Not Another "Israeli Carry" thread!
I don't normally carry. When I do, a lot of times, I'm either on my way to a range anyway and am doing so for convienience (my handgun and magazines are already in a holster on my belt all ready to go, instead of in a case I have to get out of my trunk or unpack from a range bag), or when I go out into the desert, in which case I'll open carry.
However, lately I've been thinking about "Israeli carry". This is because recently, I was doing some boulder/rocky hill scrambling while wearing a sidearm, and I happened to fall a short distance. I judo'ed with it and was completely fine afterwards, and nothing bad happened. However, I thought, "had the hammer of my sidearm impacted with the ground when I fell, and had there been a round in the chamber, could there have been a chance of an accidental discharge?" (As it happened, I did not have a round in the chamber anyway, but I began to wonder about the question as a hypothetical.)
So, I started chatting with friends about "Israeli carry" and looking it up on the internet.
One of my friends, who is a local martial artist and tactical instructor, actually uses "Israeli carry" for sidearms. I guess that he's in a minority.
Today, I took my Ruger P97 DC and practiced drawing from a holster, racking the slide during presentation, and dry firing it. My grand finale was to weird everyone out during a local USPSA event by running the Ruger, putting it into my holster without a round in the chamber, and manually chambering a round before engaging targets. Naturally it was a bit slower than drawing and shooting "normally", but it didn't seem that onerous to me. When you're trying to hit a little steel plate, you normally are pointed in and aiming to at least some extent when you pull the trigger, so all you're doing is racking the slide as you move the handgun up and forward into your normal shooting position. It's a little more awkward because your left hand has to rack the slide, release, and then catch up with your right hand, but it doesn't seem like the end of the world or anything. Another thing is that with that Ruger, I don't really like the first double action trigger pull, so I felt it was a lot easier to shoot well and get into a good rhythm by racking the slide and thereby setting the hammer into the single action position than it is to have a mushy long double action pull for the first shot, and then have to adjust the position of your trigger finger for the much shorter pull of the single action mode.
Most discussions on the internet about "Israeli carry" boil down to the following tired points:
*If you're leery of relying on a manual or automatic safety, you must be a worthless n00b who isn't ready to carry anyway.
*Chambering a round as you present requires two free hands, but in a real situation, you would be using one hand to deflect a baseball bat or tire iron that is being swung at your head, or moving a loved one to safety, and therefore "Israeli carry" is totally inadequate.
I personally think that the second internet objection is a little bit silly. If someone is swinging a baseball bat or similar object at my head, he's already in hand to hand combat range. I'm not going to stand there and shield my head with one arm, or try and smack the bat with one arm while I try and fire from the hip using my other arm. If someone has engaged you in hand to hand combat, either commit to surviving the hand to hand combat, or commit to getting out of the way and disengaging so you can use a ranged weapon. In concrete terms, don't swat at a baseball bat with one arm and rely on the fact you can fire from the hip with one hand since there's already a round in your chamber. Either explosively close the distance and use both hands to control the weapon and execute a throw or takedown, or else evade laterally with explosive movement to get out of range and use both hands to ready you firearm while you do so. Besides, if you're trying to fire into a guy one-handed at very close range, who's to say he won't manage to grab your slide and disarm you anyway?
Also, what the hell. If the argument is that you're only going to have one hand with which to fight in a real situation and manually cycling an action is somehow out of the question, then by that logic anyone who experiences a stoppage in a combat situation should be similarly doomed.
So, I've come to this forum to try and ask peoples' opinions and clarify my thoughts. Is "Israeli carry" such a horrible thing to do to the point that it defeats the purpose of carrying a sidearm, as people seem to say on the internet? Or is it possible to train yourself to chamber a round as you present, and have "Israeli carry" be an okay way to carry if you believe the chances of your having to open fire in self defense are low?