Do you carry with a round in the chamber?
There’s a debate that I see pop up in some gun owner circles all the time that concerns me. What concerns me is gun owners getting bad training advice or, even worse, safety advice. That debate is whether or not to keep a round in the chamber while carrying a pistol for self defense.
In discussions over carry doctrine, specifically whether it’s wise to keep a round in the pipe, one anecdote that’s unavoidable is something referred to as Israeli carry. Briefly, this refers to the belief that when Israeli Defense Forces carry a handgun, they do so without a round in the chamber.
While the Israelis certainly didn’t invent this concept (Jeff Cooper was writing about “Condition 3” or C3 in the earliest days of “autoloaders”), they have popularized it as an entire method of presentation, perhaps a decision based on safely equipping a large, untrained civilian army with a large variety of handguns. Far be it from me to question why the IDF trains this way. The best idea I can come up with is that, like any military, the IDF does not view handguns as a primary weapon system. Rifles hold that place.