That is the Question.
(BE ADVISED. THIS IS LONG AND RAMBLING. MOSTLY IT IS JUST CLARIFYING MY THINKING ON THE SUBJECT. UNLESS YOU NEED A SLEEP AID, YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS!)
I was recently given a put-up-or-shut-up challenge. My stance has always been that if a person wanted to carry two, three, or a dozen handguns that was their business. However, I do not think that it is feasible for me. I carry a full-size handgun and one, occasionally two, spare magazines for it. Along with all of the other required carry items of a modern American male. A BUG has always seemed too much of a stretch, balanced against the odds of actually needing one.
A buddy of mine twisted my arm and made me admit that I had never actually tried to carry a BUG for more than a couple of hours around the house. So he challenged me to carry one for a month, or until I was fully convinced one way or the other, and could express my conviction to him in absolute terms.
The Theory of the BUG.
So I started giving back up guns a lot of though lately. I immediately started to think of WHAT I would use for a BUG. I have very large hands and find the small .380ís just too small to manipulate properly in a SD situation. Then I started thinking about a J-frame revolver. This would involve the time necessary to master a platform that I have struggled with. For some reason the small revolvers and I donít get along as well as I would like. My next though was of a small, light 9mm (Kahr, KelTec, etc.).Then I began to think about how I would carry it. That brought about thoughts of holsters, and thenÖ. I stopped.
The Solution Ė Maybe.
OK, letís think this through for a minute. What is the purpose of a back up gun? It is to be used for the same purposes as my primary when that weapon is either empty, malfunctioning, or other wise inaccessible. That is, to stop a threat of death or great bodily harm to me or another. So, my thinking is that I should have exactly what I have in my choice of primary, i.e. 4.25Ē 1911 in .45ACP. Well, I donít have another of those handy, and I donít really want to spend the money to buy another right now. Even if I did, it is largish. What I do have though, is a Glock 36 in .45ACP. Hmmm Ö.
A G36 might be a little large for ankle carry. Not a problem. I already ruled that out as being to slow to access except from a seated position. It could be pocket carried only in a cargo pocket, but that is an option. Weak-side belt seemed to be the best location to carry it.
Now, can it be done with reasonable ease and comfort? We shall see.
Please feel free to comment, criticize, or suggest.