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    I carry concealed and have one in the pipe with safety on. (Beretta) Or one in the pipe no safety DA/SA Sig.

    I do not want to have to rack the slide.

    and I want the extra bullet.

    Just mho

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    1911 concealed, one up the pipe, cocked and locked, over a full mag with 3 spares on my off side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fliperoo View Post
    ...the only thing they are gonna shoot is their nuts. Carry how you feel safe....i carry a glock 17 with 17JHP in the mag, unchambered....now, there's tons of people here who would flame me and say that "if you don't carry +1, you just have an expensive hammer"....the fact is...most of us aren't living in some freaking mountain hut in Afghanistan....and the odds of you getting into a car accident, or being abducted by an F'ing alien are far greater than you ever being in a situation where you'll be out an about and not have time to rack a round if the situation arises....the guys that'll tell you "+1 at all times" are the same people who carry when they take their family to the beach and only go in up to their knees cuz they're standing on the shore eating onion rings with their sub-compact stuffed in a belly band.
    I wont flame you because I at least partially agree. In the area where I LIVE....the region that I FREQUENT I need to carry locked and loaded about as bad as a fish needs a golf cart. WITH THAT SAID..I have seen places where I wouldnt feel 100% safe even if I were locked and loaded carrying something that was "belt fed".....BUT...I dont frequent those places and when Im "forced to" I go ahead and chamber a round.

    Part of the scary part of handguns are some of the people carrying them!

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    I always carry with one in the chamber. As many have said before, you won't have the opportunity/time in most instances to pull your weapon, use 2 hands to rack the slide, acquire your target and fire. When you are in a life or death situation you lose fine motor skills. Good practice makes perfect, but it is smart to eliminate unnecessary steps without causing additional safety concerns. Having said that, I know my gun well, I purchased it in part because of the safety features. It is DA/SA and I carry it with the safety ON.

    Obviously this is thread is a matter of preference but after I got comfortable with my pistol I just felt that it was a bad idea to carry a gun without a round in the chamber. That extra 2 seconds could be the difference between life and death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn.shooter View Post
    I have had many a "discussion" amongst friends who carry both open and concealed. Most carry "cocked and locked". I have a Ruger P95 which makes it a Da/Sa gun. I would prefer to keep 10 in the mag and rack the first one in when need be. My reason is that I can always have one single action trigger pull and the the sound of a auto pistol racking is generally enough to end a discussion. Perhaps I have purcahsed the wrong pistol, but the DA and 9 more SA is difficult for me.
    I am of the opinion that the people who have made a decision to carry an unloaded gun may actually lack the commitment to use lethal force, in defense of their own life, or in the defense of others. A handgun is not much of a club, unless you put it in a sock and swing it, so if I felt unsafe with a loaded gun, I would just get a 34" Louisville Slugger with friction tape on the handle and a leather strap.

    I believe that a person should not carry a lethal weapon unless they know how to use it without endangering innocent lives, and that includes being competent to carry with a loaded chamber. At least half of the scenarios I can concoct in my feeble little mind don't allow me enough time to dig my pistol out and rack the slide (and hope a round doesn't stick on the feed ramp).

    As for the sound of a slide being racked striking fear into the hearts of bad guys...maybe...but I don't know if that fear will launch them into flight, or just inspire them to pull the trigger on their fully loaded Hi-Points.

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    By the way

    If anyone has figured out a way to know when they will need their gun for sure, please let the rest of us in on the formula. I don't buy into the whole "I am more likely to need my gun in this area" theory. I value life too much to leave it up to odds.

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