I keep mines in the save with 1 in the chamber and safety off in DA. I don't put it in SA. I can't carry anywhere beside my own home but that's how it stays.
Hawaii, and yes I walk around like this. If the kids are around then none in the chamber safety on and I have it either right in front of me or up top where they can't get it. They know the deal with the guns so I don't worry much about it but I don't take it for granted either.
Thats pretty insane. In a good way.
No children, I keep a pistol with one in the chamber by me at all times.
If the gun is to be carried loaded...as it should be; it will be in one of the following states:
1: chamber loaded, no safety ie your Glock, M&P etc.
2: chamber loaded, hammer down safety on or off this would be for your beretta etc. They can be decocked and safety placed into the firing position. There are plenty of DA/SA guns that have a decocker and no safety.
3: hammer cocked, safety on. This is for your single action autos like the 1911, Hi Power and some other variants which are cocked and locked capable like some HKs and CZs.
...He keeps asking the very same question, over and over again.
"...Are you sure?"
"Really, really sure?"
"...Isn't that risky?"
"Are you sure it's not risky?"
"Are you really sure it's not risky?"
"Are you really, really sure it's not risky?"
The real answer is: "Yes, we are sure that it isn't risky, if you keep your brains working. But you will never be sure that it isn't risky, so you shouldn't do it."
Called me old fashioned, but seems you'd want some kind've safety net. Either the safety on, or with a glock, possibly the magazine in, but not locked and loaded. Just seems like a decent enough safety procaution however. But I'm new to all of this so safety is my number one factor, and I'm sure its everyone elses as well. Just not as comfortable as alot of you guys, practice makes perfect, right?
Keeping your finger off the trigger and keeping the gun in a good holster that covers the trigger is paramount in gun safety.
Regarding the empty chamber thing, if the stats are to be believed; the average gun fight is 3 seconds, 3 shots, at 3 yards. That extra second to get your gun ready to shoot is one third of the time you have to save your bacon. You don't want to spend ANY time with an unloaded gin when you NEED that gun.
Okay.....so call me old fashioned, but I'd NEVER carry a semi-auto w/o one in the chamber.
BTW....safeties are for sissies.
I'm a newbie and I go back and fiddle with the firearm a few times a day, so I feel safer having it unloaded. Also I live in CA, CCW is pretty much non existent. And I have the handgun for some protection, but also for the firing range. Basically I'm rarely in danger. Makes sense where I'm coming from? Maybe I'm just not confident enough yet.
Just my 2c but carry it in what ever way makes it safe, I know several people who carry different brands. A 1911 style kimber one in the chamber cocked safety on, glock one in chamber. Find what you feel comfortable with and do it the same way everyday. Dont carry empty chamber one day then one in the chamber the next, muscle memory is key in a stressful event.
The reason I love Beretta handguns is I feel they are safe and reliable. If you put the safety on the firing pin is no longer in line with the hammer it's imposible for the gun to go off. Plus the trigger is then disengaged, drop it or accidentally bump the trigger nothing happens. Wouldn't carry another brand for that reason
If you don't feel 100% confident with the firearm it should be left unloaded and locked up at all times. If its in the safe keep the loaded mag out of the gun so when you feel the need to go fiddle with it you dont have to worry. Always always every time you touch the gun practice doing a safety check, pull back the slide and really look in the chamber for a round. If you have a mag drop the mag first then inspect the chamber every time. Practice good safety and you will be safe