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6:00 Carry

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by rd21, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. rd21

    rd21 Rationalist

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    Almost Heaven
    Been thinking about sob carry lately, but a thought occurs to me: at least theoretically, doesn't that position make it easier for you to be disarmed?

    Someone can more easily sneak up behind you than beside you, and it seems slower and less natural to reach to protect the gun in that position than it would be to slam your arm down on, say, a 4:00 carry.

    Any truth to this? Anyone else have this concern?
  2. Mr. Blandings

    Mr. Blandings

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    There is absolutely truth to your concern.

    The SOB was originally designed as a special purpose holster. It is built for someone who stands behind a counter. In this situation the public, and thus the presumed threat area, is always on the other side of the counter. Carrying SOB then provides very good concealment and retention/control is not a concern (remember, everyone you're concerned about is on the other side of the counter).

    Hollywood, gunzine writers and whatever other forces of nature have pushed the SOB into a general purpose role that it is ill suited for (my opinion). SOB carry requires you to reach all the way around your body to draw. Likewise, you then have to swing the handgun all the way back around again to bring it to bear. SOB will be very difficult to draw from in a seated position, if pushed/pinned against a wall, or if knocked to the ground. There is also the concern that a fall to the ground may result in more injury if you land on a handgun carried SOB. Muzzle control is another problem. If you aren't careful, it's easy to sweep your own body with the muzzle as you draw. You should also not sweep everyone standing on your gun side as you bring the handgun to bear. Concealment can be compromised without you being aware of it if the cover garment rides up or otherwise gets caught above the handgun. Unfortunately, constantly checking to see that the handgun is still covered is a bad habit to get into as it's considered a "tell" for spotting those who CCW.
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  3. MaximaDrvr


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    Raleigh, Charlotte, NC
    Full 6:00 carry is also not seen often for a couple other reasons:
    1. If you were to be pushed over, and the weapon was directly under your spine, it could cause more serious injury
    2. Most people carry SOB as Kidney carrry, or more around 5:00 for right handers.
  4. David Armstrong

    David Armstrong

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    Lake Charles, LA
    Maxima gets it right. SoB carry for folks that use it for real, as opposed to the Hollywood version, is offset to the side rather than at the true 6:00 position. As with all modes of carry it has advantages and disadvantages. Personally, I have found the SoB to work just fine as long as I am standing up. It provides plenty of security and you are less likely to be "made" as having a gun on you than many other common positions. If you are seated regularly it becomes quite a problem.