Originally Posted by ArlenGunClub
I just got my CHL in TX and am deciding how I will carry my G23. I have heard arguments for keeping one in the chamber and keeping all in the clip, and I'm still stuck on the decision. I want y'alls opinions. I feel uneasy carrying one in the chamber as the glock has no external safety, but I don't want to waste time and possibly alert an enemy racking the slide if it ever comes down to it. Help me Glock Talk.
Several advantages for chamber carry plus a few disadvantages.
1) Simplicity. No need to add another step to get the weapon in action.
2) Immediate first shot in the shortest time period, especially from retention position (that is grabbing distance.)
3) No need for two hands to chamber. You may have one hand hurt or busy and not be able to use two hands.
Grappling with an attacker also makes chambering with two hands rather tough. Opponent may slam you to the ground, or grab the weapon, or just punch you while you try to chamber a round.
4) When under pressure you might short stroke the action and jam the weapon.
The downside is that if you forget the gun is loaded you can pull the trigger and have a AD/ND (but then, just KYFFOTFT till the weapon is on target.) Yes there are AD/NDs every year. No doubt many have their weapons chamber loaded, but then many are ‘cleaning’ their weapons and well, who knows what state their weapons was really in.
Now chamber empty (C3) has a few advantages.
1) A gun snatch will give you a few seconds for the BG to react (you hope) to get the weapon back.
2) If you have kids, and the slide is hard to rack, it's less chancy of they get the gun somehow (but then I feel you should just pick the gun up, ok.)
3) If your gun is not drop safe, then chamber empty is the best way to carry.
4) No safe way to carry the weapon (lack of holster, poor holster, etc..)
5) If you tend to take your gun out and play with it instead of keeping it holstered then C3 might be a better way to carry. (not kidding, there are people that do mess with their weapons like that.)
Overall, chamber empty is an inferior technique for most people.
There are some where it serves a purpose like having the weapon hidden around the house and you have time to chamber a round, but for most, chamber loaded is the better technique for a defensive handgun.
Now why is C3 inferior?
Because of the extra steps one has to take that mostly require two hands under very stressful conditions.
Yes I am aware you can chamber one handed but can one do this quickly and reliably adverse conditions? I do mean quick and reliable, say when grapping with an attacker? Or with various simi-autos that are produced now?
Or in the rain? Or while moving? I doubt it.
One doubts it, right? Doing a one handed rack on a square range on a sunny day isn't the same thing as on the street when things are going down hill quickly.
Is chamber empty safer to carry in the light of ND/ADs?
It is difficult so see how it is safer if you keep the weapon in a proper holster that covers the trigger guard and has adequate retention (in case of a fall or such) and don/doff with the weapon in the holster.
That way the trigger cannot be pulled in any way.
But wither one carries their weapon C1 or C3, it is very important to train to be safe.
If you cannot keep your weapon holstered until needed, don't carry C1, and if you tend to fumble chambering a weapon fast, don't carry C3 (and for BOTH C1 and C3, if you can't keep your finger off the trigger until the need to fire, leave the gun home!) Training is the most important part.
Ignorance is what causes AD/NDs, not the state of the weapon.