Cross Draw Holsters: The Pros, Cons and More
Cross-draw holsters have many pros and cons. They are an essential part of concealed and open carry.
Crossdraw holsters have been around since the dawn of time. Crossdraw holsters have been around since the time of cowboys, who needed to be able to conceal their guns while on horseback or at work. Cross draw holsters are no longer used for Clint Eastwood-like purposes, but they still hold a place in the halls of fame. Although they have been criticised in the past due to the shooting world’s preference for strong side draws or IWB draws, years of experience and many cross draw enthusiasts prove that these holsters are still very popular.
Crossdraw today places your handgun at the waist of your non-dominant leg. The muzzle points towards the outside and the grip faces your dominant hand. Clock lovers will appreciate 10 or 11 o’clock. Crossdraw is when you draw across your body with your dominant hand. You need to practice a lot because you want to avoid any danger of the gun being pointed at you or damaging anything else. It is important to get a cross-draw holster that you have made, then break it in and practice practicing.
Crossdraw holsters can also be used to draw across the body. However, we will only discuss belt crossdraw holsters for the sake this article and the benefit of cowboys.
The Pros and Cons
Cross draw has many benefits for gun enthusiasts who spend most of their day sitting on a chair or a seat. It is comfortable to sit with the holster in a natural position and won’t hinder your movement. It may be difficult to draw vehicles safely and easily. It can be challenging to draw from the appendix IWB and strong side OWB while sitting in your truck with your seatbelt. Cross draw is a great option. The natural movement of your hand while sitting will bring your gun to your grip, and you can draw quickly and engage the threat.
Crossdraw also offers concealability. Crossdraw is great for concealing your strong side OWB underneath your jacket. There’s also gun print and bending over could reveal that you’re armed. Cross draw, on the other hand, places the gun in a position that isn’t often seen. This is especially true if you don’t belly dance, which is why we recommend belly bands. Cross draw holsters can be concealed in difficult situations where you need to gain access to your firearm secretly. Or, you can pretend to draw your weapon and fold your arms. Let’s not get into the worst-case scenario.
You might find it difficult to draw from your strong side if you have suffered a shoulder injury, especially a rotator-cuff injury. Cross draw holsters are a great solution. People with poor backs or other hip conditions may need to lose weight as soon as possible. Doctors recommend that patients not wear belts during recovery from hip or abdominal surgery. Cross draw is possible for medical or orthopedic reasons. It can be painful to carry a firearm in the strong side hip area due to injuries. However, the weight can be carried on the opposite hip. It is easier for some people to learn cross draw using their dominant hand than it is with their weaker hand.
There is a greater chance that someone will disarm you from the front. You can argue that if someone intends to disarm you, you have a greater chance of neutralizing the attempt while facing the target. This is contrary to your chances of being disarmed from behind. Whether you are standing or sitting. Cross draw while driving has another advantage: Unlike a standard OWB holster, which is on your dominant hip, if someone wants to attack you from behind, he or she cannot reach your firearm if its in the front.
Another problem is the muzzle that covers the entire area of the handgun while it is being drawn. The muzzle extends from the non-dominant to the point where it is used for cross draw. This is an indisputable disadvantage that small back holsters also have. However, it can be overcome with rigorous training and situational awareness.
Last, but not least, some shooting ranges prohibit cross-draw holsters. The muzzle of a loaded firearm should face the target at the range so that it points backwards at other shooters and even at the safety officer.
OWB & IWB
OWB is the most popular crossdraw version. There are many cross draw holsters available. They vary in how they fit, what the thumb break is, and the material. When choosing a cross draw holster, you should consider the conditions in which you will be using it. A more canted version with a thumb release is better if you plan to be sitting a lot while arming. You can also choose a holster that has an index finger release.
Cross draw holsters from IWB are great if you need deep concealment. The handle is not visible and the coat flip is not necessary. Although cross draw IWB holsters aren’t the most popular, this type of carry is very popular. Cross draw appendix carrying is not something to discuss here.
It is possible to break down how to draw from a cross-draw holster into steps. It is important to practice this technique as many times as possible so that you are comfortable with it. Let’s get on with the drawing.
- Clear your cover garment. If you are carrying concealed, use your nondominant hand for the holster to be unveiled. This will allow you to move the holster behind your back, or at least out of your way. Your non-dominant arm should be moved away if you aren’t concealing anything under any garment.
- Move forward with your dominant foot to assume the fire position. Be aware of your surroundings, especially during this step. It’s where other people are most at risk.
- Begin to meet in the middle. Once you’re certain you don’t have to face anything that you don’t want to destroy, place your hands under your dominant eye in the middle. Then slowly move your other hand underneath your eye until you find your target.
- Engage the target by extending your gun. This is the last step, where you can just push the trigger finger if necessary and engage the target.
Keep in mind the following four rules for gun safety.