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

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    • 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.

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      How do you Carry your XD?

      So I’m wondering how you guys carry your XD's. I have only ever had 1911's to this point and always carried cocked and locked. Well that’s not really an option on the XD you ether have a round chambered and rely only on the Grip and trigger safety or you must rack a round when you pull. When I’m at home I keep the chamber empty and when I am walking around town with it I keep one in the chamber, So what do you guys do?

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      Always loaded. In times of stress, fine motor control is diminished. No way I want to potentially fumble chambering a round or have my fingers slip as I'm trying to rack the slide. An empty gun is a useless gun. You might as well carry a brick if you carry without a round in the chamber.

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      Good point and it is the same point that has been made to me over and over. The only reason I dont leave one in the chamber at home is my 3 and half year old. Shs is very sneeky very fast and very curiouse a bad combo... although I do keep it on my hip and never leave it where she can look at much less touch it. If it is in the safe under the bed (an electro that I can open in the dark very quickly) I keep one in the chamber. I guess I may start just keeping one in there.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Joeshwa24 View Post
      Good point and it is the same point that has been made to me over and over. The only reason I dont leave one in the chamber at home is my 3 and half year old. Shs is very sneeky very fast and very curiouse a bad combo... although I do keep it on my hip and never leave it where she can look at much less touch it. If it is in the safe under the bed (an electro that I can open in the dark very quickly) I keep one in the chamber. I guess I may start just keeping one in there.
      My XD is either on my hip or in a electronic "safe" as well. Occasionally I will carry in my Maxpedition Pack if I am out with the kids (see Man Purse thread), but the gun goes back on the hip when I'm home. I've got 5 year old and a 7 month old sons. I'm not worried about them getting the gun. If they can disarm me, then I shouldn't be carrying.

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      LOL...True.

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      Cool

      Right now I'm carrying mine in a brown U.P.S. box on its way to my local dealer. first one

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      Cocked and Locked.

      Your XD is a single action gun, just like a 1911. If the cocking button is raised, it's cocked.

      With the trigger safety, and the grip safety, you are just as safe as your 1911. As Mike would say, keep your booger hook off the bang switch until you're ready to ventilate something...

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      Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
      Cocked and Locked.

      Your XD is a single action gun, just like a 1911. If the cocking button is raised, it's cocked.

      With the trigger safety, and the grip safety, you are just as safe as your 1911. As Mike would say, keep your booger hook off the bang switch until you're ready to ventilate something...
      +1

      Cocked and locked always. Mentally, I don't want to have any different scenerios of how I'm carrying going through my head if the SHTF. IMO

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      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.

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      Quote Originally Posted by spacedoggy View Post
      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 catch. A lot of people don't look for set back and keep loading the same round over and over again.

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      Yeah I drop a round into the Chamber... its the same round over and over... but thats not a problem... right?

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      I don't do the drop one into the chamber bit, preferring to load it as designed--from a magazine. One of the first things I did after buying my XDs was acquire several extra magazines from the Springfield Armory store.

      I load a CCW in the morning, unload before bed with this plan: two or three magazines full to be carried as spares and one other full mag minus N rounds-the 'chamber mag'. The chamber mag provides cartridges from just after practice at the range and daily until empty. The CCW gets unloaded in the evening and the chambered round is placed in a jar. The following morning a second round is loaded from the 'chamber mag'; it's unloaded at night and stored in the jar. A full mag replaces the chamber mag before holstering the gun.

      At the end of 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 or 15 cycles the chamber mag is empty, the jar full. I reload the chamber mag from factory fresh from box. The chamber mag stays in a dresser drawer except for loading and practice. I check these once chambered rounds with a micrometer and expend them at the next practice or pull them if set back. Having a full jar of 'ammo that needs to be fired' is a reason my wife understands better than just simply sneaking off to the range.

      Even before CC was allowed I carried a car gun, always. I've used this loading plan since the late 70's without problem-never blown-up gun. It's not something I designed, rather I got it from some other 'old guy'.

      If you are worried about my home defense, don't. Twelve gauge combat shotgun in a rack over the bed is my preference over the handgun for that task.

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      Quote Originally Posted by jfdavis58 View Post
      If you are worried about my home defense, don't. Twelve gauge combat shotgun in a rack over the bed is my preference over the handgun for that task.
      Assuming you're able to get to the shotty, that is. Someone kicks in your door while you're making breakfast, odds are you're not going to have the long gun leaning against the the stove. I'd rather have the XD on my hip and be able to fight my way to the long gun as opposed to asking a home invader to hang on a second while I go arm myself.
      Last edited by Todd; 12-21-2007 at 09:44 AM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by JeffWard View Post
      ...keep your booger hook off the bang switch until you're ready to ventilate something...
      HEHEHEHEHE!!!!

      Jeff.. You just made my day!
      That gets the funniest thing I've heard all day award!

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      Ok so learning up on this XD single action striker-fire...

      I'm beginning to realize this is one reason the XD's are quite popular.. Simple Single Action.. even moreso than the 1911..

      No decockers or safeties to deal with.

      You just load, rack and holster it, assuming you're proficient enough to NOT to touch mr trigger or mr grip safety.

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      Quote Originally Posted by babs View Post
      You just load, rack and holster it, assuming you're proficient enough to NOT to touch mr trigger or mr grip safety.
      At the same time.

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      You can thank Mike Barham for the "booger hook" quote. But then he doesn't read XD threads... A true Glockaholic avoids XD's like the plague... He might be temped to shoot one once... Then you never know. Sky-high bore axis and all....

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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.
      think you could elaborate on why that is dangerous? i'm new

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      Quote Originally Posted by saveferris4231 View Post
      think you could elaborate on why that is dangerous? i'm new
      It's called set back. It causes the pressure to increase dramatically, which then can cause your gun to go KABOOM. And not in the good way.

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      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.

      FYI

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