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Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ZVP, Jul 21, 2015.

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  1. ZVP

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    Anyb reserch on this? I thought about crossdraw but in most clothes it lets the gun get exposed.
    Ideas for a 2' Steel chief or Beretta 21?
    Thanks!
    ZVP
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    Consider a zippered pouch, attached to your body or the chair. People won't give it a second look. :cool:
     
  3. Tallball

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    It depends on how you dress. I prefer a shoulder holster when seated.
     
  4. MedWheeler

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    Ankle carry would also be a good possibility, assuming you're not an amputee. Being seated, you're already halfway through the acquire-and-draw process.

    Shoulder holster would also work, provided you wear a cover garment if you need to keep the weapon concealed.
     
  5. rcmodel

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    An ankle holster requires most body types to bend, reach down, and also lift your leg to reach a gun in an ankle holster.


    If you are already in a wheelchair?

    You might not be able to do all that!!

    rc
     
  6. MedWheeler

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    Yes, RC, but I do not profess to know the OP's actual level of flexibility. I work in EMS, and deal with WC-bound people all day long. Many are quite limber above the waist, and have full use of both upper extremities. Believe it or not, some are in WCs only because they can't walk.
     
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    Taxi driver carry

    I've heard that some like to wear a small-of-back holster on their strong side. This puts the gun in position to be drawn with the strong hand while seated.
     
  9. oneounceload

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    Fanny pack positioned in front; shoulder holster if wearing an over-garment; holster on strong side positioned between you and the side of the chair
     
  10. mnrivrat

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    I am handy cap and confined to wheel chair .

    I use a belly band slid slightly high under my shirt. Perhaps not the quickest of access, but it does not interfer with anything and is comfortable to wear.
     
  11. Haywood

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    My Friend makes Leather Holsters. He is making one for a Guy in a Wheelchair. It will be worn Crossdraw and can be a normal IWB or a Tuckable IWB.
     
  12. dfariswheel

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    Rule # One.
    NEVER attach the gun to the chair.
    The first thing an attacker will do is flip the bike over, and the gun goes with it.
    A gun not attached to your body is way to likely to be lost or out of reach in an attack.

    A strong-side holster is out.
    Due to the sides of the chair interfering you can't get a grip on the gun without leaning WAY over or moving almost out of the seat to access the gun.

    A ankle holster requires pulling the pants leg up to get to the gun.
    Try doing this seated in a bike and you soon find out the bike interferes with pulling the pants up. Most have a leg strap to prevent the legs from sliding toward the rear and that blocks the pants leg.

    Good carry methods:
    The fanny pack.
    It collects everything you need in one easy to put on and carry package.
    You have the gun, spare ammo, wallet, keys, phone, etc all in one package.
    In order NOT to take the gun with you requires the effort of removing it from the pack.
    If you have to put on a holster, it's too easy to leave the gun home when "just running down to the local Stop 'N Rob.
    Since many chair users wear fanny packs, and the black pack tends to blend in with all the aluminum and nylon of the bike, most people never even notice you're wearing one.

    I recommend the Blackhawk Urban Carry 5-5-10.
    This means you can draw the gun and fire five shots in five seconds, at 10 yards.
    Of the many packs I've seen it's the fastest in action and the most comfortable due to the molded in padding on the back.

    Next, a shoulder holster of the horizontal draw "Miami Vice" type.
    These do require careful adjustment of the harness to properly position the gun (which few people ever bother to do) and they do take getting used to.
    Once used to it, a shoulder holster is excellent.

    Last, a cross draw, either a standard or a "Driving Holster" type.
    Put on a cross draw positioned to the front and pull even a tee shirt over it.
    Put your hands in your lap like most chair users do when at rest.
    Notice WHERE your hands are........They're literally ON the gun.
    All you have to do is lift the shirt with the off hand and draw the gun.
    In use this is actually faster than all but a few standing shooters can do with any gun carry method because you hands are right THERE.

    In most cases, people won't notice a cross draw carry even if they're looking.
    Again, it all just sort of blends into the whole bike thing.
     
  13. sequins

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    How about a shoulder holster and a vest or light garment covering, or perhaps a chair mounted holster concealed in a chair integral manner? Such as a compartment or easily covered portion of the chair perhaps. Seems like a good idea in this unique case as presumably you plan to remain chairbound for the duration of carry. Normally I dislike offbody but this need might synergize with offbody.
     
  14. dfariswheel

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    Again, off body and mounted on the chair is NOT a good idea.

    Example; you're transferring from the bike to your car.
    You're in the car and ready to load the bike, when someone decides to rob you.
    The first thing they'll do is grab the chair and yank it out of the way.
    They may not even think of a gun being in it, just focusing on getting to you.
    The gun is now gone and you're helpless.

    This actually happened to someone I read about in the paper a few years ago.

    Police women used to carry their service revolvers in purses. They usually got a lot of training on guarding and retaining the purse from a purse snatcher or attacker.
    A lot of women cops guns and badges were stolen by snatchers back then and the purse snatcher never knew he had ripped off a cop until he opened the bag.
    These days very few women cops will carry even off duty in a purse.

    The same thing holds for a wheelchair user: A gun not attached to your body is a gun that can all too easily be taken from you.
     
  15. Iggy

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    You might take a gander at this one from Andrews Leather.
    http://www.andrewsleather.com/traditional.htm
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    It's called the carjacker cross draw.
    I use one a friend made very much like it attached to the seat belt in my car.
    Bein' an old cowhand, I always wear a vest and the gun is not visible, but it is readily accessible.
    In my case, the holster remains attached to the seat belt when I get out and I return my gun to a holster on my belt.
     
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  16. ku4hx

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    I couldn't find the article I was looking for, but came across these two suggestions. Obviously one is not practical.
     

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  17. MedWheeler

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    ku4hx writes above:

    Which one?
     
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