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May 2012

OPD in Norman Gun Show May 12 & 13

Come see us in Norman next weekend where we'll have a table at a gun show being held at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. All of the OPD Team will be there at various times throughout the show. This is the first run of a new gun show, it's a small venue featuring only guns and gun products (so no flee market atmosphere). Admission is $6.00, children 12 and under are free. Show hours are Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4. More info here. If you come to the show, be sure and stop by our table and let us know you get the OPD newsletter and/or are a student.

Upcoming Classes:

I only have a couple of spots left in the May 19th mixed SDA class, I still have room for a few more in the May 21st women's SDA class. These will be the last SDA classes until the fall as it gets too hot outdoors for the shooting portion of the class. So if you want in on an SDA class with me before then, this is your chance. I have already closed registration for this Saturday's Girls Day Out class, but I could also get a few more into the class if you need to come to meet the prerequisite. Contact me if interested.



April 28 Defensive Shotgun class

More photos here

Comments from students about the class...

Shotgun class was very informative, never dull and lots of fun. I was especially happy to have so many OPD helpers there to help, monitor and direct. It made me feel safer to know that we would be stopped if we were doing something unsafe. I bought my shotgun 2 months ago to take this class and couldn't wait to learn how to shoot it. This class did not disappoint. Fun...fun...fun!!!!
Kim Mata

I learned so much in the class.  I had only shot a shotgun one time prior to class and I felt so unsure of many things.  Your class gave me plenty of practice with all aspects of shooting the shotgun and I got quite comfortable with my abilities and the overall process of everything involved.  I think the "threat" drill allowed me to plan and practice exactly how I hope to defend myself if I ever find myself in that situation.  I truly believe that all women can empower themselves and be better able to defend themselves and their loved ones by participating in this class. Thanks for providing this valuable service! 
Lisa

I had a private group shotgun class with Tammy before I took the Defensive Shotgun Class. Therefore, I was already confident using my shotgun but the Defense Shotgun Class was empowering. Tammy sets up great props and she makes the class fun yet productive and builds confidence. I would recommend this class for anyone that has a shotgun in their  home. Awesome class!
Nadine

I honestly thought that I would have to look through sights to hit the broad side of a barn (or trailer as it turned out) with any degree of accuracy.  But after just a few shots I realized I just needed to point and shoot.  This class was a lot of fun (as Tammy's classes always are) and I feel even more confident in my ability to defend myself in my home should I ever need to!
Denise Hughes

I had a blast (ha, ha) Saturday and it was such a good group  I totally enjoyed myself. I really appreciate you including me in the group Saturday.  The experience was priceless.
Roberta


Policy for All Live Fire Classes

It is a pre-requisite that in order to attend ANY OPD live fire class, including SDA (conceal carry), all students must take Girls Day Out or a private lesson from an OPD instructor. This is for the safety and comfort of students, range safety officers, and instructors. This policy is posted on the SDA page as well as the classes page of the website.

Financial Aid for Classes

No one will be turned away from Oklahoma Personal Defense training because they cannot afford a class. If you need assistance, please contact me.

If you'd like to help women who may not be able to afford a class, please go to the Payment page, look for the Donate button under Financial Aid near the bottom of the page. Click that button, simply input the amount of your choice and complete the transaction either through PayPal or with a credit card. Funds are kept in a separate account and used when help is needed. Contact me for more information.



Oklahoma Personal Defense (OPD) is a personal defense academy committed to the empowerment of women through their own personal defense education. OPD protects the dignity and comfort of women by providing a safe, secure environment in which they can learn without the stress of intimidation. Classes are developed specifically with the needs of average women in mind.  Focusing on firearms training, OPD tactics and techniques are practical and doable for all women. Class helpers are women who have been students of OPD, learned the techniques, and expressed a desire to help other women learn. OPD was formed in response to the tremendous volume of women seeking their own personal defense training.

