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Friday, March 9, 2012

More From That Cat Lady

When I was down in Memphis taking my course with The Cornered Cat,  I learned a ton of very helpful things and I would like to share one of those handy dandy tips with you.

When all is right with my gun it looks like this...

That is the part of my gun where the bullet comes out and in this picture you can see everything is lined up and ready to go.  Perfect.

The way I have always reholtered my gun is to maintain my normal grip, but with my finger off the trigger, sort of like this...





With my Glock and both my Crossbreed and my Remora this has always worked, but Kathy suggested that when we reholster the gun, we move our thumb onto the backplate, like this...

The point of this is to be sure the slide does not get out of whack like this...

I have never had my gun do this when reholstering until I got my new AGirl holster from The Holster Site.  The fit is snug and therefor when I slide my gun into the holster, the slide pushs back which could be a problem for a variety of reason.  By placing my thumb on the back of the gun instead of on the side, I can assure that the slide does not move and that I get a good holster. 

The woman knows her stuff, I tell ya.

28 Comments:

At March 9, 2012 at 6:04 AM , Blogger Mikeo said...

Good idea. Should work pretty well.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 6:06 AM , Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

Yikes! Did it stick out-of-battery like that when you drew it, or did you mock that shot up?

Out of battery guns don't shoot (BTW a useful tip in the horrible event you can grab a gun in an attacker's hand. Get that slide back, Get it to double-feed, get your finger mashed in the ejection port. Make the gun a crappy club!)

Advantage is a tap-rack-bang will fix that problem.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 6:09 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

I did it for the picture, but when I was practicing my draw with an empty gun, it did get out of battery that bad. Part of it was breaking in the holster, but part of it, is the fit, so holstering with my thumb on the back keeps that from happening.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Yes, please spend time breaking in the holster. Side effect of a tight fit. It won't do that after a few draw/ reholster repetitions

 
At March 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Kim said...

Thank you for sharing! I have been having this exact problem!!!!! I thought my firearm was having a problem with the spring.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 7:28 AM , Blogger Tango Juliet said...

[1911 haughtiness on]Hmm... mine don't seem to have that problem.[/1911 haughtiness off]

HA! It's Friday! Cut me some slack!

Umm... Mas Ayoob teaches the same thing. He advises placing the thumb on exposed hammer guns when holstering up as well.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 10:06 AM , Blogger 1911Jeeps said...

My Sparks VM2 is tight on my 1911.

Since the 1911 has a thumb safety and it is engaged when holstering, the slide doesn't slide back, but when I insert it in the holster, I still have my thumb on the back of the slide to aid in putting the pistol in the holster.

I also have my thumb up as I pull out of the holster as well (with finger off the trigger and out of the guard area - as you do), and as I clear, it slides down to get the thumb safety to the off position so it is ready to go.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 11:20 AM , Blogger TheMinuteman said...

I do the same thing with my XD. This has the added benefit of deactivating the grip safety as I put the gun back in the holster. This way if my shirt or anything else gets in the trigger area for some reason I'm not going to have a bad day.

Also you must activate the grip safety for the slide to move on the XD so that alone helps prevent the slide from moving out of battery.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Old NFO said...

Good point.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM , Blogger poniegirl004 said...

That is what I like about the XD.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 11:39 AM , Blogger Tango Juliet said...

See? Everyone agrees the 1911 is best!

snicker

I'm soooo glad it's Friday. My inner comedian comes out.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

The 1911 is indeed one fine piece:)

I do enjoy your humor. Makes me smile every time.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Yeah! I am so happy I helped. Way cool!

 
At March 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM , Blogger ZerCool said...

My M&P9 does the exact same thing from time to time. I've actually gotten in the habit of giving it a *forward* press as I draw. I'm curious to see what the .40 will do.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Keads said...

Makes perfect sense. I have never been taught that! But I typically use plastic holsters. I will try it. Can't hurt to add that to holstering the handgun.

 
At March 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Off topic from your post, I just needed a place to put this comment.

You might be interested in the existence and name of this group:
http://www.agirlandagunclub.com/

http://www.myfoxhouston.com/dpp/news/weird/120308-womens-shooting-league

break-break

I've been very interested in reading about your journey. A bit of reading you should do -- if you mentioned it before, I missed it. Rory Miller's "Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected." A very good read for someone developing their "mindset."

It is available on Amazon very inexpensively, especially for the Kindle.

Best wishes.

Eric

 
At March 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM , Blogger Critter said...

*coff*revolvers*coffcoff*noslidesetback*coff*

 
At March 10, 2012 at 3:48 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

I am curious too.

 
At March 10, 2012 at 3:52 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Eric, thank you for the links! A Girl and A Gun shooting league is doing some really great stuff for woman and shooting. I follow them on FB and heard a lot of great things.

I had not heard about the book, but I am interested. I will check it out. Thank you!

 
At March 10, 2012 at 3:52 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Good point, but I don't own a revolver:)

 
At March 10, 2012 at 4:18 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

The holster has been breaking in nicely. I have drawing from it(empty gun) and its very smooth now. I love it!!

 
At March 10, 2012 at 5:05 AM , Blogger Angus McThag said...

*coff*Webley-Fosberry*coff*slideandcylinder*coffcoff*

 
At March 10, 2012 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Critter said...

time to rectify that, no? :)

 
At March 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM , Blogger Critter said...

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At March 10, 2012 at 8:38 AM , Blogger 45er said...

These commenters are hilarious. I have never been trained that way, either. I've not had that issue with the holsters I've had, even with Glocks. I'm glad you identified a solution. Also, as mentioned, break-in with leather is important and leave it in the holster as much as you can. Of course, by this I mean carry it all the time. :)

 
At March 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Eric said...

Glad you liked the links.

Now for a comment that is on topic. Some of the other commentary here seems to imply that once your holster is broken in, you won't have to do the thumb-on-the-back-of-the-slide thing.

This is something you should do EVERY time you re-holster. Murphy's law and all that, so take no chances you do not have to take. Reliability is the number one attribute for a carry gun -- it must go bang when you need it to go bang. Some reliability is inherent to the gun (and Glocks are famous for being reliable), but you are part of the reliability equation also, so you need to do your part to eliminate failure points.

(But you also still need to train for what to do when it doesn't go bang).

...

I think you will find Rory Miller very interesting.

 
At March 11, 2012 at 7:52 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Eric, I have put my thumb on the back since my tine in Memphis. It's just part of how I always holster now regardless of gun or holster. I am huge on routine:)

 
At March 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM , Blogger Eric said...

:)

 

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