Philly Bob wrote:I can only add one thing to officer Mike's reply, and that is having the hammer on a live round becomes more of a SAFETY issue, especially for the handler of the firearm. Much depends on the trigger pull of the weapon concerned. I've heard of weapons discharging when being DRAWN...not a good thing.
If you think you NEED that extra round, fine, but it's always better to "err" on the side of caution. That will prevent an accident from occurring.
I can throw my hand gun on the ground full force with one in the chamber, cocked, with no safey and I'm god all day.
If your weapon is discharging while drawn, either your holster or finger discipline is doody.
As far as "NEEDING" that extra round....no.....I NEED by firearm to go bang the first time I pull the trigger.
NOT, "Wait one moment kind sir while I rack a round in my chamber." Most altercations are split second fast and point blank, my finger is the ultimate safety.