View Poll Results: How do you Carry your XD?

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  • One in the Chamber at all times

    189 61.76%
  • Chamber Empty at all times

    59 19.28%
  • Chamber Empty at home, but ready to rock on the streets

    43 14.05%
  • Chamber empty on the road, but ready to rock at home.

    15 4.90%
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  1. #21
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    I think it's important to have the pistol in the same condition all the time. If you practice the same way over and over, then you can develop a "rack it then fire it" system pretty well. It's not going to be as fast as someone coming from the holster hot, but you can do it.

    At any rate, I think having the pistol chaimbered in one instance, and not in another is inviting disaster. Nothing worse then hearing a click, when you expected a bang.

    I stay hot, and lock the pistol in a small safe under my bed at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
    To elaborate further...

    Every time you pull back the slide, and drive a cartridge into the chamber, the tip of the bullet is rammed into the feed ramp, and pushed up, into the chamber.

    Continually chambering the same round, day, after day, after day, MAY cause the bullet to eventually be pushed deeper into the case, reducing the case volume behind the bullet.

    Same powder, less space, equals more pressure. Too much pressure in the case equals VERY bad, in unsupported chamber guns.


    Keep an eye on your defense rounds if you repetedly chamber the same round, loading and unloading. Put them all on a flat desk-top and run a ruler across the tops. They should all be the same length. If one is "set back", toss it. Or pull it and reload it if you are a reloader.

    This is common in 45 ACP, since the bullets are very wide, and short, and the cartridge head-spaces on the case. It will chamber fine, but create a lot of extra pop. In .40 S&W and +P+ 9mm loads, the pressure is very high anyway. With 9mm, the bullets are so "pointy", it's less common, but 40s and 45s have an issue. 40's are more dangerous, since the load pressures are very high to begin with.

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    thanks for the info man. never thought about that before.

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    That is an easy question

    Any Marine or X-Marine will tell you!!
    Locked, Cocked and ready to Rock!!
    I live outside Philadelphia where most parts are worse than 90% of Iraq. Someone brought up a good point in saying why carry a gun if it isn't loaded. If someone wants my car or NIKE AIR MAX I'm sure they will be ready to do just that, fully loaded with one in the chamber. I will be ready to not let them, with one in the chamber and one in their A**!!

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    Every gun I own, except my Buckmark, is loaded with one in the chamber at all times...

    Depending on the scenario - you might be lucky just to get your gun out - don't count on having time to work the slide to load the gun.... You may not have it...

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    I live in Flint, MI. dont know if you've heard of the place, but its a very dangerous city to live in? I carry with one in the pipe and cocked everytime i leave the house. (XD-40). Gettin ready to get something little bigger though, Im like'in the Para .45 Carry's. Pricy though.

    I sleep next to 12 ga. shotty & .357 S&W Mag., one in the chamber but not cocked .

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    That is a bad city. K-zoo isn't too bad, stay away from the north side. Benton Harbor and Lansing are the bad ones I frequent. No handgun yet, the .357 and the .44mag are in the gun case, and a 12 gauge is within a step from my bed. When I do have a carry gun, it's loaded at all times. No messing with racking one, or a safety, or cocking a hammer. Point and pull

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    Naive question of the day:

    What are US regulations for carrying a concealed weapon? I'm in Kelowna British Columbia Canada and it's a no-go here.

    Federal laws state that you can't leave a gun loaded in your home as far as I know.

    Things suuuuuure seem different across the border.


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    Quote Originally Posted by b-diddy View Post
    Naive question of the day:

    What are US regulations for carrying a concealed weapon?

    They vary from state to state. There are no issue, may issue, and shall issue states. No issue, no CCW, period. May issue, they can issue, but they probably won't. Shall issue, unless the state can provide a good reason why you can't carry (felon, mental illness, etc.) you can get a CCW. Places you can carry vary by state as well. Check out http://www.handgunlaw.us/ and it will give you a good idea of what the different state's rules are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    They vary from state to state. There are no issue, may issue, and shall issue states. No issue, no CCW, period. May issue, they can issue, but they probably won't. Shall issue, unless the state can provide a good reason why you can't carry (felon, mental illness, etc.) you can get a CCW. Places you can carry vary by state as well. Check out http://www.handgunlaw.us/ and it will give you a good idea of what the different state's rules are.
    Great Link! Thanks!

    What's involved in getting a license to carry?

    Testing? Breathalizer? Flipping a coin? Or just submitting a form and waiting (like you would for a library card)?

    What are the punishments for folks that carry without having a license in place? American sentences in court are a whole lot stronger for most crimes than up here but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of putting my piece on my hip and going to the grocery store.

    Does it have to be completely concealed or can it be in a holster.

