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Thread: Carrying: Round in the chamber or no? Safety on or no?

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    When you carry, do you carry with a round already in the chamber, and ready to go? Or do you simply carry with your magazine loaded, but having to slide your firearm in order to chamber your round?

    Also, for those who have a safety; do you carry with your safety on, or off?


    I have an IWB, and I admit, I get a little uneasy when I'm driving, and I have a round chambered in my firearm with the safety off. It points directly at my crotch, and if I were to get in an accident (even a minor one) I fear it would go off in the wrong direction.

    Thoughts?

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    When you carry, do you carry with a round already in the chamber, and ready to go? Or do you simply carry with your magazine loaded, but having to slide your firearm in order to chamber your round?

    Also, for those who have a safety; do you carry with your safety on, or off?


    I have an IWB, and I admit, I get a little uneasy when I'm driving, and I have a round chambered in my firearm with the safety off. It points directly at my crotch, and if I were to get in an accident (even a minor one) I fear it would go off in the wrong direction.

    Thoughts?

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    What kind of firearm?
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    i carry ready to fire whether i am carrying a DA only or a SA/DA. if i have the latter on me the hammer will be down. neither of my carry automatics have a mechanical safety so on/off is not an option. but i don't use an IWB holster either.

    not having a round chambered means losing an extra second or two when i may need it most.




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    gogodawgs wrote:
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    dammit, you're right
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    Ya think? Sounds like a legitimate question. I also use an Inside the Waistband holster. I always have the safety on when chambered though.

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    I ahve an old CZ82 that is DA/SA. I carry it with one in the pipe, uncocked, and safety off. (Safety can only be switched on when cocked) This model has a hammer block that roles into position when the trigger is at least 3/4 forward.

    This makes the CZ82 very simple to bring to bare. Just draw and pull the trigger; like drawing a DA revolver. No switches to mess with. and I don't worry about a AD while it is holstered, since the trigger guard is completely covered in the holster.

    It's going to depend on the weapon you carry.

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    Aaron1124 wrote:
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    Ya think? Sounds like a legitimate question. I also use an Inside the Waistband holster. I always have the safety on when chambered though.
    Yes, look at the other posts of this troll.
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    gogodawgs wrote:
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    Ya think? Sounds like a legitimate question. I also use an Inside the Waistband holster. I always have the safety on when chambered though.
    Yes, look at the other posts of this troll.
    Ah. I saw the "guy pulled out a shotgun from his trunk" and I remember the carried on federal property" thread.

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    What kind of handgun do you have?

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    sig sauer p229

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    eye95 wrote:
    What kind of handgun do you have?
    Presume you are referring to the OP, who says he(?) carries with his gun pointed at his crotch?

    Sound well trained and well executed method of carry to you? If something I did scared me, I just might look for a better way, but that's just me.

    Check out the rest of the his "what if" postings via Profile/Posts.

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    I read his other post on the Washington forum (As I am a member there), but even if he has made some goofy posts, this sounds like a legit question. I, too, have an inside the waistband holster, and it the muzzle of it may often point at your own self while you're sitting down.

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    Tony Santiago wrote:
    When you carry, do you carry with a round already in the chamber, and ready to go? Or do you simply carry with your magazine loaded, but having to slide your firearm in order to chamber your round?

    Also, for those who have a safety; do you carry with your safety on, or off?


    I have an IWB, and I admit, I get a little uneasy when I'm driving, and I have a round chambered in my firearm with the safety off. It points directly at my crotch, and if I were to get in an accident (even a minor one) I fear it would go off in the wrong direction.

    Thoughts?Tony Santiago wrote:
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    Please come clean. Are you just trolling? :?

    Your post stinks like BS.

    A P229 has no "safety" lever as there is no need for one. It has a decock lever. Once you decock it, there is simply no way for the firearm to go off without pulling the long double action trigger. You could have a head on collision with a Space Shuttle and it can not physically discharge.



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    How often do you use your crotch? If not that often I wouldnt worry about too much.



    On a more serious note, safety on. Now my sidearm does not have a safety, but its a double action type so I dont have the hammer cocked.


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    1911= cocked and locked. 14 in the mag + 1 in the pipe.
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    Troll or not, don't care, I think it a reasonable question. The answer depends greatly on the gun itself and the operator. There are guns I wouldn't carry at the ready. The guns I carry, I do carry chambered with safety off.

    There's one gun that I carry IWB, a Taurus PT140 Pro, and I carry in the front appendix position, which is generally pointednear my crotch. I don't use the safety since it's right-hand oriented and I shoot lefty.This particular gun doesn't have an exposed hammer, and has a longDAO trigger pull. Since the IWB holster does completely cover the trigger and triggerguard, there's not the issue of accidentally touching the trigger until it's free and clear of the holster. Also, with the long DAO trigger, the hammer isn't really cocked, making it "drop safe", or bump safe, in this case.
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    hopnpop wrote:
    Troll or not, don't care, I think it a reasonable question. The answer depends greatly on the gun itself and the operator. There are guns I wouldn't carry at the ready. The guns I carry, I do carry chambered with safety off.

    There's one gun that I carry IWB, a Taurus PT140 Pro, and I carry in the front appendix position, which is generally pointednear my crotch. I don't use the safety since it's right-hand oriented and I shoot lefty.This particular gun doesn't have an exposed hammer, and has a longDAO trigger pull. Since the IWB holster does completely cover the trigger and triggerguard, there's not the issue of accidentally touching the trigger until it's free and clear of the holster. Also, with the long DAO trigger, the hammer isn't really cocked, making it "drop safe", or bump safe, in this case.
    The safety you are referring to is absolutely unnecessary. I personally do not see the point in a safety leverfor a double action. I am a firm believer in decock only for a carry hangun where applicable. If someone can not keep their finger off of the trigger ofa Glock and XD, they should not own one. The trigger safeties are sufficient without an additionalsafety lever.

    If you have aBeretta, Taurus, Ruger, etc SA/DA which has an external hammer then you should not dream of carrying it with the hammer back unless you have a safety lever andit is placed on safe.1911s go without saying. Most Sigs are decock only and there is absolutely no reason to carry them with the hammer back.

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    i go condition 3. no round in the chamber, mag. in the gun. but if i get my dream .45 i will rethink that once i get the subtleties of it down.

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    I have a Ruger P95. The hammer does not need to be cocked back in order for it to be ready to go. Open slide, put in loaded mag, close slide, and it's ready. Hammer is not cocked back.

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    Aaron1124 wrote:
    I have a Ruger P95. The hammer does not need to be cocked back in order for it to be ready to go. Open slide, put in loaded mag, close slide, and it's ready. Hammer is not cocked back.
    Ruger P91DC (mine). Hammer goes back ready to rock, but the de-cocker safely puts the hammer back. I guess theres no need for a mechanical safety then.
    What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?

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    True. My Ruger P95 has a safety though, so even though I carry with a round in the chamber, the hammer doesn't have to be back in order to fire the first round, but I carry with safety on anyway.

    I do have an IWB holster, and yes, the OP is correct, when you're sitting down, it can be pointed at your leg or crotch, depending where you have it.

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    I carry my 1911 in condition 1, just as intended.

    A friend looked at me all weird when I told him I carry like that, but then he shrugged and said that he's a wheelman, and doesn't like the feel of semi-autos, haha.
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    Ruger P89DC 1 in the chamber. I feel safe with it that way. Owned the gun since 1995 and has never failed me yet.
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