Is there any tactical advantage to wearing a left hand holster if you are R dominent?


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DustyVermonter
September 16, 2010, 06:30 PM
Is there any kind of scenario you can think of where using a left handed holster would be beneficial to a right handed person?

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Nushif
September 16, 2010, 06:33 PM
... I gotta ask ... why?

I mean sure, I could come up with a bunch of scenarios where I would be better off carrying my weapon weakhand ... but why would I?

longhair75
September 16, 2010, 06:56 PM
And...where are you finding left handed holsters? I have been looking all over for a lefty holster for the Cheetah 84fs I am buying for my wife.

DustyVermonter
September 16, 2010, 07:00 PM
Because my wife accidently bought me a Bianchi accu-mold cruiser for my G17 and I can't return it.

leadcounsel
September 16, 2010, 07:03 PM
Install it someplace, like in your car or under a table/desk....

Or trade it here...

Nushif
September 16, 2010, 07:04 PM
Right. I guess if your main hand is wounded or like ... in a cast the holster might come in handy.
But if I had the choice ... there's a reason it's my strong hand. 8)

Zerodefect
September 16, 2010, 07:21 PM
Small of the back carry, aka 6 o-clock.

I use a lefty holster for that position. I'm right handed.

FastMover
September 16, 2010, 07:35 PM
If running a two gun setup then yes, however a G17 would be a bit large for a BUG. Something like a Keltec P3AT(or any of its clones) or a J frame Smitty would be better suited.
A realistic scenario would be if you're engaged in some type of struggle where a bag guys attempts to grab your gun. Immediately retaining your weapon with your strong side while drawing with your support side and engaging your threat until neutralized.

rscalzo
September 16, 2010, 07:37 PM
Sell it on EBay.

The Lone Haranguer
September 16, 2010, 07:57 PM
It is always desirable, if possible, to have a gun accessible to either hand. You can wear a left handed holster with vertical or slight reverse cant at about the 7:00 or 8:00 body position. You reach around behind your back to draw with your right hand, while it is still accessible to your left. You can also wear a vertically canted holster with the gun butt forward on your left hip, around the 9:00-10:00 position. Your right hand reaches across the front of your body as a crossdraw, your left hand uses a "twist" or "cavalry" draw. These are somewhat situation dependent and will not work if you can't reach across your body, especially from behind, or twist your wrist. Perhaps not as everyday carries, but at least options - another tool in the box, as it were.

DustyVermonter
September 16, 2010, 08:04 PM
Small of the back eh, that's not a bad idea, I'm gonna keep it and rig it up for something, just wanted some other ppl's perspectives.

I know there's no shortage of crafty Mcguyver type individuals on this forum, I'm sure someone's will chime in with a winner.

DustyVermonter
September 16, 2010, 08:09 PM
It is always desirable, if possible, to have a gun accessible to either hand. You can wear a left handed holster with vertical or slight reverse cant at about the 7:00 or 8:00 body position. You reach around behind your back to draw with your right hand, while it is still accessible to your left. You can also wear a vertically canted holster with the gun butt forward on your left hip, around the 9:00-10:00 position. Your right hand reaches across the front of your body as a crossdraw, your left hand uses a "twist" or "cavalry" draw. These are somewhat situation dependent and will not work if you can't reach across your body, especially from behind, or twist your wrist. Perhaps not as everyday carries, but at least options - another tool in the box, as it were.



+1 There's no such thing as over prepared in my world.....another tool in the box

Double Naught Spy
September 16, 2010, 08:21 PM
It is beneficial when seatbelted in as the driver of a car. It is much easier to get to a left-handed holster than a right-handed one...as a driver.

Lonestar49
September 16, 2010, 08:22 PM
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Yep, while driving - Lft hand, short, open-end holster nearly horizontal OWB type at the 11 o:clock position for easy cross draw if needed while other hand stays on wheel (which is optional if you can steer with your knees).. lol

For driving comfort in all seriousness..


Ls

MADDOG
September 16, 2010, 08:48 PM
It is also nice to have your weapon on your left side when your riding a motorcycle. Your right hand is for twisting the throttle. Pretty hard to defend yourself when you need the throttle.

DustyVermonter
September 17, 2010, 06:09 PM
All great ideas and was actually pretty excited about the inadvertant advantages I would have been able to have with a lefty holster, but I can't because the holster is a worthless piece of crap.

