Last week, after I had an abysmal day at the range, I put up a post about practice.
Friday, my friend Tara (aka GunDiva II) and I went to the range for some of that desperately needed practice.
She has a little five-shot revolver that she now carries in her purse and we decided that she needed practice drawing and firing from her purse. While I'm a big proponent of strapping your gun to your side, so that you always have control over it, there are a lot of women who are much more comfortable carrying in their purse. That's fine as long as you spend the time learning how to draw and fire from your purse, just like you do learning to draw and fire from a holster. You can't buy a gun (or take the one your well-meaning significant other gives you), throw it in your purse and expect to be able to find and use it when the feces hits the air circulating device.
The first thing we did was take a look at how she normally carries her purse. She carries it over her left shoulder, hanging straight down. She's a right-handed shooter, so in order for her to draw from her purse, she had to perform a cross draw. Luckily, the zipper on her purse had two pulls, so we arranged them so that one pull was secured to her strap and only the other pull would work to open her purse.
Once we had it arranged the way we thought we wanted it, she practiced holding her front strap with her right hand, while pulling open the zipper with her left. With her left hand out of the way, and her purse open, she then slipped her right hand into her purse and grasped her gun. She was careful to never cross herself with the muzzle of the gun while she drew from her purse.
Now this is where attitude comes in. Without even realizing it, the moment her hand closed over her gun, her whole demeanor changed. She took a step forward as she presented her gun and continued to move forward as she squeezed off all five rounds. No matter how big you are; if you're a predator hunting what looks like easy prey and that prey attacks back, you're going to re-think your choice.
Over and over, Tara practiced presenting from her purse and dry-firing at the target until she felt comfortable to go live. Her first run-through from beginning to end took less than three seconds. That's three seconds to secure and unzip her purse, get a good grip on the gun, present and squeeze off all five rounds while moving forward. Were all five rounds in a nice half-inch circle? Nope. Were all five rounds in center mass? You betcha.
Next week when we go to the range, I'll be sure to take my video camera. Until then, keep on practicing.