Shooting with your off hand

Shooting with your off hand

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    Shooting with your off hand

    How many of you practice drawing, shooting and fighting with your off hand? I'm a righty. UPS just came to my door to deliver a left handed holster for my Glock 19. I plan on using it quite a bit in 2014 to train to draw, shoot and fight with my left hand.

    Why? It's entirely possible your strong hand might be shot, stabbed or injured somehow and you simply cannot shoot your gun with it. But it might save your life if you can make quality hits with your off hand. For the small price to pay for a inexpensive holster, it's my opinion that this is a good investment.

    The reason I practice drawing with my left hand is this. I travel by car a lot. If I carry at the 4:00 position, the gun is partially interfered by my seat belt and the sides of the car seats. If I keep it on my left side, it's easier to draw from my sitting position in my car and not interfered as much by the seat.

    I keep an inside waistband holster on my right side, but for real long trips, it's much more comfortable to keep it on my left side. Your mileage may vary, but the bottom line, know how to shoot effectively with both hands acting as your dominant hand.
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    I am left-handed and right eye dominant. I have carried and shot with my off-hand since 1969. I can shoot a handgun fine with my left hand, especially if I close my left eye. I have both right-hand and left-hand holsters for my carry guns. I occasionally carry a gun on each hip for a New York reload. I have trouble shooting a rifle left-handed.
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    Do you have any difficulties engaging out the driver's side of the car when using your left hand?
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    Not really. It depends on where the threat is. If the threat is left, maybe, but I practice it. If the threat is right, no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandgunWorld View Post
    How many of you practice drawing, shooting and fighting with your off hand? I'm a righty. UPS just came to my door to deliver a left handed holster for my Glock 19. I plan on using it quite a bit in 2014 to train to draw, shoot and fight with my left hand.

    Why? It's entirely possible your strong hand might be shot, stabbed or injured somehow and you simply cannot shoot your gun with it. But it might save your life if you can make quality hits with your off hand. For the small price to pay for a inexpensive holster, it's my opinion that this is a good investment.

    The reason I practice drawing with my left hand is this. I travel by car a lot. If I carry at the 4:00 position, the gun is partially interfered by my seat belt and the sides of the car seats. If I keep it on my left side, it's easier to draw from my sitting position in my car and not interfered as much by the seat.

    I keep an inside waistband holster on my right side, but for real long trips, it's much more comfortable to keep it on my left side. Your mileage may vary, but the bottom line, know how to shoot effectively with both hands acting as your dominant hand.
    Every time I am practicing. It is a skill that IMO is a must if you carry a weapon....

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    Do you have any difficulties engaging out the driver's side of the car when using your left hand?
    Being right handed it can be a bit difficult for people that are new to it, but once it is mastered its not that hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMB View Post
    Do you have any difficulties engaging out the driver's side of the car when using your left hand?
    It depends on the gun and the situation. For a walk-up up-close encounter, I prefer right-handed to keep better control cross-body in case someone grabs for the gun. At any distance, especially with a big bore revolver, I prefer left-handed to get the gun further out the window for the muzzle flash, cylinder flash, and much less noise.
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    Absent some in-depth explanation / training, I think I'd stay with my right side holster or maybe a cross draw for longish road trips.
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    I do not practice with a non strong side holster, but do practice with a strong side holster, and shooting off hand and racking the slide on my belt, or boot heel.
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    Just out of curiosity OP, do you carry on your left side? We have a range drill, a magazine two hand center mass, a magazine strong hand, a magazine weak hand, and then another magazine two hand head only. We've limited our magazines to 6 rounds with the limited ammo supply!

    Accessing your firearm, one handed reloads, and clearing the firearm with weak hand is a skill set that needs practice and should in everyone training. JMHO!


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    I always practice weak-side shooting, reloading, & slide racking. In the cooler months (when on my motorcycle), I CC with a left-hand shoulder holster. I've trained to the point where I'm pert-near as good left-handed as right-handed. I will admit that my left hand draw is noticeably slower than my right.
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    Why use a left handed holster? If what you want is to practice drawing and firing when your right arm is temporarily injured or otherwise busy, you're going to be carrying on your regular side. For this situation, you're better off training to draw a gun carried on your strong side with your weak arm.
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    While my BUG is in my pocket on the left side my EDC is on my right side. I practice drawing my EDC with my reaction hand almost a daily basis during dry fire. In addition, a few times a week I work on manipulations and clearing malf's LHO. Whenever I go to the range I dedicate at least 20% of my ammo to reaction hand only as well.
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    I have mirror-image holsters and placement and normally perform the same number of repetitions of whatever I'm doing with each hand. I also practice transition from hand to hand and side to side. With rifle as well as pistol. Goal is to be as facile with one side as with the other.

    Let me suggest that you stop calling it the 'off' hand or the 'weak' hand. Tell yourself often enough that something is 'off' and you will believe what you say whether it is or not. The mind is strange that way.
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    As a lefty, I find it very difficult to engage out the drivers side of a vehicle with a left side draw. Yes, as the OP said, he can do fine out the right side of vehicle, but how likely ist that an attacker is likely to approach your vehicle on the side furtherest from the driver. I practice weak side often enough that I feel comfortable with a holster mounted against the console, which requires a right-hand draw.

    OP, I agree with your statement we should practice weak side shooting, but your notion that left-hand drawing is easier as the driver of a vehicle, is wrong. When I try to draw left-handed in my car, my elbow must go between the left side of the seat and the door, and there is not enough room for my arm to pass through. Try it a few times and I think you will change your thoughts.
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    No, don't have the time or inclination. But I can shoot well enough with either hand.
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