I took my concealed carry training with my wife, the lovely and gracious Gemey. Our instructor was adamant that your weapon should never be carried in a backpack, fanny pack, briefcase or any other “object of theft.” A snatched purse or pilfered briefcase can create a situation too awful to contemplate. If your fanny pack is ripped off – well – you had it coming. Fanny pack? Seriously?
This made some sense to me and ultimately it’s how we live. My mini-heater stays in my pocket, or when strapped large, I carry it in my waistband.
At the recent gun show hosted by Midwest Arms and Armor, I met Madonna (no, not that one), a very sweet lady from the rural parts of the Show-Me State. She sells gun purses and teaches CCW classes. I talked with her about carrying in a purse and asked her opinion about losing the gun in a theft.
In response, Madonna demonstrated a retention technique she teaches her ladies. I present it here without comment one way or the other.
First, use a purse that has a holster. Madonna’s purses had a compartment that held a gun in a holster that protected the trigger.
When preparing to traverse an area where there might be a threat, the purse strap should be over the shoulder in such a way so as not to entrap the head. If a Bad Guy grabs the purse, you do not want to be dragged around because of the strap making a noose around your neck.
With the weak hand, hold the purse where the strap that faces forward meets the body of the purse. With your strong hand, grasp the weapon by its grip. Hold on firmly enough do that if someone grabs the purse, they will leave you the weapon. Be prepared to let the purse go free.
So, ladies (and I know you’re out there), what are your thoughts? Is keeping your biscuit (don’t blame me, blame the urban dictionary’s list of slang words for “gun”) in a purse a wise choice?