of saving. I bought a Berretta PX4 Compact in a 9mm. After I bought it I shot 100 rounds through it. I took it home, messed around with my IWB holster and changed into a few outfits in front of the mirror to find the best cant angle and best spot on my waist to conceal (I totally felt like a little girl trying on all her new outfits). Anyways, after loading the weapon and putting a round in the chamber I noticed that the loaded chamber indicator did not work. I dont know if it worked at range as I had just noticed it at home. I know its supposed to work because I can just barely see the red paint on the top that is supposed to be sticking out but isnt. Any idea on how to fix it? I know its not necessary and that I always need to check the weapon manually and not rely on the indicator, blah blah blah. However, its brand spankin new, its my first gun, and it bothers me in an OCD type way that it doesnt work.
    Not to worry. The slight red mark at the top of the extractor that protrudes when a round is chambered was always barely visible on mine. You can feel the protrusion with your finger or thumb when your Storm is loaded. Nothing's wrong.
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    I'm pretty sure I racked the slide really good. Its my first gun but I'm no stranger to them. I'll try racking it nice and hard again and I'll also take it apart and clean it to see if its a lubrication problem.

    I'm hoping itll work but I think it might be what WMHAWTH said "Not to worry. The slight red mark at the top of the extractor that protrudes when a round is chambered was always barely visible on mine. You can feel the protrusion with your finger or thumb when your Storm is loaded. Nothing's wrong. "

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    is this with a snap cap or a live round ?

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    i have the px4 storm sc as well. it is very subtle, best way to tell is by feel. no round chambered, perfectly smooth. round chambered, you can feel a very slight rise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldandInTheWay View Post
    i have the px4 storm sc as well. it is very subtle, best way to tell is by feel. no round chambered, perfectly smooth. round chambered, you can feel a very slight rise.
    Pretty common on many firearms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra419 View Post
    I'm pretty sure I racked the slide really good. Its my first gun but I'm no stranger to them. I'll try racking it nice and hard again and I'll also take it apart and clean it to see if its a lubrication problem.

    I'm hoping itll work but I think it might be what WMHAWTH said "Not to worry. The slight red mark at the top of the extractor that protrudes when a round is chambered was always barely visible on mine. You can feel the protrusion with your finger or thumb when your Storm is loaded. Nothing's wrong. "
    Look at your extractor while the gun is unloaded. Then chamber a round and look at it. You may not see red paint but you'll see what I mean. May I assume your gun is extracting properly?

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    Hard to say from across the internet. Post a photo. Only then will I tell you that it is nothing to worry about.

    For the most part loaded chamber indicators are one of the gun parts designed by lawyers.

    Treat every gun as if it is loaded. Never trust a chamber indicator, and never look down the barrel.

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    Treat every gun as if it is loaded. Never trust a chamber indicator, and never look down the barrel.
    Hard to dispute that advice.

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    Firstly, I recommend to see if a round is chambered, never rely on a loaded chamber indicator, and ALWAYS press-check for visible brass.
    That said, I have a Beretta nano, and the indicator is blatently obvious both visually, and tactile. On the other hand, I have a Walther that I can't tell if a round is chambered from the indicator for the life of me, it's difficult to see, and the feel of it is non-existent, so I always press-check that weapon manually.
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    All firearms have the same chamber indicator and it is ALWAYS RED, why? Because you ALWAYS treat the firearm as if it is loaded. Very simple.

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