Should you carry a round in the chamber?

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by 76Highboy, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
  2. Helix_FR

    Helix_FR Active Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Imperial, MO
    I tell people that all the time. Unless your are very proficient at Israeli carry, your gun is no better than a rock without a round in the chamber.

  3. mjp28

    mjp28 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    anytown, OHIO
    Outside of unique situations like noisy kids who always manage to get in your stuff I say YES.

    That's why I'm partial to my old revolvers "NEXT customer" is always ready to go.

    And an "empty gun" is a very dangerous thing.
  4. Dennis C

    Dennis C New Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    South Dakota
    a pistol that is not ready to fire is an expensive club.
  5. time2shoot

    time2shoot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Brandon SD
    mine is ready to go.
    But in the past i never had one chamberd, but I did train all the time at drawing and cycling the slide.
    Got some funny looks. from the people at the range. Still do when i shoot from on my butt or on my side.
    Hey you never know what position you need to shoot from.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  6. Jerryboy

    Jerryboy Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2012
    i have always carried with a round chambered. i will not have my weapon end up on the black market because i was attacked and drew my gun but it ended up being as useful as a paperweight because of an empty chamber.
  7. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Yea, thankfully, I dont have to watch a video to know to carry hot. I ALWAYS have one in the chamber. That means always. Watching TV, driving, no matter what. I am never unarmed unless I am in the shower or in bed and even then I have one within reach.
  8. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2012
    mountains of wv.
  9. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Pardon my ignorance, but what is "Israeli carry"?


    Jan 29, 2012
    Israeli's have an order to carry with the Mag loaded and the chamber empty. The thought behind it is if someone pulls your weapon on you they can not fire without retracting the slide first. They practice pulling the pistol and operating the slide in one motion.
  11. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Doesn't matter what I happen to be carrying on what day, it's always HOT.
  12. lilmule

    lilmule New Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    Israeli draw is great it can be done in one motion not much slower than draw,as one draws hold hand on slide other hand extends the pistol forward ,no difference in what the primary hand does,when practiced 2 sec can have two or three shots out.An older sa striker fired would be suitable for that and still be a defense weapon.They came up with that method as many raw recruits,and mossad agents could use same method on all,and they tend to use what they came across where ever that might be.Some fairly good antiques available in many parts of the world.Example com block firearms with no saftey,added for import to usa only,like tokarev,cz52.
    And if you are carrying an old striker fired sa cocked and locked or using a tok or cz52 with or without without a safety your unsafe with one in the chamber.Russian doctrine does carry one in the chamber on a cz 52 decocked it has a firing block safety,cock when pulled.Some other notables can be carried loaded decocked and hammer pulled back,due to same type sear block.It was however easier for massad to teach but one way suitable for all they encountered.
    Da, da /sa I Have one in the pipe.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
  13. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    "Many people feel uncomfortable carrying a round in the chamber when they first start carrying in public. "

    If you're uncomfortable with a loaded gun, you need toget to the range and practice a LOT more. Obviously not ready to carry a gun if it makes ya queesy!

    There's a reason that this is what's called a 'dead man's gun'
  14. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
  15. lilmule

    lilmule New Member

    Aug 24, 2012
    There is a difference between carrying a loaded gun and carrying one not safe or unsuitable,I have 4 I can cc with 3 are loaded ,1 is not.
    Sat night special from years ago sa loaded in pocket is no place for it to be.
    It doesnt bother me at all , pa63 is a loaded firearm da pull and boom,keep it in detent not on safe.1911 a1 sure,1903,1908,tokarov,beretta 1934 and all those close in nature no.
    That does not mean you couldnt carry one just not cond 1,of course others more suitable,may or may not be available,many on ss cannot afford a kimber.
    My primary prior to the pa63 was a 32 acp Llama 1911 mini in all but a sear block and the 32 being a blowback from 380 up recoil operated or some are.I was cc it with a rd in the chamber and on half cock and a leo showed me how to do the draw and rack in one motion,so went to that since was actually as quick or even quicker than cocking the thing.
    To be honest it with a grip safety if i had a holster with a strap that came in between the hammer and block id be tempted to carry it cond 1.Mostly mute since its place was taken by the pa63 most of the time.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2012
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