strong side vs weak side knife carry

This is a discussion on strong side vs weak side knife carry within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by jonconsiglio It's not the most common thing, but it does happen. Also, it's not a bad idea to carry a spare mag ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonconsiglio View Post
    It's not the most common thing, but it does happen. Also, it's not a bad idea to carry a spare mag for clearing malfunction so you don't have to use the same mag that may have caused an issue. For me, I train to shoot the threat to the ground. It will likely be a very fast set of 4 to 6 rounds. Depending if they go down or not, it may be more. The same may apply for any other threats as well. Now, when I needed a handgun for defense, once I fired one round and the next time none.

    Likely? No, but it can't hurt and you just may be that 5% that needs more than 10 rounds. Look at that Carl's Jr episode where the two cops shot that guy. Both fired 5 rounds quickly. There was another instance, which I think was shown on "I Survived", where the woman fired an entire mag (though it was 22, but I imagine it would have been the same with 45) at one of the three assailants. He died outside eventually, and I believe the others ran him over as well, but that may have been a different event.

    A firefight may very well be a defensive situation. There's that video where Deputy Dinkheller fires an entire mag from his Beretta 92 and then gets killed when he runs dry and fails to reload. I know these are cops, but it could happen to anyone… There's another where an officer pulled up on some property and the owner went after him with an AR. The officer had no reloads, I believe he was wounded but not mortally, and took the bad guy down with his last round as he was coming around the car.

    There was another where a guy went to his friend's office for drinks. There was a few of them meeting. One guy robbed them and took them up to the office at gunpoint. The friend pulled his compact 1911 and emptied it at the guy, while the bad guy was emptying his handgun as well. Both were hit, the good guy in both hands. He reloaded his gun and the bad guy fled. I know it was only 7 rounds, but it was still a situation where an extra mag was needed.

    Again, it's not all that common, but it certainly does happen. If you're already taking the steps necessary to defend yourself should the need arise, it makes sense to cary an extra mag. I carry one extra mag at all times and two at work.
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    Carry one sometime two jack knives STRONG SIDE

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    Holy cow, I can't believe so many peo;le carry two knives. I just carry one, pretty much just as a tool, strongside at 4 o'clock. I have had a BIG pain getting the clip on my knife to slip over my thick belt once I got a sturdy gun belt. Its really annoying having to finess it to put it on my belt, it usually takes both hands. I've wondered if others have found a solution for this, I've thought about trying to bend the clip a little bit.
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    I use a kydex sheath often with paracord wrapped through the holes around my belt. This pulls it in very tight yet allows it to flex with you a bit, depending on how tight you have it. I use a Tek-Lok as well.

    Wait, where's the clip? Is it a folder or a sheath with a clip? If it's a fixed blade, you can have some really nice kydex sheaths made by a company called Buy Brown. They make a nice IWB sheath as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WonderBra View Post
    Hey Jon,

    Do you recommend any reliable edge weapons trainers?
    Steve Tarani, Mike from Grayman knives is pretty hardcore, Ernest Emerson for defending against an attack, Bram Frank and Craig Douglas (who was recommended to me by Darryl Bolke).
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    Its just a S&W SWAT folder with the clip on outside. I've thought about looking into a better folder for edc. Funny thing i just went and tried my benchmade knife and it goes on alot easier,go figure, but its a little to big for me to carry with its 4" blade.
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    Usually don't carry on a side I usually have my knife appendix inside my waistband so each hand can access it equally and since my strong side pockets are usually blocked by holsters and other items


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    It's a good question to ask, Joe. And, as many other have said, there is no right or wrong. I also carry on both sides, but then one of my nicknames is "3-knife". ;-) I have carried at least two folders and a multi-tool for so long I don't even think about them anymore. Yes, I've trained for years with all of my carry choices but, honestly, the knife is really a last resort. I'd only use the pointy end when I ran out of bullets. More often, I open boxes, mail, corn chip bags......all the usual threats encountered in urban daily life!
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    Two for me Emerson Roadhouse strongside for utility purposes, Gypsy Jack weakside for social purposes.
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    I always carry a folder strong side. I'm usually wearing a fixed blade weak side. I may also have additional blades on my person...

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    Weak side carry here. Easier to manage the load of stuff in pockets and better to fend off a weapon grab.
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    I've moved to carrying everything on my midline so gun and knife are available to either hand, (G23 AIWB and ZT0560 and spare mag to the left). I also carry a small custom Kiridashi in my strong side pocked for utility purposes so I don't have to expose or use my SD knife for opening packages etc.

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    When working, I typically carry a small FB weak-side & my folder, strong-side. It works for me & it doesn't matter if I'm CCing AIWB or not.
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    I carry two knives, as well. A Camillus Heat in the front left and a Cold Steel 6" Ti-Lite in the front right pocket.
    What is the logic for carrying both weapons on the same side vs one on each side?
    To my mind, it mainly depends on which hand is going to be drawing the blade. I like being able to get to a blade with either hand, but avoid using a crossdraw.
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    I carry one strong and one weak.


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