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Does the Quick Draw feat allow you to also store the weapon you were wielding as part of the free action? If not, what sort of action is it to 'switch weapons' without dropping one or the other on the floor?

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Quick Draw.

The benefits don't mention putting away anything. I have always used this as a draw only feat, as I believe it's been that way pretty much since 3.0. Now, as you mentioned, that doesn't preclude you from using a free/swift action to drop your weapon, and quick draw a different one. But by default, if you want to put your weapon away, you must take a move action to do so.

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This. It takes you much less time to grab and pull a weapon out of its sheath, but takes significantly longer to put it back into that same sheath. –  Pulsehead Jun 13 '12 at 16:33
    
Indeed. Purely opinion: Were it my game, and I the DM, I would probably rule in favor of the creation of a second feat called "Quick Sheath". That way you could do it, but it'd cost you pretty significantly to be able to do so. I can't imagine how that could be unbalancing. Though that could just be lack of imagination on my part... –  Naetuir Jun 13 '12 at 16:50
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In my circles we include sheathing because of things like iaijutsu where a character would quickly draw, slash, sheathe the weapon in a fluid motion. (Granted that's in spirit to the original source of the skill). Creating an extra feat to put a weapon away kind of black balls a character's development. –  CatLord Jun 14 '12 at 11:33
    
However, Iaijutsu is about pulling quickly and slashing quickly - and then standing there dramatically waiting to see if you fall over or they do :-P - or else keep slashing. But if you want to put the weapon away in the same turn that's a move action to me. Maybe even one that provokes unless you have quickdraw? Especially if you clean the blade of blood first, as they usually do with a quick air strike: Check out this video so you know what I mean. youtube.com/watch?v=_YdSKZzXOFo –  Julix Apr 26 at 4:24

simple solution, with Quick Draw, make sheathing a Swift Action, tada, solved.

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Welcome to the site, Utomneian, could you unpack this a bit? Take a look at our FAQ. –  Brian Ballsun-Stanton Oct 29 '12 at 8:22
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-1 Please explain how to turn sheathing into a swift action. I'll remove my downvote once this answer explains that. If it's just a house ruling, and not possible via RAW, that isn't really helpful (because you could just immediately resolve the entire issue via houserules by saying Quick Draw lets you quickly swap). –  Jonathan Hobbs Oct 29 '12 at 12:07

in the APG page 179 under Quick draw Shield it does give some info on the mechanics,and does state:If you have the quick draw feat,you may don or put away a quick draw shield as a free action.It also says If you have a base attack bonus of +1 or higher,you may don or put away a quick draw shield as a swift action combined with a regular move.I'd rule a weapon is easier to sheath then to take off a quick draw shield but that's for you and your GM to decide

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