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steveeas 12-28-2008 01:23 AM

ccw carry for left handers driving a vehicle
any advice or direction much appreciated.

Dillinger 12-28-2008 01:30 AM

Well, I would have to assume that you are a left handed shooter. I am left handed, but I shoot right handed as I am right eye dominant, so it's a different issue for me.

Depending on the vehicle, you might be able to stash your weapon in the slot in the door and access it easily. CAUTION though: If you leave the vehicle, this could be illegal in your area.

A good shoulder rig is always a good choice. It's not in the way of the seatbelt, provided you position it correctly, and it's easy to access as you crank the wheel away from the threat of the moment.

Take a look at this rig and see what you think. I have it for my 1911's and I love it. Conceals well and distributes the weight for all day carry.

Best of luck -


JiroZero713 12-28-2008 01:31 AM

For a car? Preferably a .45, but you just can't beat the CZ 85 when it comes to left handers

Ambidetreous. Luff it.

sgtdeath66 12-28-2008 05:08 AM


Originally Posted by steveeas (Post 57793)
any advice or direction much appreciated.

couldnt help ya there as in ohio last i knew you had to have your gun in the glove box during your commute. but the best thing to do is get used to shooting with your right hand that way you can use your left hand on the wheel and it would also be easier to draw and aim since you have the door right there in the way

Bighead 12-29-2008 10:34 AM


Originally Posted by steveeas (Post 57793)
any advice or direction much appreciated.

Is the concern about addressing a threat at the drivers door? Other than that I'm not sure what would be remarkably different between left or right handed.

I think you can make any carry technique that you prefer for daily wear work. My old partner on PD was a leftie and he didn't have any problem presenting his sidearm from strong side while sitting in the drivers seat.

matt g 12-29-2008 07:56 PM

Being a lefty when driving is ideal. You're able to clear leather as you're exiting the vehicle and taking up position. Us right handed folks need to be most of the way out of the car before we're able to draw.

As always, strong side, FBI cant, closed muzzle holster, FTW.

sgtdeath66 12-29-2008 11:23 PM

i think a cross draw holster would work good aswell

canebrake 02-08-2009 10:28 AM


Originally Posted by Dillinger (Post 57796)
Take a look at this rig and see what you think. I have it for my 1911's and I love it. Conceals well and distributes the weight for all day carry.

JD I pegged you for a Galco MIAMI CLASSIC II user!

It's fitting!

c3shooter 02-09-2009 09:17 AM

Bovice- necro-posting or not, couple of REAL good points. My 357 is about 675 ft lbs of energy. My F-150 is about 10,000 ft lbs of energy.

Most of us have just had drilled into us to AVOID hitting people with a vehicle, to the point that we don't even consider it.

Had a friend subjected to carjacking attempt 2 yrs ago. 3 perps- one on left, one right, one in front. Perp on left attempted to open door (all y'all DO lock your doors, right?) When that failed, he presented small handgun, demanded driver give him car- and wallet. Driver ducked, stomped the gas, and was still spinning tires when he drove over the perp standing in front of him. If they are gonna shoot at you, make them shoot at a moving target that is getting further away all the time.

Be willing to drive on the sidewalk, to run the light, or to PUSH the car ahead out of the way.

dragunovsks 02-11-2009 01:01 AM

Steveeas, I'm am in the same boat as Dillinger, that is I am left handed but shoot right handed. I carry in Indiana and recently upgraded to a Fobus paddle holster. I am 24 years old and only weigh about 180 lbs and carry a full size government model 1911 and with the paddle holster it is very comfortable. I drive a small regular cab pickup truck and have no problem with my firearm interferring with the operation of the seat belt. I also have no problem concealing the pistol under a t-shirt with this style holster. I used to use a "Special Agent" belt clip holster made by Federal Holster Works but if I walked alot or had to run, the gun would bounce making it very akward to have on me. I even dropped it in the mud one day while chasing my dog that got loose. After I got this holster I would often forget I had the pistol on me from time to time. It's that comfortable compared to the other one.

Oh almost forgot to say, I carry my pistol on my right side with the magazine bottom facing back. I tried crossdraw but found it to akward to deal with.

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