I have never tried cross draw myself, I have a huge obstacle. It's commonly called a belly!
A buddy of mines brother, the were in the mountains, Walter decided to quick draw his .22 magnum.I play around with quick draw a bit just fun. I don't compete, so my rig is not modified like the pros use. It's a tooled drop leg holster with a matching cross draw for the second gun.
For me, I'm much faster with the "strong side" gun. This is because drawing, cocking, and aiming the gun is one fluid upward movement of the arm. Catching the hammer spur with the palm of the hand while drawing, all that's left is to catch the trigger once you level the gun.
With cross draw one needs to pull their arm to the side, and then sweep the gun to get on target. (unless you stand sideways with your left hand behind your back)
On a side note: Those "shot shells" are not intended to make it easier to hit the target. They are to prevent a bullet from hitting something unintended beyond the target. They are usually just 2f black powder, (still burning when it hits the balloon) or a small amount of ground walnut shell.
I practice with snap caps mostly. I would never attempt this with conventional bullets. Way too high a chance of hitting something you don't want to.
That is part of why I don't use "live" ammunition.A buddy of mines brother, the were in the mountains, Walter decided to quick draw his .22 magnum.
the bullet went through his right leg above the knee and lodged in his right ankle.
Charley and his dad Tom had to carry the idiot out of the mountains, about 10 miles, this was in I think 1969 or so.
Pictures or it never happened.As far as practice goes, it's NEVER with a loaded gun.
The "practice" is more of smooth draw, cocking hammer AS I come on target.
Muscle memory is the key.
Muscle memory builds speed.
I cowboy shoot 3-6 times a year. I TRY to practice my draw a minimum of weekly. Most times in front of a mirror. ( I just look so good )
It's easier to see what my hand and the gun are doing.
I still believe practice and muscle memory are important than how you carry.
What you carry will effect speed more.
With a hip carry, longer barrels must be raised higher to clear the holster.
Common sense, physics, magic, or beliefs;
Good discussion to create critical thinking and comparison.
I really like how cross draw rides and is easier to draw, when driving. Hip carry and seatbelts are not optimum.
Long barrels carry best in a shoulder holster, for me.
Back when I was a kid I watched a fast draw demonstration at the State Fair, they never missed the balloons and they weren't using shot shells, they were using bullets made from paraffin wax. The wax bullets could pop the balloons but they couldn't penetrate the plexiglass sheet behind the balloons. You couldn't shoot lead bullets safely in a venue like a State Fairgrounds. I know they were wax bullets because they showed them to us to show us that what they were doing was safe for us bystanders.He doesn't let you see the ammo, when he shoots balloons, he uses shot shells, no missing.
You use the barrel itself as part of the front sight. The front sight never leaves the target. As for shootouts in the old west they rarely happened. The Hickok Tutt fight is one of the better known ones and Bill braced across his left arm to make the shot. Not exactly fast draw but cold nerves. Low slung(buscadero)holsters didn't exist. Holsters covered the cylinder and all but the tip of the hammer. In most cases it took both hands to make a draw. One to hold the holster down and another to pull the gun. Leg ties and drop loop buscadero holsters are a Hollyweird invention.He was also accurate. He did a video a long time ago of him breaking a balloon at 200 yds with a .45 colt single action. He did it twice. The barrel would have covered the target at that range with the elevation he would have had to do. That man practiced a lot, his fingers were always black from gunpowder.