Answering a question that came up on Facebook about how readily visible the loaded chamber indicator might be to others. A picture is worth a thousand and all that…
The first picture shows a gun that is probably not loaded and probably does not have a round in the chamber, while the other probably does.
If you can’t see it at a glance, the difference we’re looking for is circled here.
And here, on a gun that is most likely loaded.
For those who wonder, there’s a specific reason I keep using the words “probably” and “most likely” to indicate whether the gun has a round in the chamber. That’s because like all mechanical devices, loaded chamber indicators can fail and when they fail, they lie.
Always follow all four of the Universal Safety Rules whenever you handle a gun, no matter what the bump on the slide tells you about the gun’s status.