The origins of the term “Mexican Carry”

The origins of the term “Mexican Carry”

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    The origins of the term “Mexican Carry”

    Recent news articles got me thinking why do they call it “Mexican Carry”, so I Googled the term.

    Mexican carry: misunderstood as to both history and application, this common practice can cause some well-documented problems | Guns Magazine | Find Articles at BNET

    If you go back to the roots of this term, you find that there is no
    racism, nor anything else pejorative in "Mexican Carry." The lore of the gun tells us that back in the 19th Century, the Mexican vaquero, much like the American cowboy, was an independent and self-reliant sort who often made it a point to carry a handgun. Alas, the history of 19th century Mexico was entailed one despot rising after another. The day came when the average citizen was stripped of his former right to go armed when he wished.

    This did not sit well with the fiercely freedom-loving caballeros. They grudgingly took off their gun belts and holsters, because possession of those accoutrements would be seen as evidence that they had violated the draconian new laws that disarmed them. However, they defiantly kept their handguns, simply stuffing them into the waistband behind their ordinary belt. If the Federales hove into view, the citizen would simply slip his revolver into some discreet place where he could retrieve it later.
    I had assumed it was a racist term, but that’s not at all true. The origins are from the Mexican vaqueros and defined how you had to carry a gun in Mexico.


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    Interesting and informative.

    I always laugh when people claim "redskin" is a racist term used for Native Americans. Certain tribes got this moniker from painting their skin red with natural dye prior to battle, thus scaring the bejeezus out of their enemies. Hardly a racist term for fierce warriors.

    When you see things through the lens of "racist", there's a wealth of opportunity to be offended over nothing.
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    Well, we are going to have California, Illinois and New York carry to explain if things don't change soon!
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    Thanks for looking that up, Rigel. It's surprising and interesting. Here in Houston, though, it's very much a negative term. Guess we can do some history teaching.

    Now, does anyone know if there is a Why to the homeboy-90-degree-rotation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilraen View Post
    Now, does anyone know if there is a Why to the homeboy-90-degree-rotation?
    SWAT officers with the ballistic shield can only have a handgun. To be able to shoot around the shield, they have to reach around the side and the natural position of the hand is to hold it sideways because it's ergonomically correct for the human arm. It's also so they could position the gun in front of the viewing window of the shield to aim.

    Stick your arm in a "half hug" like you're reaching around a pole. See how your wrist wants to flatten out knuckles up? That's why.

    Gangstas saw that and thought it had some special power, so they copied it.
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    lol! Thanks, Tubby. I didn't know there was a rational reason. I see what you mean.

    And for the newbies: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ht-sights.html
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    Its only a negative and racist term if you've been brainwashed into believing that it is...

    To me, its just a name for a method of carry.Thats all its even been and thats all it'll ever be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMac View Post

    I always laugh when people claim "redskin" is a racist term used for Native Americans. Certain tribes got this moniker from painting their skin red with natural dye prior to battle, thus scaring the bejeezus out of their enemies. Hardly a racist term for fierce warriors.

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    i did not know that at all...thank you

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    I always thought of "Mexican carry" in the same way I thought of OWB, IWB, pocket carry, open carry.

    I agree that you can make anythig racist if that is how you see the world.

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    Interesting. In all the years I worked East LA I don't recall a reference to it.

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    I always figured they were refering to CA. certainly not AZ
    ...or maybe mexico???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    Interesting. In all the years I worked East LA I don't recall a reference to it.
    Something tells me theres not a lot of vaqueros herding cattle down RODEO Drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Something tells me theres not a lot of vaqueros herding cattle down RODEO Drive
    While that may be true, it is no farther off than thinking that RODEO Drive is anything like East LA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilraen View Post
    Now, does anyone know if there is a Why to the homeboy-90-degree-rotation?

    Cause thats how it comes in the box!
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    I don't get it....






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