This is Why You Should Always Carry with a Round in the Chamber [Graphic Content]

This is Why You Should Always Carry with a Round in the Chamber [Graphic Content]

By Brandon – Republished with Permission from Concealed Nation.


The internet brings us many great things, and also brings us closer to the true realities of everyday life. Hearing about a robbery is one thing; seeing one play out is a whole other story. Anything can happen in a split second and if you are not prepared, you may have a really bad day.

We have covered this topic before, oh and here also, and will continue to post articles on this very topic over and over again because of it’s importance.

Example 1

In this example, we see a quick presentation of just how little reaction time you could have in an undesirable situation. One second can mean the difference between life and death.

Example 2


This is the sad reality of a consequence that can come with not carrying a round in the chamber. During this video, robbers bust into a jewelry store. An employee takes out his pistol to fire at the robbers but has trouble chambering a round. Ultimately, this man loses his life (as the video depicts). Yes, this is a very graphic video, but it could be what someone needs to see that ultimately changes their minds about how they carry.

Example 3

This looks like a police officer, but we aren’t entirely sure. Either way, he is lucky that the robbers didn’t fire at him, as they had plenty of time while the man attempted to rack the slide.

Carry with Round in the Chamber


If you know of any other examples, please share them with us in the comments below. It is ultimately the user’s discretion as to whether they carry with a round in the chamber or not.

The truth of the topic of carrying with a round in the chamber is this: Under stress, it is much more difficult to successfully rack the slide of your firearm. The majority of malfunctions occur when the action is in motion. If you have already performed the action (chambered a round), all that’s left to happen when you need your firearm to go ‘bang’ is the striker hitting the primer.

If you wait to rack, you may end up like the man in Example #2 above. It’s an absolute shame, but also reality.

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I think the first video should have been enough to convince anyone, but some stubborn folks may need to see the others as well. Thanks for producing this lesson.


The second video won’t play for me. Bummer… I guess I’ll go watch liveleak for graphic and disturbing videos.

That third video though, man alive, I’m glad I carry with a round chambered. For a while I stopped putting a round in the chamber. I’m glad I never really needed to use it either.


The second one shouldn’t be too hard to find, I saw it several months ago. It is an object lesson on being ready at all times. The guy fumbling with the slide is an example of how you lose a lot of motor control when your are pumped full of adrenaline.


Got a question. Does anyone know what gun was being carried that fell out of its holster at Cracker barrel and injured people when it went off?


A few details might be helpful. When, where, news citation?

No matter what kind of gun it was, if it fell out of the holster it was obviously not the right holster for it. You can’t rely on any mechanical device to never malfunction.


Mikial, I posted yesterday in response but maybe it wouldn’t let a link come through. It happened about November 1, 2015 in Sanford, FL.

I agree that something must have been wrong with the holster or operator error but I was wondering about the gun if anyone new since most recent guns have sufficient safeguards to block the firing pin or other means to prevent accidental shooting. I wanted to know the gun if anyone knew it.

I have heard a lot about how safe it was to carry a gun with a round in the chamber since there is very little likelihood of accidental firing. It was a curiosity I had.


Yeah, I guess the link didn’t come through, so no worries.

You are correct, the vast majority of even marginally modern guns will not discharge when dropped.


Probably a taurus that the user never trained with and failed to discover their crappy gun was a lemon.


Which is why my husband won’t let me buy a Taurus.


I traded my Judge after getting it working again myself. I’m not interested in a revolver that won”t, well, “revolve”. I’m a retired diemaker and think I got it fixed … but if my big hands can’t make it go round, then the much smaller hands of my back up shooter (my wife) certainly can’t.

I got rid of it with a clear conscience … but I don’t think I’d want to try another.

