Originally Posted by davsco
i don't understand the rationale behind carrying a firearm without a round in the chamber. it obviously takes extra time to rack the slide and doing that certainly is a distraction, and one may not have both hands free to do all this.
When I carry, it's always with one in the chamber.
That said, some people aren't comfortable with one in the chamber for a variety of reasons. Some are new and don't have a lot of training or enough experience to feel at ease carrying that way.
Some people don't have retention holsters and might worry about a child getting it's hands on it.
In any case, it's an old argument, and for civilians a pretty silly one. People should carry however they feel secure.