Always want to make sure I have a live round ready to go
Every morning when I strap up for the first time.
After I’ve loaded my street rounds after dry practice and when I am done on the range.
Yep, discovered this mistake in my early days (1998) of Glock ownership. G21 chipped the extractor claw, but I didn’t know the why until I went to go buy a new extractor, and the gunsmith gave me that knowing look one gets when you are noob.
Even riding extractor back over the casing is not recommended… it cannot be avoided in 'double feed malfunction"
That’s why having good quality handgun matters…
After carrying an empty firearm all day (When I was a novice at conceal carry) I began to press check my firearm every morning before leaving the house.
Always know the condition of the firearm.
And how to know it without press check?
When I pick up my Hellcat I can feel the weight knowing it’s loaded, and you can see the round in the chamber via a very small viewing hole, but I still insist on dumping the mag to check it and press checking the firearm. I also take note of the shell count in the mag, as I have three mags that each hold more than the other (10, 13, & 15), but I tend to stick to the middle one (13). Gives me 14 with one in the pipe. Will I remember that in a gunfight? Doubtful, but that is the hope. Then again, best way to avoid a gun fight is to not get in one.
I press check. When loading.
I want to definitively know that
*There is a round in the chamber
*The extractor has a firm, correct hold on the rim of that round
But I do this when loading the firearm.
I do not administratively handle the loaded gun outside of the holster repeatedly daily as it is an unnecessary risk/time
Definitively check every time it is loaded, before it goes in a holster. That’s all I am concerned with really
One of mine I can see the brass through a small slot in at ejector other has a pop up showing loaded. My 1911 yep, its necessary. Hey Jerzees, it been a little bit. Hope all is well.
All good here
I keep my habits the same for every firearm.
All “indicators” means nothing to me and I always do press check. Lowest fancy firearm dictates the standard… meaning 1911 is the standard for firearm handling.