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Old 10-20-2014, 07:24 AM   #1
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Did I Make a Mistake?

A week ago Saturday I bought a new Kimber Solo. I usually like to carry a pistol with one in the chamber and the safety on. Of coarse Kimber and almost all other manufacturers recommend that you not have a loaded chamber. What do you all think? And was the slide so tight that you really have to use strength to pull it back to get to the slide lock?

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Old 10-20-2014, 07:33 AM   #2
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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I have always carried with a round in the chamber. Manufacturers have to have lots of disclaimers to account for folks who really shouldn't be within 10' of a loaded firearm, but bought one anyway.

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I carry my Compact Stainless in condition 1 always. One in the chamber, cocked and locked. Chickadee is right, they have to say that for liability reasons. Carrying a gun without a round in the chamber is a bad idea IMHO if you need to use it in a self defense situation.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:28 AM   #5
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A gun without a round in the chamber is as useful as a brick. The more you have fumble with it during an emergency the more likely you will screw something up and the outcome of the situation may not be as you intended.

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Old 10-20-2014, 09:50 AM   #6
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I think in California, it is recommended (or maybe it's now the law) not to have ammo in the same house as the gun.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #7
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I have 3 carry guns, a .380, 9mm and .45 all of them are carried in condition 1, I won't have it any other way.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:55 AM   #8
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Yes the slide is really heavy. I (and it is recommended) lock the slide back, insert the mag and then use the slide release to chamber the round. Sometimes it just won't seat right even if you think it is if you hand rack the slide. Also, that is one of the reasons to always carry one in the chamber.
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Welcome from Ohio and condition 1 always.
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Old 10-20-2014, 11:44 AM   #10
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Yes carry one in the chamber. Do as others have suggested regarding the loading procedure. I could very seldom load a round in the chamber by racking(sling-shoting) the slide. I carry mine with one in the chamber. The slide will begin to loosen to some degree. I sent mine back to Kimber and upon return the slide is easier. Kimber replaced the outer spring but said it was the same kind of spring that was in the solo to begin with. Anyway good luck and go shoot the hell out of it until your are satisfied and familiar with the way it works. I have had mine since April 2013. Some issues with FTF and the magazine falling out while firing. Kimber also replaced the mag catch. Good Luck
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