02 April 2008

Israeli pistol shooting basics

Yuri commented on this here.

In Israel it's not an accepted practice to carry cocked and locked.

So how are civilians like Rabbi Bar-On able to Draw, Cock and Shoot effectively and quickly, while being attacked?


The accepted method of training in Israel is demonstrated in this video.

The first thing that is taught is firearm safety. Notice that the firing line is not crossed, and that the instructor maintains control of the trainee at all times.

Next, how to carry, draw, cock, and shoot, and change magazines from a static position. Most shooters are taught the Isosceles shooting stance, although the front Weaver stance is also used.

Then how to effectively engage a single target, and after the target has fallen, to "verify" that the target has been neutralized.

Next, how to do all of the above dynamically, including stepping to the side and dropping to one knee to change magazines. And moving with one hand on the pistol and the other held up to part the crowd.

An finally how to engage multiple targets.

This is only the basics, and is taught to civilians at shooting ranges.

More advanced techniques like room clearing and other anti terror methods are also taught at shooting ranges.


TheBronze said...


I know that's the way Israeli's train (un-chambered pistols) but it seems way too complicated.

Why not just carry a chambered pistol and then immediately engage the threat?

BTW, great blog and much respect to you (Israeli's) and the IDF.

gunsite said...

how do israelis feel about carrying un-chambered? has it ever been an overall issue in confronting a bad guy. Its a big issue in the U.S., some feel a weapon is useless if not chambered.

Anonymous said...

Pistol 'theory' has varied. If we go back to the 1942 Fairbairn & Sykes classic, Shooting to Live with the One Handed Gun, Fairbairn advocated a .45 gov't, two-handed shooting in the isoscales stance, carrying unchambered in a holster placed at 11 o'clock on the belt. Now many call his draw, rack, shoot techique "Israeli." Memories are short, often obliterated by the dogmas of Cooper.

Anonymous said...

I should add to the above that Fairbairn advocated pinning the thumb safety in the off position. The .45 gov't pistol thus rendered, and used with the draw-rack-shoot doctrine, left the .45 gov't and the glock essentially identical in simplicity of use.


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