EX­PERT’S COR­NER – MICHELLE CERINO

MICHELLE CERINO DIS­CUSSES PURSE CARRY FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO BE ARMED AND READY

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY CCH STAFF | PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF MICHELLE CERINO

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.

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