Its not that hard to put one in the chamber.
Hi from Italy.
Rule 1: NEVER CARRY A LOADED GUN OUT OF ITS DEDICATED HOLSTER... THAT'S THE ONLY ONE SAFETY SECRET
I have had several students come in carrying empty chamber and after running several drills they soon understand that they will get faster, more accurate fire carrying with one in the chamber. With added stress I have seen more than a few flub getting the gun loaded. Typically, when they do get they gun loaded the first shot is very wide, sometimes completely off target.
Hoping for the best in what is all ready the worst case scenario (having all ready had to draw in of it self is winning the bad luck lottery) is not realisitic thinking or preperation.
In a force on force environment, an individual without a round chambered will likely "die" every time.
Responding to a lethal threat, (not just some loud mouth drunkard) needs to be an immediate action, you are all ready responding to your attacker's initiative and are starting from a disadvantaged position. Reaction can beat action with proper training (luck never hurts either) but handicapping yourself from the get go with adding a very crucial step is not going to do you any favors where the fight continuim is concerned.
Regarding negligent discharges:
1: Select a modern, proven design, stay away from "brand new designs" most of Ruger's new entries come to mind given thief high rate or recall for safety issues.
2: Select a quality holster designed for the gun that can be removed from your person without having to take off your belt, I prefer snap loops.
3: Load the gun, holseter the gun and leave it the heck alone unless you NEED it to shoot something.
4: Should the gun need to be removed, take off holstered gun so that the trigger stays covered.
5: Fight complacency with solid, safe handling and instill good "memory" habits.
If these things are adhered to, there is very little risk of an ND.
Most "civilian" NDs off the range occur due to poor gear selection, lack of a holster, people messing with their guns when they shouldn't be ie while in the bathroom or a mixture of all of the above.
...to be continued.
Thanks for the advice, I'm a novice. So I need to practice!
I agree that the method of firing a revolver and a Glock are nearly alike. But my revolvers have a trigger pull of 10 to 15 pounds, and the Glock has a trigger pull of about 5 pounds. So revolvers are, in my opinion, less likely to be accidentally discharged.
When I started shooting there were autos (with safeties) and revolvers with heavy trigger pulls. There was no caveat back then about keeping your finger out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
But with the light trigger pulls of striker fired guns that rule came in to being. I think it is a good rule regardless.
But if you treat Glocks like you treat a typical revolver I think it is going to elevate the risk.
is there a reason you carry two guns? one isnt enough?
If it makes you happy, and I'm sure in some situations it would be quicker then a mag change. Plus in a true shtf scenerio it might give him something to hand to someone else (strength in numbers).
If you pocket carry, I think it is negligence not to ankle carry too.
Where do you live? I can understand if you want to carry CCW and live in the south or something, but I dont think its necessary to have two guns holstered to you, unless your a wanted man by "someone". possibly some mafia type, right?
In California its very difficult to have a CCW. Basically what I'm saying is that I'm not even allowed to have a loaded gun in my car, let alone two that are ready to rock strapped to me. I guess NY rules are a lil different.
If condition 1 carry is an issue for someone, I suggest a pistol with a safety; or a revolver. Additionally, I also think it is not an issue to carry without a round in the chamber. There were, and still are organizations that do not allow condition one. I remember the SP's and MP's practicing the draw and charge drills and they were quite skilled. The key to self defense is awareness, more than being a quick draw artist. If a civilian allows himself or herself to get into a situation where an instant draw and shoot means life or death, then their life if likely forfeit anyway. What you really want to do is be able to turn around and leave the area, or get to cover; not get into a gunfight. It seems that a lot of people with no experience in close range firefights have some very romantic ideas of what would happen in a shootout. The condition 1 that I want to be in is my own alertness as to what is happening around me when I am out in public places.
Man, that's dangerous country around there. For one thing, it's halfway between New York City, where the Mafia rule, and Albany, where just about everybody is a crook.
And then there are the cows! Have you ever been charged by a cow that really, really needed milking? It happens in Poughkeepsie all of the time. (Well, it did when I was a kid, anyway.)
People carry two guns because, as Clint Smith's saying goes, "One is none, and two is one." That is, if you're in a life-and-death situation, and your gun fails, what do you do?
The quickest, simplest thing to do is to reach for the second gun. You don't have the time to repair the problem.
(Factual Disclosure: I do not carry two guns. Instead, I keep a well-armed wife handy.)
In a defence situation, having a non-chambered gun is sensless.
1: you DO NOT DECIDE to use the gun, you ARE FORCED TO DO IT QUICKLY (and time is essential);
2: if the aggressor is near enough to reach the phisical contact, unprobably you will have the opportunity to use both the hands to grab and cook tha gun. Than, your half/reaction induces a bigget attack determination, with all the conseguences you can imagine.
RULE NR. 1: ALWAYS CARRY A GUN IN ITS PROPER HOLSTER, and there will be no problems from tha chambered round .....
I still say if you pocket carry you are being negligent if you don't also carry on the ankle.