I’m glad you’ve joined this forum and appreciate your enthusiasm.Winston wrote: ↑Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:58 amAlso don't feel bad about not carrying with a round in the chamber. It's also better safe than sorry. Sometimes getting use to handling your gun and learning more about gun safely before carrying a loaded weapon is ideal. Sometimes time is what's needed to become more confident in your abilities. I didn't keep a round in the chamber for over a year after purchasing my first pistol because it didn't feel safe. But once you start practicing carrying around the house and have more experience handling firearms then that fear will go away. I think every new persons fear with carrying a gun is that it will just go off all of a sudden. Once you practice and do it long enough that fear will go away.
I couldn’t disagree more about ‘not feeling bad about not having a round in the chamber’.
I do understand newer carriers’ fear of carrying sometimes, but I totally disagree that carrying in this manor is a good idea. In fact, I could make the case that you’re better off not carrying at all until you’re ok with a round in the chamber.
The main reason is that carrying without a round in the chamber, especially for newly licensed folks who are likely to have less training and skill, is a very dangerous thing. It provides to newer folks a false sense of security (most of the time). A false sense of security is dangerous. It may also have them react differently in an act of self defense which would be more harmful.
They may be better off fleeing or complying than trying to respond with their fire arm, that when a round isn’t chambered, is virtually useless.
As responsible 2A believing citizens, we need to be pushing the fact that carrying without a round in the chamber is not a good thing. We don’t want to coddle that mind set. Even those that train... which you’ll hear the term “Israeli Carry” are not as fast or safe as an average person with a round chambered. Additionally, virtually NOBODY, truly trains for “Israeli Carry”. It’s more of an internet keyboard warrior thing.