Drawing while seated in vehicle?

Drawing while seated in vehicle?

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    Angry Drawing while seated in vehicle?

    I was made aware of how difficult it is to draw while seated in a vehicle today. Nothing happened I just had to run into a post office and obviously could not bring my carry with me.

    I went to remove my sig from the owb holster at 4 o'clock and it went nowhere. Completely lodged in the holster. It took quite a bit of wiggling and pulling to get it loose. After I got home I unloaded the firearm and tried again. Same basic problem. I inspected the holster while standing and could not figure out the problem. I eventually discovered that my belt changes shape significantly while seated and causes the leather to pinch tight around the ejection port.

    I switched to my iwb rig and tried the same drill. Very similar result. Very difficult but was able to do it with some practice.

    So after poking around on this forum and others I found some people basically take the stance that they will never need to draw while seated and this is not applicable. That is not a healthy stance IMHO so I am ignoring that.

    Another option is to replace the carry holster with one that works seated and standing. That is an option however that will require lots of trial and error as well as money.

    The last option I found is to remove your carry when you enter the vehicle and place it in a vehicle mounted holster or other accessible location. I don't like this option since I feel drawing your gun while standing then getting in your car gun in hand does not seem like a great idea for many reasons. Obviously people might get the wrong idea and you might increase your chance of an ND while handling the firearm multiple times.

    So I am going to see if I can get my holsters to break in more to allow the gun to draw easier while seated however I was wondering how others address this issue.

    Have you tried this drill? If not I suggest you do. I spend a fair amount of time in traffic and the threat of a car jacking is very real.

    Thanks in advance for the assistance


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    Drawing while seated in vehicle?

    I use a hybrid, leather back and kydex mold. Never had a problem drawing from the sitting position. Might be worth a look.
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    Crossdraw...11 o'clock. Great in a car.
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    Drawing while seated in vehicle?

    I use a Galco king tuck with my glock 19, no issues drawing while seated in a car


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    I make sure the seat belt and my cover garment/jacket are clear after I get in my truck and buckle up. I can draw from my Galco OWB or IWB holsters just fine.

    I would like to mention however, that I am pretty sure it is illegal to have a firearm in a post office parking lot as well as in the building itself. I use to unholster and lock my gun in the gunsafe in my truck when I went into the post office until I read on this forum that it was illegal to have a gun even in the parking lot of the post office. Now I don't go to the post office! I buy my stamps at the grocery store or drugstore and avoid the post office. If I am incorrect, someone please correct me about this.
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    I've had CPL for only 2 weeks. I just went to the post office today, and was trying to remember if it was a Pistol Free Zone. I double-checked the back of my license, and Post Office wasn't listed, and there were no signs on property like I see some places. Got me thinking, and checked when I was home.... sure enough it is a FEDERAL law you can't have anywhere on the property. Still am learning.

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    When I carried my 1911 in a leather IWB - drawing seated at 3 o'clock wasn't smooth and easy, but it was certainly possible. Now carrying at 12:30 in kydex - it's just as fast as standing.

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    If I know I am going to the PO, I often pull it ahead of time (as to not look obvious when I park) and stash it. As for my IWB holster, I have not had too much problem pulling it, even with the belt on. I wear at the 5PM position, and just lean forward.

    However on long cross country trips, I wear a coss draw, for comfort and, the belt does not get in the way. However, that is when I am going to be 'in the truck for a long time', a realize that I have to adjust to a proper CC when not driving.
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    If I'm in for a long ride I put my 1911 in a shoulder holster...
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    While driving it tends to ride in my console or in a breast pocket for easy access.
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    Sticky Holseter IWB and it doesn't seem to be affected. But it is extremely easy to pull out the whole thing and place it between the console and seat which it then holds there and then putting it back is a little fun trying while sitting but not horrendous.
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    Depending on the vehicle. I've permanently installed a left-handed holster inside the map pocket of my driver's door. When I get behind the wheel, I reholster my G19 there before I buckle-up. It allows for a fast, simple left hand draw, keeping my handgun away from passenger interference, well-below outside view & saving my right hand for steering the car. When I unbuckle, I reholster back to my waist before exiting. Easy solution with no seatbelt tangle.
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    I use the Gumcreek under dash holster when not wearing a shoulder rig. I understand your concern as to drawing and holstering under the dash when entering the car, but with a little practice it becomes one fluid motion when entering the vehicle. The door shields anyone's view, I sweep my coat as I turn my right side to the seat, draw and re-holster as I swing my leg into the vehicle and climb in. No one has ever noticed.
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    On a long drive I use a shoulder rig. For around town, just an IWB and make sure the cover garment is loose around it.

    While I can see how you could have the problem you explain when IWB, I am at a loss to figure out how the ejection port gets caught on your belt when OWB. Can you please explain this or show pics?
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    I know that my several Milt Sparks PMK holsters and my Bulman FDS holsters allow unhindered drawing while seated in a Jeep or a Honda Civic. IWB rigs are just a bit difficult. I do not wear a gun at 0400; 0300 to 0330 is about right; as far forward as possible without the weapon being on the point of my hip.

    Holsters worn forward of the point of the hip are the easiest for a seated draw, but require some folks to adjust their thinking on concealment garments. I generally use these frontal positions for secondary weapons, with 0300 as my near-constant primary position.

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