Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 35

Thread: Can I have a loaded magazine while open carrying in NC?

  1. #1
    Regular Member RPJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wendell, NC
    Posts
    3

    Can I have a loaded magazine while open carrying in NC?

    Recently bought a handgun and was wondering if it was legal for me to OC with a loaded magazin, as long as a round wasn't chambered. I mean, it would be pointless to carry around a gun that didn't have bullets in it, right?

  2. #2
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Conover
    Posts
    237
    NC doesn't care if its loaded or not...

    I OC with a full and 1 in the pipe... Chambered and ready... All I have to do is pull the trigger and rounds fly...
    And I have a spare mag for back up...

  3. #3
    Regular Member sultan62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Clayton, NC
    Posts
    1,319
    Quote Originally Posted by muccione View Post
    NC doesn't care if its loaded or not...

    I OC with a full and 1 in the pipe... Chambered and ready... All I have to do is pull the trigger and rounds fly...
    And I have a spare mag for back up...
    +1
    "They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
    It ain't what they call rock and roll
    And the Sultans...
    Yeah the Sultans, they play Creole"

    OCDO Member
    NCGO Member

  4. #4
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hampton, AR
    Posts
    228
    Quote Originally Posted by RPJ View Post
    Recently bought a handgun and was wondering if it was legal for me to OC with a loaded magazin, as long as a round wasn't chambered. I mean, it would be pointless to carry around a gun that didn't have bullets in it, right?
    this isn't California, you can lock and load in this wonderful state.

    please don't take this the wrong way, this is just my opinion, but carrying an unloaded gun is unsafe and idiotic! (if there isn't 1 in the chamber, its unloaded) you might as well just carry a brick around with you.

    my "Sarah" carries 13 +1 of .45 federal hydra shock, and I never leave home without her.

  5. #5
    Regular Member Dreamer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Grennsboro NC
    Posts
    5,358
    All the above posts are correct.

    In NC, you can carry a gun loaded--and I mean LOADED--as in, a full magazine AND a round in the chamber with the hammer cocked and safety on.

    And many of us DO...

    You can also carry as many extra loaded mags as you wish. I usually carry one extra, but sometimes--when I'm REALLY "putting on the dog" (like at a Rally, or at a big OC Dinner event) I'll carry two spares, because I have a matching set of two mag carriers and a Serpa holster in Coyote Tan (probably the only such Serpa set in the region...) and I like to show it off...

    A gun that is not loaded is just a VERY expensive (and heavy) piece of "belt jewelry"...
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression—and this is hogwash."
    --Barry Goldwater, 1964

  6. #6
    Regular Member sultan62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Clayton, NC
    Posts
    1,319
    Also, carry how you train. If you are in California, or most UOC for some other reason, you should have extensive practice drawing your handgun with one hand, a magazine with the other, seating the magazine, and racking the slide. It should be second nature.

    You should also be able to do this one handed, with either hand. This makes UOC ridiculously disadvantageous.

    Similarly, if you carry without a round chambered, you should constantly practice drawing and racking the slide when at the range; otherwise, in a SD situation, you are likely to draw, pull the trigger, and hear the loudest 'click' of your life. Again, be able to do this one handed. Yeah, difficult, right?

    That's why many, and probably the vast majority of us, carry with a round chambered. If you end up having to draw, you can be ready to fire one handed, and quicker than if a round is not chambered.
    "They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
    It ain't what they call rock and roll
    And the Sultans...
    Yeah the Sultans, they play Creole"

    OCDO Member
    NCGO Member

  7. #7
    Regular Member RPJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Wendell, NC
    Posts
    3
    Thanks everyone for the information. Makes me more comfortable to OC now.

  8. #8
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hickory, NC, ,
    Posts
    1,025
    Put me with the +1 and extra mag crowd.

  9. #9
    Regular Member Ricky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Hickory, N.C.
    Posts
    134
    I agree the XDM 16 plus 1..Chambering a round is one of the most likely times a gun will jam.....IMO.......

  10. #10
    Regular Member Dreamer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Grennsboro NC
    Posts
    5,358
    One thing I want to stress is the misconception about extra mags that a lot of newbies (and non-gun or anti-gun people) have...

    We don't carry extra mags because we want a TON of firepower. My Para Ordnance S-14.45 holds 14+1. I carry an extra mag. Not because I think I'll ever be in a situation where I NEED 29 rounds of 230grain .45acp HydraShoks (in fact I PRAY that I NEVER find myself in a situation like that), but because extra mags are for the more effective and speedy clearing of malfunctions.

    If, at any point in a magazine, I get a misfire or FTF or some other malfunction, I'll run through a "Tap-Rack-Bang" operation, and HOPEFULLY that fixes the problem. But if for some reason it doesn't, I'm dropping that mag, and inserting a new one and starting from scratch.

    Because that's how I was taught, and that's how I train...

    Spare mags are often the quickest and most effective way to deal with most feed/fire/ejection-related malfunctions. That's why we carry spare mags...

    The fact is, if you need more than 6 rounds in a situation, you probably "brung the wrong pardner to the hoe-down", and you SHOULD be using a 12ga shotgun, or a rifle...
    It is our cause to dispel the foggy thinking which avoids hard decisions in the delusion that a world of conflict will somehow mysteriously resolve itself into a world of harmony, if we just don't rock the boat or irritate the forces of aggression—and this is hogwash."
    --Barry Goldwater, 1964

  11. #11
    Regular Member sultan62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Clayton, NC
    Posts
    1,319
    Agreed. If one magazine isn't enough ammo, I'm using it to get myself to a safe location. The primary reason for carrying an extra magazine is in case of malfunction.
    "They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
    It ain't what they call rock and roll
    And the Sultans...
    Yeah the Sultans, they play Creole"

    OCDO Member
    NCGO Member

  12. #12
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA
    Posts
    381
    The fact is, if you need more than 6 rounds in a situation, you probably "brung the wrong pardner to the hoe-down", and you SHOULD be using a 12ga shotgun, or a rifle... [/QUOTE]

    IIRC Clint Black said a handgun is for fighting your way back to the rifle you should have brung with you to start with.

