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  1. #11
    I carry a S&W MP.40Compact and with six pounds of force on the trigger for it to be able to fire. I never have my finger on the trigger anyway unless it is time for Target practice at the range or I am doing dry-fire. I carry with one in the chamber and like it has been said in many threads, that second or two to chamber it could be the difference between life and death. Just my opinion.

  3. #12
    I carry a 40 cal glock all the time with one in the chamber I figure if I need my gun there is a good chance I won't have time to chamber one. Just practice drawing making sure not to touch the trigger till your ready to fire

  4. Learning to carry a firearm safely has many important aspects which should not be overlooked. Carrying with a round in the chamber is safe and often the most reccomended practice as training to rack the slide on drawing requires extensive practice and requires both hands to employ your pistol a situation which cannot be guaranteed in a gunfight. There are one handed techniques for chambering a round but they slow, cumbersome and require cover to employ.

    The importance of Training yourself in good gun handling habits as previously mentioned cannot be understated. The practice of keeping your finger off trigger and along the frame when handing a gun marks one of the major differences between a novice and someone with competance.

    Second, a good holster of either high quality stiff leather or kydex will hold your weapon securely and allow for safe one handed re-holstering. This is another factor whose importance cannot be over stressed. Nylon holsters tend to lack stiffness colapse and may prevent safe reholstering of your gun. Even leather which is not thick enough may do the same. A scrap of cloth or leather entering the trigger guard can (and has) lead to unintended discharge.

    Lastly consider your clothing, loose strings, shirt tails or other parts of your clothing may interfere with holstering as well.

    Training yourself to be comfortable with a round in the chamber will take some practice and consideration of the issues I discussed above. Almost every pistol for self defense can be carried safely with a round in the chamber.
    "Get this through your head! We're not fighting to have everybody think the way we do, we're fighting so that people can think whatever they want! Even if they don't agree with us!"--Stalker, GI JOE #39

  5. You bet I do!
    I carry a KAhr 9 or .40 with a round in the chamber.
    They are DA only

  6. I carry several different firearms, depending on clothing and destination. Outdoors and woods vs. city and dense crowds. I always carry chamber loaded. Single action, DA, safety or no safeties. Unless you have an older SA revolver without the transfer bar or hammer block, there is no reason you cannot train yourself to safely carry chamber loaded.

  7. #16

    "Ready" to defend yourself?

    First of all, this is actually a non-issue if you are a revolver shooter.

    If you are a semi-auto shooter - as far as I'm concerned, unless you have a round in the chamber, you are truly not ready to defend yourself or others.

    Gunfights are over in seconds. You have milliseconds to react because action is faster than reaction - 99% of the time, since we are defensive shooters, we are in reaction mode.

    You have to realize that since we are in reaction mode, you probably won't have time to efficiently rack a round into the chamber and then engage Mr. Bad Guy. The gunfight may be over (with you being the victim) by then!

    My advice - whatever gun you have - carry a round in the chamber, get familiar with your equipment, practice regularly, and keep your frikkin' finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.

    If you follow that, you will be just fine.
    H&K-Certified MP5 Operator and Instructor
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  8. #17
    (I like your screen name... it was the last thing Gena Davis' uncle heard before she lit the fuse in 'Cutthroat Island'. Good movie.)
    Anyhoo, I've been a 1911 fan since the 60's and always carry in Condition One: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety on. My philosophy is that if you need it, it better be ready to go.
    As for safety concerns, I am reminded of the reply a famous Texas Ranger once made in response to a criticism that carrying his 1911 in Condition One was inherently dangerous:
    'Maam, it if wasn't dangerous, I wouldn't be carrying it'.
    Enough said.
    Last edited by floridalee; 08-17-2011 at 11:06 AM. Reason: formatting

  9. #18
    I'm a revolver fan, and carry a .357 Magnum. This includes a lot of time in the woods camping, hiking, backpacking, etc, so I'm protecting against both 2 and 4 legged predators, as well as those without any legs at all. So it goes without saying that there is one in all 7 chambers in the cylinder, and there is no safety. It's also got an external hammer, so it can be fired either SA/DA.

    If I were to carry a semi-auto for personal protection, it would be my 9MM Beretta Px4 w/ decocking safety.. But I don't carry it as my conceal weapon because I generally feel, if I need to shoot somebody (or something), I am going to do it with sufficient force to ensure they're stopped, so see that part above about .357 Magnum again.

  10. #19
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    No point and money wasted on cwl if u don't have one in the chamber! If you posted it that means your not comfortable or practice enough to be confident.

  11. #20

    Talking Round in the chamber

    I have a glock 22 40 cal.It is a great shooting pistol but being in the woods a lot I was vary hesitant caring a round in the chamber. I am sure you have heared of murphys law.I invested a little more cash had a hand safty put on it. They done a great job and it works great.Now a round in the chamber is no problem.

    Bob from Wv.

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