Look, you carry, load, etc anyway you like. That is your decision, and I am not interested in trying to change it.Euclidean said:I'm not saying there's not a good reason sometimes you might have to keep the thing unchambered and open. I realize the real world is not full of ideal situations. The police vehicle situation is one such situation.
My shotgun seems reasonably well made. I doubt very much it would fire if I dropped it much as I doubt my 686 would fire if I dropped it directly on its hammer. The "safety" on every gun I have is not a mechanical feature or a method of storage. It is my brain and my trigger finger, which does not touch the trigger unless I am ready and willing to fire.
I shall endeavor from now on to carry my XD40 Israeli style. After all if I have time to draw it I have time to rack it.
I apologize for the sarcasm, but that's the only way I felt I could make the point. If the shotgun is meant for immediate use, it should be ready for immediate use. If it is not meant for immediate use, such as my personal shotgun or the aforementioned specimen in the safe room, then I fully agree it need not be kept in such condition.
I will happily concede the point that if operating the shotgun a certain way has become so basic to you it's a reflex, then you should most definitely disregard anything I say and do it your way.
And perhaps I am incorrect in my thinking. I admit my shotgun is not my first love so to speak. I cut my teeth on rifles and to be honest that's where most of my long gun experience lies. I probably tend to treat it too much like a rifle.