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Considerations About Drawing Your CCW While Sitting


Drawing a handgun from a seated position highlights how ambiguous danger can be — although situational awareness may show where danger is, the average victim may not always be in an optimal position to respond, for example seated in a car or at a table.


Although reports like the National Crime Victimization Survey can point to the average time of day and location of reported violent crimes, a consistent issue is the inconsistency of danger itself. It happens anywhere at anytime for any reason.


Because of that, it’s important to think about how to access a means of self-defense in awkward positions. Here’s a quick look at drawing a concealed handgun while in a seated position.


Some Issues with Drawing from a Seated Position



An immediate concern with drawing from a seated position is range of motion when unholstering/accessing the firearm. This of course will vary on the environment and storage method. Hypothetically speaking, if in a vehicle there will be a few impediments:

  • the steering wheel
  • the seat belt
  • the seat itself
  • the tight space
  • where the source of danger is

If at a basic table with a fixed seat, many of those same restrictions apply, not including the seat belt.


Drawing from a wheelchair may not have as many of those restrictions, but some may apply. Essentially, there will be factors in this position that obviously aren’t present in a standard stance like the weaver or isosceles. With that said, how and where the weapon is drawn from is key.


It’s well-known that one shouldn’t point a firearm at anything they do not intend to destroy, which is one of the four basic rules of gun safety. However, if drawing from a holster on the hip, it’s easy to get caught up in the immediacy of the threat in the tight space, and cross the muzzle over one’s thighs in order to quickly aim the weapon at the lethal threat.


Don’t do that.


There are multiple ways to avoid this and other unsafe responses.


One can dry practice and figure out a maneuver that works best for them, given bodily variations in weight, height, proportions and so on. It will depend partially on the type of holster one uses, where it’s placed on the body and the appropriate range of motion to direct the firearm out of the holster and to the source of danger without pointing it at any innocent life.


The source of the lethal threat (behind, in front, to the side, etc.) will be another concern to take into consideration and factor into range training and drills. Airsoft guns, believe it or not, may be a great tool to help understand how bodily mechanics will be restrained in various scenarios.


Although it may not always be possible, sometimes a tactical retreat may also be the right answer to a threat.


These are basic thoughts to get one acquainted with the issue at hand. Have a valid opinion? Let others know any tactics in the comments below.


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Car Holsters and Other Carry Methods That May Help


Car holsters and docking mechanisms are just one answer to the issue at hand. Many can be attached in the center console, below the steering wheel (if air bags aren’t an issue) and in a compartment on the driver’s door. But they aren’t the only answer. Other methods? An ankle holster, shoulder holster, properly placed waistband holster, crossdraw holster or even appendix holster.


The point is this: think about the constrained space, body size and shape, size of firearm, personal preference, driver and passenger safety, ease of access, ability to draw rapidly and safely, and clothing and space obstructions.


Consider also how being left or right handed will affect the draw method and whether or not the carry system may need to be altered to fit the environment. This is mainly in reference to vehicles. There’s not an exact equation on which carry method will work best, although there are often opinions leaning one way or another — many of which are totally valid.


A crossdraw holster may be favored by some because they won’t have to lean forward in a seated position to unholster, which will happen with a standard waistband holster at positions from 4 - 11 o’clock, taking into account that a seat may jut the weapon against the body.


Appendix carry may jab into some bellies in a seated position. An ankle holster may be a means of quickly and discreetly accessing a firearm. A shoulder holster is easily accessible in a seated position, but if it needs to be concealed this may not be as easy to do in hot weather.


There are drawbacks to each, which is to be expected.


So long as one has a method of drawing from their storage mechanism (whether it’s from a shoulder, ankle, waistband, crossdraw, appendix, off the body, mounted or any other type of valid holster) that doesn’t cross the weapon’s line of fire over theirs or an innocent body in an unsafe method, and they have trained to complete the action competently, the means of doing so can be completely up to the individual.


All it takes is training and understanding which method works best for the individual.


Jake Smith 

About The Author


Jake Smith (@notjakesmith) is a copywriter in his final year of studying public relations and apparel at the University of Idaho.

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