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    Drawing from a booth?

    So I was out to eat last week at my girls favorite restaurant ( Friendly's). We get seated and as anyone knows who has eaten at a Friendly's most of them have booth style seating. I was thinking how would one draw his firearm and bring it into use in such a small space? Now this topic is more so asking how someone who carry's a full size firearm would do this as I think you would have more then enough room with a compact. But it also gets me thinking about another concern and that is your family. If your seated in the front of the restaurant you will be unable to get up from the booth and engage the threat/threats Your only choice should you choose to act would be to draw and engage seated from the booth. That brings into play your family as they will be in the line of fire should the threat/threats return fire at you. Should you act and risk getting your family killed?

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    Don't know about friendlys but I do go to fridays, Applebees ETC. I always ask for a table or high top with the sole intention of avoiding the booth. I have never had a problem with being accomadated with my request. A side bonus of this is I normally have the same servers and we get familiar with each other, resulting in better service for me and better tips for them!

  4. Quote Originally Posted by S&WM&P40 View Post
    So I was out to eat last week at my girls favorite restaurant ( Friendly's). We get seated and as anyone knows who has eaten at a Friendly's most of them have booth style seating. I was thinking how would one draw his firearm and bring it into use in such a small space? Now this topic is more so asking how someone who carry's a full size firearm would do this as I think you would have more then enough room with a compact. But it also gets me thinking about another concern and that is your family. If your seated in the front of the restaurant you will be unable to get up from the booth and engage the treat/treat's. Your only choice should you choose to act would be to draw and engage seated from the booth. That brings into play your family as they will be in the line of fire should the treat return fire at you. Should you act and risk getting your family killed?
    Only if your family is at risk of being killed, your not there to enforce the law.

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    I sit at the open end of the booth. Not too difficult to get out and move from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Grunt View Post
    Don't know about friendlys but I do go to fridays, Applebees ETC. I always ask for a table or high top with the sole intention of avoiding the booth. I have never had a problem with being accomadated with my request. A side bonus of this is I normally have the same servers and we get familiar with each other, resulting in better service for me and better tips for them!
    I would love to get a table but they have none there. Plus booths are a lot easier to trap the kids so they cant get up and ran around. Small kids love to take off and run around the place learned that the hard way

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    Quote Originally Posted by utimmer43 View Post
    I sit at the open end of the booth. Not too difficult to get out and move from there.
    Yes you are right the open end is not hard to get up and move from. But again the post stated you had been seated at the front by the door. Some times that's all they have on the packed nights. Getting up from the booth in front of the treats would get you shot and or attacked. But if you happened to be in the back you could do that with no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minuteman View Post
    Only if your family is at risk of being killed, your not there to enforce the law.
    That's what I think as well. Just because I happen to be carrying does not make me a cop and my first responsibility is to my family and to keep them and my self save. If I could get them out safe and on the way had to engage a treat so be it. But I'm not going to go back and try and shoot it out with him that's not my job and I stand a greater risk of being shot by a trigger happy cop.That's not to say I would not step in and try and help people as I would. I just would not go searching for the treat trying to play the hero.

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    I'm one of those blessed individuals that can step out of his back door and take a few steps to his own private firing range. My property allows me to have a section for a 50 yard pistol / rifle range, and an area cut out for a 300 yard rifle range. I have dirt mound / berm back stops, but also have a very thick wooded area behind the backstop to prevent flyers. The nearest house behind my range is about 3 to 4 miles, so I don't worry about stray rounds. I just added a skeet thrower that is operated by a foot switch and a timer, so you don't need a partner to shoot skeet. I'm working on a moving target system, as my wife is getting tired or running and holding the target. Problem is, she shoots back. Mrs. Headbanger is a scary woman with a handgun, and I don't want to be on the receiving end of her Glocks, or Revolvers. This was one of the reasons my wife and I bought this house and property in the sticks where we live. I can set up my range the way I want to train.

    One of the things I do is practice my draw and fire from seated positions foward, to the left and right. one handed, two handed, etc. I even drive my truck around back and practice my "Anti- Car Jacker Drills" from both sides. If your local range will allow it, take a chair into the lane and practice sitting with the target to your left and your right, and draw and fire. If they won't allow you to do that, then you can always "dry fire" practice in your home. Every little bit helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911 Headbanger View Post
    I'm one of those blessed individuals that can step out of his back door and take a few steps to his own private firing range. My property allows me to have a section for a 50 yard pistol / rifle range, and an area cut out for a 300 yard rifle range. I have dirt mound / berm back stops, but also have a very thick wooded area behind the backstop to prevent flyers. The nearest house behind my range is about 3 to 4 miles, so I don't worry about stray rounds. I just added a skeet thrower that is operated by a foot switch and a timer, so you don't need a partner to shoot skeet. I'm working on a moving target system, as my wife is getting tired or running and holding the target. Problem is, she shoots back. Mrs. Headbanger is a scary woman with a handgun, and I don't want to be on the receiving end of her Glocks, or Revolvers. This was one of the reasons my wife and I bought this house and property in the sticks where we live. I can set up my range the way I want to train.

    One of the things I do is practice my draw and fire from seated positions foward, to the left and right. one handed, two handed, etc. I even drive my truck around back and practice my "Anti- Car Jacker Drills" from both sides. If your local range will allow it, take a chair into the lane and practice sitting with the target to your left and your right, and draw and fire. If they won't allow you to do that, then you can always "dry fire" practice in your home. Every little bit helps.
    Does your insurance company cover self inflected bullet holes lol j/k. Yeah the problem is I live in a area with little to no ranges and in a small city so I cant just step out and shoot. looking at joining a range the only one around that's not over a hour drive that has a indoor range. We shall see what comes of it.

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    This may sound funny to most people but I always try to sit near the restrooms. This way I can herd my family into the restroom and have 1 door to defend against with my family behind me making the 911 call. As the restroom will most likely be away from the register where a robbery would take place.
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