EXPERT’S CORNER – MICHELLE CERINO
MICHELLE CERINO DISCUSSES PURSE CARRY FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO BE ARMED AND READY
Michelle Cerino is a busy woman. As a firearms instructor, she brings a woman’s perspective to her work with the Cerino Consulting and Training Group, a company she formed in 2011 with her husband Chris. Her passion is instructing in FASTER programs, a comprehensive, no-cost training program for educators to prepare them for possible school violence events. She runs the Princess Gunslinger website covering everything of interest to a modern, adventurous woman. She’s the managing editor of the online magazine, Women’s Outdoor News. She writes a monthly column on training for Gun World and the What’s in Your Range Bag column for the NRA’s Shooting Sports USA magazine. She contributes to other publications as well. She’s also a sponsored competitive shooter and brand ambassador for various companies in the firearms industry.
keys, pens and other objects cannot get caught in the trigger guard. Also make sure the zipper of that compartment is made of nylon coil. Metal ones may not open if just one tooth is missing, which could be detrimental. Sometimes, depending on the situation and my clothing, I carry on body using either a N82 Tactical Hers holster or a Hawg Holsters IWB with Ulticlip. compartment for an easy draw every time I leave the house. If I feel the need, I put my hand on the grip of my pistol as I’m walking, it just looks like I have my hand in my purse. I’ve also practiced shooting through a purse with a revolver on the range. I now know how it feels and what to expect should someone get too close for me to draw my firearm.
01 CCH: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHOICES FOR EVERYDAY CARRY GEAR?
Cerino: I carry just about everywhere I go and it’s usually off body in a purse specifically designed for concealed carry. In the current purse I’m using, I have a Springfield XDS 4.0 9mm and a nine-round magazine for a spare. Other times, depending on the size of the purse, I may carry a S&W 442 with Bianchi speed strip and Safariland speed loader. I also always have a AAA Streamlight flashlight.
02 CCH: DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE SPECIFIC TO WOMEN ON HOW TO CARRY CONCEALED?
Cerino: When using a purse for concealed carry, it’s important to purchase one specifically designed for that purpose. The firearm should be kept in a separate compartment so
03 CCH: WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR DEVELOPING CONCEALED CARRY SKILLS?
Cerino: Aside from mastering the fundamentals of shooting, an often missed, extremely important part of training is learning how to run your gear. Whenever I change purses I make sure to dry practice my draw before I head out the door. Likewise, I get a few dry practice reps drawing from the holster before I carry on body.
04 CCH: WEAPON RETENTION CAN BE A CONCERN WHEN CARRYING OFF BODY. WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS?
Cerino: When I’m walking in a city, I use a purse with long straps and carry crossbody. Depending on the location, I may even wear it under my coat. I set the zippers on the firearm
05 CCH: WHAT DO FEEL ARE KEY FACTORS IN PREPARING FOR AND DEALING WITH A SELF-DEFENSE SITUATION?
Cerino: Mindset and situational awareness are such an important part of self-defense situations. I highly suggest reading “The Unthinkable” by Amanda Ripley, “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin De Becker and “Left of Bang” by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Ripley.