Glossary of Acronyms

Below are a few terms you may encounter in these newsletters and other publications regarding firearms self-defense

BOLO – Be On the Lookout
LEO – Law Enforcement Officer
VCA – Violent Criminal Actor
DRT – Dead Right There
ND – Negligent Discharge
FMJ – Full Metal Jacket (practice ammo)
JHP – Jacketed Hollow Point (defense ammo)
NQR – Not Quite Right
RSO – Range Safety Officer
SDA – Self-Defense Act
CCL– Conceal Carry License
CCW – Conceal Carry Weapon
BUG – Back Up Gun
GDO – Girls Day Out (class)
BTB – Between the Threat and the Bang (class)
OPD – Oklahoma Personal Defense

Seen an abbreviation you don't know? Send it to me and I'll post it here.


The unadorned Remington 870 shotgun I brought home needed a name, and since holding her makes me feel like an Oklahoma plainswoman from a century back, I wanted to give her one which would be solidly American and no-nonsense yet still feminine.  Since she hasn't been modified in any way yet, my shooting buddy suggested "Plain Jane."  Plain Jane, ready to protect my little ones and me out here where the woodlands meet the prairie.  It's a perfect fit made even better by the fact that one of my dearest friends (also a mom) is named Jane, who in her own way is very much the protector of her little ones, too.
Cherise Barsaloux

I recently purchased a Kahr CW-9 as my conceal carry weapon.  And as I was thinking of a name for her, I mulled over "Minnie Me" since it looks like a smaller version of "Bob," my 9mm Sigma.  But since it's not a S&W, it couldn't possibly be just a smaller version of that gun.  Then I thought about the cute little gun that really packs a punch in "Men in Black" "The Noisy Cricket." And I decided that this little lady, though small, could also pack quite a bit of punch herself.  And so she is "The Noisy Kricket" (the "k" is because she is a Kahr).
Denise Hughes

My smallest gun joined the family last month when I picked up a subcompact Smith & Wesson M&P "Shield" 9mm.  She's tiny, cute, and packs a punch, all three of which make her a lot like my youngest daughter who we nicknamed "Trinity" while she was in utero.  Those things added to the fact that this baby gun is the third defense gun I've purchased, and "Trinity" was the clear choice.
Cherise Barsaloux

Trinity

If you have a story of how you named your gun, send to me and I'll post them in the next newsletter.




Oklahoma SDA (conceal carry) Mixed
May 19th from 9 am to 5 pm
Shawnee
$60.00


This is the class to get the required certificate to apply for your Oklahoma conceal carry license. This is NOT a beginner level class, you MUST be able to handle your gun unassisted, and demonstrate 100% safety, in order to pass the class.

Pre-requisite

Girls Day Out or a private lesson from an OPD instructor is required to attend this class. I highly recommend Girls Day Out as it specifically helps prepare you for the SDA class. Register


Oklahoma SDA (conceal carry) Women Only
May 21st from 9 am to 5 pm
Shawnee
$60.00


This is the class to get the required certificate to apply for your Oklahoma conceal carry license. This is NOT a beginner level class, you MUST be able to handle your gun unassisted, and demonstrate 100% safety, in order to pass the class.

Pre-requisite

Girls Day Out or a private lesson from an OPD instructor is required to attend this class. I highly recommend Girls Day Out as it specifically helps prepare you for the SDA class. Register



Range Report: M&P Shield

As much fun as it is to talk about children and guns, let’s take a break from the usual fare this month and talk about a different kind of baby instead.  A new baby gun.

Up to now, I've had a twenty-year-old Sig Sauer P228 (whom you may know as “Else”) as my only handgun.  I love that gun.  My shooting buddy calls her "the magic gun" because she's easy to handle, accurate, and gives a gentle little nudge where recoil ought to be.  Else has set the bar quite high for what I expect from a firearm, however, even as a “compact” pistol she's a bit big for me to hide effectively for concealed carry and I've been looking for something smaller.  Smaller, however, has up to now come with one price or another which I’ve been unwilling to pay.  I’ve handled several subcompact 9mms – Kahrs, Glock, Sig, and a Kimber this past weekend – and haven’t been bowled over by any of them, though I couldn’t always articulate why other than that the Kahrs seemed stiff and the recoil on all of the tiny guns made recreational shooting uncomfortable.  Anyone who has purchased a gun that turns out to be no fun to shoot knows she won’t want to log in range time and practice with such a gun, which makes for wasted money and a lot of frustration.  Two little .380s have made their way into my hands, too, and I’ll admit to having immediately adored the Sig P238 which fit beautifully in my hand and had a recoil I barely felt.  Great little shooter, that gun, and I’d love to have it as a back-up pistol, but I have no interest in carrying a sub-self-defense-caliber .380 for my primary.        

