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    Question Home defense question

    After reading a LOT of posts, I finally decided that what I really wanted for my first Glock(s). So . . . I purchased a new G19 Gen 4, a new G17 Gen 4, a new Streamlight TLR-1 flashlight (thanks to "TheLaw" for the tip), and I used my old S&W 67 revolver and my Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun as trade.

    I've searched but did not find an answer to this question: When using my Glocks as home defense weapons, my guess is that I should leave the guns with full magazines, nothing in the chambers, and not cocked.

    Is that right?

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    The answer to this question depends on you. Personally, I don't have any firearms that are loaded without a round in the chamber. Some people feel leaving a round out of the chamber for a home defense weapon will make it safer if they have children, etc.. I disagree with this train of thought and suggest anyone with kids should have their firearms locked away so that the children cannot access them. There are plenty of options that will keep firearms out of the reach of children, yet still quickly accessible for you if/when needed.

    If you ever come to a point where you need to use your firearm in a life or death event, your fine motor skills are going to be gone, your heart rate will be through the the roof and everything you do will need to be gross motor skills. Training with your firearms will help you in these scary times but it's my opinion that having a round in the chamber and ready to go is one less thing to have to worry about. Good luck!
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    TheLaw's post is much more eloquent than anything I could type out.

    All I can say is, "It depends." Keep in mind there is NEVER any BEST answer to a question like yours. Any answer is dependent on your personal factors, including but not limited to; experience/skill level, kids/not, others in house/not, etc.

    The best advice I can give you is to seek out professional firearms training. That sounds like a cop out answer but I am serious. I think I have a BLOG entry about my feelings on firearms training. I will go look for it to link.

    EDIT: Here you go ...
    http://glock.pro/entry.php/16-The-im...A6-as-I-see-it.
    Last edited by VolGrad; 01-19-2011 at 09:43 AM.

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    i keep mine chamber empty, mags loaded. just my preference

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    Yes, train, train and then get some more training. No one can ever have enough training in my opinion. Every time I have seen any type of firearms training, I have learned something. I plan on doing much more training soon.
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    I agree with TheLaw, nothing left to add.

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    If it is on my side or on duty at home it has a round in the chamber and a topped off mag.
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    I have 3 full mags with none of them in the weapon!!! They are close by for me to insert and sling shot. A round in the chamber is just not a good idea for me. I use the Israeli Instinctive Shooting Technique.

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    All our home defense weapons have one in the chamber whether it's my G30 or my 357, or the 22 magnum. The shotgun and my sons 380 doesn't. Yes we are an avid 2A family. Luckily everyone on my home is an adult and trained in firearms so I don't have the "small children worry". I'm more concerned about cross-fire than anything but we've also discussed that too.
    If guns and gun owners are so dangerous, Why are there never any mass murders at the gun range??

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    Personally, I prefer to have one in the chamber. In a self-defense situation, every second counts. Some folks say that the sound of racking the slide might scare the bad guy away. I don't know how much I would depend on that.
    You should decide which you feel more comfortable with.

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