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To Cross-Draw or Not To Cross-Draw? That is the Question.

Before 2009: Approximately 25% of Weapon Confusion incidents were reported with the CED in the cross-draw position, with an average of 1 major incident per year.
After 2009: 15 years later, cross-draw now represents nearly all Weapon Confusion incidents reported (see table below,) and although intended to reduce the likelihood, the data suggests it has had no impact on reducing the number of major incidents per year. Overall, the average annual rate of occurrence has doubled (10 incidents in the last 5 years.)
Summary: Weapon Confusion may have less to do with "where" the CED is being holstered, and more to do with "the hand" the CED is being unholstered with (gun-hand vs. support-hand.)

Example: When the
CED is carried in the cross-draw, although the officer/deputy must reach across the body to access the CED, as long as the (gun-hand) is capable of accessing the gun, then a split decision must always be made between the CED and the gun (i.e., 2 exit options.) cross-draw maintains an ever-present risk of the gun being inadvertently selected.

Primary Guard eliminates having 2 exit options. Keeps the CED in the support-hand, being that the support-hand is incapable of unholstering the gun, the likelihood of the gun being inadvertently selected is reduced (the CED is a single exit option.)

Our country has experienced 10 major Weapon Confusion incidents in the last 5 years (this is 2x more incidents than the 10 years prior.) Incidents are on the rise across the country, we now have data that shows cross-draw represents nearly all Weapon Confusion incidents reported. As a result, agencies are reevaluating the efficacy, with some having already mitigated the risk by taking the CED out of the gun hand. We look back over the last 15 years of Cross-Draw below:

(Cross-Draw / 2 exit options)

Cross Draw 1
Cross Draw 2

(Support-hand draw / single exit option)

Straight Draw 1
Straight Draw 2
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