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Old 07-08-2021, 08:02 PM   #1
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How often do you carry and not put one in the chamber?

I am going to admit I've gotten lazy of late and do not chamber a round. If its a short trip, and I know I'll be home soon I don't bother. I know I need to, but its the PITA (to me) to get home and de-chamber the weapon for storage.

Decided today that I need to get better and secure storage, so once I chamber around, I can store the weapon when I get home. And stop dealing with unchambering the round for storage.

So, again with the question. How often do you carry and not chamber a round?
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:08 PM   #2
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never. i cannot fathom why a person would want to carry a tool to defend themselves, and not have it ready to defend themselves.

All of my handguns, and most of my long guns are one safety click away from saving my life.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:09 PM   #3
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Never. My gun stays loaded at all times. No kids in my house so no worries when I put it on top of my chest of drawers. Another loaded one in my headboard.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:12 PM   #5
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Incredibly stupid to carry without one in the chamber.

Might as well carry a brick with you.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:12 PM   #6
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I dont have a carry license yet (working on it) but I always have one close by, whether at home or in the truck, and its chambered and ready. When I get my ltc it will be chambered and ready as well. Too much can happen too fast and if youre not ready you might as well not have it. Not knocking anyone who doesnt but thats my opinion for myself.

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Old 07-08-2021, 08:13 PM   #7
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:17 PM   #8
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It's hard to break the safety first concept my dad beat into my head growing up. Walking around, using guns to take legal game and all. We didnt think of guns as protection 30 years ago, second thought if at all. That's a recent thing for rural people.

One in the hole and a topped off mag these days
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:24 PM   #9
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Always hot. There’s cheaper hammers if I wanted to carry one of them instead.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:31 PM   #10
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:33 PM   #11
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:37 PM   #12
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I never keep a round in the chamber, just how I was raised. What is y’all’s safety protocol especially when little hands are around?
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:41 PM   #13
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:43 PM   #14
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Never. My gun stays loaded at all times. No kids in my house so no worries when I put it on top of my chest of drawers. Another loaded one in my headboard.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:45 PM   #15
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I never keep a round in the chamber, just how I was raised. What is y’all’s safety protocol especially when little hands are around?
Retention and/or out of their reach.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:48 PM   #16
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Hot out the waistband. With that said I do understand little hands. My kids are older and look at a p365 on the counter like a dirty dish… they don’t look twice at it or touch it for any reason. But carrying is another deal. Locked ready to roll.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:51 PM   #17
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Never unload mine! Will rotate mags from time to time in an effort to keep the mag springs in good order...

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Old 07-08-2021, 08:52 PM   #18
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I never keep a round in the chamber, just how I was raised. What is y’all’s safety protocol especially when little hands are around?
Have a bedside speed safe on my side and my wife's side of the bed. Guns go in the safe when not carrying.

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Old 07-08-2021, 08:53 PM   #19
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My carry pistol is chambered 24/7. It is either in my belt, in the door pocket of my car when it’s parked at my shop, car is locked if there are any kids around.

When I get home it goes on top of the China cabinet, when I go to bed it goes on top of the Armoire. Neither of those can be reached by my kids standing on a chair.

There are no other guns kept out and about, they are all in the safe. The ones that may be grabbed in a hurry have loaded mags, empty chambers. Everything else is left unloaded.

IMO it’s incredibly foolish to carry a pistol on your person with an empty chamber. If you leave it in your truck the majority of the time it doesn’t really matter, as you probably won’t be able to reach it when you need it anyways.
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Old 07-08-2021, 08:54 PM   #20
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every weapon in my house is loaded, ready to fire.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:02 PM   #21
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My carry pistol is chambered 24/7. It is either in my belt, in the door pocket of my car when it’s parked at my shop, car is locked if there are any kids around.

When I get home it goes on top of the China cabinet, when I go to bed it goes on top of the Armoire. Neither of those can be reached by my kids standing on a chair.

There are no other guns kept out and about, they are all in the safe. The ones that may be grabbed in a hurry have loaded mags, empty chambers. Everything else is left unloaded.

IMO it’s incredibly foolish to carry a pistol on your person with an empty chamber. If you leave it in your truck the majority of the time it doesn’t really matter, as you probably won’t be able to reach it when you need it anyways.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:12 PM   #22
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Always one in the chamber, unless it’s in the safe. One on my person and typically 2 more in my truck, all loaded with multiple spare mags. 870 stays loaded out of kids’ reach in the closet, and another pistol in my bedroom out of reach. Carrying a gun without one in the hole is pointless IMO.


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Old 07-08-2021, 09:23 PM   #23
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I never keep a round in the chamber, just how I was raised. What is y’all’s safety protocol especially when little hands are around?

Every firearm in my house is loaded round in the chamber except for my shotgun.

Everything stays in a safe and the guns scattered throughout the house are up higg where the can’t reach them. Top of fridge coat rack etc. But honestly I have a 1.5 yr old running around the house and I leave unloaded stuff out just to see how she reacts all the time and she doesn’t give a rip about them. Won’t play with them or anything but she has been around them since before she could walk and their is 0 novelty about them so she just doesn’t care. Rather play with her blocks and stuffed animals.


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Old 07-08-2021, 09:32 PM   #24
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I keep in in the chamber 24/7 and on my shield the Saftey is in the Fire position

I was taught that in a emergency you don’t want to have to load the chamber.

Just pull aim and squeeze.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:35 PM   #25
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Never.
I also don't unload when storing my carry pistol. I keep it along with my wifes pistol in a small safe on the night stand.
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:36 PM   #26
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:37 PM   #27
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An unchambered carry pistol is a hollywood phenomena and a luxury only for offensive situations. I don't even walk from the shooting range back to the vehicle on an empty chamber. In a defensive situation you are already operating on reaction vs action. Average gun fight lasting 3-5 seconds and average recognition/decision/draw/egage sequence for a well trained individual is about 1.5 seconds means you're already half way behind in the gunfight if it is a reactive scenario.

