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Old July 4, 2012, 03:39 AM   #26
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I live in the country & no kids With a dog that is pretty good early warning.So no# 2 works for me,with a Glock on the night stand the same way.
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Old July 4, 2012, 08:16 AM   #27
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I BELIEVE (but I am not certain), that nearly all long guns lack a firing pin safety which pevents firing pin movement. This means that a dropped weapon can fire the round in the chamber, even if the trigger safety is on.

I know with certainty that this can happen with a mossberg pump shotgun, because in my foolish youth I dropped one while climbing a tree... shell in the chamber, safety on. After that I took more seriously the old NRA Hunters Safety rules "no round in the chamber while climbing or running".

This is why I do not keep any long gun in my house with a round in the chamber.

As far as I know, all modern handguns have a hammer/firing pin safety. Handguns can be safely carried with a round in the chamber.
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Old July 4, 2012, 08:29 AM   #28
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You would be better served to use "rifle conditions" to ask the question:

Condition 0 - A round is in the chamber, hammer is cocked, and the safety is off.

Condition 1 - Also known as "cocked and locked," means a round is in the chamber, the hammer is cocked, and the safety is on.

Condition 2 - A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down.

Condition 3 - The chamber is empty and hammer is down with a full magazine in the gun.

Condition 4 - The chamber is empty, hammer is down and no magazine is in the gun.


I keep my HD rifles inside in condition 4. I also keep a couple of steel mags loaded with 60gr TAP at the ready attached to the outside of my rifle locker.
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Old July 4, 2012, 08:39 AM   #29
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Referring to your conditions where are you getting this from? I always go with Jeff Coopers.

Condition Four: Chamber empty, no magazine, hammer down.
Condition Three: Chamber empty, full magazine in place, hammer down.
Condition Two: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer down.
Condition One: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety on.
Condition Zero: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety off.

That being said. I am always condition one with my carry 1911 and my HD shotgun. For you though it depends. If your AR is the only gun you have for HD then I really hope you have it in condition 1 (like stated above). If you have a pistol or shotgun ready then I could understand not having it in condition one.

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Old July 24, 2012, 06:42 PM   #30
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fully loaded 30+1 in chamber, short barrel and a reeeeally bright flashlight on it and you're good to go. "condition 1"
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Old August 7, 2012, 04:48 PM   #31
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Another #1 vote
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Old August 7, 2012, 04:59 PM   #32
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Condition 2 - A round is in the chamber and the hammer is down.

Isn't that condition "bang" with an AR?
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Old August 8, 2012, 08:10 PM   #33
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#1 for me also. Since the rifle is not in the open and I have to retrieve it from its concealed location in my home, I have time to chamber a round as I retreive it.

Pistols are always chambered ala "cocked and locked". As they say, you fight your way to your rifle with your pistol...
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Old August 10, 2012, 03:02 PM   #34
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Storage Mode: Charged magazine properly seated, bolt closed, hammer down on a empty chamber.
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Old August 10, 2012, 03:16 PM   #35
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I only have my AR out for home defense if there's a hurricane happening, or some kind of nut bag on the loose. When I do it's chambered and ready to go man. No other way. No kids in the home either by the way
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Old August 15, 2012, 02:40 PM   #36
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Short answer: Option 1 (with safety on)...

Long answer: As a practical concern, the overriding consideration when keeping a weapon for home defense is protecting it from misuse. YMMV, but in my life I am far more likely to have someone accidentally discover my weapon than need to use it...just sayin'. You are generally criminally negligent if your home defense weapon is accessed by a child, for example.

Tactically, how the weapon is stored doesn't make much difference. The main thing is that you do it the same way every time so that when you wake up in the middle of the night, freaking out because someone is trying to kill you, you are not fumbling in the dark for your weapon.

Some good points were brought up, however. I had never considered the cook-off factor in the event of a house fire, and that seems valid. Also, ARs don't have a positive firing pin disconnect, so in theory it seems that empty chamber is safer, though practically, it is extremely unlikely that an AR will fire unless the trigger is pulled.

There is an issue with ARs, in that to load an empty chamber, generally you release the bolt to slam a round into the chamber, which makes quite a bit of noise. One technique is quietly ride the bolt forward with the charging handle, pushing the forward assist with the firing hand's thumb to ensure it locks in battery.

My $.02 worth, then, is a HD AR should be in a quick-release locking device, mag in, bolt forward, empty chamber, safety on. Practice deploying from the device in the dark, charging chamber and switching safety to fire as you do so.

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Old August 31, 2012, 04:43 AM   #37
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Proper condition codes for the AR-15, aka M4/M16 service rifle.
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Condition 1: Magazine inserted, Round in the chamber, Bolt forward, Safety on.

Condition 2: Does not apply to this weapon.

Condition 3:Magazine inserted, NO round in the chamber, Bolt forward, Safety on.

Condition 4: NO magazine inserted, NO round in the chamber, Bolt forward, Safety on.

Clear and Safe: NO magazine inserted, NO round in the chamber, Bolt Locked to the Rear, Safety on.
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