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Yes. Not much point in not doing so unless you want to hand the advantage to whoever is already right outside your bedroom door.

Problems with chamber-empty condition of readiness:

1. Turns the pistol into a two-handed weapon.
2. Makes noise as you rack the slide, alerting intruders to your location and letting them know you are armed.
3. Raises the possibility of a failure-to-feed malfunction, which can easily happen if you fail to rack the slide fully and forcefully.
4. Forfeits one round of capacity.
5. Offers little safety advantage over a fully-loaded firearm.
 

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Cocked & Locked, ready to Rock !
 
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Condition one, always.

I learned that one day when a guy got into a big argument with the cashier of a local store. dsk has it described in his #2. There was no way I could rack my gun without immediately drawing attention to me. Yes, my gun was out but I never had to use it. Thank God. From then on I always carry and have my nightstand guns loaded and ready.
 

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As far as I'm concerned, a carry or home/shop defense gun with an empty chamber is like a kitchen fire extinguisher with a padlock on it. By the time you get it ready for use it's too late.
 

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Condition one, always.

I learned that one day when a guy got into a big argument with the cashier of a local store. dsk has it described in his #2. There was no way I could rack my gun without immediately drawing attention to me. Yes, my gun was out but I never had to use it. Thank God. From then on I always carry and have my nightstand guns loaded and ready.
Valuable lesson.
 

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I just got my gun and put a round in the chamber.
I assume you are already practicing proper safety protocols, correct?
 
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The decision to carry is personal. So is the decision to carry condition one. I encourage all to learn to carry locked and loaded - condition one and be safe.

Conditions
*Condition 0 — Magazine inserted, round in the chamber, safety off.
For SA/DA — Hammer is back.

Condition 1 — Magazine inserted, round in the chamber, safety on.
For SA/DA — Hammer is back.

Condition 2 — Applies to Single-Action/Double-Action primarily. This is a magazine inserted, round in the chamber, hammer forward. For revolvers, it would be rounds inserted into cylinder, cylinder locked into place, hammer forward.

Condition 3 — Magazine inserted, no round in the chamber.
For SA/DA — Hammer is forward.

Condition 4 — No magazine inserted, no round in the chamber.
For SA/DA — Hammer is forward.
For SA/DA revolvers — Hammer is forward, cylinder is clear of all rounds.
 

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Something I always advise with home defense guns, if it's your bedside piece be sure to keep it slightly out of reach, in a holster or inside a drawer, or better yet in a rapid-access safe. The reason is that when you're suddenly awakened and hear a sickening noise that indicates somebody may have broken in you don't want to make a panicky grab for your weapon while still only half-awake. Grabbing a fully-loaded gun in the dark and touching the trigger by mistake might cause it to make that annoying boom sound when you don't want it to. Make it so that you have to be fully awake and cognizant before you put your hands on it.
 

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Something I always advise with home defense guns, if it's your bedside piece be sure to keep it slightly out of reach, in a holster or inside a drawer, or better yet in a rapid-access safe. The reason is that when you're suddenly awakened and hear a sickening noise that indicates somebody may have broken in you don't want to make a panicky grab for your weapon while still only half-awake. Grabbing a fully-loaded gun in the dark and touching the trigger by mistake might cause it to make that annoying boom sound when you don't want it to. Make it so that you have to be fully awake and cognizant before you put your hands on it.
I put it in a holster, and three feet away from my bed(in a drawer.) I thought I don't want to grab it half asleep.

Thanks for the advice.
 

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