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Glock Crossdraw Or Small of the Back Holster

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by RustyDaleShackleford, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. RustyDaleShackleford

    RustyDaleShackleford Giblet Head

    Nov 5, 2010
    North Carolina
    I did forum searches for a good 15 minutes, and couldn't find what I'm looking for, so I'm gonna post.

    I've got a Gen4 Glock 26, and just picked up my CHP from the Sheriff's office, so I'm ready to begin carrying.

    From pictures, descriptions, and reviews, I think I want either a small-of-the-back or a crossdraw holster. I know next to nothing about holsters, and would love to hear about any holsters made for either of these positions.

    I think they made SOTB holsters for IWB as well as OWB, but I'm not sure. Any input on this and preference and experience would be great.

  2. IT0


    Jun 28, 2011
    I am in the same boat and have found some that look good but nothing I have actually tried and liked. I like small of back and cross draw, but I also have to be able to remove and replace it easily.

    This one looks good but again I have not tried it yet.

  3. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    Most holster companies make these type. One I have just recently aquired is a Blade Tech that can be set up for strong side or cross draw, one of there less expensive kydex holsters with two belt loops.
    I have also used a Don Hume strong side for cross draw, strong side for me is right handed.
    Holster hunting and collecting them until you fnd the one you want. :supergrin:
    OWB is usually easier but IWB conceals better in my opinion.
  4. Chevy327


    Jun 9, 2009
    I've been interested on SOB holsters before, and what I've learned is that they are uncomfortable when I am driving or riding in a vehicle (or seated at all). Also, it seems like they would conceal well, but the way the grip is angled upward makes a crevice between the grip and my back for my shirt to come to rest in. Since the pistol is in my back, It's harder to notice. I'd constantly be feeling for the rig to make sure it's concealed. The grip angle also creates a great hook for chair backs. If someone does notice the pistol and wants to get it from the holster. It hard to defend back there. It's as available to them as it is to you. Range officers dislike them, because, when you draw, the pistol is oriented down the line. This is also true for cross-draw rigs. I didn't like it.

    Cross-draw is great for someone who spends alot of time in a car. Easy to access from a seated or driving position, and it's still comfortable when you're seated. If a detective who does alot of surveillance wanted a "car system", I think it's a good idea. (more as a second or extra pistol). It's hard to get the gun in tight to your body for concealment. Day in and day out, I prefer a good pancake holster for concealment. The IWB models hide the pistol well, too. I hope you're happy with what you choose!
  5. Chevy327


    Jun 9, 2009
    There are frequently nice holsters for sale in the classified ads here, so you can try something w/o paying brand new price!
  6. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Pretty much sums it up right there.
  7. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I use an SOB holster sometimes when walking my dogs, but it isn't good for regular use, since it's in the way sitting down in a chair or car. Crossdraw is good for riding in a car, but has other disadvantages. Most people carry a regular strong-side holster for a reason - because it's the most practical all-purpose holster and it allows a proper draw, which is the first step in your shooting fundamentals (not just a way of getting the gun out of the holster).
  8. RustyDaleShackleford

    RustyDaleShackleford Giblet Head

    Nov 5, 2010
    North Carolina
    Ok, and thanks for the responses.

    Tell me, are they different holsters for carrying ~3 o'clock or ~5 o'clock? What do they call them? I read people talking about appendix carry at around 4 or 5, but I don't know if they're different holsters or not.
  9. jhon


    Dec 1, 2010

    For right handers, AIWB ( appendix in waist belt ) are held at generally at noon, 1,2, positions. For left handers it would be noon, 10,11, positions

    your 300 o'clock is generally right side strong , and 5 o'clock is general behind the right hip.
  10. RustyDaleShackleford

    RustyDaleShackleford Giblet Head

    Nov 5, 2010
    North Carolina
    Isn't your appendix towards about 4-5 o'clock on your belt line? :dunno:

    Dang, I thought I had it straight.
  11. coastal4974


    Nov 2, 2009
    I use a crossdraw position with a Remora holster and it has worked well for me.
    The nice thing about the Remora is that you can pretty much put it where and how you want to find your spot.
  12. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Typically, a holster worn in the 3 oclock position should have little to no forward cant, and holsters to be worn in the 4-5 oclock position usually have some forward cant to them.

