Dumb Holster Question

Dumb Holster Question

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    Dumb Holster Question

    Actually it's not the holster that's the dumb one.

    I recently bought what was advertized as a "DeSantis belt holster" for a j frame .38. I got it off of ebay. It shows up I slide it on my belt strong side and it's canted in the wrong direction.

    It's a cross draw. Okay nice holster but my arms are too short for cross draw

    It got me thinking. In just about every video I've ever seen of a quick draw guy, his holster is canted with the grip of his pistol backwards not forwards. When I tried to draw with this holster on my right side my elbow and wrist were both in a much more natual position. My draw was more comfortable if not faster. I was able to bring my pistol into a firing position faster as well.

    Is there a reason for the FBI cant for lack of a better term?


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    The rearward cant works better with short barreled arms, such as your J-frame. Competition holsters are often made with a rear cant and a cut down front, for a fast presentation. The limitation of the reverse cant (butt to the rear) is that your arm can't go backward far enough to accommodate longer barrels - short barrels or cut-down fronts enhance the speed of draw. If you're comfortable with it and it works for you, go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratman57 View Post
    Is there a reason for the FBI cant for lack of a better term?
    Forward cants generally make the gun easier to conceal (particularly large autoloaders). This may not be a big consideration with a small gun like a J-frame though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratman57 View Post
    When I tried to draw with this holster on my right side my elbow and wrist were both in a much more natual position. My draw was more comfortable if not faster. I was able to bring my pistol into a firing position faster as well.
    Another beneficial accidental discovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    The other limitation of a rearward cant is that it often makes the gun more difficult to conceal. This may not be a big consideration with a small gun like a J-frame though.
    What's the most concealable cross-draw holster for an S&W M&P compact (.40 or .45) semi-auto?
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    when the intervention of society... may be too late to prevent an injury.
    -Blackstone’s Commentaries 145–146, n. 42 (1803) in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)

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    The cant will keep the grip closer to the body and assist in reducing possible printing.
    You can always user the 'cross-draw' for long driving trips...perfect for in the vehicle.
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    Well, it certainly appears that Pizza Bob gave you the not so Dumb Holster Answer. He is absolutely right! Heck, if you like it; you actually got lucky on sleaze-bay.
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