Most pistols have a manual external safety. When seconds count why would you place yourself at a disadvantage by wasting precious seconds to rack the slide? This should have been done before leaving the house. This is in response to my NRA instructor sister telling me she always carries chamber empty. I just don't understand. It makes absolutely no sense to me from a tactical standpoint. Maybe she doesn't understand how quickly things escalate these days. I carry Glocks and 1911's and I'm in Condition "1" with my 1911's (cocked and locked) 24/7. Having survived a car jacking attempt, I can attest to just how fast a punk can get to you. How do you carry and what is your justification / reason for doing so?