Snaggle wrote:I also subscribe to the line of thought above. However, I recently learned that the Israeli police carry the glock exclusively without one chambered. They practice a technique when you draw and bring it to the low ready, step three maybe, they use the momentum on the firearm coming up to ready to slap the slide with their weak hand and chamber a round.
I saw it done live and it was just as quick as a normal draw. With practice, anything is possible.
A couple of things to think about:
First, when a gun malfunctions, when does it almost always happen? When it cycles... I'd much rather carry one in the chamber and know that I'm going to at least get one shot off before having to worry about a malfunction... ESPECIALLY if the perp has a weapon.
Second, in self defense shootings, the vast majority happen at under 7 feet. Most happen at around 3 feet. At that distance, you will probably not be able to do a full extended "Israeli draw"... You might have to fire from the hip... you might be using your offhand to deflect the perp's weapon... or to keep his weapon away from you... He could also have hold of your weak hand... What if your weak hand is injured?... In a CC application, you may need to use your offhand to lift up your cover garment (which will not put your hand in the right position to do an Israeli draw). If any of these things happen, NOT carrying one in the chamber could be the difference between life and death.
Its much better to carry a "Utah unloaded" gun than no gun, but given the choice to carry with one in the chamber, I would go as far to say that it is unwise not to take advantage of that option. (of course, only if you have a proper holster that completely covers the trigger). That being said, the first month or two that I carried, I carried "utah unloaded" until I felt comfortable carrying fully loaded.