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    Your shooting hand

    For those who always carry, do you try to keep your shooting hand (typically your strong hand) free at all times? For example, when carrying a small child or a new box of hollow points.


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    I try to ...

    I also like to use the leason I learned in fencing .. Never ever shake hands with your sword/gun hand ... I try to do that as well.

    It is a bit tricker when walking the dog but I try to keep one hand ready to go ...
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    yes

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    As much as possible.
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    I carry two revolvers one on the off hand side options are good.

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    Yes and when I pocket carry the keys go in my off pocket. Nothing in the strong side pocket except the weapon and pocket holster (always have both). Cell in shirt pocket, wallet in cargo, good to go.
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    As much as possible. Which is 99 percent of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WrongRecroom View Post
    I try to ...

    I also like to use the leason I learned in fencing .. Never ever shake hands with your sword/gun hand ... I try to do that as well.

    It is a bit tricker when walking the dog but I try to keep one hand ready to go ...
    Yes for the most part.

    I have always used my right hand to shake hands with someone new cuz that's the American way. The day I use my left hand will be because my right arm is in a sling. Yes I am right handed. If my gut sez don't shake his hand my real concern is why did I let this person get this close to me?
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    It's situationally dependent for me. I've actually practiced dropping something I'm holding in my shooting hand and drawing before it hits the ground. The hardest part is just letting go of whatever you were holding and not worrying about it being damaged [ I've done this with 1 gallon milk jugs, filled grocery bags, 7-11 plastic carry out bags 1/2 full etc ].

    I need both hands at times, but that doesn't preclude being able to draw, one just has to be willing to "let go" while moving to the firearm.
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    Nope, I would just drop whatever is in my hand.

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    For the most part my right hand is always free. It goes back to my military days. You always kept your right hand free for saluting. Even after being retired 20 years I still do it, old habits die hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    yes

    ….wife goes on the right side always….Southpaw here.
    Same here...
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    Yes, but if I can't I carry something I can drop in my right hand if the items are of such a manner.
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    Yes. I carry a crossbody purse that is slung over to the left, and I either carry child / hold hands with my left, and then plop them into the shopping cart ASAP. And I'm not one to be yakking on the phone while walking about in public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TCP1984 View Post
    For those who always carry, do you try to keep your shooting hand (typically your strong hand) free at all times?
    Free, or easily made free, most of the time. Though I frequently carry loads in that hand, I'm trying to remain tuned into the surroundings and am thinking through how to rapidly drop/deploy if that were to become necessary.
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