Are you the fastest shooter, or, is your attacker? Some pundits argue in favor of choosing a “Strong Side” concealed carry holster because it enables a “quick draw” response during a self-defense encounter. How important, or accurate, is this consideration relative to other reasons for selecting the best concealed carry holster?
The primary objective of an assailant is to hold advantage over his victim with a low risk unbeatable plan that does “not” involve a competitive gun fight. He is most likely to use the element of surprise and approach you from a defenseless position…so what good is a quick draw attempt…it would probably get you killed.
It’s impossible to predict all situations and, no doubt; quick access could be helpful, but, the reaction time difference drawing from an outboard holster on your Strong Side versus Cross Draw is not as important as preventing a surprise attack by visual alertness. Practice at the range, including quick access to your weapon is essential, but, your greatest chance of survival, within the law, is to avoid your assailant while your hand is on your weapon, ready to draw, without brandishing.
Applying the wrong reasons for selecting a concealed carry holster will only result in purchasing additional holsters, or, not carrying at all. Many people make emotional choices by purchasing a concealed carry gun that “feels good” in the hand plus selecting a holster that “looks good” while wearing. Lots of holster styles are available and a more logical consideration will assure effective, full-time, concealed carry practice.
Outside the Waistband (OWB) “Strong Side” holster types provide good comfort and accessibility when standing, but, tend to print when sitting or bending over and require special cover clothing for concealment.
Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters are most popular and generally worn on the Strong Side. There are many configurations available, with specific features, from different companies. Carrying a handgun, wedged inside the belt, can be uncomfortable especially when sitting or driving. Concealment is jeopardized by printing when twisting or bending over, and belt clips plus a bulge in the waist line is revealing. It is also often necessary to buy larger size trousers to accommodate holster and gun space requirements behind your belt.
The “Cross Draw” IWB style holster is an improvement over the two units above offering better access when sitting or driving and it conceals much better, but, lacks in comfort with the holster and gun wedged inside the waist band.
Some “experts” will say; Cross Draw holsters are not safe as the OWB holster. How is that so? A safe draw requires honoring basic gun handling rules with the muzzle always pointing down until in line with the target which is no problem for a Cross Draw maneuver.
The argument about Cross Draw being slower than Strong Side draws may not always be true depending upon the circumstances. The enemy is not lined up like a target at the shooting range so you have no clue what your area of motion will be in a self-defense situation. An attack from behind, or, from your weak side, or, while sitting in your automobile, or, lying down will make a difference where Cross Draw may offer the quickest response.
The Stealth Defense Holster is a patented, hybrid IWB, Cross Draw design that combines the best features of conventional IWB, OWB, and Shoulder Holster designs. Each of the above holster styles were evaluated for best comfort, concealment and access features. The best feature was taken from each individual holster and combined into the “Strut” holster design for appealing to the ordinary person interested in full-time self-protection.
Concealed Carry can be discouraging and choice of correct holster style will assure successful practice. The Stealth Defense Holster also provides comfort and concealment during different body positions plus good access sitting or standing, while wearing your normal clothing.
You may be sitting, standing, driving, or lying down…who knows when something is going to happen.
A person will leave his gun at home, or, in a glove compartment if wrong holster choices are made. The bottom line is; chose a holster that offers the best combination of features to promote full time concealed carry. A comparison chart shows key points for selecting a concealed carry holster based upon years of concealed carry practice and purchasing a box full of holsters.
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