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by Dave2
Tue May 28, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: New to CHL?
Topic: Carrying With One Loaded In Chamber (Question?)
Replies: 31
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Re: Carrying With One Loaded In Chamber (Question?)

olafpfj wrote:
txcobra wrote:Which condition is recommended for an LCP, (no safety, no accessible hammer, long pull)? I currently carry one in the chamber with the trigger area fully covered by the pocket holster to prevent Anything snagging the trigger (even though it is a very long pull), and nothing else in that pocket.
In other words...just like a carry revolver. So long as the trigger is completely covered you're GTG.

How come no one realizes or thinks about the fact that a loaded revolver is essentially "one in the chamber"? There's no safeties on a revolver and no one bats an eye about it but everyone gets weirded out over a semi-auto that is basically in the same condition.
Actually, I think the semi-autos are better in this regard. Seems like a rapidly reciprocating slide is more likely catch on something and get gummed up while bouncing around in a pocket than a slowly revolving cylinder.
by Dave2
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: New to CHL?
Topic: Carrying With One Loaded In Chamber (Question?)
Replies: 31
Views: 7258

Re: Carrying With One Loaded In Chamber (Question?)

fickman wrote:
Zen wrote:What Daniel said...

Also, if you're not comfortable with carrying a round in the chamber, I think it is best for you to get more range time and comfort with the pistol of choice. You must feel confident and competent in your pistol, but also in your ability to carry and deploy it.

If you have DAO or DA/SA pistol, that's fairly straightforward.

If you have a SAO, then you have a 5 options, but really only two choices when it comes to personal defense.

Condition 4: Chamber empty, no magazine, hammer down - Not recommended for personal defense
Condition 3: Chamber empty, full magazine in place, hammer down - Not recommended for personal defense
Condition 2: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer down
Condition 1: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety on
Condition 0: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety off - Not recommended safety reasons

I just recently bought my first SAO pistol. Though I have been around firearms for a very long time, I was new to this type of pistol. I practiced with snap caps, carrying, drawing, deploying (move safety off and firing), and decocking. Decocking the loaded pistol is not that difficult, but I believe should definitely be practiced and done with clear focus on the task.

Understanding how your safety (if any) works, will also give you some confidence.
Condition 2: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer down
IMO, not recommended because very few single actions have a de-cocker. . . and a LOT of things can go wrong manually de-cocking a chambered firearm.
IIRC, some 1911s and some revolvers don't have a mechanism to prevent a dropped hammer from moving the firing pin, which in turn means the gun actually can go off by hitting it just right if the hammer is down and a round is chambered.

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