Tactical Pistol Training: An example of the advantages of cross draw!
My preference of cross draw was reinforced when I was working as a security operative in South Africa in 1994. My day usually started in the evening when the first task was to provide cover for the staff of a liquor store when they closed up and left with the day’s takings. The store was in a colorful area just outside of a large township, and I would say that mine was the only white face for a good mile or so. I took it for granted that everyone knew I was armed — I would not be there if I were not.
The store also closed at the same time every day, so there was a pattern set to within an hour of when I would be dropped off close to the store. To get behind the grilled counter of the store, I usually had to push through a crowd of semi-intoxicated people spending their day’s pay. It was my driver’s job to cover me until I got behind the grill, which depending on the driver, did not always happen. Putting me at greater risk was that after I merged with the crowd there was little support the driver could give me. Initially, I carried my 4 inch .357 strong side but soon changed to cross draw when I realized that, when in the crowd, it was easy for someone to bump into me and feel where I was carrying my gun, allowing someone to grab it from behind. If I got into a physical confrontation with someone that would require my gun hand to deal with it, I would not be able to reach the .357 with my weak hand. At least with cross draw, I stood a better chance of getting to the gun — if I were not dropped in the initial attack.
Realistically, in retrospect, I would have stood little chance if I had been attacked in the crowd by two or three assailants with blunt or edged weapons. I would have been lucky to get the .357 out. What many people seem to forget is that carrying a handgun can actually make you a target. In places like Africa, Latin America, and in some Caribbean Islands where people live in extreme poverty a handgun is a very valuable commodity; criminals routinely target and attack people simply for their firearms. Even in developed countries, a criminal can make money from a handgun: They can commit robberies or settle scores and then sell the weapon. The telltale lump under your shirt could be there to show your friends that you bought the new Glock or to warn others that you are armed and dangerous, but to a professional it just means you have a gun he can take from you. If you carry a weapon, no one else should know. Don’t think all criminals or terrorists will be intimidated because you flash a gun at them. If you’re not going to draw it to shoot to kill, keep it concealed!
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Orlando Wilson – Risks Incorporated – www.risks-incorporated.com
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