Tammy knew I was looking for a subcompact carry gun and in mid-April sent me a link with information concerning the new Smith & Wesson M&P “Shield”:  a subcompact, single stack M&P meant to be a trimmed down version of its bigger compact and full-size M&P siblings.  I’d fired those M&P 9mms and .40s before and liked them quite a lot, but as their size doesn’t give them any significant advantage in terms of concealed carry over my Sig, I haven't yet purchased one.  Perhaps a pint-sized version of the same gun would be perfect.

It took me a day or two to call around and ask if any stores received a shipment yet.  I was informed by one store that they were expecting one any day and would call me when the guns had arrived.  To my utter delight, the very day the first shipments were delivered to retailers nationwide, the store called to say they had a Shield waiting for me.  Priced at only $409 plus tax which includes the gun, a regular magazine which holds 7 rounds and an extended magazine that holds 8, it was too good to hesitate and I dashed over to pick it up.  By the time I reached the store, my new little Shield had already acquired a name, “Trinity,” the story behind which you can find in this newsletter.     

The next morning, anxious to take Trinity for a spin, I picked up my sister and her Kahr CW-9 and we went to the gun range.  We compared our guns visually and were convinced that they were almost identical in size by length, width, and height, the most notable difference being the more upward slope of the CW-9's trigger guard toward the barrel and the subtle bend there as well; the Shield has a more squared-off trigger guard. 

I put a couple of magazines through Trinity and…  OH!  She shoots like a DREAM!  When my sister finished firing a mag through her CW-9, she picked up the Shield.  After about three shots, she turned and said, "Ok, I'm just going to exchange guns with you."

Yeahno.  There’s a lot I would do for my little sister, but letting go of love at first shot isn’t one of them!  When I picked up her gun and fired off a few rounds, I immediately noticed a tremendous difference between the two firearms and began to understand what it was I hadn’t liked about the subcompact Kahrs before.  Now, please understand:  I don't mean to bad-mouth the Kahr.  I have it on excellent authority that they are solid, reliable guns, and I know a number of people who own one or another of the smaller models and some who carry them as back-ups to their primary weapons.  But having compared the CW-9 side-by-side, round for round with the Shield by alternating between them for about an hour, it’s the latter that is a much more perfect fit for me.  I'm entirely enthusiastic about it, and here’s why:

Trigger pull:  the trigger pull on the Shield is short and quick, firing almost immediately when pressed.  In fact, it surprised me, having become accustomed as I am to a much longer trigger pull for the first shot than on subsequent shots with my Sig.  That is due, of course, to the ways the two guns are made and their firing mechanisms, but the Shield’s quick first shot got me on-target more accurately and with less recoil anticipation than that to which I’m prone with the Sig.  By comparison, the trigger pull on the CW-9 is a lot longer not only for the first shot but for all shots fired, and that creates more difficulty with maintaining a good sight picture as you’re pressing the trigger.  Practice and skill can overcome that difficulty, but for a new shooter in particular, the Shield provides a tremendous advantage.

Speaking of sight picture, the sights on the Shield were easier for me to use than on the Kahr, though I can’t explain exactly why.  The Shield is even easier to sight-in than my longer-barreled Sig, which surprised me.  I’m getting old, you see, and the farther something is away from my face, the easier it generally is it see.  Not so the Sig sights in comparison with the Shield sights.  Will wonders never cease.

Catching the link:  have you tried this?  It involves holding the trigger down after you’ve fired a shot, then releasing pressure on it just until you hear and feel a tiny “click” indicating that the trigger has reset and is ready to fire even though you haven’t released the trigger as far as it can go.  Doing this will help you reacquire your sight picture sooner and make holding it during the trigger press easier.  If this is news to you, be sure to read Women Learning to Shoot:  A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers by Dianne Nichol and Vicki Farnam where the process is explained in depth.  [Here’s a hint:  that book isn’t just for law enforcement officers, nor is it useful only for women.]

