Nothing but a paperweight if you don't. Good chance you won't have time to load it.What about carrying with one in the chamber.
I moved in to arizona a few months back. I used to live in topeka Ks where the crime rate has gone up so far. I wish my parents could move out but my dad is the only one working and he cant retire for another 5 years. The place they live in is a single wide trailer park. It either drugs or vehicles on fire or fights goin on down there. So i sorta know how it is livin in a bad hood. Having to constantly look over your shoulder. It was kinda scary to live out here in Fort mohave az at first cause there was no gun shots. Cant say i miss them tho.I have always open carried around the farm or rural. I concealed for a long time in cities, but switched to open when I found out first hand that something as simple as reaching into your pocket to get to your firearm can be too slow.
Honestly, few people pay it any attention. The few that do usually think you are a cop. I don't feel like I am a target. Matter of fact, I am usually given a wide birth. There is no hard evidence that open carry makes you a target. The Walmart shooting where the individual was shot is often cited, but in reality he was concealed carrier and was shot after he produced his handgun. There is evidence that open carriers deter crime. The Waffle House thwarted robbery in GA comes to mind.
I moved into that drug infested hell hole in 2011, finally able to move away from it November of last year. A 5 year education changed my thinking.