Kevin J. Reidy

Condition 1.



i carry different types, and agree a charged firearm is a ready firearm. but why does no one ever carry a revolver? like an LCR in .357 or even better a 200ds. practice your fast doubles, and I guarantee a .357 hollow point will ruin Anybody’s day


People don’t carry revolvers much because gun carriers are getting the picture that gun fights may require more than your 5 or 6 canon blasts. There’s no shortage of chickenhawks without any meaningful training behind them who think they can do neat little groups to the heart and brains of their attacker..or attackers. After all, why have something when you need it…it’s better to need and not have, right?


absolutely true, and I only recommend a carry revolver for either experienced shooters (because of their low capacity), or (no offense intended) women for their ease of use and consistent reliability. I just wanted to remind people of another option to look at. because the best carry weapon is the one you’re most comfortable with

Sir TuberKopf

Revolvers are excellent carry weapons and handle misfires perfectly by just letting you pull the trigger again.

My brother was a field Geologist for twenty years in the Rockies and the West. He always packed a .357 revolver. Not a lot of rounds, but sufficient, he never knew when he might come across some pot farmers stash on government land. The response was to return a round or two and then just back away.

Everybody was happy, and nobody died, but let me developed this story further.

I went shooting with friends, I had no ammo bag on my belt, my friend did., so I used my pocket. I am to this day astounded at the number of misfires I experienced. It was a hot day, I was sweating profusely. I had a half brick of .22, my friend used an ammo bag on his belt that protected the other half brick of ammo from sweat. From the same lot, I had eight misfires, he had none! Yes, keep your powder dry applies.

Long term carry may produce unexpected results. Some weapons handle this in a superior way.

Imagine not having a load in the chamber and then on top of that having a failure to fire? With a revolver you just keep pulling that trigger until it goes bang.


I have several times inadvertantly ‘washed’ a speedstrip of ammo. CF factory loaded defensive ammo has always worked post-laundry, but RF (as you say) high failures. I have been able to rotate RF bullets in their cases which would account for the high-humidity failure rate. Regardless of my anecdotal results, I won’t trust ammo of which I am not certain, and it’s always better to shoot your CCW ammo at the range to practice, rather than trust a higher probability failure.


I carry my CCW ammo for about a year … then shoot some plates with it. It has always gone bang at the range so I have confidence that it will probably do the same under duress.

I just wish there was a way to transition from being confident to being certain.


I made a very nice kydex holster for a man to mount on his chest rig via molle. I configured it so that you can’t holster it unless the thumb safety is on, so that he can carry it cocked and locked. He complained that he can’t holster it off safe saying he doesn’t carry one in the pipe. I didn’t bother to ask why because I know he’d say “oh, I can get one chambered in time…” or some other bs that will get him killed. Whatevs…you can’t fix stupid. it’s the same as people who don’t wear seatbelts who think they are good drivers or something. You just gotta let nature run its course with them.

Kaia Fields

I cannot view the second video… Had it been removed? Is there another place to find it?


It plays for me. It’s from LiveLeak, if that helps.

CD Margrave

I carry my 5″ 1911 chambered, cocked and locked. I practice drawing while releasing the hammer safety, which is “off” before I’m at full presentation for fire with my finger out of the trigger guard until I’m fully committed to fire.

This “draw” is a less than 1 second motion; fast but leaving me that “moment” during the process to determine “shoot-no shoot”. The 1911 is the best, and with practice safe, fast, deadly.


In the first video, after the incident, the woman says, “At least I got two shots off.” Getting shots off is not your goal! Stopping and Surviving the attack is! The stab wounds she “received” could be fatal. What good would getting two shots off be in that case??


First video, round chambered, she’s dead from a bleed out due to that armpit stabbing, long before the paramedics arrive.


Well the first video reminded if the training video. it said to move to the side hes coming and create space enough to pull your weapon. move to the side as fast as you can to avoid getting stabbed. the second one was unfortunate that his gun wasn’t chambered and he got killed as a result. always keep your gun fully chambered and loaded and when holstered make sure it covers trigger guard …