cross-draw: allowed at your range?


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twofifty
March 11, 2013, 02:25 AM
I would like to know if the outdoor ranges you go to allow cross-draw holster use?
If training or certification is first required, how does your range or club carry this out?

I'd love to know your views on this subject, the advantages/disadvantages, etc.

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nazshooter
March 11, 2013, 03:21 AM
My range is fine with it. Of course my range is whatever part of the forrest I happen to walk or drive to and the squirrels will keep quiet if they know what's good for em :)

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Gallstones
March 11, 2013, 03:58 AM
Please forgive my ignorance, but why not?

My situation is similar to nazshooter, our ranges are outdoors, set up and maintained by those who use them (the county) and unstaffed. Free too.

Arkansas Paul
March 11, 2013, 11:04 AM
I've never heard it mentioned one way or the other.
Why on earth would it ever be an issue?

GBExpat
March 11, 2013, 11:28 AM
I voted Yes ... my outdoor range is in my backyard. :)

Sam1911
March 11, 2013, 11:35 AM
My range, in general, has no rule against any holster type. We have plenty of pistol pits/bays where you can go practice by yourself safely.

However, our matches and practice nights do absolutely prohibit any holster that isn't strong-side, at the waist.

Frank44
March 11, 2013, 11:49 AM
I have not had issues using cross draw or shoulder holsters where I live, but I've been shooting at outdoor public ranges the last few years. I know shoulder holsters are not allowed in some ranges. Competitive shooting has their own rules that govern each type of competition.

dirtykid
March 11, 2013, 12:11 PM
Too many idjots allowed at my local range,
No cross-draw or shoulder-holsters,, no practice-draw even if gun is empty
no more than 3-round bursts within 10-seconds, except at falling plate range

They are kinda Nazi's like that, but since its less then a 4-minute drive from my house
I abide by their rules to keep my membership, The other spot I shoot at is private property,but it is a 40-minute drive from home,
But there I can play cowboy-commando all I want if I get the urge,,

akv3g4n
March 11, 2013, 12:22 PM
Please forgive my ignorance, but why not?

I would assume that some ranges would prohibit it because it is easy to muzzle sweep people shooting next to you if not drawn correctly.

My range frowns upon drawing from holsters all together so....but it is a public range so I understand. They are not familiar with everyone's level of training and are doing their best to keep some of these people from shooting themselves.

bigfatdave
March 11, 2013, 04:23 PM
My range has adults on it, so there is no need for supervision.

You poor folks on the kids' range might want to look for somewhere better.

Bobson
March 11, 2013, 04:38 PM
I'm not sure whether or not my local range has a rule on the issue. I'm guessing it probably does (?) because I've never seen anyone do it. Then again, maybe it's just extremely rare anyway? IDK. What advantage is there to a cross-draw anyway? I haven't been thinking about it all day or anything, but it doesn't seem to have a single immediately-recognizable advantage over strong-side draw.

Arkansas Paul
March 11, 2013, 04:40 PM
What advantage is there to a cross-draw anyway? I haven't been thinking about it all day or anything, but it doesn't seem to have a single immediately-recognizable advantage over strong-side draw.


If you're sitting for an extended period of time, butt forwards carry is more comfortable. I carry a 7.5" Ruger Blackhawk cross draw when sitting in the deer stand and it's better for that.

Bobson
March 11, 2013, 04:56 PM
Ah, ya I can see it being a lot more comfortable when sitting. Didn't think of that. Thanks Paul.

MasterSergeantA
March 11, 2013, 07:42 PM
At the recreational range here at the fort we normally do not allow anyone to draw from a holster and fire. Exceptions will be made depending upon how crowded we are and exactly what the shooter is wantinf to do. If we have enough clear lanes and the shooter is known to us, we will allow it. Full shooting points and an unknown, probably not.

rondog
March 11, 2013, 07:43 PM
Everything's allowed at my club range except artillery and field pieces. They're too hard on the berms.

2zulu1
March 11, 2013, 07:51 PM
I own my own range, my friends have their own ranges and the public lands, if we go there, it's pick up after yourself. Given the times when those of us with similar backgrounds get together for live fire team tactics, use of a shoulder holster is of little significance.

Multi layering outer clothing makes it more difficult to access hip draw, especially on tractors or in the saddle. Unzip/unsnap the upper part of coats/dusters/vests and shoulder carry is much faster than drawing from the hip.

Also, if on the ground, use a field interview stance when drawing from a shoulder rig.

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