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A Brief Exercise With The ‘Mossad Draw’

There may be times when you need or want to carry a semi-auto with a loaded magazine and an empty chamber. An example might be if you are stuck with a Hi Point, Helwan/Brigadier or a Tokarev; or any pistol which might untrustworthy in Condition One, or has a hard to get-at safety.

 The Israeli Method AKA ‘Mossad Draw’ was designed to get a Condition Three autopistol out and pouring lead into a terrorist PDQ. The Munich Massacre and the Israelis subsequent dealings with neighboring terrorist organizations was their ‘Minuteman Moment’. It inspired them to saturate their population with marginally trained, instantly ready antidotes to the problem. In the interests of safety, they mandated Condition Three Carry for the vast majority of them. The Israeli Point Shooting Method was designed to accommodate condition three carry and it has proven effective in combat.

The methods intrigued me and I began to research them. The Israeli Point Shooting Method (pistol) begins with sort of Sumo wrestler stance, which I ruled out as attracting unnecessary attention, counterproductive for lateral movement and impractical for my age and purposes. I also thought it looked silly as hell.

The Mossad Draw does away with this and I developed a simplified version of it. As is usually the case, someone else already experimented with it. This guy does a comparison video between a conventional draw, and what is essentially my adaptation of the Mossad Draw. 

OK, let’s try it on the range. I used my Glock 30, carried im my battered old Safariland 27 under a tail-out T Shirt. S&B 230 grain FMJ was used throughout. In each case I started with the gun holstered with an empty chamber. At the draw, I tilted the gun sideways, brought my weak hand to the slide and racked it. I then shoved the pistol at the target and triggered two shots as fast as the front sight crossed the aiming point.

Two sets of double-taps aimed at the head, 7 yards; maybe 2 1/2 seconds each:

Two round double-tap at the orange dot, 25 yards; four seconds tops.

Two round double-tap center mass, 65 yards, same speed.

Are there disadvantages? Sure. I wouldn’t recommend this technique with a Beretta 92/M9 or any other pistol having a similar safety. It requires two hands to get the gun firing. I don’t see it as a replacement for carrying the pistol fully loaded. It is just another tool in the toolkit. Frankly, I was surprised at how well it worked.

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  1. Nice review on Mossad Draw.. great Safety & Marksmanship articles..

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