How safe is elastic holster w/ chambered round?

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    How safe is elastic holster w/ chambered round?

    Does anyone carry with a round in the chamber using an elastic holster? Specifically, I'm concerned about this with the bellyband I use- I just don't feel confident enough in it to carry chambered, but would like to do so if this is unfounded. This applies to other cloth or elastic holsters as well.

    If you were carrying in something other than formed leather or kydex, would you keep a round in the chamber? 1911 and other "safety" guns excluded :)

    EDIT: let me clarify that last statement above- I do not carry 1911, or other guns which have external safety mechanisms. Sorry if my statement above was confusing. I'm specifically concerned about guns with no external safeties, a la Glock, Kahr, etc.
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    I have carried my 1911 in a belly band in cond. 1. The question you need to address is "do I trust my safety?". A gun with a weak safety is unsafe , no matter the holster. If you are unsure , carry the gun around the house unloaded C'N'L for a day.
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    If I had to carry in a way that I couldn't have one in the chamber, I'd find another carry method or not carry at all.

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    ^^^^^That pretty much sums it up.^^^^^^

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    If a DAO or DA/SA gun I would do it con #1 ... but for a cocked and locked 1911 or BHP etc - no, I don't think I'd feel all that safe - hasty draw could be tricky.

    Much could of course also be dependent on the mode of presentation from a particular carry position. It could work, for some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kentuckycarry View Post
    If I had to carry in a way that I couldn't have one in the chamber, I'd find another carry method or not carry at all.
    Yep.

    I would never carry a gun with an empty chamber, it just makes no sense to me at all.

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    I carry everything from 1911s to Sigs using a UC Comfort t-shirt holster which is elastic and I never carry without one in the chamber.
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    interesting how people feel on the subject.
    many say they would with DAO but not 1911 cocked and locked
    i feel the exact opposite.
    i would have (and do have) no problem carrying my 1911 cocked and locked in such a holster.
    i wouldn't carry any gun in any holster that i didnt trust enough to have in an elastic holster.

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    I carry in a cloth holster (home-made, Smart-Carry style). THen again, I have 5 in the chamber ;)

    I wouldn't feel bad carrying anything in this manner. I'd feel a little better with something DAO. Either way, though, if the trigger's covered, and you have a safety (or a 20lb. DA trigger like mine) I wouldn't worry about it.

    But I completely agree with the above, if you don't feel comfortable carrying with one in the chamber, you might as well not be carrying.
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    interesting thoughts so far, especially the 1911 vs DAO posts in regard to this.

    "don't bother carrying at all??" I think you misunderstood the original post. if I didn't make my question clear the first time (always possible on a forum vs FTF), here it is in another form: the question is not to chamber or not to chamber, it is about the safety of a particular style holster in regards to protecting the trigger.

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    Yes....I also use the 5.11 holster shirt occassionally for my MK9...

    As long as the trigger is covered, you should be fine. Carry the gun as it was designed--loaded. If equipped with a manual safety (i.e. Berreta, (older) S&W, etc.) engage the safety. SIG, Glock, S&W (M&P) are just fine carried loaded.
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    I use a belly hand holster and have carried various revolvers, and also semiautos like a CZ75c (manually decocked*, safety off) USPc (decocked, safety off) and a Kahr K40, all chambered. I have never had an issue, though I can understand how it would scare some people.

    The firearm, belly band and your brain must all be in good condition.

    *DO NOT attempt manual decocking if you have butterfingers. Be EXTREMELY cautious if you attempt manual decocking, and follow all the rules of firearm safety.
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    ALWAYS one in the chamber, anything else is an UNLOADED gun and not much good if I need it in a hurry.

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