Choosing Between Crossdraw Holsters and Other Concealed Carry Options
Crossdraw holsters originated from professional shooters. These low profile holsters were originally designed to be worn in the field, either outside or inside the belt. The holster slips over the person's belt (not through the pants like a typical leather holster) and is slipped through the buckle or metal loop on the belt. The crossdraw is then placed across the top of the buckle or loop. This design has been used widely in both competition and training sessions.
The two primary types of crossdraw holsters are strong-side and weak-side. In a strong-side holster, the strap or belt loop goes all the way around the entire belt, while a weak-side holster only goes halfway around the entire crossdraw. Strong-side crossdraw holsters can be worn either on their own (for a strong-side holder) or by attaching them to a strong-side belt with a special hole or snap. Weak-side holders can also be attached to a weak-side belt with a snap, but they can't be worn on their own.
Concealed-carry Crossdraw Holsters are designed especially for people who prefer not to expose their firearm all the time. This type of holster allows a person to draw the gun with only the finger, making it very difficult for a would-be thief to get a hold of it. It's also much easier for the person wearing a concealed-carry holster to conceal the holster when necessary, unlike conventional leather holsters which require a special cloth or other accessory to cover the device. In addition to this, concealed-carry crossdraw holsters usually don't have a strong-side design. For these reasons, they're much easier to use than conventional leather or webbing carriers.
Double Action Revolvers: The two-action model is perhaps the most popular type of Crossdraw holster available. With a two action model, a searcher manually places the gun in the holster, with a cocking mechanism that pushes back against the handgun. This makes the handgun more secure and less prone to accidental firing. The most famous double action revolvers are the Remington Revolver and Smith & Wesson Model 40. Double action revolvers require a bit of manual work and some training, but the lack of a cocking mechanism means they're the best option for beginners, who can learn how to operate them easily.
Single Action Revolvers: The best cross draw holster for a single action handgun is a Double Action model. With a single action mechanism, a searcher manually places the gun into the holster, using a liped flap to keep the pistol from coming out. Most popular models of single action revolvers feature a safety catch, making them much less likely to fire if the trigger is pulled. A good single action model is typically manufactured by Smith & Wesson, Remington, or Bersa industries, and is ideal for both personal and professional use.
Weak-side or Weak-sided Crossdraw Holsters: The strongest-side or weak-side crossdraw features a flap that opens on top of the handgun. However, it's still attached to the belt with an extendable belt loop. To fire a handgun with this holster, shooters must place their finger on the trigger - a potential source of accidental firing. Some shooters prefer the weak-side design because it enables them to place their finger inside the trigger guard, a position which many traditional holsters cannot achieve.
Concealed Carry Holsters: There are other options than just Crossdraw Holsters. For instance, you can use a belt holster, drawstring pouch, or backpack. These types of concealed carry options allow you to draw your weapon quickly, which is important for close-quarter confrontations. You may want to do some research to determine which options best suit your needs, depending on your goals for your concealed carry weapon(s).
Ultimately, deciding whether to go with a strong-side or weak-side holster reflects the unique requirements of your shooting hand. Many shooters have a strong-side shooting hand, but have problems with reaching across their gun when they need to fire a shot. Likewise, some shooters may prefer a cross draw style holster, while others prefer a strong-side or reach-around holster. Your needs will determine the best option for you.