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Old 10-18-2009, 12:19 AM   #1
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I typically carry my Kel Tec P32 without a round in the chamber. With no safety I feel better this way. It would be a distinct disadvantage should I need to fire in a hurry. Any thoughts from the more seasoned concealed carry guys?

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I typically carry my Kel Tec P32 without a round in the chamber. With no safety I feel better this way. It would be a distinct disadvantage should I need to fire in a hurry. Any thoughts from the more seasoned concealed carry guys?
Do you carry in a holster? If so, don't stick your finger on the trigger unless you mean to and you'll be just fine... I carry a 1911 with a round in the chamber, though, it does have a safety. If I did carry a DOA pistol w/o a safety I would still carry with one in the chamber. Wasting too much precious time trying to chamber a round when you actually need it IMHO.
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1. This thread has been done to death.

2. Don't carry if you are not prepared to protect yourself at a moments notice.

3. What do your state laws have to say about the issue?

4. While I like the Kel-Tec P32, I know that it will not shoot itself.

5. No safety, and the handy pocket clip does not make it unsafe.

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That's kinda what I was trying to say....in a 'round about way.

At my favorite gun shop, the owner carries a P32 with the pocket clip. I've never seen him limping.
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It's funny, when I posted this same question about a Glock, it ended up garnering about 100 replies. But the bottom line was this advice: You must feel comfortable with the weapon you have, and the condition in which you carry it. Carry it the same way ALL the time. The biggest safety is your consistent handling of the weapon in the same, safe way each time you handle it.

Both of my guns are DAO without a safety and one doesn't even have that "safe" trigger thingy. I feel perfectly safe with one in the chamber. But there are others who have trained very consistently to rack the slide every time they draw.

My Kahr is a little too finicky for the slingshot procedure to load a round, and the Glock feels fine with one in the chamber, so that's how I carry.

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It is not about the gun. I am not sure I would be comfortable carrying with a round in the chamber even if it had a manual safety. I used to have a snub nosed 38 revolver. I would carry it with only 4 rounds so I could let it rest on an empty.

With my Kel Tec I have a pocket holster that covers the trigger and I also have the clip so I sometimes carry it inside my waistband. I guess I am just looking to see if others on here carry with one chambered.....

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It is not about the gun. I am not sure I would be comfortable carrying with a round in the chamber even if it had a manual safety. I used to have a snub nosed 38 revolver. I would carry it with only 4 rounds so I could let it rest on an empty.

Why? This issue has been delt with long ago by manufacturers.

With my Kel Tec I have a pocket holster that covers the trigger and I also have the clip so I sometimes carry it inside my waistband. I guess I am just looking to see if others on here carry with one chambered.....
The safety is the double action trigger. I seriously doubt you are accidentally going to fire that weapon, if you do you have no business being around any weapon at all. You aren't carrying a glock with a light trigger and no safety or a 1911 cocked and unlocked. It was designed to be slim and easily concealed and safe enough to carry chambered.

I have always and will always carry with one in the chamber BUT when I draw my weapon my finger doesn't instantly go on the trigger. Keep your finger out of the guard until your ready to fire and you'll be fine. IF I ever have to pull my weapon there won't be time to chamber a round, the S has already HTF and I need action.
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I have a word for people that don't carry with a live round in the pipe-that word is victim. Seriously, there's NO way you're going to have a negligent discharge with that long heavy double action only trigger that your choice of firearm features.

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It's funny, when I posted this same question about a Glock, it ended up garnering about 100 replies. But the bottom line was this advice: You must feel comfortable with the weapon you have, and the condition in which you carry it. Carry it the same way ALL the time. The biggest safety is your consistent handling of the weapon in the same, safe way each time you handle it.

Both of my guns are DAO without a safety and one doesn't even have that "safe" trigger thingy. I feel perfectly safe with one in the chamber. But there are others who have trained very consistently to rack the slide every time they draw.

My Kahr is a little too finicky for the slingshot procedure to load a round, and the Glock feels fine with one in the chamber, so that's how I carry.
+1 Chris, good solid advice!

I don’t carry a gun dumbed down to be safe, I carry one that will be incredibly dangerous when I “SAFELY” remove it from my holster and blow some dirt bag’s heart out!

The fears expressed are of personal self control, not weapon safety, grow up and take responsibility! OR, take that weapon out of your pocket!
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