This is a discussion on Holding hands within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Lima, bless you, not only do you phrase your thoughts clearly and concisely, you are also an excellent instructor, and you serve it up with ...
Lima, bless you, not only do you phrase your thoughts clearly and concisely, you are also an excellent instructor, and you serve it up with the very palatable sauce of humor!
What you write is most worth reading!
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"I bark at no man's bid. I will never come and go, and fetch and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the White House no matter who he is." -- David Crockett
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"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
No, my wife holds the leash and it gets shorter all the time
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
it works for me, as I am left handed but shoot hand and am right eye dominate...so I am carry kids, or hold hand with strong arm, and then have firearm on right side...also nice when I practice 'fending' off someone with my knife or non shooting arm..
I always keep my firearm side free....
--people ask why I carry, and I show them this picture. I think it says it all.--
NRA Certified Instructor--many disciplines
I have this thing with wanting to have the lady away from the street side as was mentioned earlier as courtesy, learned it from my dad, so that normally puts my strong hand in her hand (surprisingly except for the one time I almost had to draw from this situation). With this in mind I have begun to carry a BUG in my left front pocket, which makes better sense with me shooting it better lefty. So primary is SS and BUG WS
"The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."
-James Earl Jones
Strong side is always free.
Les Baer 45
N.R.A. Patron Life Member
Strong hand is almost always free. If it is in use it is because it is holding a gun.
Michigan Gun Owner
Michigan CPL Holder
Proud Member of The NRA
You definitely need to know how to do the "bombload" two-step while carrying, and that's a fact. Perhaps one of those baby backpacks, which will free up both your hands. Hm.
Keep your strong hand free.
At one point, a gal called me on it. NOT on carrying or keeping my right hand free, but her issue was we were always walking down the wrong (left) side of the street. Me on the street side of the sidwalk, right hand free, and her to my left.
I never knew there was a proper side of the street to walk on, they have sidewalks on both sides !! *lol* what can I say!
I wouldn't worry so much about holding hands with my strong side hand, or even carrying something that I can quickly drop. In any encounter therr is going to be an evaluation process that will take place before I decide to act. I don't think I am losing any time by dropping something. Granted in theory it would be good to have your strong hand free, but often not practical, so I don't stress about it.
I do avoid burying my hand deep into my pocket or carrying my daughter with my right hand and arm. I am not willing to drop her and it would take some time and effort to sit her down or change hands. Other than that I don't really concern myself with it. But Congrats to those who are diligent.
Don't mistake this as me saying that I don't pay attention to responding quickly or preparing for threats. I just don't see this as a big issue. In fact I am going to post a thread on, "Be your wife's bodyguard."
Yes, my strong hand is almost always free. However, I started keeping my right hand free not due to CCW issues, but because of my military service. It was instilled in me to keep the right hand free for saluting purposes. I was keeping my right hand free before I ever started carrying.
+1 to the poster who said that they would hate to mess with JD and Lima.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt