Greetings all...I wanted to get some feedback regarding your perception of "Patrol Ready" for your carbine regardless if stored in a secure rack or soft/hard case in trunk etc. A little background, I retired from my previous Police job after 22 years and I was involved in or ran the firearms program for much of that. At that agency, carbines were stored in a rack in the passenger compartment stored with the bolt forward on an empty chamber, dust cover closed, loaded magazine in the well and selector on mechanical safe. My reasoning behind being on mechanical safe stemmed from almost all of the carbine training I had ever had emphasized returning the gun to mechanical safe unless the sights were on target. Therefor, if the Officer removed the carbine from the rack and chambered a round he did not have a gun that was already "off safe." I came to work for a new agency two years ago. It is a brand new agency which had only come to be in existence for about a year prior to me coming on board. Four months after joining the Supervisor who was running the firearms program quit and I was put in charge of it. Last night I was doing an inventory of all of the department guns and while checking them in the cars, I found two that were in the following condition: Bolt forward on an empty chamber, dust cover closed, magazine in the well and selector in the "fire" position. One of the Officers whose carbine was in that condition advised that the previous instructor had advised them to carry in that manner. Now, let me throw a third scenario at you and ask if anyone carries in this manner and my thoughts on it: Bolt forward on a loaded chamber, dustcover closed, magazine inserted in the well and selector on mechanical safe. Let me add, all of our racks cover the upper and lower receivers preventing the selector or trigger from being manipulated while in the rack. My logic or thoughts on carry in this condition (condition one), is that if the Officer removes the rifle from the rack, a roound is chambered and he must simply manipulate the selector to mechanical fire when he engages or challenges a target, and would simply retun to mechanical safe to return if to the rack. When carried in the first patrol ready condition I described, the officer has to manipulate the charging handle before challenging or engaging a target and prior to returning to the rack, has to remove the magazine, empty the chamber, top the magazine back off and insert back into the well. This, to me, seems like a lot of additional unneccesary manipulation that coould result in a negligent discharge. We trust our Officers to carry a handgun with a loaded chamber, but not a rifle? Often, depending on the handgun platform, there is no mechanical safety in place as there is with the carbine. Thoughts?