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People who carry: Keep a round chambered at all times or chamber empty?

Discussion in 'Education & Training' started by JimmyS1985, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. JimmyS1985

    JimmyS1985 St.Louis Active Member

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    Say if your job requires you to carry a handgun and there is a degree of risk every time you start your shift, do you keep a round chambered with the safety on so you can get that first round off faster in case a situation does arise, or do you keep your firearm not chambered with the safety off?

    Im thinking you would keep a round chambered at all times, but was not entirely sure. Im always afraid that a round would go off into my leg if somehow the safety got clicked and there was enough pressure on the trigger, but on the other hand you could be dead before you chamber your first round if you don't get a fast one off. I was wondering what the professionals like police and soldiers do when they go out in the field.

    My firearm is a Beretta M9, if that helps at all. And from this post you can probably tell I have no training in using a firearm for self-defense so go easy on the n00b.
     
  2. tattoo

    tattoo NorthWest Active Member

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    I keep all my Semi Auto Hand guns in Condition 1. All the time.
    Dave
     
  3. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    One on the pipe, always. Revolvers always have one on the pipe and no safety and no one thinks twice.
    M9s have a long & hard DA trigger pull. Should be ok.
    There is a lot on NWFA on this topic. Brace for more coming your way. :)
    Gotta run :)
     
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  4. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    On TV people are always cocking their weapons before a gun fight. Is that wrong?

















    Kidding.
     
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  5. borrowedsig

    borrowedsig Lincoln, Nebraska Active Member

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    Always loaded, on my 1911 i was afraid of that too but ive never seen it happen if you have a proper holster. I do however check it from time to time just to make sure the safety is still on lol.

    Matt
     
  6. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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  7. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If you are worried about a discharge carry it for a week with the hammer cocked, safety on, but on an empty chamber. It'll help build your confidence every time you take it off at night and see the hammer is still back and the safety still on.
    I think one in the chamber is the best way to carry. If an attack is up close, fast, and violent as most are, chances are your weak side hand will be busy pushing the attacker away rather than racking the slide while he pounds on you.
     
  8. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I only put a round in the chamber if I think the situation I am entering needs it. For day to day life, I see the chance of accidental discharge outweighing the chance of an attack happening "close, fast, and violent". But I live in a relatively safe area.
     
  9. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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    Carry your weapon how it was designed to be carried.
     
  10. Navvet

    Navvet Lynden, WA Active Member

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    In the movies that is for cinematic effect. If you are not going to carry one in the chamber, leave the gun at home. You wont get 50 takes to get it right. A shooting takes less time then it takes to read this post.
     
  11. Sling Blade

    Sling Blade Yamhill County Well-Known Member

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    I was kidding in my post, mostly as a comment on how stupid the "cinematic effect" stuff is. I mean, what the heck, you aren't chambering your weapon until the gun fight has started/the indians are flinging arrows, you are entering a house looking for bad guys/etc.?
     
  12. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I always have one in the chamber. You don't want to add steps, complexity, and take more time to have your weapon ready during a stressful situation.
     
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  13. jonathon

    jonathon Pendleton, OR Member

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    One in the pipe and depending on the weapon 7 or 17 more in the mag. Carrying with an empty chamber out of fear of an negligent discharge is stupid and irrational. If you are that fearful, please, take a class and learn to handle a firearm safely. Even a 1911 won't go bang unintentionally with the safety off. Finger off trigger = safety.
     
  14. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I always find these threads interesting. I've been through a lot close situations (knives pulled on me, worked as a bouncer, bears encounters) in my life without a gun and still just don't feel the need to live with one in the chamber. But I also don't carry all the time. It's just the way I roll - if my time comes it will come regardless of how prepared I am. ;)
     
  15. brianjronk

    brianjronk Marysville, WA Active Member

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    When I first started carrying about a year ago, I went about 2 weeks in condition 3. When I finally realized that the trigger doesn't pull itself, like the news says it does, I've been very comfortable with one in the chamber. But yeah, if you're new to firearms and carrying, it can be fairly intimidating. Go a week or two just to get the feel for it.
     
  16. duginsky

    duginsky Tualatin Active Member

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    Get the training...a Beretta 92FS is DA/SA; can't be carried in "condition one" (google it). One in the chamber with hammer down in DA; pretty safe but get familiar with its manual of arms. In SA mode it can't be put on safe as far as I am aware; the safety will de-cock it back to DA. With the right holster, I think you have to work pretty hard to get a negligent discharge in DA.
     
  17. sneakboxer

    sneakboxer NW OR Active Member

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    I treat every firearm as loaded... My pistol is in condition 1. I used to carry a 92 with one in the pipe and safety off at work and had no issues for years. All the LEOs that i know carry condition 1 as well. A good holster is a must though (this will cover the bang switch and possibly the hammer). I carry a sig 229 as my primary CCW. One in the pipe and no extra safeties. Practice and training will help overcome your doubts.
    Stay safe,
     
  18. Asp

    Asp Oregon, the promise land. Active Member

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    I usually keep my pipe's chamber loaded with tobacco.
     
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  19. NickB36

    NickB36 OC Member

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    What is your criteria for needing it or not? and why would you enter a situation where you needed your weapon? Avoidance is the first form of defense. I know even with a weapon I would never knowingly go in to a situation where there was an increased chance I had to defend myself.

    That said, always one chambered with a top'd off mag.
     
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  20. williamcjones1988

    williamcjones1988 Portland, OR Member

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    I carry a Usp .40 with the safety off and the chamber empty. I find I can rack the slide quicker on the draw, but like double tap said I've never had the hammer drop on its own
     
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