Concealed Carry with an Empty Chamber is Safer | Myth

Concealed Carry with an Empty Chamber is Safer | Myth by Ken Jorgustin for Modern Survival Blog

TDC Note – Carrying a weapon / having a weapon that is not ready to fire is no different than having a rock (pistol) or a stick (rifle / shotgun)


For some it is an accepted situation for ‘everyday concealed carry’ to use a semi-auto with an empty chamber.

If and when the time comes, the slide of the pistol will need to be racked to chamber a round.

The problem is this: criminal attacks will usually happen very quickly and unexpectedly. Often from close range.

The bad guy has the first move. Then it’s on you to realize it’s happening, and to react and overcome the attack. This may happen in seconds. And reaction time is crucial.

There may not be much time to draw a handgun and respond.

If there’s an empty chamber involved, there’s additional steps in the reaction process – and time to rack the pistol’s slide. And to do it under the duress of extreme stress and adrenaline.

Might those extra seconds possibly cost you?

Is an Empty Chamber a Safety Issue?

Those who carry with an empty chamber probably feel safer, and that’s why they do it.

The issue though is this: a gun will not shoot by itself. Ever. The issue is the handler.

Safe handling and carrying techniques are a must for anyone who carries a firearm.

The only time that a pistol will go ‘bang’ is when the trigger is pulled. If your finger isn’t in the trigger guard, the rest is simply safe handling.

Practice your draw (with an empty chamber – check it twice before you begin). Repetition over time until you are comfortable. Ideally you want this to be habit, without thinking about the steps in the process.

You should already know to never put your finger on the trigger until ready to fire (and you’ve identified the target and what is behind it).

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Ken Jorgustin

Ken Jorgustin’s survival blog focuses on a wide variety of preparedness topics varying from short to long term actions and solutions for wide-ranging scenarios of preparation… for daily life, disaster, or even SHTF collapse. Subjects include situational and risk awareness, the dangers, systemic risks, and avoidance of dependence upon the major ‘modern’ systems that we take for granted, topics of self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and practical solutions to live a way of life while surviving these uncertain times. Modern Survival is Preparedness For Life Preparedness is a process and will become a way of life – one in which you have more control over your own destiny. Being better prepared will help liberate you from “the system” which in many ways is designed to hold you down and keep you “dependent”. Modern Survival Blog has been committed since JAN-2010 to produce a wide variety of information to hopefully provide you with ideas for your own preparedness.