RARA-AVIS: Re: gun-slinging (was Mr. Blur)

From: Richard Moore ( moorich2@aol.com)
Date: 28 Feb 2005

Somebody sneaks up behind me and says "Boo" I think I would be more likely to shout, jump and run but that's without a pistol strapped to my hip/thigh. It probably would be a bad idea to sneak up behind an armed person and shout "Boo."

In Virginia where I live, citizens can apply for a concealed weapons permit. There is no permit necessary to carry an unconcealed pistol. This was little known until someone last year went to a restaurant with a pistol on his hip and the manager called the police. They took the man to the station house only to discover he had not broken the law. The police apologized and let him go and an article appeared in the newspaper. Members of a gunowner rights group (the name escapes me) have since made it a point to exercise this right by walking into restaurants or other public places wearing their pistols. Judging from the newspaper stories, the other diners often find this unsettling.

Richard Moore

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Victoria Lavagette
<lavagette@y...> wrote:
> Ran this past a gun-slinging friend having breakfast at my house
who studied quick draw formally. This is what he said (with full hand demonstrations which I am trying to put into words).
> The body's flinch mechanic ism is the basis of the draw. If
someone slipped up behind and said boo to a standing person, he would crouch slightly and jerk his hands. Therefore, the gun rests about the height of his shirt cuff. The distance from the center of the palm to the wrist is x inches, and that is the precise height of the grip of the pistol above the hand extended fully down his side in a natural standing position.
> The startle reaction that results in the hand jerk is what sets off
the lift out of the holster. As the gun is lifted, it is hand cocked. (This is an old West revolver -- not for PIs -- but probably the time the safety lever goes down.) As the gun clears the holster it is aimed and "Do not even think about the firing."
> There are 3 parts to the draw --
> 1. Flinch and lift
> 2. Concentrate on how fast you can cock the hammer (this is the
part that divides the fast from the slow)
> 3. Aim
> Steps 1 and 3 are natural reactions whereas step 2 needs practice.
> (Or as an old cop once told me, point your finger at him and pull
the trigger. "Have you heard of a woman missing her husband?")
> Where a shooter sets his holster depends on the size of his hand
and the height of the grip on that particular pistol.
> Victoria

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