I posted a bit about carrying one in the chamber; I am a new guy to firearms. Please let me tell you how wacky I am. I don’t like to lose at anything nor be not good at something. So I figured if I am going to carry a firearm for self-defense and the defense of my family. I should be safe, educated, trained and pretty darn good at it. I am working on all four of them. I am waiting to take my second leg of the concealed carry class. It’s basically a second stage to the first, it’s supposed to teach you to properly draw and acquire a target, I have been to the range about 12 or so times in the past couple of months trying to get used to my weapon. When I first started going I read the range rules and number 2 on the list is “no draw and shoot”. Which I thought was silly. But having a little more experience and having been to this range several times it’s the best rule for sure. I would defiantly be killed by one of these people. Now having said that, I am not allowed to draw and shoot. In my mind I thought if I am going to carry condition 3 I needed to get pretty good at it. Let me say this first to everyone that is much more experienced than I am. IT’S MUCH HARDER THAN I EXPECTED IT TO BE. Since I cannot draw and shoot, I basically set my piston on the counter in the hole. This points the weapon down range and exposes the entire grip. I stand typical; in a controlled fashion reach for my piston acquire a good grip. As soon as I reach for it, I bring my left hand to my chest. As I bring the piston to my lower belly and its coming up to the chest ready position I rack the slide in a sort of continued motion that ends with me at extended arms positions ready to shoot. I would rather keep the piston close in and extend out as I present and acquire my target. But I have not found a safe way of doing this. I have to gain some distance from my body to safely y rack the slide. I practice doing this and then bringing the weapon back into belly ready spot before I go chest ready again. As many probably already know, it’s a lot of movements. I don’t want to get sloppy, so I am very conscious about doing all my movements properly. I am always certain to grab the rear of the slide to rack. I go at a slow pace to make sure I get it and still I sometimes miss it. Or I don’t rack it back fully. If I am going to carry condition 3 I will have to do what I have been doing lately, which is. Grip; bring it in close enough to rack comfortably. And then go. It is slower but at least I make sure it’s racked. I suppose this is why so many don’t do this and carry condition #1. Having never tried this as much as I have lately. I thought I would be able to do it. But it’s not that simple. I can only imagine adding in the adrenaline of the moment, being scared, and in a bad spot. Now I ask myself can I do it under those conditions. Going to get some training next week and make up my mind. I always appreciate hearing form more experienced people. The question is, if I struggle now at the range. Will I be able to do it at all? Or will I have a gun/rock to throw at someone?? Sorry so long. Thanks for all your help.