The Shield seems to snap right back into aligned firing position as soon as she’s been fired.  Great sights, almost intuitive target re-acquistion, plus catching the link makes for more accurate rapid shooting.  I watched an incomparably better and far more experienced shooter than I unload a magazine in the Shield later in the first week I had Trinity.  Firing rapidly, he put several rounds through the same two holes, then exclaimed that I'd just spent $400 of his money because he was going to get a Shield and perhaps liked it better than his full-size M&P.

The CW-9 has no link to catch.  Quick sight picture re-acquisition is thus diminished considerably between shots as your finger extends back out to the starting position and, as stated before, you have to work harder to keep your sights properly aligned during that long, slow trigger pull.  So for me, firing accuracy was, especially without loads of practice with that particular gun, slower with the CW-9.  Without a link to catch I found myself short-stroking the Kahr’s trigger on occasion and thereby not getting a shot off when I wanted to.  Again, learning not to do that with a gun that doesn’t have a link to catch is a matter of training but it’s a disadvantage when you’re accustomed to catching the link. 

The slide lock lever on the CW-9 gave my sister and me trouble.  First, its squared off edges are a bit sharp and kept biting our thumbs.  If we positioned our thumbs stacked on top of each other behind the slide lock lever, it "bit" the inside of the left thumb with each shot.  If we positioned our thumbs stacked on top of each other along the frame, the slide lock level "bit" the inside of our right thumbs.  We couldn’t find a position that was comfortable.  I took a break to get more ammo and, while waiting on the clerk, looked at the Kahr MK-9 (another subcompact) and found that the slide lock lever on that model is the same as with the CW-9.  The slide lock lever on the Shield, while still squared off on the outside edges, is recessed and therefore less prominent and poses no such problems.

The beaver tail under which the webbing between the thumb and forefinger of your shooting hand rests when you grip the gun extends farther out on the Shield than on the CW-9.  We noticed that the longer beaver tail not only makes the Shield feel more secure in the hand, which aided in maintaining a consistent grip while shooting and made recoil feel noticeable and the gun feel less jumpy.  Makes sense, right?  If the gun is firmly in hand, it doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room in which to move when fired.  The CW-9’s shorter beaver tail did not aid grip in the same manner, thus allowing for increased vertical barrel movement during firing, and that in turn made between-round grip adjustments necessary.  Whether more muzzle flip is inherent with the CW-9 because of how it's made, or muzzle flip is increased due to the less stable grip, I'm not sure.  But the shorter beaver tail on the CW-9 also bumped uncomfortably into the webbing between thumb and forefinger during recoil, and the Shield didn’t do that at all, rendering the Shield significantly more comfortable to shoot just in that one aspect alone.

All told, the Shield is almost intuitive right out of the box, while the CW-9 required constant adjustment and will demand more intensive training in order to become comfortably proficient with it.  There’s no competition in my sister’s mind or mine as to which is the preferable firearm.  In fact, she gave her name to the sales associate at the store before we left the range that day and asked to be contacted as soon as they get another shipment of Shields in.

I recommend giving the Shield a try as you consider carry gun options, and recommend it over any .380 you might be thinking about.  Yes, it’s true:  the Shield is bigger than a lot of .380s.  However, its lines are still trim enough for easy concealed carry and the kick is not only entirely manageable, but significantly less than what you feel in most small guns.  It's been months since I fired the .380 Sig P238, but the Shield’s kick seems comparable to that from this far out and they’re easily on par for the fun factor.  The only other .380 I've ever fired was a tiny Kel Tec which was unpleasant to shoot to say the least – it slammed into my hand like a brick when fired – and the trigger tricky to get to because even my short fingers overshot the trigger guard with finger in register; the Shield has neither of those handicaps and beats the Kel Tec .380 out in my opinion by leagues.

