CC Round Chambered or No?

Working in a popular gun store and as a firearms instructor, I frequently address customers’ concerns about concealed carry with a round in the chamber. Some are simply not comfortable with the idea of having a loaded gun on their person, especially with a round in the pipe. Others, myself included, opt. to train with their weapon to become not only the most responsible gun owner but also a prepared gun owner ready for that split second that round in the pipe is necessary. It’s an important topic so I like to approach it from a couple of different directions, though my view of the issue remains the same.

First, I encourage customers that it is still better to have a gun than no gun as most of the time, these folks are either new shooters who are new to guns or they’re new to a certain style or model of gun. There’s no reason to insult them for their concern, as I said earlier it’s a completely valid concern. Instead, I continue to encourage them to pursue more and more training, so as to attain the level of confidence and competence with their concealed carry firearm.

Secondly, I refer to many of the same stats and scenarios I use in my AZ CCW classes, and Intermediate Handgun courses. I talk about the FBI study that birthed the “Rule of Threes” and how in the vast majority of incidents where handguns are employed defensively, it’s an up-close, very violent, and very emotionally charged encounter with someone who means to do you harm. It is in this fraction of a second, when you’re literally going to have to fight for your life. This is that moment you will want that first round already in the chamber. Otherwise, you’ll need both hands just to chamber that first round. If both hands are on your gun to make it ready, are you defending and/or creating time and space to draw your gun with? This is the reason I am not fond of any holster or concealed carry method that requires both hands to get your gun out. Your attacker may not permit you such an opportunity, what then?

In all actuality, the answer is the same regardless of the carry condition of your handgun. You will fight. Like it or not, trained or untrained. We don’t get to choose the time, place or other details. However, we can tremendously minimize that fight by already having a round in the chamber, so that when you’ve defensively created time and space to draw your gun, you can use it instantly. {This Close Quarters Battle drill is performed numerous times in an Essential Defensive Carry course and/or Defensive Handgun I and II course. If you’re uncomfortable carrying concealed with a round in the chamber, there are two things you can do to maximize your readiness should you ever need to employ that gun to save your life, or the life of a loved one. You can train, and train, and train more to be as quick and efficient as you possibly can to draw, rack the slide and enter the fight. Or you can train, and train and train to be even more comfortable and confident in your skill and ability to safely carry and employ your fully loaded and chambered defensive handgun. Either way, it’s not luck. It’s not happenstance. It’s not wishful thinking. It comes down to training, with a fierce determination to be the best you possibly can be, with whatever firearm you choose to carry, in whatever condition. That same level of determination to win and live includes the training to fight just to create that time and space window to get to your gun. This cannot be left to chance. Training. Is. Everything.

2017-12-05T21:14:50+00:00 By |Training|0 Comments

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Michael Mebruer
Michael Mebruer

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

What a great service they do. I needed a gunsmith and he was the only person to help me. Everyone else was to backed up, Kevin fixed my revolver in under a hour at an extremely reasonable price. Large selection and very knowledgeable staff as well. The whole place is just a real class act. I wish everyplace ran their business like this place.

speedfreak
speedfreak

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Came in to shop for and purchase my first AR. I’ve owned a lot of guns in my life but never an AR (aside from the military). I explained my circumstances to them and they were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. At the end of the day they I left with a new rifles and few accessories. The prices were reasonable, there’s a ton of inventory to chose from and the vibe was good. Looking forward to my next visit. Excellent crew🤙🏾

Stephen Fisher
Stephen Fisher

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

Most gun places you go to there’s always that one guy that knows everything and tells you what’s up, but I didn’t have that problem. Mentioned building an AR10 6.5 Creedmoor and was told immediately if they don’t have it in shop order parts from their online store when usually I’m met with “you should just buy one” or “stick with a .308”. Great staff, and customer service, even got hooked up with fingerprinting for concealed carry permit!

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