And you can do it multiple times so it sounds even cooler and really shows you mean business.The Annoyed Man wrote:Press checks are needed because they look cool in the movies.....especially when press-checking a Glock sounds like your cocking a Single Action Army Colt.cmgee67 wrote:Another thing. I have never understood why a press check is needed. To me it isn't. If you know you left the gun loaded before you went to be and it hasn't been fired then why check in the morning and at night. If I want to know glock is loaded I can physically see the extractor poking out and if you look you can even see the brass in the chamber.
A) I was taught umpteen tears ago that if a firearm is not in your immediate possession and has been out of your sight, you do not know its condition; that you have to confirm that condition (think of Schrodinger's cat). Goes back to the no-shortcuts of administrative handling. If I have to leave a pistol in the lockbox in the truck to go into a 30.06 establishment, I'll still do a press check before reholstering...and then tell myself, "This gun is loaded." Measure twice, cut once.
B) Wherever and whenever possible, I'm a big believer in trying to standardize practices across platforms. Think of the SEALs' maxim, "One mind, any weapon." Whether I'm grabbing a 1911, a Glock, an AR, a knife, a stick, or going empty hand I want as much about the deployment to be the same as is humanly possible. For example, that's one reason I never favored adopting a full isosceles stance for handgun shooting: you'd never approach empty-hand or blade combatives that way. And basic stoppage clearance procedures should be essentially the same for any magazine-fed firearm. Some guns have loaded chamber indicators, some don't. I don't have enough brain cells to expend trying to change the way I handle one versus the other.
The old battlefield pickup drill comes to mind. Farnam does this in one of his advanced courses at nighttime, as part of low-light training in order to remove most visual cues. The class is kept well away from the line, where there's a table with a dozen different types of handguns that an instructor sets up between each CoF in various states of readiness and manufactured stoppages. On the timer, you have to get two hits on target with each gun. If your handling is gun-specific rather than cross-platform generalized, you can almost be guaranteed your time will be embarrassingly close to the bottom of the class.
C) A loaded chamber indicator is a nicety, but it's still a mechanical device and the possibility of failure exists. I completely ignore loaded chamber indicators in all their varieties. Maybe the only thing worse than an ND is being in dire need of your handgun and getting a click--or nothing at all--instead of a bang. When clearing a gun I--and I assume most--am not willing to bet my life or the lives of others only on a loaded chamber indicator as proof positive that the gun is unloaded and safe. By corollary, I would never trust defense of my life or the lives of others only on a loaded chamber indicator as proof positive that the gun is ready to fire.