I’m a new gun owner, and am still awaiting my CC permit in the mail, so I have a bit of time left to try and get as much proper training and comfortability with my gun, despite my need for the gun is right now, not two to three weeks from now. Anyway…
The specific place I need this gun is a small room, and can only visually see one door. I’ve already deduced the need to have one in the chamber, and am getting comfortable with the idea right now. I suppose I could start now in my own house with getting comfortable with the idea.
I have read some very valid arguments for not carrying in a purse, and I honestly agree with them, but there are two reasons why I feel this is necessary for me. First, I have an awkward belly, and any sort of belt seems to not an option. I don’t even wear jeans because of my awkward belly (thanks fast food and pregnancy and laziness). Second is that the only place I think I will carry is in this small room that I’m in an hour a day, and having a cross body purse on during that time is reasonable. I can reach into my purse comfortably. I’ve started wearing my gun-less purse the last few days and, I guess, doing a “dry run” about how it would all work.
Now, thanks to these “dry runs”, I realized that sometimes after this one hour small room adventure, I go to the basement and quilt. I did this today and noticed that it was not reasonable for me to wear this cross body bag. Now what?
I have read about this “sticky” holster. This seemed to be a good solution - I could take the gun from my purse in the bathroom, and slip it into this for quilting. I was thinking the sticky holster because I wear leggings and there doesn’t seem to be a way to clip a holster. But I’m worried the sticky holster won’t protect the trigger well enough, or that it does, indeed slip out when bending over, or whenever.
I feel I’ve done a lot of research on all the different ways to carry. The bra carry seems it would not only be awkward, but getting to it through all my Wisconsin layers for winter seems like it would be quite the hinderance, while my purse would sit right by my right hand, and from practice from a sitting position, it seems I could draw from it very fast.
Ankle carry seems like my gun would be too far away, and also, I don’t wear any kind of clothing that would make this an option. Again, leggings.
Back to the room situation. The door I cannot see from where I sit, can be locked. It’s the smoker’s porch though, so if someone gets up to smoke, that will be unlocked again unless I “have to go to the bathroom” and lock it after they get back. If this individual decides to pull a gun out while in the room with us, or get into the room with the gun, there is no place to hide or run. This person comes in with a back pack, and today I noticed he had the backpack open on his lap during the whole hour, and it made me very nervous, but quite frankly, he could take all the time he needs to grab a weapon. Also, I usually sit by the door, but in order to stare a person down entering a building, it would be obvious I’m staring. I noted that at any time this chair is open, he chooses to sit in it, effectively being able to block the exit. Ugh.
I have also explored the idea of being slightly late to get into this room by way of having to “make my tea” or something, therefore him hopefully being in the room first. That way, I won’t feel like I need to keep my eye on the door at this point. Not sure how long I can pull that off, and at least one of the days in the week, I run the show and need to actually be in the room from the start.
I can avoid going to this hour room extravaganza every day, but my sobriety depends on being there. I’m also president of the building this meeting is in, and being around is just something I have to do. Even still, I could avoid the place, but avoiding the place on the chance of this person snapping and killing us all, seems drastic (although, here I am, taking drastic measures and feeling we’re all in danger). I do not scare easily, and probably to a fault. I’ve delivered pizzas with money for change in the ghettos near Seattle and wasn’t scared. I’ve been an over the road truck driver, walking alone through hundreds of trucks filled with lonely men, and wasn’t scared. I’ve done uber/lyft in the Minneapolis area at all times of the day and night, and wasn’t scared. This man scares me. I honestly can’t think of a time in my life I’ve felt such fear or paranoia.
There seems to be no right answers here for me yet and if you can help me sort them out, and give me ideas, and help me with holsters, so on and so forth, I’d be very grateful.