How you carry your gun matters. Having it with you is always better than leaving it at home in the safe (duh), but you need to be able to get to it quickly when you need it. Thinking ahead and practicing your draw for the way you carry your gun – IWB, OWB, tucked or untucked, under a shirt or jacket – can make a huge difference in how long it takes you to bring it to bear. Fortunately for a 7-Eleven clerk in San Diego, a potential robber didn’t really consider that when he selected his disguise…
The would-be robber was dressed in a full Gumby suit when he demanded cigarettes and cash. For some reason, the clerk didn’t take him seriously.
“Gumby said, ‘You don’t think it’s a robbery? Let me show you my gun,'” Hassen said.
The suspect then tried to reach into his Gumby outfit but experienced a “costume malfunction” and could not fit his hand in a pocket, he said.
Instead of a gun, the costumed suspect pulled out 26 cents in change which he dropped on the floor, police said.
It’s scary to think what could happen to a hapless claymation character on the mean streets at night, without his horse, vulnerable to attackers, unable to access his gun when he needs it. Gumby really needs to consider another mode of carry.
The flexible figure doesn’t seem to have a waistband, per se. And it appears that leg carry’s out, too. We suggest adding a good belt and a nice pancake holster that’s made for his particular gun. Then add a light jacket on those cool San Diego nights for concealment. As for the trigger finger issue, we’ll have to get back to you on that one.