"Life has a way of making the foreseeable never happen, and the unforeseeable that which your life becomes" Everett Hitch.
This fall I was going to become a new man. I had gotten a couple of long guns, was going change my draw, in part to stand more upright for my aching back, and change my alias to shed some ill gotten reputation. I figured three thousand rounds of wax would do the trick. About five hundred rounds into the new venture, I decided to abandon the effort, being dishearten with my lack of speed and mostly accuracy. So I abandoned the change and rededicated myself to the short gun. Two days later the Gazette arrives with Rule #17.
The Dilemma, now what to do?
Option #1: I could go to the long gun. Add 3 inches and I will be clearly out front of the holster pouch cut. I have a Colt which I can get out of the Shaniko holster in the high 4s and be "clearly obvious" with about 40% accuracy. I struggle to get the shot up and find myself again leaning back which is painful for me. My backup gun is a New Vaquero which I have yet to get out of the holster. That wax just rattles down the holster with the New Vaquero.
Option #2: The Colt long gun came with a 5 inch barrel. I can put the five inch barrel on and I would in fact be compliant with Rule #17. Although I am sure the additional inch would put me out in front, I am not sure it would be "clearly obvious." I would also need another backup gun with a 5 inch barrel.
Option #3: I can change my draw. I use the locked elbow draw as most quick shooters do. I have controlled my elevation by my balance and my stance has a pronounced backward lean. See the following:
Note that the gun is fired about 1 inch behind the front cut, a guess but probably correct. Adding one inch or three inches to the barrel would probably solve the issue except one inch would not be "clearly obvious." (This was a winning shot of .415)
I am a old fella and shooting this way is painful. I think I can comply with the Rule #17 simply by standing more upright. If I stand more upright my shoulder will move forward more than a foot and I believe the front of the barrel with move forward to be "clearly obvious" outside the front holster pouch. I think I will give this a try. For bucket work, I need to recalculate my target height. My new shooting height is 45 inches which makes my target height 46 inches at 5 feet. My problem will be getting the shot up, but I think that it is doable, just need lots of wax.
Rule #17 may be a blessing in the end for me because it may cause me to shoot in a more comfortable stance and add years to my shooting life.