The holster was designed for the G17 and when I tried to put it in it and close the snap the snap would not reach the button, it is adgustable but there is no way to adjust it to get the snap to close and even if the snap did reach the angle of the snap straps would require the velcro to be moved to keep the strap from becoming twisted.

It is the worst designed holster I have ever seen and am pretty irritated about the whole thing, accu-mold my ass.

wep45
September 17, 2010, 08:15 PM
cross draw is the way to go

Dnaltrop
September 17, 2010, 10:37 PM
Actually, that's currently my most comfortable method of carry.

I use a Ted Blocker #12, right handed IWB holster. it rides either angled along the back of my left rump, with the grip protruding ( OC Home and car) or slides a bit forward to hug under the rib when I'm walking around in less gun friendly areas.

Now... Why!!!

My wallet is on the right side, If I get pulled over at some point, I don't want to have it on the same side as the gun.

Why Not switch the wallet to the Left side? PINS! 3 of them holding what remains of the left shoulder together after years of walking with the socket hanging off the blade by a centimeter of tissue. ( I'm ok, the arm always falls out like that... FINE i'll see a doctor)

I walk with a Cane on the right side to keep myself vertical over any distance, and the head of the cane bashes the gun, and mashes my fingers if I misstep.

I can Prairie twist the .40 in a pinch, but the recoil is like lightning bolts in my left arm. The right handed Holster keeps it aligned for the right hand when I drop the cane.

Tactical, but very very specific to me.

(also not quite what OP meant, but you can't limit carry by your dominant hand alone) ^^

Lar1911
September 18, 2010, 12:41 PM
As a quick side note. In the end of the 1800's when someone carried two guns, it wasnt one for each hand, after shooting the first, you put it away and grabbed the second. Fast reload is a second gun.

Wade Wilson
September 19, 2010, 01:28 AM
Six O'clock small of back carry with a right hand draw.

Billy Shears
September 19, 2010, 10:39 AM
I have always been very leery of small of the back carry. I don't see any advantage to it over a strong side holster, and there are serious disadvantages. You have to wear a pretty long concealing garment to avoid exposing the gun while bending over, and even if you do wear a long garment, the gun still tends to print very noticeably if you bend forward. There is far more likelihood of muzzling yourself during reholstering. If you are seated, the gun is pinned between your body and the seat back. This is bad enough in any chair, but especially bad while seated in a car, as the seat belt and steering column will, between them, make it hard to bend forward far enough to get to your gun. And worst of all, if you fall down or get knocked down, and land on your back, you can suffer a serious spinal cord injury if your gun is positioned directly over your lower spine.

Zerodefect
September 19, 2010, 11:20 AM
Actually, that's currently my most comfortable method of carry.

I use a Ted Blocker #12, right handed IWB holster. it rides either angled along the back of my left rump, with the grip protruding ( OC Home and car) or slides a bit forward to hug under the rib when I'm walking around in less gun friendly areas.

Now... Why!!!

My wallet is on the right side, If I get pulled over at some point, I don't want to have it on the same side as the gun.

Why Not switch the wallet to the Left side? PINS! 3 of them holding what remains of the left shoulder together after years of walking with the socket hanging off the blade by a centimeter of tissue. ( I'm ok, the arm always falls out like that... FINE i'll see a doctor)

I walk with a Cane on the right side to keep myself vertical over any distance, and the head of the cane bashes the gun, and mashes my fingers if I misstep.

I can Prairie twist the .40 in a pinch, but the recoil is like lightning bolts in my left arm. The right handed Holster keeps it aligned for the right hand when I drop the cane.

Tactical, but very very specific to me.

(also not quite what OP meant, but you can't limit carry by your dominant hand alone) ^^


I hate it when my arm falls off.

oldbanjo
September 19, 2010, 12:12 PM
MADDOG wrote my answer.

TexasGunbie
September 19, 2010, 01:19 PM
Use the holster on the 5 or 6 o'clock position. You can still draw from it with right hand.

DustyVermonter
September 19, 2010, 06:32 PM
Yup, if only the holster wasn't pure trash......(sighs)

Sebastian the Ibis
September 19, 2010, 07:10 PM
It is beneficial when seatbelted in as the driver of a car. It is much easier to get to a left-handed holster than a right-handed one...as a driver.

Beat me to it.

Also, it is not a bad idea to practice ever now and then by doing a whole days worth of drills weak handed. Its amazing how easy it is to forget how to hold your gun support side, if you don't do it often.

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