Like RightWingConspirator, when I carried, I did not chamber a round. I figured that the second or so I saved chambering a round was not worth the risk of a negligent discharge.
I generally no longer carry for two reasons.
First, if I feel that I need a gun to go someplace, perhaps going there is not a good idea.
Second, I don’t have much interest in shooting anyone, nor in getting into a gun battle.
As always ymmv.