Re: Should you carry a round in the chamber?
OK, I just started to CCW a couple weeks ago.
New gun, new holster, new experience. I carried YEARS ago, but always open cary with a ruger High Standard 929, a Ruger Super Blackhawk and a Ruger Single Six. Round under the hammer or not, all are ready to go with the first cocking.
But this is different -
I imagined all sorts of scenarios where the gun slips from the holster, something snags the trigger, and I have an AD due to no external positive safety on the Glock 17.
So, the first three days that I carried it, it had nothing up the spout.
Those three days gave me confidence in the weapon AND in the locking holster I cary it in.
It CAN'T come out without my pressing the release button.
The trigger is covered and CAN'T get snagged while the gun is in the holster.
So now, I have one in the pipe and 17 more below it.
And I just ordered another magazine and a belt holder for two of them.
I cannot imagine a scenario that 52 rounds won't handle.
But my main reason for carying condition 1 is not speed -
The scenario I am more likely to encounter is not someone near me attacking me, but being just a person in a crowd that is being fired into.
I draw while their attention is on someone else -
I chamber a round - "Chunk kerchunk" -
And the sound makes me the next target.
I would rather the first sound the BG hears from me is "Boom", immediately following the bullet he is struck with.
And yes, in the service I faced the same idiocy!
EVERY 1911 I carried had an empty chamber.
EVERY M1 I carried had an empty chamber.
EVERY AR15 I carried had an empty chamber. (Yeah, back then it WAS called an AR-15)
I did not eat the mashed potatoes in the chow hall, at least - - -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.