Every time I see this debate I want to scream, "What if you've already been shot or your arm has been injured?!!!". Just like you better be able to reach your gun with either hand.
We think a lot alike in this regard. Safety is THE big attraction to revolvers to me, but also they're faster up close and personal and point more natural for me. I figure up close and personal is likely to be the scenario in which I'd need it.If I were apprehensive about carrying a semi-auto with one in the pipe, I would carry a revolver. Oh, wait......I already do carry revolvers exclusively. But I don't do it because I worry about a semi-auto with a round chambered, I just prefer revolvers. I have 3 semi-autos but one thing I will not do is carry a striker-fired auto that does not have an external safety. I realize that countless people carry striker-fired autos chambered with absolutely no problems......but I am personally not comfortable with that at all. I have read about too many negligent discharges happening that way. Whether or not I trust the striker-fired weapon that has no safety is not the point. At 66 yrs old, I don't trust ME carrying one.
Come to think of it, I have been carrying concealed off/on for going on 41 years and almost all of that has been with revolvers. I figure the odds of me having a negligent discharge with a "Glock-type" weapon is greater than the odds of me running into a group of bad guys that will require me to fire more than 5-6 rounds.
Sorry, ain't buying it.... no thumb safety on the Glock so that potential FTF is removed from the equation.
Well, if I carried a Glock, no matter where or how, it'd be condition 3. My body parts work best without holes in 'em.I am going to go against the status quo here. I have a Gen 1 Millennium that I use as my go to practice firearm. I carry a Glock 26 that is my EDC. They are vey similar weapons in handling and accuracy....with the edge going to the Glock. Nothing against the Taurus. I just choose to trust my life to the Glock..... and my Taurus to practice
I work in a target rich government office and my everyday attire makes an ankle rig my only viable option. After MANY simulations timing my reaction time from perceived threat to target acquisition, I loose about .15 seconds incorporating the slide rack as I move from ankle to sight picture. Plus....no thumb safety on the Glock so that potential FTF is removed from the equation.
I was a combat photographer in Nam. As an E6 I could and did Carry an M1911 since my job was to shoot cameras, and I only needed a weapon in limited situations where iI was in the company of Many men with M16s. In the field I and many others chambered a round in the pistol. The reason we ever got brought up on charges was because all the field officers were doing the same thing. If they brought anyone of us up on charges it would have put a lot of officers in jeopardy. My experience was real not theoretical. From it I learned to always have a chambered round in a semi.I was a US Army Military Policeman for over 20 years.
DA policy was duty weapon (.45) was to be carried with no round in the chamber, magazine inserted.
Every time I left the arms room (at the clearing barrel) I did a "function check", jacked a round in the chamber and lowered the hammer.
Never hand an issue (don't ask/don't tell).
If I had been caught by somebody in my chain of command, I would have Courts Marshaled.
But then again, as team leader of x2 SRT's (Special Reaction Teams), on an alert I carried my MP5SD and my .45....cocked & locked w/round in both chambers.
If you don't already, I hope you have incorporated racking the slide with only one hand and arm in your practice simulations. There are techniques for doing so, and it can and has happened to others.After MANY simulations timing my reaction time from perceived threat to target acquisition, I loose about .15 seconds incorporating the slide rack as I move from ankle to sight picture.
Comfort level exactly. I started like that but know others that still believe that empty is the right way. All I can say is carry either way you like. That just means more of us are armed. Alot of times, no shots are fired to stop a threat (they see it and run away).I think its just a comfort level. The more they get comfortable they then migrate to different ways of carrying.
I look at it like people who start driving small vehicles or flying small aircraft then as they get comfortable they move to larger vehicles. Some never get comfortable enough to move up in size. Just like some never get comfortable to carry with a loaded chamber.
Personally; I only carry with loaded chambers. Whether or not my firearm has a manual safety.