Should you carry with one in the chamber?

The only revolver I would not carry full, is a Colt SAA or clone thereof. Modern revolvers use transfer bars and/or hammer blocks. The Colt SAA has neither, and in theory, with a round under the hammer could discharge if dropped or if something hit the hammer hard enough. Beyond that, yes, all chambers full. But, I carry with a loaded chamber, or on a 1911, chamber loaded cocked and locked.

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Answer is YES, and the Taurus Model 85 is a .38 Special (5)
Single Action/Double Action with 8 lbs. 3 lbs., it is a long hard
pull in Double Action, but it packs a punch. 158 g I want to be
quick and ready and I do not have to pull that hammer back.

You have to always make that decision to pull that trigger at any
time and I shoot, clean, and operate both revolver and semi autos.
** 4 Universal Safety Rules ** Are a MUST to follow.

I am not trying to impress anybody here and it is a challenge.

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@mdstanzel

I carried that same gun safely with a round chambered for the better part of a year. As long as you carry in a quality holster that covers the entire trigger guard, you don’t have anything to worry about.

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@45IPAC

The best point Jerry makes in that video is that you could very well have one arm occupied with fending off an attacker. I would never want to be in the situation of having to chamber a round one handed.

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It is completely safe to carry with one in the chamber, but there are factors that can change the situation in a heartbeat. Things to take into consideration are features of the firearm, the holster, and the position or area in which you are carrying it. To those carrying in a purse, I salute you, please don’t get upset with me or anyone else if you shoot yourself. It is always best to keep your tools on your person in the first place. This in mind as well with a quality holster that has no room to give, like a good quality kydex holster, will keep your trigger in a safe position. Over time leather can wear down and have “give” to it allowing things like trigger guard exposure, this is no good in my opinion if I can see a gap then something can get in there. Also Kydex is a kind of plastic, so when searching for a good kydex holster look for a solid one piece mold and always check your holsters every so often for wear and tear and cracks regardless of which material you choose. If you have nothing that can touch that trigger and it is good and solid then your firearm will not fire unless some sort of negligence is involved. Most of all just be safe and practice the basic rules of firearm safety and you will be just fine. I have carried for 6 years with one in the chamber and there has been no issues on my behalf, but remember when it comes to quality you get what you pay for so DO NOT get a 15 dollar holster and put your life in its hands. I personally use Greenforce Tactical but there are other holsters and when it comes to your firearm you have to research and find what is right for you! All this is based on my opinion and in no way is my opinion the word of the Gods but it is just my take and personal experience on carrying with a round in the chamber.

ALSO, make sure your trigger discipline and muzzle awareness are on point when you carry your firearm loaded! A responsible gun owner always knows the status of their firearm.

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@Edward that really jumped out at me as well. Having to rack you firearm one handed for a reload would be bad enough. Having to do it just to begin to use that gun for defense really stacks the odds against you.

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You’re very right muzzle and trigger discipline are so very important, @Tre_Michael. Especially if you’re off-body carrying.

How many holsters did you go through before finding the Greenforce Tactical one you like now?

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I have gone through so many holsters over the last 6 years. I would have to say at least a dozen that I actually tried to carry with, and a handful of holsters that were for unboxing and review purposes. However this was happening even after I found Greenforce. Once something new comes along I like to give the opportunity to the newcomers to win over the heart of myself as well as my firearm. However, what works for me might not work for everyone which is why I say that research and training are key to finding the proper holster, and even carry position, for you.

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Glock has a really cool cut out gun that they bring around and I got to see that last year at Shooters Roundup. They use it to explain why an external safety is not needed on their firearms, but you could also use that to show how safe it is even with one in the pipe. I got to see it while my wife was looking for a small pistol that she liked that had an external safety (she ended up purchasing a Sig P328 that day)

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Simple solution , carry a Smith Wesson 642, only 5 rounds (hollow points). Yes, it is a revolver.

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@Patrick_A Yes, that solves it :wink: but then I’d have to carry 3 times as many guns to get my round count :laughing:
Welcome to the community, Glad you’re here!

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@Zee

You say that like you would not enjoy it (if you could do it comfortably)

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@DBrogue… ha! Ok, fully busted on that one. :joy::joy::rofl:

I admit I love the scenes in movies where they are disarming… and disarming… and disarming…
Wait… still disarming…
There, done.
Oh, wait… one … no, two… more.
Right. And my boot knife.
And my hair stilletto.
:grin: :rofl:

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Mad Max beyond Thunderdome

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@DBrogue
Must-See Gun Movies

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If you’re going to carry you definitely should carry with one in the chamber.

The only exception I’d make here is with a novice shooter that hasn’t yet gained the competence and familiarity with their weapon to be completely safe with it under all circumstances.

The time needed to rack and the associated very distinctive sound it makes could easily get you killed or disarmed in an emergency before you could react.

An unloaded/unchambered gun is just a very expensive hammer.

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If you’re going to carry at all you should seriously consider at least having a loaded magazine in the gun.

Our two greatest responsibiliies as carriers is to never unlawfully or negligently use a firearm and secondly to never let our firearms fall into the hands of the bad guys.

EDTA:

A very good series of videos on the subject.

How frequently in common defensive shooting scenarios do you have both hands free and the time to rack a round into the chamber?

As long as your carrying a well made handgun in a proper holster that protects the trigger from getting snagged to me the additional risk that you might not be able to get your gun into the fight stealthily or quickly enough by not carrying with one in the pipe is not worth it.

Even if you think you’re pretty stealthy those who have trained to do so will almost always be able to tell you are carrying and while “stripping” is rare it does occur.

If you end up with someone trying to take your gun and it isn’t loaded your options for stopping them narrow dramatically and their odds of succeeding go up astronomically.

The gun also become useless should you find yourself in a situation where you will need to defend yourself or others.

You wouldn’t believe just how difficult it can become to do something like put a magazine in your weapon and chamber a round without anyone noticing, how difficult it is in a high stress situation to do properly and quickly or the life and death difference taking those 2-5 seconds to slam in a mag and rack it can make.

Rarely will you ever have more than two seconds to get your gun into play once you make the decision to do so.

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The professional rip off crews and other experienced robbers certainly do.

The average criminal isn’t very smart but remember there are lots of them who do it for a living that study, practice, and perfect their craft.

Remember too that prisons are training ground for criminals. The first time offender going to prison for the first time after committing a crime of desperation and stupidity will have years of being trained by hardened professionals by the time he/she comes out.

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There is no other way to effectively carry. The reason there is such emphasis on being able to draw and present to target in under 2 seconds is because, as we often see, seconds is all we have. Unless you are Jerry Musilek, having to rack the slide in an already high stress, self defensive situation is not reasonable, not to mention the possibility of your weak side hand being injured or incapacitated.

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Or even worse, your strong side hand being injured or incapacitated!

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