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Why i prefer cross draw.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by piettakid, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. piettakid

    piettakid Member

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    I have

    1. Very long arms for my height

    2. Rotator cuff pain

    3. A preference for long barreled BP revolvers to reduce hearing loss

    I know there are serious safety issues with cross-draw but i don't shoot at ranges and thus that is no concern for me.
     
  2. TimSr

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    I prefer it because its the position to thwart a car-jacking or traffic light robbery, which is where I feel most likely to be accosted.
     
  3. Spade5

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    count me in

    It is the most natural for me and shoulder does not like drawing from the hip but I'm an old guy.
     
  4. GBExpat

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    While driving or wearing a heavy coat, with classic belt-attached holster-carry, I prefer cross-draw.
     
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  5. piettakid

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    Oh yes indeed. When you're seated, cross draw is far better than the conventional strong side draw.

    Cross draw was always popular with cavalry.
     
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  6. Malamute

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    Cross draw was about all that worked with cavalry. They had a sword on the left, to be drawn with the right hand. the pistol used with the left hand. The sabre was considered the primary hand weapon, the pistol was secondary in the 1800's from reports. It gradually changed to less use of the sabre. Right hand holster use came to be in military use while there was still cavalry, but the sabres had been dropped.

    Carrying cross draw has some purpose, Ived one it but eventually came not to like it so much. Just keep in mind that it presents the butt of your gun to someone in from of you. More so than a strong side draw. I found cross draw to be much more in the way for day to day tasks. Your mileage may vary of course.
     
  7. Saw-Bones

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    Because I trained to carry and shoot from the strong side in the Marines as well as a LEO and required to do it in IPSC/USPSA, I feel natural carrying strongside.

    However, I feel the same way as TimSr, so I do both when I’m driving -- Colt Combat Commander in 9x23 strong side and S&W 640 in .357 cross draw. Besides, there’s also an advantage having the option of a New York reload.
     
  8. JTQ

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    If that's what you carry, a cross draw holster is as good as anything.
     
  9. SoonerMedic

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    Why is cross draw preferred while driving? Can somebody explain this? I assume because it's faster to draw and shoot with your target being on the driver's side instead of having to unholster, draw up and across the body and aim? But what if the target is on the passenger side? Say he gets in and sits in the passenger side? Would it then be ill advised to try and draw cross body?
     
  10. badkarmamib

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    Drawing strong side naturally requires elbow-room behind you, something that a car's seat severely limits. Also, the buckle tends to get in the way.
     
  11. JTQ

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    This is why I carry cross-draw when hunting. My Ruger Blackhawk is a 7.5" barrel and is not comfortable strong side sitting.

    For CC, I carry strong side, but my little Taurus 709 Slim isn't big enough to be uncomfortable, even when sitting.
     
  13. SoonerMedic

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    Ok this makes a lot more sense to me. Thank you!


    This article definitely helped me understand why a cross draw is more accessible while seated in the car. Thanks! :)
     
  14. piettakid

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    All this talk about shooting guns from inside cars makes my ears hurt. I don't want to even think about the incredible noise. Even shooting a 22lr inside a car is deafening.

    If you're worried about car-jackers, a can of bear spray is the answer.
     
  15. bikerdoc

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    You guys pretty much covered what I going to say. That is why I love this place.
     
  16. Sunray

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    The sabre was considered the primary cavalry weapon, period.
    Rotator cuff issues is going to interfere with cross draw too. Tendons are damaged that allow for movement. Not that it's much consolation, but it gets better. Took a year for mine to stop hurting.
     
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    The saber was on its way out at the time of the Civil War.

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
  18. PabloJ

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    Well, it kind of looks badxxx I will concede you that.
     
  19. piettakid

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    Not in my case. I have no pain with cross draw.
     
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    On the contrary. Only the sabre was drawn cross draw. The revolver was worn on the right side, butt forward. The gun was drawn by reversing the hand to palm out. The left hand continued to hold the reins.

    Troopers practiced sabre drills with their right hands. The mounted sabre's weight strengthened the muscles of the right hand and arm so that they could wield a heavy sixgun with some expertise.

    Bob Wright
     
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    Incidentally, I carry a Single Action Ruger ~ cross draw is out for me as it's too difficult to reach the hammer spur during the draw.

    Bob Wright
     
  22. MutinousDoug

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    I have the classic objection to crossdraw in general that it sweeps everyone from 45 degrees behind the holster to the target in front. From a car seat that only includes from 45 degrees behind to 90 degrees to the left but the problem remains.
    Yes, it can be drawn from the rear to the front without sweeping to the side but it's a awkward presentation.
     
  23. BlkHawk73

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    Been wanting a good cross draw(front position) for a bit now to use while in the woods. VERY much like Mitch Rosen's stuff (have a few of his pieces) and his CCR is nice just not available for a Blackhawk (makes sense).
    Anyone know of and better yet, use, a frontal positioned cross draw for a Blackhawk the isn't the traditional western style? Gotta be a good boned holster.
     
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    Each time one of these threads pops up someone posts something like this. So I'll explain one more time. Properly executed a cross draw sweeps nothing but the ground and your target.

    I'm not going into a long drawn out explanation of how it's done. You can search earlier posts for that.

    TV and movies are responsible for the sweeping "everyone" myth. And, if you get your gun handling lessons from them you deserve all that you will reap.
     

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