Safely chambering a round off-range

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    Safely chambering a round off-range

    I maintain my home defense firearm, a Colt 1911, in condition 1 “cocked and locked”. After returning from the range and cleaning the pistol I must reload it, which requires chambering a round inside my home. This is always an uncomfortable feeling.

    What I do is this: lock the slide back, insert a full magazine, then aim the pistol downward into a corner of my basement when chambering. My basement is partially underground and has brick and concrete block walls. My body is behind one block wall, and my neighbors are protected by brick and earth should a slamfire occur.

    What do you guys do?
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    While keeping your finger off the trigger, point it in a safe direction and let fly.

    Just follow the basic firearms laws as always.
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    I just point in a safe direction and load the gun. There is no need to complicate a simple process.
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    If you're paranoid, get one of those ballistic pads in the back of gun magazines made for such things. Or get a simple bucket of sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rustynuts View Post
    If you're paranoid, get one of those ballistic pads in the back of gun magazines made for such things. Or get a simple bucket of sand.
    I agree, the only time there could be a danger of a slam fire would be if you dropped a loaded round into the chamber and had a weak firing pin spring that allowed the firing piin to come forward when the slide slammed home. Loading from the magazine is the proper way to load a 1911.

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    I do this daily although not with a 1911. My Glocks are pointed in a safe direction (usually the floor), mag inserted and I pull the slide back to chamber a round. Same goes for my P220 SAO with the exception I can do all of this while the thumb safety is engaged.

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    Bucket of sand. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks.
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    1. Point gun in safe direction
    2. Insert magazine
    3. Rack slide
    4. Remove magazine, add another round, then reinsert, keeping gun pointed in safe direction at all times
    5. Place gun in holster
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    My wife used to have one of those old style (metal) milk containers in the corner of the kitchen, the one's that are about 18" high and 10" wide with a metal cover.

    She still has it, but now it's filled with sand (makes a nice clearing barrel).

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    Don't bother with the bucket. Just buy a large bag of sand and use that.

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    SideKahr........"Why didn't I think of that?"

    Probably 'cause you were never in the Army? I remember those buckets at the door of every building so's ya could clear your weapon before entering.

    Ahhhh! Those were the days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    I just point in a safe direction and load the gun. There is no need to complicate a simple process.
    Ditto

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    I'd think twice about using the corner as a safe direction. Unlikely to every happen, but should a ND happen and the round hits the wall at an angle, it could skip around in there. Maybe better to face the wall straight on?

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    With over 40 years of loading and unloading a 1911 and never a ND I really don't worry about it. I always obey all safety practices while loading and unloading, one only has a ND when they don't observe the correct safety procedures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideKahr View Post
    Bucket of sand. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks.
    That is what I do. I filled a bucket with very heavy sand, which I keep in my garage. Whenever I chamber a round or eject a round to clear the gun, the muzzle is pointed down into the bucket.

    Makes my wife happy, so that is reason enough to do it.
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