Originally Posted by NOVA
I voted no, but really there should be another option in your poll: "SOMETIMES"
On the other hand, counting rounds implies thast the shooter expects to have an empty gun. I can tell you from personal experience that assuming the gun is empty is a mistake you NEVER want to make. This is why the safest practice is to always assume every gun you touch is LOADED.
Counting rounds has nothing at all to do with treating a gun as always loaded. Every gun is always loaded --- but, if you are firing your gun and it becomes "unloaded" without you're being aware of the approaching condition --- well, they have a word for the likely end result --- you're dead.
Yes, always treat a gun as if it is loaded (until and unless you verify with your eyes and fingers that it is, in fact, not loaded) but, if you have to use it defensively, you had better know when it is going to stop being loaded.
C. M. Novess III KGCTJ
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