Should also mention, 90% of the time I wear a low rise, straight leg, either straight cut or boot cut jean. Either Levi's 527 or American Eagle. Don't do the tight jeans or skinny or whatever they're called.
The more and more I read, the more I am leaning towards a wheel gun as my BUG. Still more than open to the SA.
Surprised no one has brought up the Diamondback DB9. Maybe everyone else dislikes this gun as much as I do. Or the KelTec PF9. Have only heard good about this little guy though...
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Something to think about, why would you need your backup?
- Because the first is empty? Why not just stick an extra mag in the pocket and go?
- Because you don't have access to the first? Well why wouldn't you have access to your waist carry? Is it because you're in a position that prevents it? So what would be a position that would lead to this and where then would you have access to? Ankle is the best backup spot, not pocket. If you can get to your pocket you can more easily get to your waistline. If you can't you're probably fetal and already grabbing your ankles.
Next thing to consider would be which ankle? Off hand access or primary? What if the reason you can't get to your IWB is because that arm/hand is unavailable or incapacitated, wouldn't you then want it available to the off hand?
Just some things to mull over.
Make sense? Lesson over. Lol ;D
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you really can't go wrong with the lcr,i carry mine most often in my right front pocket in a Desantis Nemesis..since your looking for backup,i'd recommend you go light as possible while stayimg in your preferred caliber..the lcr weighs in around 13.50ozs and handles +p...check one out
I would recommend pocket carry, and either the LCR with the boot grip or S&W 442/642. I don't pocket carry so I am by no means an expert, but from the little experimenting I have done those compact revolvers don't print as much as the small semi's I used (less solid straight lines)
My recommendation is to get another of the one you are carrying now and mirror carry it on the other side.
Ankle carry is more workable when seated, most particularly in vehicles, at which time pocket carry is slow to access. When walking and standing, pocket carry has advantages, while the ankle is not readily accessible. One possibility, for optimal access in both circumstances, is a secondary gun worn in the pocket, and another on the ankle. Another path is to switch the secondary gun back and forth, as one exits and enters the vehicle. I have done this, from time to time.
If there is a better ankle/pocket gun than the small-frame .38 revolver, I don't know what it would be. I have used SP101 snubbies in both roles, but something like an S&W 642/442 or Ruger LCR is going to fit more pockets, and be easier to tolerate on the ankle.
I used ankle carry extensively in the past, but much less often lately, largely because the duty pants approved by my employer expanded, several years ago, to include pants with well-thought-out, supportive cargo pockets, that accomodate SP101 snubbies, without the flopping-about allowed by most cargo pants. (VertX)
These days, I use ankle carry only for special occasions, not general daily carry.
Kind of like a kettle calling a pot black, ehh?
Why do I need a backup gun? My m&p9c has never had a ftf, fte, anything of the such. As much as I trust this thing and don't anticipate a problem, I want to be ready if the situation so arises.
Thank you for the tips. All valid points I need to think of. The models you advised are all ones I have been checking out. I just like the idea of a revolver as a BUG. This is why I love DC, looks at things I normally wouldn't.
All feedback has been much appreciated!
I have a Kahr P380, and pocket carry it frequently in my right rear pocket in an Uncle George's wallet holster. I've also carried it in my right front pocket, in a DeSantis Nemesis, but the Uncle George's is more comfortable. The draw from pocket carry, while a little awkward, is preferable to drawing from an ankle holster (unless you're sitting down).