One of the things I enjoy most about teaching is the opportunities it provides to be reminded of my humble beginnings. Â In the past 12 years or so that I have become increasingly interested in self-defense and concealed weapons I have had theÂ opportunityÂ to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge. Â Working with students who are where I once was is an excellent reminder of where it is that I came from.
That being said, I don’t ever remember being in a place where I didn’t carry a gun with a round in the chamber. Â I am always surprised as to how often I read on the www how people are unsure as toÂ whetherÂ they should carry their gun with a round in the tube.
Everyone must make their own decision on how it is that they prepare themselves for a violent encounter.
- Each individual has their own set of circumstances so we know that one solution won’t work for everyone
- There are however some trends in violence that we need to factor into our decision making process
- Violence is chaotic and fast
- We often find out about our involvement in a violent encounter after it has begun
- Since we are behind the curve having to load a handgun only puts us further behind
- Handguns are inanimate mechanical objects
- Many people avoid carrying a round in the chamber to avoid the possibility of a ND
- The firing of a gun requires a specific sequence of events to occur and that most often begins with the trigger being pulled by the operators finger.
- Keep you finger off the trigger, and the gun isn’t going to go bang.
- Handguns are a tool of LETHAL force and will be treated as such in a court of law and by theÂ dirt-bagÂ you are pointing it at, loaded or not.
If we take care of just a few things, most people can carry a handgun inÂ theÂ condition that most are designed to be carried and that is with a round in the chamber.
- Use a good holster that retains the gun well and covers the trigger guard
- Keep our handgun in good mechanical condition
- Get trained