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Hello!

I'm interested whether a round is a part of gun, or simply a general word which describes something that is involved in the process of putting safety on or off on a gun. What is chambered?

She could not honestly recall if the safety was on or off. What she did know was that a round was already chambered. Once the safety was off, a tap on the trigger would fire the weapon.



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No, a round is a charge of ammunition for a single shot (Hyperdictionary) = a cartridge ? a bullet ?; chambered here means in the compartment where you put the cartridges/bullet. On the whole, it says that the gun was fully loaded and ready to be fired.
Hi,

Yes, 'Chambered' means 'ready to fire', but that is more than 'loaded'.

Consider an automatic pistol. The bullets are in a magazine inside the handle. When you prepare the gun to fire, the mechanism moves a bullet from the magazine into the firing chamber. If you then remove the magazine, the bullet is still in the chamber. So, don't pull the trigger or even just drop the gun!

Best wishes, Clive
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Thanks Pieanne and Clive, meanwhile I was told that it means that the bullet is in the tube of the gun. (that part of gun besides handle and magazine). Is the tube the same as chamber or is the chamber a special compartment?
I don't think it's the same part...
Well, the 'chamber' is often part of the barrel ('tube'), but not always. The cartridge, round, or even charge, is detonated in the 'chamber' and the projectile (sometimes called a slug or a bullet) is then propelled along the barrel. The 'chamber' and barrel are always (I believe) on the same axis, and often, but not always, made as one part.
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Anonymous <>She could not honestly recall if the safety was on or off. What she did know was that a round was already chambered. Once the safety was off, a tap on the trigger would fire the weapon.

The gun was prepared for immediate use. The only thing that might prevent it being fired was the 'safety catch', and she didn't know whether that was on, or off.
Thanks Mike for clarifying that.