A pleasure to shoot, the easy-to-conceal Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm Shield wields the undisputed stopping power of true self-defense caliber ammunition and has just made serious concealed carry easier, especially for women.  Oh, happy day!

Let me hear from you if you have a topic you'd like to see addressed in Mom's corner.

What's on your mind?

I'm sitting behind my desk leaning forward at the waist because my long sleeve uniform shirt rubs on my jaw line. With every movement of my head the sun screen that I applied liberally to my face and neck coats the collar of my shirt. So to compensate, I lean forward in my chair, but in so doing I'm cutting off the blood flow to my feet because of my unforgiving gun belt and too-snug trousers.

Sure, I could lose ten pounds and save myself all this discomfort, but since I can't do it overnight, I will likely permanently lose all the feeling in my feet. It's no big deal, plenty of people get along every day with no feeling in their feet or no feet for that matter.

(Sigh!)

I've been sitting here staring at this computer screen with both kickstands, otherwise known as elbows, holding my head up off the desk all day and all I can think about is...stretchy pants...

(Big sigh!)

Guess I'll go work out...

Betsy


Tactical – of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage; showing adroit planning; aiming at an end beyond the immediate action. From the Greek word taktikós.

Woman Sexually Assaulted In Parking Lot At Penn Square Mall

Posted: Apr 11, 2012 1:49 PM CDT
By LaShauna Sewell, News9.com

OKLAHOMA CITY - A woman was attacked and groped by a man as she walked to her car at Penn Square Mall; now Oklahoma City police are hoping a sketch will lead them to the attacker.

The woman told police she noticed the man was following her when she left the mall on March 28. She said as she unlocked her car door, the man sprinted up behind her, put his hand up the back of her dress and groped her.

The woman said the man then ran off, laughing. She chased him for a short distance before giving up and contacting mall security.

Oklahoma City police have released a sketch of the groper. He's described as Hispanic, in his 40s, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing around 175 pounds. The woman said he had dark, leathery skin, brown eyes, short black hair and crooked teeth.

The man was wearing a gray T-shirt that had a picture of four men fishing on the back of it. Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at (405) 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

There is no greater case for attending Between the Threat and the Bang than this. This type situation is exactly why I wrote the class three years ago, and everything in BTB is precisely what should be used in a situation such as this. In the Defensive Awareness class I teach how to watch out for dangerous areas and predators, but it's not until BTB that students actually start working through scenario drills and learning how to respond, first by spotting a potential threat LONG before it's close enough to grab you, then by taking the aggressive posture and issuing a "STOP!" command, and finally if the person doesn't stop, draw your gun (SAFELY), come on target and shoot your target. I've heard over the years from a few students who took BTB and told their husbands about this aggressive posturing (or practiced it in front of them) that their husbands think you should just go ahead and shoot and forget the aggressive "STOP!" command. There are several reasons I teach this aggressive "STOP" command, one is that nearly always this will make the potential threat go away, another is that should you need to use lethal force you've made it very clear to the bad guy and everyone within ear shot that you told him to stop and he didn't.

While the laws in Oklahoma are very supportive of self-defense, you're still going to have to prove you needed to use deadly force, and that's why you're making it clear you want whomever is approaching you to stop. I explain to students in BTB and SDA that if a drunk hobo scares you, but is otherwise harmless, you can't shoot him! It's a decision you have to make, and the process I teach in BTB teaches women this decision process. Still, I always tell the students that I never want anyone to hesitate should they need to use deadly force to protect themselves. I'm just trying to teach you respond to any situation within the laws of our land...it's as I frequently say about Christianity, it is not synonymous with stupidity - neither is self-defense. You still need to be smart about whatever you do!

Anyone who's taken Defensive Awareness and especially BTB will recognize what this woman did wrong. First, if she knew he was following her why did she go out to her car? Second, why on earth when she knew he was behind her did she unlock her car? And here's the question I posed to the last several Defensive Awareness classes, why would you just stand there and let somebody do something to you? Why are the only options to comply or get hurt? If it's property, sure, it's better to give them the property rather than get hurt, but if it's your person why would you allow that? And what good do useless things do? For example, what did this woman accomplish by running after him for awhile? And what would she have done if she caught him? Wouldn't her energy have been better spent stopping him BEFORE HE COULD ATTACK HER?

