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    Loaded/unloaded chamber

    How do I check for a loaded chamber if my gun doesn't have a loaded chamber indicator? Is there another way than racking the slide and ejecting the round? Gun is Beretta Px4 storm SC
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    1. Never ever count on the LCI if there is one .. They can and will fail
    2. Some guns dont have obvious LCI so check the manual
    3. I just pull the slide back ( finger well off the trigger ) a tiny bit to see brass ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongRecroom View Post
    1. Never ever count on the LCI if there is one .. They can and will fail
    2. Some guns dont have obvious LCI so check the manual
    3. I just pull the slide back ( finger well off the trigger ) a tiny bit to see brass ..
    Same here, pull slide slightly back to verify a round is in the chamber. Truth be told if I am carrying it the chamber will be loaded.
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    Yup, often called a "press check". Just part way back and you can see the brass. No need to crank it out and put another one in. Course mine always has one in the chamber. I put in a mag, rack it, then pull out the mag and put another one in. Fully loaded full time.
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    You just got the "correct answer trifecta."

    Practice pulling the slide back no more than a quarter inch on an unloaded gun to get used to doing a "chamber check." And don't cup your "slide" hand over the muzzle!
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    That is one thing I like about my M&P 9c is it has a "peep" hole on the top of the chamber so you can look for brass without having to move the slide. Of course since one of the golden rules is every gun is always loaded so you shouldn't need to check if it is loaded. If I am handing my gun to someone I always hand it to them with mag out and slide locked back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkdb View Post
    How do I check for a loaded chamber if my gun doesn't have a loaded chamber indicator? Is there another way than racking the slide and ejecting the round? Gun is Beretta Px4 storm SC
    Not picking on you, mkdb but are you saying you can't remember whether you loaded your pistol or you didn't ?

    When I load mine, it stays loaded until I:

    a. Unload it. Or

    b. Shoot it until it's empty with the slide locked back.
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    Mine are loaded so I treat all of my handguns as loaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusIV View Post
    Not picking on you, mkdb but are you saying you can't remember whether you loaded your pistol or you didn't ?

    When I load mine, it stays loaded until I:

    a. Unload it. Or

    b. Shoot it until it's empty with the slide locked back.
    Several of mine stay loaded but I always check when they come out of the safe or go into the holster. It's a habit I started when I I was an SP in the Air Force 30+ years ago and there has been an occasion or two over the years when I've found an empty chamber in a "loaded" carry gun.

    And, I've found rounds in "empty" guns people have handed me. Never hurts to check.
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    Mine always have one in the chamber. If I need to check I eject the mag and rack the slide. Then reload.
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    A press check on all my autos except the Kahrs. They can be checked by just feeling the extractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farsidefan1 View Post
    Yup, often called a "press check". Just part way back and you can see the brass. No need to crank it out and put another one in. Course mine always has one in the chamber. I put in a mag, rack it, then pull out the mag and put another one in. Fully loaded full time.
    I thought everybody did this. The only time my carry guns are unloaded is when I enter or exit the range.

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    can also do it my way:

    keep it loaded all the time so you know it's loaded all the time.
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    A zip tie in the chamber with slide closed on it leaves little question if it is loaded or not when in storage.
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    The only time I press check is after the gun has been unloaded for any reason (cleaning, rotating mags, rotating ammo etc), then inserting mag, slingshot slide home, take the mag out, inserting another round in the mag, inserting mag, press check, holster.
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