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Old 03-29-2020, 12:51 PM
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:20 PM
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Cross draw for sure, but, I have not found a decent holster. In the process of designing my own. Realistically, I sit while driving, and I sit at a bench all day. Cross draw is the answer.
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A buddy of mine carries 3:00 left weak side crossdraw stocks out like a Calvary Saber and that is IWB
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Most of the time I carry OWB around 3 o'clock.

But when riding or driving on long trips, or when wearing heavier outerwear, I generally use a Galco shoulder rig. Crossdraw is not optimal for me in 99.9% of scenarios.
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Only times I've carried cross draw was when I had a vest that had a pocket designed for carrying, on either side. I got tired of the collar of the vest digging into my neck all day from the weight of the gun & spare mag. Then I've carried a BUG on my left ankle, but haven't done that in a long time. I've mainly carried on my right hip ~3 0'clock position, except for when I first started carrying I tried SOB carry for a while & found out that while it looked cool when Magnum P.I. did it, it was a PITA when it came time to sit down on any kind of seat or chair with a back. I have & occasionally still do pocket carry, but I couldn't even imagine trying to cross draw while pocket carrying.

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I mostly carry AIWB at 1:00, and/or with a Smart Carry at 12:00.

Never really been a fan of cross draw.
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3:00 right side riding high clipped inside 'waistband' of overalls.
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I was a kid when I started hauling a handgun around when I hunted. I decided to carry it crossdraw because it didn't bang on a slung rifle. Also, it rode a lot better there when I drove.
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I was a kid when I started hauling a handgun around when I hunted. I decided to carry it crossdraw because it didn't bang on a slung rifle. Also, it rode a lot better there when I drove.
I concur with that assessment. I also carried cross draw in the Army, taking full advantage of the ambidextrous nature of the M12 holster, because I am a lefty and the NBC mask case prevented normal left-handed holster placement.
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Not unless I'm planning to wear a lot of armored kit and plan to frequently ride in aircraft or while seat-belted into vehicles.

For those scenarios, yeah, cross-draw can make a lot of sense. Especially say for someone manning a cramped gun turret on top of an armored vehicle. I carried a 1911A1 mounted on my high left side while wearing an Eagle Maritime CIRAS armor chassis over in Iraq. Positioned about where a tanker holster would normally place such an item (over my left rib-cage at about 10 o'clock). Just stuck the damn thing butt forward into a 5.56 bungi shingle. I had an M4A1 as my Primary anyway. I wasn't in likely need of executing a Transition Drill on that particular tour... and the assumed risk was outweighed by my more likely needing quicker access while seated in a vehicle.

Cross draw generally makes it much easier to access a handgun in tight/cramped seated quarters. Like when you are belted into the passenger compartment of any standard vehicle. Cross draw shoulder/tanker style makes it even easier. Waist level cross draw can be problematic depending upon your seasonal clothing/holster style choices. Sometimes no faster than strong side carry.

Cross draw is often very handy for people out hiking, hunting, 4-wheeling, snow mobiling, etc. where any threat is more likely from animals. Or the opportunity for a hunting shot is from a bit of (handgun) distance. Plenty of time to present the weapon.

But there's a major reason that modern police & military training venues no longer teach cross draw for duty carry or CCW. It positions your weapon ideally for most near opponents to execute a gun grab or to pin/control your gun arm/hand when you reach across your body for your weapon.

If anyone is standing close to you...or can quickly step in close to you... you've presented them a huge advantage if things go hands-on. Grappling/Martial Arts 101.
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Crossdraw for the 44 magnum in a safari holster.
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depends on what I am doing....my Bianchi Cyclone 111..will do both...cross draw and strong side
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IT REALLY depends on situation and application requirements.

For street use it presents the gun to the person facing you if they are so inclined to grab.

For speed of draw and hitting target it is slower than strong side carry unless you are doing bodyguard ready, which is a specialty application. It is also more complex a move to bring to bear on target because of the extra side movement instead of a straight upright presentation from the strong side.

If carried true side mounted crossdraw it is much slower and the only advantage is the easy ability to access with the off hand.

If carrying in a well designed shoulder holster it is a good way to carry but it is still slower than strong hand side draw.

Just depends on what you are doing at the time.
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Hunting yes, CCW no.
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For being in the woods, riding a horse/atv a Dockers clutch/cross draw works really well for me or in conjunction with a heavy pack and bino chest rig for hunting. I use a Kenai chest holster and relax the straps to wear my revolver low like a clutch and it's very comfortable, especially when doing yard/property work or using tools.

Pog's or city slickers that have never spent time outdoors packing will try to say it's a fudd thing but we all know they're just fobits with no practical exp nor have they been in a line unit with armor (we all carred our m9 in a cross draw rig or chest holster, even the useless scouts in their Bradlies did) so their uninformed opinions don't really matter.
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I’ve got A. E. Nelson “Dual Carry” holsters for most of my sidearms. It’s a pretty versatile belt holster that you can wear it either way. Very well made too.

http://aenelson.hostcentric.com/prod...roducts_id=196
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A local cop got killed by his own gun when someone snuck up behind him one night. When I started carrying a small gun for LE I carried it cross draw in a pancake holster. I can see anyone who wants to grab my gun. I had a guy eyeball my gun once. I immediately stiffened up, he saw my body language and didn't try anything.

I never had trouble keeping up with the group when qualifying, I usually finished up shooting somewhere in the middle of the drill.

If the gun is on your left side that hand can help the draw by clearing clothing, unsnaping, or holding a stiff holster.

Can you draw a gun on your right with your left hand??? I can draw a gun carried on my left side with my left hand. I had to do that once in a training scenerio.
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I have different holsters for different pistols that fit different modes of carry for different purposes. One style of holster doesn't work best in all occasions IMHO.
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I used to, just a little further across than it used to be. Lol
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