RanCoWeAla wrote:Trust me you'll find a way. I personally know of two who have either shot themselves or someone else carrying a live round in the chamber. ... I think you would agree that any civilian who carries a live chambered round is asking for trouble.
"Trust me you'll find a way." is not the best philosophy for self defense in a situation in which you may have to resort to your firearm for protection. And, I do not agree that "any civilian" who carries a chambered round is asking for trouble. I'm a civilian, a veteran, but now a civilian, who does so and I consider myself more prepared for trouble than if I did not.
Modern pistols do not fire because there is a round chambered. They fire because all of the mechanisms designed into the weapon to enable it to fire have been actuated by the user. In this example, carrying a loaded Glock (which has no manual safety other than the trigger safety) with a round chambered, unholstered in a shirt pocket is a bad idea. It's not that the gun is going to fire just sitting there in the shirt pocket, but that the trigger may be accidentally pulled while the gun is still in the pocket or during the user's attempt to draw it.
Basically unloading the gun, which is what you get with no round chambered since you have to actuate the slide in order to load it for firing, is safer from a negligent discharge perspective, but bad from a self-defense perspective. Regardless of the "trust me" attitude, the simple fact is that one may not be able to rack the slide during a violent confrontation. There can be many reasons: fighting someone off with one hand; one arm being held, or disabled or wounded; holding or pulling an innocent person out of danger.
If one is going to carry a gun like a Glock or the new versions of the M&P Shield which are sold without a manual safety for example, then use a well designed, top quality holster that protects the gun and the trigger from being actuated negligently.
There are really no "accidental" firearm discharges. They all result from human error, and, in my opinion, carrying a gun in a shirt pocket increases the possibility of one or of not being able to effectively bring one's self-defense gun into play under all circumstances.