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I saw a thread about keeping a gun loaded at home for self defense whether you would keep a round chambered or not. If i carry i personally do not have a round chambered but i do realizing that extra second to chamber could be bad if you have a gun pointed at you. What do you guys do?
 

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All my weapons that are loaded, have a round in the chamber with the exception of my Remington 870 Shotgun. I was informed by a good friend that they have been known to discharge when dropped on the stock.

You should carry how you feel comfortable. The time it takes you to rack the slide could make the difference. One of the main points of a GLOCK is that there are no external safeties and switches, etc to manipulate when you need it. Draw the weapon, identify target, point and pull the trigger. Racking the slide adds an additional step in the mix. If you do decide that this is the way you want to continue carrying, you should practice constantly on drawing the weapon, racking the slide and then getting on target. Of course, practice with an EMPTY WEAPON!!! Remove the mag so the slide will drop free while practicing.
 

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Having a CCW without a round in the chamber could be likened to having a condom in the glove-box while having foreplay on the beach... Good idea at the time but utterly useless...

A gun without a round in the chamber is nothing but a paperweight...
 

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A cocked n locked 1911 or loaded G19 - I will add a G30 into the rotation this week. Like TheLaw stated - carry as you are comfortable. A good belt and rig will add confidence in your daily walk with your weapon.
 

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Having a CCW without a round in the chamber could be likened to having a condom in the glove-box while having foreplay on the beach... Good idea at the time but utterly useless...

A gun without a round in the chamber is nothing but a paperweight...
I like your way of thinking
 

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I know a lot of newer shooters that are worried about the firearm discharging. This is increased when you have new shooters that have purchased a GLOCK since many people believe there is a lack of safety with a GLOCK. (untrue) Something that I believe might help them to become more comfortable is to wear the gun around EMPTY, no no mag,no ammo and see of the gun goes off. (Meaning the hammer drops on an empty chamber). You'll soon learn that as long as you are carrying he firearm in an appropriate holster that safely covers the trigger, the firearm won't go off by itself.

When I first started carrying a 1911, I was a bit worried and found myself checking the safety pretty regularly. After just a few weeks of carrying it, all that went away.
 

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Having a CCW without a round in the chamber could be likened to having a condom in the glove-box while having foreplay on the beach... Good idea at the time but utterly useless...

A gun without a round in the chamber is nothing but a paperweight...
Not exactly how I would have worded it but it works for me.

If not chambered just leave it at home. Yes, it's better than nothing .... but barely.

If you are not comfortable carrying a firearm with a round in the chamber I strongly suggest you seek professional firearms training. That's not a jab either. I am VERY serious. See my post/blog about the Importance of Firearms Training ... as I see it.
 

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1 in the pipe for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used to keep it unchambered, but common sense got the best of me.
 

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Ibanez, I was nervous abut carrying "chambered" without a safety such as on some other models. Then I watched every detail of this:
http://www.glockworld.com/Content.aspx?cKey=Glock_Flash

This will let you see that the only way a glock is going to discharge is if you pull the trigger! If you can keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire, you'll be OK. Hope this helps!

GN
 

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All my weapons that are loaded, have a round in the chamber with the exception of my Remington 870 Shotgun. I was informed by a good friend that they have been known to discharge when dropped on the stock.

You should carry how you feel comfortable. The time it takes you to rack the slide could make the difference. One of the main points of a GLOCK is that there are no external safeties and switches, etc to manipulate when you need it. Draw the weapon, identify target, point and pull the trigger. Racking the slide adds an additional step in the mix. If you do decide that this is the way you want to continue carrying, you should practice constantly on drawing the weapon, racking the slide and then getting on target. Of course, practice with an EMPTY WEAPON!!! Remove the mag so the slide will drop free while practicing.
Yea i have been practicing with some of that dummy ammunition i picked up last week.
 

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The most important factor to safely carrying a GLOCK is to have it in a proper holster. Tons and Tons of holsters out there will work perfectly fine. Leather, Kydex, Hybrid, IWB, OWB, Belt, Paddle, etc..

Just make sure it properly covers the trigger guard area fully and isn't a soft material that would allow an negligent discharge. My Father-In-Law just bought a GLOCK 19 based on my suggestion. He purchased a basic Uncle Mikes cloth type holster. This holster is a generic holster. I showed him (with an empty gun) that I could pull the trigger with the gun inside that holster. Pointing this out because some other object in your pocket, briefcase etc could do the same thing, when you don't want it to.

Once the trigger is properly covered, the gun isn't going to fire unless the handler pulls the trigger. :)
 

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Your drill driver can't make a hole by itself, neither can the Glock. Training and a proper holster. Just like any other person in a trade, know your tools and how they operate. And.... use the resources you have for advice, like this forum.
 
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