Loaded Chamber indicator,,,

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  1. Onmilo

    Onmilo

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    Seriously, does anybody use this feature??
    I am referring specifically to the little bump on the extractors of newer made guns that is supposed to allow you instant visual check that the chamber is loaded.

    Me, I still press check a pistol and have never relied on a little red bump to tell me the gun is chamber loaded.
    A speck of gunk could push the extractor out and give a false visual and a deeper than normal rim cut could cause the visual to not show at all and you think chamber empty, cool, pull, BANG.

    A thread on here about Target .22s got me wondering because I think Ruger screwed up altering the MK-ll into the Mk-lll chamber loaded indicator, side button release wunderpistolen.
    Leave well enough alone and follow proven safety techniques.
    Anyway,,,,,
     
  2. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    i don't, i press check
     

  3. CharlestonG26

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    Depends on the pistol...I press check or give it a visual check when dressing.
     
  4. just for fun

    just for fun

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    Mk-3 's came out of the chute with FTF problems, Much has been written about modifying the leading edge of the clip to correct the issue. My brother-in-law had one with problems. Sent it back to Ruger, still had problems- sold it.I guess that's why Mk-2 are in such demand.
     
  5. sns3guppy

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    I press check where applicable, but always physically check the chamber. The loaded chamber indicator is the round I see in the chamber.
     
  6. TrooperBrian

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    I like it, its a very efficient tool for checking in low light or when reholstering. While its good to actually check the chamber, sometimes its just not practical.
     
  7. raven11

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    some of my pistols have them, some of them don't

    so i get into the habit of press checking
     
  8. RonS

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    No. Would not trust one. All it takes is for a piece to chip off the end and you have a false empty indication. IMHO, the less of this kind of crap on guns the better. Cocking indicators, loaded chamber indicators etc are just marketing gimmicks.

    I just ignore them. To be honest, I sold the last gun I had with one to buy a plain old GI 1911.
     
  9. internal

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    Pointless feelgood feature.
     
  10. jtull7

    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    I love them. Come on, guys, a well-designed loaded chamber indicator is not going to malfunction. It's not going to lie to you.

    When I grab my pistol from my bedside drawer at 0300, where it has lived for years, I do not think that the LCI somehow malfunctioned while the pistol laid in the drawer.

    Two of the main reasons that my XD-40 is my bedside and go-to-in-the-middle-of-the-night-gun is the LCI and the cocked indicator. You can feel both in total darkness in milliseconds.

    Plus I love that cool polymer holster that comes with the package.

    I will tell you, I have 5 Glocks and a number of high-end 1911's, but the total package developed by Springfield in the XD line, is, in my opinion, top-notch. I feel quite safe with that pistol.
     
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  11. M2 Carbine

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    Absoutely not.
    Off hand I don't even know which one of my guns have them.
     
  12. Strahley

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    No need. To me, every gun is loaded, and will be treated as such!
     
  13. fmfdocglock

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    The loaded chamber indicator on my xd-45c actually pops up and interferes with holstering the weapon. It is now a "safe/hd gun", and my G30 is a CCW.

    My G30 doesnt hang up on my holsters.
     
  14. BobbyT

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    Well let's see. It's something to indicate the chamber status without you actually checking it.

    So it's like saying you'll remember whether you chambered a round, or relying on a manual safety to stop you from shooting someone.

    In other words, it's a "bonus feature" that no one should ever actually rely on for safety. Which makes it pointless at best, and dangerous at worst.
     
  15. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Bigfoot enthusiast enthusiast

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    yes, I used on on my M-8s in the Army and my P7M8s. They were both visual and you could check by fell with your non-shooting hand index finger.
     
  16. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

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    Depends on where I am.
    Me too. I don't even know where the indicator is. :supergrin:
     
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    What indicator?

    I always press check!

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  18. Isaiah1412

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    I don't mind that my G19 has it, but I don't find it useful personally. I won't trust that a gun is clear until I personally check it and I won't bet my life on a little bump on the slide if I don't have to.
     
  19. j-glock22

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    I don't even think about mine. I know and I verify if I'm loaded or not. Good habits and training should not be replaced by mechanical indicators, or you may slack on your safe handling of your guns.
     
  20. MrGlock21

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    I don't.

    Loaded Chamber Indicators seem to be trendy and are probably blessed by schyster lawyers. I press check.
     
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