Originally Posted by flybuddy
No matter how you try to "quantify" this..It's extremely subjective as the vast, vast majority of us will never find ourselves in a shoot or be killed life and death situation. There are a zillion what ifs that can be stated and you bring up two of the most logical. Vigilance will reduce the chances but never eliminate them. You can always chamber in higher risk situations/environments also. You can't eliminate accidental discharges either and IMO, the chances of an accidental discharge are as high as that small percentage of time that chambering will make a difference. Simply my opinion. Yours is well stated and well thought out and I respect that also. I had a hard time deciding on a carry weapon for this very reason. If mine had a safety, I'd chamber...then there would be the threads about whether to leave the safety on or off
carrying chambered comes down to training and proper gun handling. millions of LEO's carry chambered everyday with no problems. yes the occasional AD/ND does occur, but that still comes down to proper training and proper gun handling. complacency plays a role in AD/ND situations too.
it also comes down to proper training with the style or platform of pistol a person carries. the type of safety is different from a Glock to a 1911. both require different techiniques in use and operation. a person needs to train with the one they carry and understand the differences.
how can you know when something becomes high risk? i am sorry but i just can't agree with that. a situation can go from low risk to high risk in the blink of an eye and sometimes it has nothing to do with where you are.
i am not going to tell someone how to carry, that's not my job or decision to make for others. i just want to point out where i see what i feel are errors in this way of thinking and why i feel the way i do. and point out what i feel is a better way.
i will also point out this. if you carried a six shot revolver, would you only carry five rounds with the hammer down on an empty chamber? a revolver has no safety, and LEO's carried them for many years before semi-autos became the standard.