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.
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**!!
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...
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 .
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
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.
http://www.handgunlaw.us/ and it will give you a good idea of what the different state's rules are.
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...
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"?
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.
In my hands, with the front and rear sights alligned with my dominant eye.How do you Carry your XD?
Why, you carry with yer toes?
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.
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.
I've learned that I MIGHT have time to take the safety off - let alone chamber a round.
"Cocked, locked, ready to rock!"
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.
One in the chamber which means it is ready to use. I can't understand why anyone would carry any other way.