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Old 12-19-2015, 08:42 PM
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OK so I've heard several retired cops talk about even though they were right handed that it was easier to draw from a left handed UD holster than to cross draw. The theory being that unlike a vertical or jackass rig, the UD keeps your gun higher and tucked in so you are reaching farther under your arm in a cross draw.

I played around with this some and found that there may be some merit to it. Any retired LEO's from that era have personal experience or observations on that?

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Not an Old LEO, but will an old U-D holster designer do for you?

Although this method is one that Boothroyd touted to Fleming in his famous letter - and who knew Martin of Berns-Martin personally - nevertheless the revolver pops out with the muzzle pointed squarely at your (my?) chest using this method. It's quite a contortion, too.

In contrast, the conventional method (crossdraw) can be done, with awareness, without the muzzle ever pointing at one's self.

The historical reference suggests the reverse draw was intended as a backup method in the event the dominant arm is disabled in a fight; in which case muzzling oneself would definitely be worth the risk. But not otherwise.
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Not a cop but had a lot of experience drawing week hand from a upside-down Bianchi 9R shoulder holster vintage mid-70s. Gun was a Model 60 S&W. I would assume it would also come into play using strong hand on strong side holster.

As I was a right handed person and wore the holster under my left arm I found that it was not that difficult to get the gun with weak left hand/arm. Grab the butt and pull a bit down and out and you had a gun in your hand. As I shot lots of PPC I was quite familiar with shooting with weak hand.

I would think build and dexterity would come into play It was easy to draw and if right arm/hand was occupied it would be very handy. Though my build was “Fluffy” I had no problems (5’11 230#s)
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