There are reasons why you never want to get complacent with guns around. Last Sunday morning I had a reminder of that. Rule #1.
Last weekend I put the PPQ and the P229 in their holsters, threw them along with a few spare mags in my duffel bag, and headed to the beach at about 11PM. I got in, put both guns on the family room table, and passed out on the couch despite Zachary snoring his head off.
The next morning I woke up, let the dog out and headed out to Wawa for milk & soda. I stuffed a mag in the P229, holstered it, put a spare in my right pocket, and headed out. I stopped at Wawa, then the liquor store, then the sub shop. After hanging out with the dog outside till about noon I decided I needed a shower. We had folks working on the house, so before showering I took the gun off, dropped the mag and......checked the chamber.
Imagine my surprise when I found an empty chamber! Yup. I'd been carrying an unloaded, two pound brick for the last 3 hours.* What the fuck?!
I can honestly say that's the first time I've ever carried around an unloaded gun. Always check the chamber folks! Always, Always Always!
*hey, a P229 would still hurt if you threw it at someone's head, right?
**Also, if you do a google search for this you'll find that all kinds of folks carry around their guns without one in the pipe! Why?! It doesn't do you much good if it's not in an operable lead chucking mode when you need to use it.