Add racking a round to that sequence and the fight is most likely already over before you even engage. Or, more realistically, adrenaline and muscle memory take over and you are drawing and repeatedly pulling the trigger on an empty chamber. Hopefully you survive long enough to get that sick feeling in your stomach from the moment of horror when you realize why the weapon is not firing.

There are plenty of double action models with lawyer triggers that are perfectly safe to carry and keep loaded at all times; just lock it up when not carrying if safety at home is a concern.
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:04 PM   #28
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I mostly carry revolver for this reason. When I carry auto, I keep one in the chamber though.
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:15 PM   #29
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If my carry weapon is on me or in the biometric safe in the bedside table, it's got one in the chamber.
Any firearm that is in my gun safe is unloaded.
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:23 PM   #30
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A pain to take a round out of the chamber? More painful to not have it and need it. ��
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:29 PM   #31
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How often do you carry and not put one in the chamber?



I am going to admit I've gotten lazy of late and do not chamber a round. If its a short trip, and I know I'll be home soon I don't bother. I know I need to, but its the PITA (to me) to get home and de-chamber the weapon for storage.



Decided today that I need to get better and secure storage, so once I chamber around, I can store the weapon when I get home. And stop dealing with unchambering the round for storage.



So, again with the question. How often do you carry and not chamber a round?
Say it isn't so.....Might as well vote for the Demorats if you going to do that.....

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Old 07-08-2021, 10:52 PM   #32
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Always hot now. Only time I swap to safe is when I pull my shield to store it and keep holster if going in my office.

IMO it feels more dangerous to draw, rack, unrack, and reload another road in order to be "safe" versus just keeping it hot.
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:54 PM   #33
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Old 07-09-2021, 04:35 AM   #34
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Yeah i carry the chamber empty, I also make sure that my spare tire on my truck isnt inflated, store my fire extinguishers depressured and empty.

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Old 07-09-2021, 04:47 AM   #35
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never. i cannot fathom why a person would want to carry a tool to defend themselves, and not have it ready to defend themselves.

All of my handguns, and most of my long guns are one safety click away from saving my life.
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Old 07-09-2021, 06:20 AM   #36
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Every firearm in my home that is accessible (and there are several), is loaded and has one in the chamber, and they're ready to use as soon as I put my hands on it. I can't fathom why some people think it's somehow safer to carry a gun, that can't function as it's meant to, at the exact moment they need it most.
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Old 07-09-2021, 06:31 AM   #37
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Always keep one in the tube.

If you need it in an emergency situation you might as well have a brick if you dont have one chambered.
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:11 AM   #38
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Loaded at all times no matter if in truck, house or safe. Both AR’s have 10 round mags in them with 30 round or drum within reach.
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:13 AM   #39
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An unchambered carry pistol is a hollywood phenomena and a luxury only for offensive situations. I don't even walk from the shooting range back to the vehicle on an empty chamber. In a defensive situation you are already operating on reaction vs action. Average gun fight lasting 3-5 seconds and average recognition/decision/draw/egage sequence for a well trained individual is about 1.5 seconds means you're already half way behind in the gunfight if it is a reactive scenario.

Add racking a round to that sequence and the fight is most likely already over before you even engage. Or, more realistically, adrenaline and muscle memory take over and you are drawing and repeatedly pulling the trigger on an empty chamber. Hopefully you survive long enough to get that sick feeling in your stomach from the moment of horror when you realize why the weapon is not firing.

There are plenty of double action models with lawyer triggers that are perfectly safe to carry and keep loaded at all times; just lock it up when not carrying if safety at home is a concern.
Spot on...and this is what a lot of "unchambered" people that carry don't realize.
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:16 AM   #40
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Always chambered. Not having one in the pipe is like trying to put your seat belt on before you NEED it.
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:22 AM   #41
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if it aint loaded it aint safe!!!
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:23 AM   #42
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The only time it doesn't have a round in the pipe is when I'm cleaning it. same goes for the rest of my guns. Oh wait I forgot all my guns were lost in a boating accident
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:28 AM   #43
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Old 07-09-2021, 07:51 AM   #44
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The ONLY time the tube is clear is when I'm unloading it to clean it
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:04 AM   #45
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How often do you carry and not put one in the chamber?

I am going to admit I've gotten lazy of late and do not chamber a round. If its a short trip, and I know I'll be home soon I don't bother. I know I need to, but its the PITA (to me) to get home and de-chamber the weapon for storage.

Decided today that I need to get better and secure storage, so once I chamber around, I can store the weapon when I get home. And stop dealing with unchambering the round for storage.

So, again with the question. How often do you carry and not chamber a round?
Because nobody ever needs a gun on a "short trip".
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:14 AM   #46
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I was always a little uncomfortable carrying a Glock fully loaded. I did it but still worried about shooting myself in the but.
I went back to a 1911 style (STI) so that I could carry it cocked and locked
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:15 AM   #47
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always carry with one in the pipe....
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:16 AM   #48
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For emergency right now situations where you have seconds, revolver all the way. It's chambered, it's not on safety, it will not jam, it will not misfire & if it does the cure is pull again. You don't need to be thinking about any of that.
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:21 AM   #49
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Always loaded and ready to fire except the shotgun and thats for for the intimidation factor of the sound. AS far as little hand go, if they want to shoot the gun, all they have to do is ask and we will go out back and shoot them. when you live close to the border these days , you always have to be on point.
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Old 07-09-2021, 08:27 AM   #50
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Never!
I prefer to defend myself with a firearm rather than a brick.

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