For the life of me I can't figure out why women go through life hoping nothing bad will happen, and then are surprised when it does. Sometimes they even know something is wrong, like this woman, but what good does that do if you haven't trained and have no clue how to respond to it? It didn't do her any good, did it?

And of course the man ran off laughing, why wouldn't he? There was no consequence for what he did, but he knew there wouldn't be because he followed this woman and he understood she was going to do nothing. That is, again, why I practice and teach what I do in Defensive Awareness and BTB - bad guy knows the body language, he will likewise know you're going to put up a fight, and he will pick an easier target.

My goal is for there to be no more "easier targets." It's really not that hard, but it does require some effort. Get the training!

Tammy


Contact me if there's a specific topic you'd like to see addressed in this section.


One of my best friends got me a little present at a recent gun show. It's a sticker for my car that combines two of my favorite things, Starbucks and guns. Here's a picture of it next to my favorite drink, an Iced Caramel Macchiato...now I know why the Starbucks mermaid is smiling! Tammy


Most fashion experts will tell you that, in building a wardrobe from the ground up you must first find your basic components, things that can be used over and over and over again. The same is true in a Concealed Carry Fashion (CCF). But while they may be thinking of trendy handbags and a khaki trouser, that’s not our first concern at all. Before we look good we must be able to carry a gun, safely.

The first and most important item in your CCF is a holster. While OPD highly recommends the Mitch Rosen CLP, the crucial selling points of that holster are these. 1) It is made to fit your specific gun  2) It completely covers the trigger guard with a sturdy material, and  3) It has a steel reinforced opening. The fact that the CLP is made of thinner leather and sits lower on the belt than many other holsters adds to its appeal. Whatever holster you end up with, however, must hold your gun securely (any holster made-to-order specifically for your weapon will do that). There must be no possibility of something catching on the trigger (which is why flimsy elastic or canvas holsters, or otherwise good holsters that do not totally cover the trigger guard just don’t cut it) And finally, you must be able to holster your weapon without having to use your non-gun hand to hold open that holster’s mouth (hence, the steel re-enforcement). And get this... Not all holsters are created equal! While there are many cheap holsters out there, they simply don’t meet all the standards if you want to be as safe as possible while carrying. Pretty much the rule of thumb is that you get what you pay for. There are, of course, cases of not getting what you paid for, but you can rest assured that you will NOT get more than you paid for!  This is one of your basic components. Divide the cost by the number of times you will wear it and you will see that the cost-per-wear is miniscule!

Once you have your holster you must, of course, have something to attach it to. That’s where you get to go splurge on a new belt! Or you may not... it just depends on what kind of belt you typically wear. I happened to have a plain, thick leather belt that is sturdy enough to support the weight of Bruce. Another option I had already was my ornate western belt with the big buckle. But if your collection consists of skinny belts, or belts too wide, or belts made of flimsy material, it’s time to broaden your horizons. You may find a decent belt just about anywhere... I believe I got mine at Wal-Mart once upon a time. If, however, you want a bonafide gun belt that exceeds the qualities of the average belt, most gun stores keep them in stock. Gun belts, such as the one sold by Looper Leather and Mitch Rosen are more than just thick leather. They actually have a re-enforcing layer of Kydex between two thin layers of leather so that it doesn’t have to be super thick in order to be sturdy enough. A good gun belt will not sag under the weight of your sidearm and will be the right width to ensure a snug fit for your holster’s clip (or slide, as the case may be). The nice thing about shopping for a carry belt is that you don’t have to worry about how it looks... it’s going to be covered up anyway!

The last basic component of your CCF is actually an option, but I don’t know anyone who would voluntarily leave it out. Wearing some type of undershirt greatly increases your comfort level and prevents chaffing from the edges of the holster. Under Armor is a great option and they make it in several different options (short sleeve, long sleeve, no sleeve). Another choice could be a body-shaper type article, and even a long tee or camisole can do the trick!

