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04-30-2010, 08:29

Good to meet you here.

My G17 is for home defense on my nightstand. I leave a magazine of 15 rounds in the gun...but NONE chambered.

My question is: What is the best way to chamber a round, in the dark?

Should I just rack the slide back and let it slam the round into the chamber, as I do at the shooting range with the pistol pointed downrange?

Should I rack the slide back and gently chamber the round, while holding the pistol at a 45 degree downward angle?

My fear is a slam fire. I understand those are rare, but are caused by a dirty or clogged striker pin channel. So if the pistol is kept clean that should eliminate that probability.....but I'm not sure.

Anyway, I think you get my question and I look forward to your reply.

Stan W

04-30-2010, 18:40
If the firearm is for defense it should be chambered at all times. A chambered firearm should be in your direct control.

If you decide to carry the chamber empty then by all means rack the slide rearward and let it fly. This is the means in which it is intended to be loaded EVERY time.

I have NEVER heard of a CLEAN Glock slam firing. When you perform the striker drop test by depressing the firing pin safety you are assured a slam fire is impossible.

04-30-2010, 20:48

Thanks for the prompt reply! That was very helpful advice. I appreciate you taking the time to answer.