Depends on you and your comfort level with the specific gun in that condition.How Long Before You CC With a Bullet In the Chamber?
It was about two weeks for me as well. I had been shooting trap for some time, and was comfortable around guns; however, I had never carried a pistol. Prior to that, everytime I would shoot, the round was chambered just prior to shooting, and the gun was always unloaded with the chamber open, when not on the firing line. I started carrying with the chamber empty, and after days of it not "firing", I became more comfortable with the idea of carrying with a round in the chamber. Now, I would never carry without one in the pipe. Think of it this was, police carry their pistol everyday at least 8 hours a day, sometimes they need to run and tackle a suspect, they get into some tussels, and sometimes engage in violent donut......er, I mean encounters, and their gun never "goes off". You'll feel comfortable over time, don't worry!I think it was around 2-3 weeks for me.
Somewhere around that time I read a quote that said, "I'm too inexperienced to NOT carry a round in the chamber", meaning with the inexperience of a new shooter, one might not chamber correctly in a high-stress situation. That's a real possibility for a new shooter.
Since you have the XD, you can do a test a friend of mine did: he charged the gun on an empty cylinder, then carried it around for days doing all sorts of extreme physical activities. With the XD's striker indicator, he could tell the gun never fired. Then he started carrying with one in the chamber.
With your XD, once you decide to carry with one in the chamber, just take care to not press the grip safety when handling or holstering. Check out its operation at the range first, and once you ensure the grip safety works, use it as an additional safety measure by not pressing it unless you are ready to fire.
I wouldn't carry an empty chamber now. One might not have time to chamber, or one might not chamber correctly, if attacked suddenly.
Since the first day... no point in carrying an empty weapon! :wink:I'm New to CC (about a month) and Here ...Hello
My question is how long before you loaded a rnd when you first started carrying ..?
I have a XD 40 and if something happened i would have to load a rnd first..
:35::congrats::35::congrats::hand10:Since day one.
A pistol without a round chambered is an expensive club at best.
I'd like you to consider that you might not have both hands available if you ever needed to defend yourself with the pistol. You could be fending off an attack, pulling a loved one out of the line of attack, or even injured and unable to use one hand.