    So many questions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-diddy View Post
    Great Link! Thanks!
    No problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by b-diddy View Post
    What's involved in getting a license to carry?
    I can only speak for NC, since all the states vary. Here we take an 8 hour course covering basic, basic firearm safety and the laws governing using deadly force. Then you take a test. Additionally you have a shooting qualification. If you pass both the test and the qual, you get a certificate. You take the certificate to the sheriff's office, turn in you cert, a set of fingerprints, your application, and your money. Then wait, wait, wait. They have 90 days here to decide. During that time they are conducting all the background checks on you. Provided you're not a criminal, as NC is a shall issue state, you get your permit. It's valid for 5 years. Then all you need to do is pay the renewal fee.

    Quote Originally Posted by b-diddy View Post
    What are the punishments for folks that carry without having a license in place?
    Couldn't tell ya, since I've never even thought of carrying without a license, so I've never looked it up. But I'm sure, like every other answer I have for you, I bet it varies by state.

    Quote Originally Posted by b-diddy View Post
    Does it have to be completely concealed or can it be in a holster.
    Again, varies by state. If the state has open carry, you can carry it on your hip. If there is no open carry, you need to have it concealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd View Post
    No problem.



    I can only speak for NC, since all the states vary. Here we take an 8 hour course covering basic, basic firearm safety and the laws governing using deadly force. Then you take a test. Additionally you have a shooting qualification. If you pass both the test and the qual, you get a certificate. You take the certificate to the sheriff's office, turn in you cert, a set of fingerprints, your application, and your money. Then wait, wait, wait. They have 90 days here to decide. During that time they are conducting all the background checks on you. Provided you're not a criminal, as NC is a shall issue state, you get your permit. It's valid for 5 years. Then all you need to do is pay the renewal fee.

    Couldn't tell ya, since I've never even thought of carrying without a license, so I've never looked it up. But I'm sure, like every other answer I have for you, I bet it varies by state.

    Again, varies by state. If the state has open carry, you can carry it on your hip. If there is no open carry, you need to have it concealed.
    Thanks for all the info Todd. Reminds me of the Arrogant Worms Song, "Wouldn't it be great if everybody had a gun". (You should all DL it for a good laugh!)


    I want to do some research and see what's involved in bringing guns back from across the line. I'm off to Vegas in a couple of weeks for my Stag party and American prices are a LOT better than what we've got here. Any Canadians on this forum who have bought from "the other side of the tracks"?

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    1 in the chamber at all times

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    Condition 1 all the time. In my home, in my car, everywhere. I don't want to wish I'd have had enough time to draw, pull the slide to the rear, aim and fire...or worse, forget to pull the slide to the rear. Plus, the gun is always loaded, so if you can remember how to clear,,,and don't have booger hook issues, then no NDs.

    Also, very astute points on the set backs. I avoid that by never unloading my gun. I change mags every week, but the slide stays forward and never has to chamber another round unless I take my carrier to the boom boom room.

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    How do you Carry your XD?
    In my hands, with the front and rear sights alligned with my dominant eye.

    Why, you carry with yer toes?

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    Not carrying yet, going to the class next week. Will carry with one in the pipe when I leave the house. At home it's full mag, empty chamber. My XD is within reach when I am asleep and I'm sure my dogs will give me enough of a heads up to get one chambered.





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    Quote Originally Posted by spacedoggy View Post
    If you don't carry with one in the chamber, why carry at all. You will never know if and when and what and how many. When I did carry one of my XD's, had three at one time, I would lock the slide back, drop a round in, close the slide and load a full magazine. Why do I drop one in like I do? Good question. To save the life of my bullet and I believe it's a safer way. A few days back this guy at my range empty his pistol so he could shoot range rounds and I saw that his round was pushed in half way. He did not see a problem until I explain pressure to him and he had a very good chance of killing himself. It was a 40. He now load like I do.
    Good point because carrying a gun around without it being 'cocked and locked' is like carrying around a really expensive paper weight.

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    All my guns are loaded and ready to go. If I have an ND from mishandling one of them, I probably don't deserve to own a gun in the first place. It's not that hard to keep your finger off the trigger.

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    I've learned that I MIGHT have time to take the safety off - let alone chamber a round.

    "Cocked, locked, ready to rock!"

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    I'm glad you mentioned Para. I like the idea of that Light Dual Action trigger as opposed to cocked and locked, seems like a good compromise and the trigger pull feels pretty good (dry fired in the store, that is).

    How-ev-ah, the XD's and XDM are sweet guns so I don't know what to get. That XD 9mm compact really caught my eye yesterday.

    Doesn't seem to be much reported about the Paras around here. I'd be curious to hear from anyone who could report Springfield vs. Para from their experiences.

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    One in the chamber which means it is ready to use. I can't understand why anyone would carry any other way.

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