  13. #13
    Regular Member rotorhead's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    862
    Quote Originally Posted by sultan62 View Post
    Agreed. If one magazine isn't enough ammo, I'm using it to get myself to a safe location. The primary reason for carrying an extra magazine is in case of malfunction.
    Lies!

    The primary reason for carrying an extra magazine is to look cool. Plus, you can show people the latest manly rounds you use without dropping your magazine that's inside the gun.

    What's all this talk about practicability and utility, anyway?

  14. #14
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Sneads Ferry, ,
    Posts
    189
    I ran that quote by an old buddy with infantry training who enlightened me as to the remainder of the quote. "A hand gun is just a tool that you use to fight your way back to your rifle (which you should never have abandoned in the first place) which you use as a tool to fight your way back to your crew served weapon." US Army wisdom?? Who would a thunk it???

  15. #15
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Conover
    Posts
    237
    I carry extra mag for firepower... Zombie control.... My XD only holds 9+1...

    And it does look COOL....

  16. #16
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Goldsboro, North Carolina, United States
    Posts
    91
    condition 1 in the holster, condition 0 in my hand...FMJ on standbye if its needed

  17. #17
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hickory, NC, ,
    Posts
    1,025
    I thought it was to keep your pants from sagging to one side. YOu know, even out the weight a bit. I am........

    Batman. lol

  18. #18
    Regular Member sultan62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Clayton, NC
    Posts
    1,319
    Quote Originally Posted by chiefjason View Post
    I thought it was to keep your pants from sagging to one side. YOu know, even out the weight a bit. I am........

    Batman. lol
    I actually did this before I got a gun belt.
    "They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
    It ain't what they call rock and roll
    And the Sultans...
    Yeah the Sultans, they play Creole"

    OCDO Member
    NCGO Member

  19. #19
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    pottsboro,texas
    Posts
    200
    as for states that allow regulation of guns to be unloaded (like commiefornia/ organ, i know how their spelled ) it is idiotic to carry unloaded but not pointless cause you are still pushing for you 2a rights and your visual shock and aww reminds people that we do have rights that needs exercising and it is still a foot on the pathway to the change of law towards oc loaded, and every bit helps here's an example just take five years ago in kali, if you was walking down the street with oc unloaded you would probally get swat ,heilos, news crews all over ya just a spazzing out , now today , due to oc unloaded you don't have much of a spaz. maybe oc unloaded is not good for crime situtations but it has really toned down the spaz factor.

  20. #20
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Charlotte, North Carolina, , USA
    Posts
    96
    Condition 1 8+1 230gr GDHP +1 mag

  21. #21
    Regular Member CDT COX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    281
    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacker View Post
    as for states that allow regulation of guns to be unloaded (like commiefornia/ organ, i know how their spelled ) it is idiotic to carry unloaded but not pointless cause you are still pushing for you 2a rights and your visual shock and aww reminds people that we do have rights that needs exercising and it is still a foot on the pathway to the change of law towards oc loaded, and every bit helps here's an example just take five years ago in kali, if you was walking down the street with oc unloaded you would probally get swat ,heilos, news crews all over ya just a spazzing out , now today , due to oc unloaded you don't have much of a spaz. maybe oc unloaded is not good for crime situtations but it has really toned down the spaz factor.

  22. #22
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Charlotte NC
    Posts
    13
    I love the fact that I live in an open carry state. Though some of the local LEO may not. 1 hot 15 in the mag GLOCK 21sf, and its just to get me to the real tools.

  23. #23
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Fletcher, NC
    Posts
    113
    Quote Originally Posted by aosailor View Post
    this isn't California, you can lock and load in this wonderful state.

    please don't take this the wrong way, this is just my opinion, but carrying an unloaded gun is unsafe and idiotic! (if there isn't 1 in the chamber, its unloaded) you might as well just carry a brick around with you.

    my "Sarah" carries 13 +1 of .45 federal hydra shock, and I never leave home without her.
    I would suggest reconsidering the federal hydra shocks. Take a look at http://ammo.ar15.com/project/Self_De..._FAQ/index.htm. Under the manufacturer section you can read about the hydra shocks.

    I carry federal hst 230g in my Springfield xd .45 compact and Speer gold dot 147g in my xd 9mm subcompact.

  24. #24
    Regular Member The Airframer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Virginia Beach
    Posts
    171
    Quote Originally Posted by aosailor View Post
    carrying an unloaded gun is unsafe and idiotic! (if there isn't 1 in the chamber, its unloaded)
    +1. Carrying a brick on a holster everywhere may be more effective than carrying an unloaded, finely shaped chunk of metal.
    It's better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it...

  25. #25
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Salisbury, North Carolina
    Posts
    23
    In my case with a revolver,(black powder) I leave the hammer on an empty chamber for safety, the other five are loaded. .454 diameter ball and 30 grains of fffg. Shouldn't ever need more than that. When I get my Navy Colt convertered to cartridge I'll follow the same practice. I agree with others here, unloaded is belt jewelery.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •