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Carrying chamber empty

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by aikido73, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. aikido73


    Oct 7, 2009
    Mas my dad @ 71 has just come into the semi auto world with a Glock 19 and soon to have a Glock 26 he is really enjoying it and practicing often. At this point he is carrying chamber empty and racking slide on the draw. What is your thought on this carry mode, more from a safety standpoint that tactical.
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
    A search of GT archives will show much discussion on chamber empty versus loaded chamber carry, in terms of both the issues you mention: safety and tactics.

    The empty chamber gun -- so long as the chamber really IS empty -- is of course less likely to be involved in an unintended discharge.

    However, there are also shortcomings with this (Condition 3) type of carry when safety means, how fast can you get the gun up and running to defend yourself, in unpredictable circumstances when the other hand may not be available to rack the slide.

    Personally, for a new shooter feeling insecure about basic firearms safety and committed to using an auto pistol, there is some rationale for condition 3 carry. Personally, I'd be going to a fully loaded revolver in that situation, and so long as the gun is mechanically drop-safe and in a holster that shields the trigger guard area, I carry my own semiautomatic pistols with a round in the chamber. If I had to use a borrowed auto pistol that wasn't drop safe, the empty chamber would start to make sense to me, personally. (I used the word "personally" so many times here, because that's what this decision is about, in the end.)

    As always on the Internet...YMMV.


  3. aikido73


    Oct 7, 2009