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I recently picked up the solo sts, I am fairly new to the whole gun scene. I do have a question, I carry daily and 9 times out of 10 I carry my ruger lcp and when I don't carry it I carry the naa 22 mag with the folding pocket mag. I carry the lcp chambered (is this condition 1?) and it is in a black hawk pocket holster. I bought the solo because I like the fact it is a 9mm and it is pretty much the same size as the lcp let alone the fact that I fell in love with it when I saw it. My question is do you guys carry the solo chambered with the safety on (of course)? I am trying to understand striker fired pistols.
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Yes, I carry my STS Solo with one in the tube and the safety on.
There are good definitions regarding the striker firing system just google it.
 

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The concenus I'm getting is you should just carry the solo with one ready to fire and forget the safety. I don't advise it but some have. I usually carry my guns without one in the pipe including my glocks. If I feel like I'm in a situation that I need one in the chamber I chamber one but normally the chamber is empty. I'm not in a combat zone and I'm not a cop so I don't feel the need to carry with one in the chamber.

I feel the potential for a malfunction or accidental discharge would be more likely in my current world that me not having time to rack a round if need be. Just my personal choice and really don't care to defend it or expect anyone else to "follow" my lead.
 

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I do not have a Solo, but I have other striker fired pistols (Glocks, XDs, Berettas), and I always carry with a round in the chamber. I would never carry a gun unholstered, but if there isn't a round in the chamber, then technically, the gun is not loaded. It is ready to be loaded (and loaded quickly), but assuming you will have ample opportunity to cycle the slide in the event of a lethal threat is like leaving your seatbelt off, assuming you'll have time to buckle it when you see a collision coming. Yes, we can agree that in a moment of danger you will probably have both hands uninjured, functioning and available to make a weapon ready to fire. I guess I'm just not willing to bet my life on that probability.
 
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Maybe just walk around with the gun in your hand all the time just in case a lethal threat pops up,one might not have time to draw their weapon.
The only time I don't have one in the chamber is at home, where i know I'll have time to rack the slide.

on a side note, mayhap you should take solo owner out of your name...you just seem unhappy about everything
 

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I like most are extremely careful when handling firearms. Since I want no one to know I am carrying a firearm until I absolutely have to use it, I will have one in the chamber and always at the ready.

As a retired LEO I do not flaunt the fact I am armed. I believe in the Gomer Pyle strategy of announcing I am armed to a bad guy, "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise".

As a very wise man told me once, "I don't carry a weapon to stop the robbery in progress of a McDonalds if I happen to be in line at the counter. I carry the weapon, for when the guy robbing McDonalds tries to heard me and others into the freezer".

If you do not feel safe carrying a round in the chamber that is your choice and totally up to you. However I would either change to a weapon I did feel safe with or become proficient in how the safety works so I do feel safe while carrying it. Good Luck.
 

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Thanks for all the info, I will update once I start to carry my solo. I am waiting until I have time to shoot 100 rounds or so thru it before I start to carry it, I want to be totally familar with it. My lcp and naa mag are being carried until I get to that point.
 

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Sounds smart to me. You are going to love carrying the solo.
I have a hard time deciding rather to carry my super carry ultra plus or the solo.
I truly enjoy both but the solo is so easy and half the time I forget it there .
 

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Life is full of calculated risks. For instance most if not all people are much more likely to be killed in a car accident and we drive/ride daily verses needing to use their firearm much less needing to use their firearm and not having time to chamber a round. We normally drive/ride in passenger vehicles that are not as safe as we could buy yet we choose to buy them anyway.

For example I would be much safer driving a dump truck that I would a Ford f150 pickup or just about any other car/truck you can name.

So not carrying a round in the chamber in the slight chance it could be needed and not have time to chamber a round is very unlikely.

It's much "cooler","cheaper" and "convenient" to carry a loaded gun in the name of safety than it is to drive a dump truck in the name of safety.

Everyone compromises safety vs money vs convenience everyday even if they do not consciously recognize it.
 

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Life is full of calculated risks. For instance most if not all people are much more likely to be killed in a car accident and we drive/ride daily verses needing to use their firearm much less needing to use their firearm and not having time to chamber a round. We normally drive/ride in passenger vehicles that are not as safe as we could buy yet we choose to buy them anyway.

For example I would be much safer driving a dump truck that I would a Ford f150 pickup or just about any other car/truck you can name.

So not carrying a round in the chamber in the slight chance it could be needed and not have time to chamber a round is very unlikely.

It's much "cooler","cheaper" and "convenient" to carry a loaded gun in the name of safety than it is to drive a dump truck in the name of safety.

Everyone compromises safety vs money vs convenience everyday even if they do not consciously recognize it.
I don't disagree. It is our own choice, America ain't it great...:)
 

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I've been carrying for several years now. It took a bit of adjustment in attitude to carry in the first place, and it was another adjutment when I bought a Glock 23 with no external safety. Once you get familiar with the weapon and it's mechanics, you will probably be more at ease with one in the pipe. The Glock is a lot like the Solo - when it has one in the chamber, the striker is "partially cocked" - the sear is holding the striker under light tension. The very long trigger pull (especially on the Solo) finishes compressing the spring before it releases to fire. As with any gun you carry, practice with it a lot - emphasis on keeping the trigger finger on the slide and away from the trigger while you draw until you have the gun pointed where you want the round to go. Practice with an EMPTY gun at home if the range does not let you draw from the holster or pocket. I have read that it's a good idea to take the empty gun to another room (away from the ammo you just removed) before you practice.

Stay safe.
 
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