This is a discussion on What exactly is a backup gun? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Roman Some advice: Have your BUG keep the same battery of arms as your primary ccw. For example my main ccw is ...
Last edited by ZRow1; July 26th, 2010 at 04:33 PM.
Kholster/Glock 17/Rugar SR9c/Bersa 380CC/Ruger LCR/SW 624/ SW 629
Doublestar Star 15 M4 5.56 / Mossberg 500 Tactical Persuader
I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence
I daily carry a 40 caliber Smith and Wesson on the hip and my BUG is a Ruger SP101 strapped to the ankle.
My family: Glock 19, SW Sigma 40VE, Ruger SP101(.357), GSG-5k pistol (MP5 clone)(.22LR), Makarov .380
I do not carry a BUG regularly, but when I do, it's on the ankle (Kahr MK9)...usually reserved for long drives...in addition to a primary carry gun.
Magazine <> clip - know the difference
martyr is a fancy name for crappy fighter
You have never lived until you have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know
I do indeed carry a BUG and I will add a new comment to this thread but in no way new to the BUG scenarios... what if it is not conducive to reach your EDC, many times mine is tucked behind my shirt, I am standing in a line at a store and a person acting in way which could indicate some bad is going to occur I can slip my hand casually into my pocket and be holding on to my pocket pistol with no one knowing. More often in my line of work I am talking with someone who has a crime history and is seeking assistance and they can get aggitated sometimes, I usually keep something in between us like a car but I can have my hand in a non-threatening posture on my gun in my pocket...
There may be the time when you need it and it is just not easy to get to... this would be my reason... pocket carry is great standing but not sitting, ankle carry is good sitting/driving but not as much standing, I'd IWB is the best overall but can be limited in accesibility also...
The pocket 380's /32's are so thin they are made for the pocket, I have a j-frame for the ankle (j-frame design seems to favor the ankle and gives a good grip, those small 380's just don't provide enough grip for me out of the ankle position) but also for the pocket & IWB occasionally and my EDC of choice IWB is 1911... I usually have 2 of the 3 on me...
If I was a professional in law enforcement I would carry BUG which complemented my Main sidearm... Glock 19/26... even as a rural officer or small town policeman... a shooting in Okaloosa county in the panhandle of Florida a year or two ago is why, I lived near there, safe area, rural for the most part... two deputies were wounded and died possibly because they didn't have a BUG... I'd rather carry the weight and go home to my wife and kids then say it was too much to carry a 16 ounce BUG &/or extra ammo...
Side note: I carry at least one reload for the largest caliber on my person and most of the time a reload for both...
Well, I think it's been answered sufficiently enough.
The bottom line is, lots of things can happen to your primary gun. I mean a lot of things! If you don't have a second gun to go to, then you're going to be in a bad situation that could have been easily avoided by having a 2nd gun.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
I carry a BUG when I go into bad areas or if i'm working which is normally when I go into bad areas lol
Glock: G22 .40 S&W and G23 .40 S&W Sig Sauer: P938 9mm Smith and Wesson: Model 437 .38 Spl, Model 65 357 Mag, and Sigma SW9VE 9mm
well, as you see, i'm originally from NY. YES! i truly believe in the "new york reload!"What exactly is a backup gun?
got to texas as fast as i could...Fuhgeddaboudit!
For most people, their backup gun is smaller in size and caliber than their main carry piece. To me, this is the wrong way to think about it. If you DO have to go to your BUG, it means the s**t has REALLY hit the fan, and you're empty or jammed and still in mortal danger. To me, this is the time to pull out something "bigger and better" than you started with.
Works for me,MadMac, but you only got three shots before the reload, which might be a little slow. How about this, instead?