This. Exactly!Having been on the two way shooting range couple of times I can tell you this from experience.
The fewer physical tasks you have to complete to start getting rounds on target the better.
It is not like the movies where everything goes as planned. Why someone would want to hamper themselves before a gunfight, in any way, is something I never understood.
Each to his own I guess.
Not wrong, but silly in my mind if it's a decent holster. Carried a 27 and a 19 for many years and never had one go off without pulling the trigger.But is he wrong? I personally dont think its a good idea, but I wasn't sure if it was necessarily a BAD idea, so I didnt argue my position.
Throw a couple of scenarios at him to hopefully show he needs to be C1 should his support hand or arm be out of action. He's holding hands with spouse or children and needs to react to a threat and keep loved ones safe too. He's been knocked to the ground and is now being kicked. He's been pushed against a wall and his arm is pinned down. ETC.One of my colleagues at work who is NOT new to EDC (or guns in general) really surprised me that he doesn't keep a round in the chamber on his carry weapon (G19) because he doesn't want to risk a negligent discharge. I have heard some people that don't like to keep "one in the pipe" in their home defense weapon (be it a pistol, rifle or shotgun), but I had never heard anybody say they did not keep a loaded chamber on their carry weapon. I asked him why he wouldn't want to give himself every advantage when seconds count, but he claimed he could draw and rack the slide quickly enough that the time difference was negligible.
Got me wondering if anyone else here subscribed to that philosophy, or didn't feel completely safe keeping a round in the chamber on their EDC.
You need to check out the Kimber Micro 9. I was going to an event where I was going to be wearing a coat and tie and didn't want to go unarmed, and I didn't really want to carry my normal DW ECO. So I ended up buying a Micro 9 from Buds for around $500. Wow! What a cool little mini 1911. It holds 7+1 rounds of 9mm, weighs less than 16 ounces, and is an accurate, great shooting little pistol. Just won a local BUG match with it shooting against lots of guys shooting Glocks. No grip safety, but I made a kydex AIWB holster and molded in a little ledge that fits up under the safety in the "ON" position to hold it in that position. I appendix carry cocked-and-locked. It is easy to forget you even have that pistol on you it's so small, thin and light.So a few years ago, I decided to do something about these rare occasions. My answer (FWIW) was a S&W Shield.
Agree with Brad, whatever works for a person...I don't think he's wrong. Whatever floats your boat. I could live with that if I had to. You just rack the slide and you're ready to go. But, once you realize how safe the 1911 is, with a manual thumb safety, a half-cock safety, a grip safety, and some with a firing pin safety; and the rest with a solid firing pin spring, you realize how incredibly safe the design is. You don't need to carry with an empty chamber.