Originally Posted by blucoondawg
That ticking time bomb comment reminds me of something a liberal would say to convince the masses of the need to ban firearms, but back to the topic, you mentioned a single stack 9 autoloader, have you looked at a S&W Shield? They come in 9 and 40, I handled one at Gander Mountain last summer and was quite impressed with it, much more concealable than their double stack line. This will likely be my ccw when I get the scratch to buy one, also I have a friend who has a Taurus Slimline 709 which is also offered in the 40, the model 740, he loves it and hasn't had any trouble, however I have read both good and bad reviews on these. Personally if I were to carry my ccw without a round chambered I would carry a revolver with one cylinder empty, though I don't see the need for this, it at least eliminates the need to rack the slide, just pull it out and pull the trigger, can be done easily with one hand. As stated previously if you are rushed by an attacker and taken by surprise it is doubtful you will have the time and state of mind to rack that slide, no matter how good you think you are, I know I wouldn't like that scenario at all, but in the end it is truly your decision and your sacrifice, just lending my .02
Well, I used to be a "liberal". So, maybe I have momentary flashbacks in my thought processes...
Yes, I have looked at the M&P Shield and have heard universally good things about it. If I was interested in a compact, inside the waistband, thin, single stack, 9mm; then it would definitely be near the top of my list. But what I'm really looking for is a reliable 9mm that will fit in my pocket. And since I already discovered that the Kahr CM9 is too bulky for my liking, then the M&P Shield definitely won't work either since it's bigger.
As to the Taurus, I would never really buy anything from Brazil...
As to the suggestion of carrying a revolver with one of the cylinder tubes empty, that's actually a really interesting idea. I still don't really like revolvers though... Not enough rounds, too hard to reload and the cylinder is too bulky.
And yes, I have thought of the downsides of carrying with an empty chamber. If I was bum rushed, that would indeed suck. However, I'm willing to take that risk in order to be absolutely confident when carrying that my gun will never accidentally discharge.
The likelyhood of needing to use my gun is very small. And the likelyhood of having an accidental discharge is also very small. It's up to you to weigh which side you want to come down on... I chose to completely eliminate the chances of ever having an accident which results in a minor dent to my "tacticalness"...