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Why we always recommend carrying with a round in the chamber. *WARNING: GRAPHIC*



The internet brings us many great things, and also brings us closer to the true realities of everyday life. Hearing about a robbery is one thing; seeing one play out is a whole other story. Anything can happen in a split second and if you are not prepared, you may have a really bad day.

We have covered this topic before, oh and here also, and will continue to post articles on this very topic over and over again because of it’s importance.

Example 1

In this example, we see a quick presentation of just how little reaction time you could have in an undesirable situation. One second can mean the difference between life and death.

Example 2

*GRAPHIC CONTENT* (video will open in new window)
This is the sad reality of a consequence that can come with not carrying a round in the chamber. During this video, robbers bust into a jewelry store. An employee takes out his pistol to fire at the robbers but has trouble chambering a round. Ultimately, this man loses his life (as the video depicts). Yes, this is a very graphic video, but it could be what someone needs to see that ultimately changes their minds about how they carry.


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Example 3

This looks like a police officer, but we aren’t entirely sure. Either way, he is lucky that the robbers didn’t fire at him, as they had plenty of time while the man attempted to rack the slide. (link)


If you know of any other examples, please share them with us in the comments below. It is ultimately the user’s discretion as to whether they carry with a round in the chamber or not.

The truth of the topic of carrying with a round in the chamber is this: Under stress, it is much more difficult to successfully rack the slide of your firearm. The majority of malfunctions occur when the action is in motion. If you have already performed the action (chambered a round), all that’s left to happen when you need your firearm to go ‘bang’ is the striker hitting the primer.

If you wait to rack, you may end up like the man in Example #2 above. It’s an absolute shame, but also reality.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Randi

    In ANY situation stay calm. If you panic bad things can and will happen whether a round is chambered or not. Keep in mind that you are responsible for everyplace that bullet goes from the time you chamber it till it stops moving. Know your weapon and practice as often as possible single and double handed both strong and weak. Pray you never need to use your weapon but be prepared if you do. If you doubt your ability to pull the trigger if a situation arises, leave it at home.

    • truthbeknown

      good advise. Only one thing. No one ever knows for sure if they will be able to pull the trigger until they are in at least the position of at least having to pull and point. Then you know for sure if you can or cant. practice practice practice. Gets you ready to find out. And hope you never have to.

      • Keith

        Real World Scenario training, like IDPA, will prepare you to be ABLE to do what must be done. There is NO Substitute for training !

        • truthbeknown

          Yes Keith training like the IDPA is a positive. however have you ever been in the position to do what the training prepares you for? I have and until you have been there all the training in the world does not prepare you to pull the trigger. it does get you ready for the event. however until that moment comes you can never be sure how you will act. And yes I have training and yes I can pull the trigger. thanks to the U.S. Army.

  • truthbeknown

    I always carry with a round chambered. I feel that is the best way to carry. I also have my safety off. My carry weapon is double single action which makes it much safer than just single action. and as good luck has it I have never had to pull it or even show it to defuse an encounter.

  • Robert

    Never be afraid to turn and run from your attacker as you draw your weapon at the same time. Give yourself more time/distance gap from your attacker as you react to the situation.

  • deathgoat

    If your afraid of your Auto, carry a freaken Revolver, or I guess die.

  • Ed

    My father when he first started to carry refused to have a round in the chamber. I kept telling him its a big mistake not to be ready if a situation comes and he don’t have time.I asked him ” u going to ask the person to hold on while I rack a shell in the chamber?” He looked confused and then he finally listened. Do it for your safety and everyone elses.

  • Colin

    Some places do not allow the gun to be loaded or to have a round in the chamber. You can however practice with these restraints. Practising pulling a loaded gun from the holster at the range, when your not allowed to carry loaded, is setting you up for problems.