There are those that do and those that do not, but guessing from the majority or comments The Shooter’s Log receives, I’d say most of us believe carrying a firearm means concealed. However, there are multiple ways to carry, both on your person and off body. In my vehicle, I have a holster between the seat and the console. I have also used a magnet or holster under the steering column. All of these methods carry advantages and disadvantages, but the reason I employed these solutions was a belief that I could not effectively draw my handgun from a waistband holster while seat belted.
Keeping a firearm in a holster connected to the seat offers the quickest draw time. However, once I am ready to get of the vehicle, the problem of safely and discreetly getting the weapon into a holster on my hip becomes problematic. I could carry one firearm in each location, but leaving a firearm, that exposed, in a vehicle does sit well either. Locking the vehicle firearm in a lockbox each time does not solve the problem of discretion.
There is, however, hope. I recently came across this video courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the SIG Sauer Academy. After watching the video a few times, and a few hours of dry fire practice, I came to realize I could easily draw from an IWB or OWB holster with my seatbelt.
After watching the video, do you feel more confident drawing while wearing a seatbelt? Do you carry a firearm in a seat holster or under the steering column? Share your answers on opinions in the comment section.
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