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Woman shot at PA gun show
If when you lose your grip on the slide, the resulting bruise on your pinkie-nail is moon-shaped, the chamber was clear. If the whole nail turns uniformly black, there was a round in there.
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Most handguns do not have a recessed chamber like an AR-15. With that said you should also check the magazine well, as well. People have had accidental discharges when a round was still in the magazine, they did not drop the magazine, and when they let the slide go forward it chambered the magazine round thus placing the weapon in battery.

Recessed chambers, like the AR -15 can most prudently be checked with a cleaning rod, running it down the barrel. That's how they clear you on and off the range in the military.
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