After years of hiking in bear country without protection, I finally decided to join the ranks of the handgun owners and got a .44 this fall. The main reason it took over 15 years was my indecision over which caliber and manufacturer to get. Been practicing at the range this fall/winter and will continue. Just received my vertical shoulder holster this week so I am pretty much ready for spring/summer.
I've discuss with several folks revolver safety and a few have advised to not carry with the active cylinder loaded. Likewise, I know of one individual who recommends keeping both the active and the next cylinder unloaded, since anything that would pull the hammer or trigger would advance the cylinder. I have messed around with my 44 trying to figure out how it would be possible for the hammer plate to fail and allow a fire without fully pulling the trigger or the hammer back into a fully cocked position. Dry firing with snap caps, I just can't do it.
Now I know the definition of a safety is a mechanical device that will fail. However, I just don't like the idea of having to cycle the cylinder in an emergency, because when you need it - you will need it now and not a few seconds later.
My question to the list is: Does anyone want to share instances where a revolver has managed to fire unintentionally, the situation, and how it happened? These examples might be helpful in evaluating whether an unloaded cylinder is warranted.
Thanks in advance.