A Round in the Chamber Carry?

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A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby rytchard » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:53 pm

I just received my CHL a little over a month ago and until just recently I never carried a round in the chamber unless the safety was engaged. Now I do. I think some of my resistance comes from my military background ... safety was always required.

Regardless, I read something recently that referred to your holster as being your safety with a handgun. That made sense to me. Another thing that also made a lot of sense .... don't touch the trigger and it won't go "bang", i.e. one of the four basic safety rules.

So? How do you carry?

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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby carlson1 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:02 pm

For decades and still today one in the chamber. I do not want to loose a nanosecond trying to chamber around when I finally decide there is a threat.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby BulldogBorders » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:04 pm

One in the chamber for me. Always want it ready to go if needed.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby C-dub » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:10 pm

Always one in the chamber. It took me about a week of carrying around the house before my license arrived to come to that decision.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby JALLEN » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:17 pm

The unexpected always happens when you least expect it.

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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby oljames3 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:21 pm

Always one in the chamber. When the time comes to employ my pistol, I may not have the use of both hands. DA/SA semi-auto.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby tlt » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:22 pm

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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby cmgee67 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:23 pm

Always one in the chamber. Here is my logic. Is carrying one in the chamber more dangerous? Yes technically. But as long as your smart and have propper upkeep of your firearm and practice drawing it with the FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER you should be fine. When the crap hits the fan that time it takes you to rack the slide could cost your or somebody else their life. I don't care how much you train or how well you can do it you are never going to be as fast as a person with one in the chamber. It's physically impossible. The unexpected happens obviously when you don't expect it. Like one of the fine gentlemen said above. BE READY. Remember this is YOUR or your loved ones lives at stake. Be vigilant and ever careful. Great thread brother.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby jmorris » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:30 pm

rytchard wrote:........until just recently I never carried a round in the chamber unless the safety was engaged. Now I do. .....


Am I reading that correctly? I've carried for over six years now and I always have one in the chamber but if I'm carrying a weapon with a manual safety it's on.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby Middle Age Russ » Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:32 pm

My sidearm is to be deployed and used in circumstances that may dictate immediate firing. Therefore, it is carried with a full magazine and a round in the chamber. I have seen a few folks that carry with the chamber empty but the magazine full. Due to EXTENSIVE training, these particular individuals are pretty quick from the holster to first shots on target, but even in the best case they give up a round before reloading. It requires far less training (training IS important) to be able to present from the holster and fire without having to chamber a round. Also, if one arm is compromised (or busy holding off an attacker) it is much easier to employ you sidearm if it is already charged and ready.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby casp625 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:07 pm

To be fair, carrying chambered in the military is rarely an event that requires it... However, with your CHL, you never know when you will need to use that weapon and every second counts!

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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby Jago668 » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:07 pm

Round chambered, always. I said in another thread asking the same question. If the situation leaves time for you to chamber a round, then I have that same amount of time to be shooting. If the situation doesn't allow you to chamber a round, then I am still shooting. If a situation occurs that I am unable to shoot, then neither would you be able to. So no round chambered you can shoot 1/3 of the time. With a round chambered I can shoot 2/3 of the time, or twice as often.
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby Setxjeff » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:13 pm

I carry one in the chamber or the revolver fully loaded. I think a semiauto with one in the chamber is the same as carrying a revolver with all chambers filled(unlike the old safety of old revolvers with an empty cylinder under hammer)
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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby ELB » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:22 pm

One in the chamber.

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Re: A Round in the Chamber Carry?

Postby Pawpaw » Thu Oct 29, 2015 11:14 pm

rytchard wrote:So? How do you carry?


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