“Well, a gun that’s unloaded… ain’t good for nothin”.
– Rooster Cogburn –
Why You Should Carry With A Round In The Chamber:
- Concealed Nation’s How Safe Is It To Carry With A Round In The Chamber?
- Concealed Nation’s Why We Always Recommend Carrying With A Round In The Chamber (warning: graphic)
- Concealed Nation’s The Time Difference Between Carrying A Round In The Chamber… and not
- USA Carry’s Should You Carry With A Round In The Chamber?
As long as I have carried a handgun I’ve run across people with different opinions regarding carrying their firearm with a round in the chamber. Most want to carry with a round chamber in order to facilitate a quick draw and shoot, but some want to carry with the chamber empty to ensure against an accidental discharge.
In my humble opinion, planning to draw and chamber a round after the SHTF is like planning to fasten your seatbelt after you see the other guy run a stop sign.
Below are some blogs and videos that discuss whether or not you should carry your semi-automatic pistol with a round in the chamber. It is recommended that you carry your firearm chambered so that you can quickly engage a threat. You may find that you can’t draw and chamber a round with one hand if you are having to fight or hold back an attacker with the other. One arm may be injured making it more problematic to chamber a round. Law enforcement always carries with a round in the chamber for this very reason, and you should too.
Won’t I Accidentally Shoot Myself?:
If you are carrying with a round in the chamber of a modern, well maintained, quality pistol in a rigid Kydex or quality leather holster that covers the trigger and trigger guard, then there isn’t a way for your pistol to accidentally discharge. The linked blogs and attached videos will discuss safety issues and procedures related to carrying a chambered firearm, but some quick pointers include:
Follow the four golden rules of firearms safety:
- Treat all guns as though they are always loaded and always perform a clearance check every time you pick one up.
- Never point a gun at anything that you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot.
- Always be sure of your target and beyond.