Firearm Carry Conditions of Readiness

Articles, Essays and Short Stories for the Discerning Martial Citizen

I was talking the other day with a fellow who worked the counter at a local sporting goods store. He was, I guess, around fifteen years older than me and we ‘chewed the cud’ about various topics for a while (it was a slow day) and when the topic of firearms came up he asked me about how I “Kept” my defensive firearms.

Understanding he was talking about what READY CONDITION I keep my guns in, both at home and when I carry concealed, I proceeded to tell him using terms that I was both raised with and trained with in the military, that is Colonel Jeff Coopers 5 Carry Conditions:

  • Condition Four: Chamber empty, no magazine, hammer down.

  • Condition Three: Chamber empty, full magazine, hammer down.

  • Condition Two: Round chambered, full magazine, hammer down.

  • Condition One: Round chambered, full magazine, hammer cocked, safety on.

  • Condition…

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