Getting your basics in place is crucial before trying to jump into the whole fashion journey! It would be just my luck to discover that that cute shirt I was sure would work over Bruce is actually a little too tight after I got the right holster... and of course I already removed the tag... *Sigh* So go get your must-haves ladies! Next month will include pictures of some of my favorite concealers (and I’m not talking make-up!) as well as a few basic shape-hunting tips.

Q&A with Tammy

Q: What about other on-body carry options that are out there? Wearing a shoulder holster would mean I could wear a tight shirt and just throw a short jacket on over my gun. I could wear a BellyBand and not have to wear a chunky belt. And a thigh holster would work with a dress! Shouldn’t I have one of each to have some flexibility and always be able to carry on my person?

A: Shoulder holster, BellyBand, thigh holster, and bra holster are all extremely unsafe options for conceal carry. As I teach in all classes, anytime one or more of the Four Cardinal Rules is broken, there will be an accident. The more broken rules, the greater the risk. With all of these options you're breaking at least three of them at all times because...

1. T
o safely draw you must keep your finger in register at all times and not sweep any part of your own body. BellyBand points at your stomach, shoulder holster at your boob and upper arterial, thigh at your femoral, bra holster at your boob and upper arterial.  

2. The elastic of a BellyBand cannot keep the gun securely on your person like a leather belt because it’s pliable so the whole thing can move if you grab your gun in a hurry and that will make it difficult (and dangerous) to draw.  It’s extremely easy to get your finger on the trigger if the gun moves at all in the holster or the holster itself moves at all. And when you’re in a crisis you’ve got the added strength of adrenaline so you’ll end up pushing the whole elastic band down or around in trying to get the gun out. You may not even be able to draw it in a crisis.
Thigh and bra holster, how exactly will you get to your gun to draw it?

3. It will be extremely difficult to get a solid grip on the gun with finger in register to draw from BellyBand, bra or thigh holster. While you can potentially do this with a shoulder holster, for you moms how do you feel about your chil
d standing behind you as you draw your gun with it pointed directly at their face while you draw?  

4. You cannot get your support hand in a safe and appropriate position and draw from a Belly
Band, thigh or bra holster, and you'll sweep various body parts as mentioned above.

5. You’ll never be able to reholster after firing because you’ll burn yourself and burn the elastic material of the BellyBand (melting the elastic onto your skin), burn your thigh a
nd stomach trying to get it back in those holsters.

6. If you can’t reholster, what do you do with your gun if you’ve been in an attack situation and had to shoot someone?  
Reholstering is necessary for several reasons which I discuss in SDA, BTB, Airsoft and other classes.

7. While the trigger guard is covered on a BellyBand, it’s covered with soft pliable material so anything that might get snagged on it could also end up pulling the trigger. Same with
any of the other three holsters if covered with soft pliable material.

8. The BellyBand relies on elastic to hold the gun in place, whether in a generic holster or just stuck into the
band. The other three use generic holsters as well.  Any time a holster generically, rather than specifically, holds your gun your gun is going to fall out eventually because sooner or later you’ll end up in a position (bending over, stumbling, slipping on ice, going to the bathroom) where the gun isn’t upright. When you’re relying on elastic to hold it in place, the likelihood of it falling out are extremely high. Even if there’s a velcro strap across the top that’s not enough to keep it from falling out if you get in the right position. What keeps a gun securely in place is the holster is molded around the gun.  

9. Where will the grip be when you need to draw it in a hurry?  It’s unknown when the gun isn’t held securely by a specifically made holster.

So all four of these holster options are extremely dangerous because there are too many “if” factor
s. When you're talking about carrying a loaded gun, "if" factors are not acceptable.




Real life stories in their own words from students of how they used
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Who's that Inmate?
by Kim Mata

I was getting my fingerprints done at the Oklahoma County Jail for my conceal carry permit. I was sitting on the bench down in the basement waiting for the fingerprinting person to come get me. While sitting there all by my lonesome, a little girl around 10 years old, walked by with her father on their way to the elevators. I could hear her ask her father after passing me, "Why is she sitting there? You told me there wouldn't be any inmates down here."


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