    I prefer carrying at the 3 oclock position, I have a bulged disc in my back and if I carry any further back than 3 oclock my lower back starts screamin and hollerin at me after sitting just a few minutes.
  13. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    SOB carry on a motorcycle?!?!?

    Considering the potential for falling ... onto your back .... at speed ... and with some goodly amount of force?

    There's no way in the world I'd increase the potential for a lower back/spine injury by wearing a SOB holster while riding.

    When I was first getting back into bikes and was carrying larger (full-size) guns, I went back to trying a lightweight shoulder rig (I stopped using them for work & off-duty several years into a plainclothes assignment) and decided it still wasn't something I desired. I pulled a slim IWB (Blade-tech) out of my collection and tried it. Nope. I tried a couple of my different OWB holsters, too, eventually settling on that method.

    I eventually settled on either mostly carrying one of my J-frames (pocket holster in jacket or vest), or one of my smaller (compact/subcompact) guns in an OWB situated approx 3-4 o'clock.

    I've never cared for the appendix location, myself. I ride a cruiser and find that choosing the wrong belt buckle can be noticeable over the course of a long ride, or wearing a pocket watch in my jeans watch pocket, so anything larger than that is definitely of no interest to me.

    The "tactical" appendix carry method has received a resurgence of interest again in recent years. Personally, I could see it having some appeal and practicality back when holsters weren't in vogue in the 1700's and belts or sashes were all that were at hand. At least with the canted cross-draw you have the muzzle poking outboard and not down into tender & sensitive spots.

    I just spent some money having the local leather shop replace the cloth pocket in my old leather zippered breast pocket with the heavy leather they use for their version of "gun pockets". I also ordered a couple of different style heavy leather vests made with leather gun pockets (mine is more than 20 years old and has become somewhat frayed and worn).

    In wet & cold weather I have a reinforced/armored jacket which has outside pockets large enough (and supported enough) to hold a full-size pistol. I've done it and forgotten it was there (probably due to the way the whole jacket feels and wears ... :rofl: ).

    Ride safe.

    Just my thoughts.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2011
  14. maxniman


    Sep 20, 2009

    nope - it is 1-2
  15. Jeepnik


    Mar 5, 2008
    Good comments so far, but I'd like to address one that is incorrect. When drawn correctly, the cross draw doesn't endanger those either on the firing line, or bystanders in an actual shooting.

    And one plus, it is available to either your weak or strong hand. Oh, it is just as easily "defended" as a strong side holster, you just need to know how to do it. I guess I addressed three issues, sorry about that.
  16. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    I'd stay away from SOB. Get a good IWB and a good OWB.
  17. Kromedome


    Jun 8, 2010
    My S.O.B. holster is a Galco and I love it. However, the points made above about the practicality of sob carry are valid. Quite frankly, sob carry is a second-best-alternative no matter how you slice it. Does it have value? Absolutely. Best for day to day cc? Up to the carrying individual I'd suggest but for the most part not as practical as strong-side. However, as long as the sob holster is leather you can "train" the holster to conform to your body in the kidney position which is better all around for seated comfort and somewhat easier for a solid grip on your pistol. Stay safe.
  18. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    Good post. That about sums that up.
  19. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Huh?? I didn't read any mention of that.:dunno:
  20. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    Crossdraw holsters are tricky be sure if you get one to train a bunch with an unloaded gun, as you may find that breaking your wrist to get a good grip has you pointing the weapon at your stomach mid draw, I am not a fan of them except for some very particular situatins , like personal protection drivers.

    if you like them and they fit your need please be careful in your training.