This IS a difficult decision.
I've carried with one in the chamber for six years.
After reading this whole thread and weighing all the odds of all the scenarios.....
I'm going start carrying with an empty chamber.
It's a personal judgement call.....and it's a close one.
But, for me, that's the way it's going to be. Never thought I'd win a quick-draw contest anyway and I'm hardly ever in situations where I might get jumped by bad guys.
“The Proles had reverted to a lifestyle that suited them, heavy physical work, family, church, petty quarrels with neighbors, hunting and fishing, T.V., sports, beer and gambling filled up the limited horizon of their minds.”
― George Orwell