American Mercenary jumps in with both combat boots to a debate about which I was unaware.
Either I didn’t think of it as an issue (closed-mindedness) or wasn’t paying attention (Condition White).
This issue involved Condition Three carrying and use.
(Condition Three: Chamber empty, full magazine in place, hammer down.- Jeff Cooper, Wikipedia excerpt)
Apparently, AM, Robb Allen and Tam have all weighed in. A suggestion has been made that using Condition Three carry slows down your OODA loop, allowing for more prudent decisions when under stress. A counterpoint is, what if your slide-cycling hand is not available, injured, or it’s immobilized?
Having trained with double-action revolver (where this debate is unnecessary) and with double-action, DAO, and single-action semiautomatics (where I never considered it an option) I don’t know what to think.
Col. Cooper said that Condition Three was necessitated for military sentry inspection, and that carrying with an empty chamber was simply an unsafe practice, as one’s sidearm wasn’t immediately ready for action.
What do you guys think?
h/t AM, Robb Allen, Tamara Keel