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Could You Weak-Hand Draw If You Had To?

Outstanding information!
Here is a modification for the 'Across the Front Draw':
Weak hand grasps near the belt buckle (suck in your gut) and pulls the holster/handgun around to the appendix position.
Weak hand grasps the pistol grip with reverse grip and extracts the handgun.
Rotate the handgun and partially re-insert into the holster, release the reverse grip.
The holster temporarily controls the handgun.
Now grip the handgun normally with the weak hand and remove from holster.
Engage target.
*Holsters with retention (Blackhawk) - use the weak hand middle finger to press the release button.

I've seen this technique in a book somewhere and thought I should mention it.
 

David N.

Professional
Founding Member
Yes, but it's not something that I practice. I carry AIWB, so it would be somewhat easier to do so than other IWB positions.
 

jfmorris

Master Class
Founding Member
If pocket carrying my LCP - no. I doubt I could ever get my left hand into my right jeans pocket! ;). I think I could get my XDM out of its IWB or OWB holster however. I usually carry around 4 o'clock.

The sadder part is that my weak hand really IS my weak hand, due to painful nerve damage. No loss of strength, but it hurts like heck to do certain things with that hand. In a life or death situation I would have to man through the pain.
 

Flyboy514

Operator
Being ambidextrous is an advantage for me, but living in NJ is NOT. Doesn't matter which side I choose for my holster, it's illegal either way here in our Socialist "Utopia".
 

KillerFord1977

Hellcat
Founding Member
I practice couple times a year with my non dominant hand shooting. Never drew from holster that way though.. have to try it a few times outdoors to draw and shoot and unloaded indoors on carpet to learn the draw. Bet I drop it once or twice
 

C. Sumpin

Custom
Good points to work on, Murphys law tends to happen in stressful situations.
Being a bit rotund (OK, amply rotund) and with short fingers and the complications
of injuries/arthritis, coupled with pocket carry, I may opt for the left side backup.

In times past I have practiced using a protrusion from a building or tree to assist in
removal of the piece from the holster for weak side access and am now considering practice
while on the ground on my strong side, perhaps stones or other obstacles on the ground.
When ur under attack, gotta find a way. This article has motivated me to arm up on the
weak side, likely a pocket carry also.
 
Outstanding information!
Here is a modification for the 'Across the Front Draw':
Weak hand grasps near the belt buckle (suck in your gut) and pulls the holster/handgun around to the appendix position.
Weak hand grasps the pistol grip with reverse grip and extracts the handgun.
Rotate the handgun and partially re-insert into the holster, release the reverse grip.
The holster temporarily controls the handgun.
Now grip the handgun normally with the weak hand and remove from holster.
Engage target.
*Holsters with retention (Blackhawk) - use the weak hand middle finger to press the release button.

I've seen this technique in a book somewhere and thought I should mention it.
Yes exactly, I was reading the article and wondering why there was no mention of rotating the belt/holster on the waist. Most people in an emergency situation in which ever configuration should be able rotate their setup several inches for better accessibility for the non-dominant hand.

If anyone is in that position to be drawing their weapon in self defense and the dominant hand/arm is out of operation, I'm yanking that belt as hard as I can and I don't care what happens to my junk down below, I'd rather be alive!
 
If pocket carrying my LCP - no. I doubt I could ever get my left hand into my right jeans pocket! ;). I think I could get my XDM out of its IWB or OWB holster however. I usually carry around 4 o'clock.

The sadder part is that my weak hand really IS my weak hand, due to painful nerve damage. No loss of strength, but it hurts like heck to do certain things with that hand. In a life or death situation I would have to man through the pain.
In that scenario you won't even be thinking about pain in your weak hand, in that life or death situation you've lost use of your dominant side, assuming you've already taken rounds or something similar. If it were me in that situation I'd never feel the pain because I'd be too worried about crapping in my pants. o_O
 

KillerFord1977

Hellcat
Founding Member
Yes exactly, I was reading the article and wondering why there was no mention of rotating the belt/holster on the waist. Most people in an emergency situation in which ever configuration should be able rotate their setup several inches for better accessibility for the non-dominant hand.

If anyone is in that position to be drawing their weapon in self defense and the dominant hand/arm is out of operation, I'm yanking that belt as hard as I can and I don't care what happens to my junk down below, I'd rather be alive!
A lot of OWB holster configurations will be stopped from rotating around to the front as the closest belt loop , usually on your front right hip, will be blocking the holster.
I cannot rotate my holster for the reason. The loops at 2 o clock and 4 o clock stops my holster from moving more than 4” or so
 

Sld1959

Professional
With my shoulder no I could not. Which is why I carry a backup in my left hip pocket. The taurus m380 is smaller than a J Frame so it's easy to carry a second.
 
A lot of OWB holster configurations will be stopped from rotating around to the front as the closest belt loop , usually on your front right hip, will be blocking the holster.
I cannot rotate my holster for the reason. The loops at 2 o clock and 4 o clock stops my holster from moving more than 4” or so
I understand what you are saying, I probably wasn't being clear enough. What I meant was to rotate your pants on your hip, most people should be able to move the setup a couple of inches for a better reach with the non-dominate hand.
 

KillerFord1977

Hellcat
Founding Member
I understand what you are saying, I probably wasn't being clear enough. What I meant was to rotate your pants on your hip, most people should be able to move the setup a couple of inches for a better reach with the non-dominate hand.
Ahhh
Gotcha ..
i’ll have to lose some weight for that 😉
 

JohnHimes

Operator
Hello all, here is today's article posted on TheArmoryLife.com. It is titled "Could You Weak-Hand Draw If You Had To?" and can be found at https://www.thearmorylife.com/could-you-weak-hand-draw-if-you-had-to/.

In 2018 took a Practical Concealed Carry class at Gunfire Academy. Drawing with support hand only and engaging targets was one of the drills we learned and practiced. It is no easy task and needs to be practiced often to become proficient at it. It is one of the skills you never know when you will need it, but when you do you'll need it quickly and that isn't the times to try and figure it out.
 
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