But even that situation goes to show that when the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction, about the worst that can happen is a round fires ... but nobody is harmed, and a good lesson is learned and reinforced.
Funny how useful it is, the overlap in the basic safety rules. :yup:
I always chamber in a safe direction (usually at the ground or down range) but feel that a bucket of sand or a box of books is overkill. But......better safe than sorry.
I trust you've already spoken with your renter's or home owner's insurence about negligent discharges?
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Ummmmmm I am not aware of a handgun round that would penetrate layers of phone books or similar items if stacked properly but I guess it is possible if you hit the edge of the material or something.
I don't remember reading what type of firearm the OP has but unless there is an actual mechanical defect with the gun as long as basic safety rules are followed I don't see where there would be a major issue with chambering a round but to each his own.
Its no different that buying fire or tornado insurance for your house. I mean really how often does your house burn down?
You are in your house and you are chambering and that is your concern. When exactly is this chambering taking place. Recent forum discussions have covered "one in the chamber or not"; something going on in my house that requires my firearm, it is already chambered--it is one less step for me to worry about and that extra little millisecond can be the difference between you wondering about the next time you chamber or never having to worry about it anymore. There are special circumstances and special "chambering apparatuses" described in some replies and they probably are the correct answers to your question, but for me the firearm is always chambered and unchambered only when I switch to practice ammunition and I do that at the range.
Micheal you are correct better safe than sorry. Any medium properly stacked, filled or whatever would work.
A few thoughts I've had about this issue:
1. I usually use a revolver which eliminates this issue with regard to loading, but it doesn't eliminate the issue of where to point the gun while dry firing, so I think pretty much everyone who handles a gun at home needs a good, well thought out back stop.
2. For those who don't think it is important, there are plenty of stories of a semi-auto handguns going full auto when a firing pin gets stuck, etc. When you drop a slide on a gun, you should assume that it may fire. It's the same as when closing the bolt on many rifles.
3. Many people at home just point the gun at the ground. That may work if on the first floor, but even then, the floor isn't a safe direction if it's solid - ricochets are also your responsibility.
So, some type of bullet trap or safe backstop is something we should all consider if we maintain weapons at home. If you are on the ground floor (wood framing) with a crawl space that no one can realistically get under, problem solved. If you can't find a suitable safe backstop, then make one.
Before using phone books or newspaper, look up some penetration stats - it makes a huge difference if it's hp or ball. IIRC a 45acp ball will go through 2-3 feet of dry book material.
I also think that if you are using a semi-auto anything, it would be a wise idea to make your trap or backstop have a ring or hole of some sort that you can push the barrel into. If it goes full auto, you want something that will keep the muzzle pointed into the trap. I would think a 3 inch hole cut into the top of a 5 gallon bucket mostly full of sand and gravel would work.
Just my 2 cents.
I can't say I have buckets and/or sand hanging around, either. I would have to make a trip to Lowe's for that.
But hey, OP wanted opinions, so I gave my opinion. Get a real clearing barrel. Something with a warranty and guarantee. Something your home owner's insurance won't fight as much should you file a claim. If OP wants to trust the value of a civil lawsuit on some phone books and a box, so be it.