Originally Posted by trip286
Just a throwback to the days of "5 beans in the wheel". Many old timers felt safer that way because it was pounded into their heads by their fathers and grandfathers.
Dad was the first generation of German immigrants, so my grandparents did not (were not allowed) to own guns when he was a child, this was the first gun owned in my family in the US, so there were no preconceptions like that. Dad bought the gun in 1987 I think, well after both his parents had passed on. He may have been advised to leave one empty by the gun store where he purchased it.