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  1. #51
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  3. #52
    He (op) asked a simple question.... A new person should have appropriate guidance and not be subject to demeaning comments. I would rather answer this 1,000 times than have a person die from an "unloaded" gun.

    There are several good answers above. I won't repeat those. I would ask the person to go to the local gun range and ask if someone could time his draw and first 2 shots on the target. Not the bulls-eye, just in the center mass area / box. Do a couple of times with one in and without one in the chamber. IDPA and IPSC folks have those timers readily available. My guess for a new inexperienced shooter is well over 2 seconds, draw to fire with one in the chamber. Without I can't imagine getting under 4-5 seconds. (Unless you are an Israeli master in disguise.)

    How much damage can be caused by some nut in 4 seconds? How much distance can be covered? I'm not talking about a 4.3 / forty pro athlete. Can a bad guy coming at you can cover 20 ft? 25ft? Time yourself. I'm sort of a bowling pin kind of a guy, but I can cover quite a bit of distance if I put my mind to it.

    I carry a 1911 Condition 1 - (One in the chamber, hammer back, locked / safety engaged) My Walther P99AS, one in the chamber. Every time, all the time. When I finish cleaning my weapon, it is immediately reloaded. If it is not on my person it is in the night safe and I am in bed.

    I think as you get more experience, and you really delve into the answers to these questions, you'll have your own answer as to what is best for you.

    Your booger hook IS your best safety.
    Hope this helps.

    Psalm 82:3-5

  4. #53
    In my opinion carrying a firearm without a round in the chamber shows lack of training revealed from lack of confidence. However some firearms do make me more nervous than others when carrying loaded. I think that exposed hammers and firearms without safeties demand more care than a internal hammer gun with a safety lever.

  5. #54
    If you dont carry chambered, you may as well just throw your gun at the bad guy. Not much else you can do with it.

  6. #55
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    No Safety?

    Quote Originally Posted by decotriumph View Post
    When I carry my Ruger LC9, I carry with the safety on and a round in the chamber. When I carry my S&W M&P40 which has no safety, I do not carry a round in the chamber.

    With all due respect, EVERY handgun has a safety. It consists of two important parts: Your finger (which should OFF the trigger and OUTSIDE the finger guard) and your brain (which must be fully functional and engaged when you have a gun in your hand.) Revolvers also do not have external safeties and no one recommends carrying them unloaded. An auto without an external safety such as a Glock is perfectly safe as long as there is a good holster (completely covered trigger guard) and no "operator error." An auto without a loaded chamber is nothing but but a dull, lightweight hammer...

  7. You're shizzing me, right? Carrying an unloaded gun is just asking for more trouble than not carrying at all. If you're that uncertain of your ability to safely handle a firearm, you need to get some training. I have guns that haven't been UNLOADED for decades except for maintenance. My carry gun is never unloaded unless being cleaned or if I'm showing it to someone. It's had a round chambered for over 10 years. I've carried SA autos, SA/DA autos, DA revolvers and they were always loaded.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Iam2Taz View Post
    Your booger hook IS your best safety
    The grey matter that connects to your booger hook is your best safety. Practice, practice and then practice some more to train this grey matter.
    Discussing Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Law At www.armedbadger.com

  9. #58
    I will adjust my quote... Though it was not mine... LOL

    Psalm 82:3-5

  10. #59
    Absolutely...just goes with the training ,I am comfortable and confident.
    Firearms always stay in the holster for which they were designed.
    Hopefully will never have to use it.

  11. If any gun in my house is not in the safe or in a case, it's loaded- and as far as I'm concerned, loaded means a round in the chamber.

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