Do you carry a backup gun? If so, what and why?

Do you carry a backup gun? If so, what and why?

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    Do you carry a backup gun? If so, what and why?

    I'm thinking more and more about a backup gun, one I can pocket carry. I'm conflicted if I should go for a J-Frame Smith & Wesson (like a 642), or keep it the same caliber as my main firearm which is 9mm and get a Kahr CM9 (or MK9).

    Do you carry a backup gun? If so, what do you carry and why did you choose that gun?

    Cheers!
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    I very rarely carry a BUG, when I do, it is a Smith and Wesson 638. I personally think everyone should have a j-frame, it is my gun I can carry in almost any outfit. There is a bit of a learning curve to be proficient with them, but after some practice, people generally get the hang of it.

    The only advantage I would really see of having the same caliber for a BUG is if both guns run off the same magazines. So, if your EDC was a Glock 19, and your BUG was a 26, or something along those lines. Otherwise, it isn't really convenient to share ammo between the two guns, since you would have to unload/load mags.
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    I do, a SIG p238 Scorpion. It's slim, set up for pocket carry, and it's a SIG.

    Some folks don't like the 380, and others don't like cocked and locked in a pocket. They don't have to. It's my setup, and I don't mind either.

    Primary is either a Glock or SIG of some variation, or a 1911.
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    Didn't see a "sometimes" answer.
    When its just me, "no".
    When out and about w/ my wife, "yes".
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    I can quickly arm her with my normal carry, a full size auto pistol she can shoot well, and I can then re arm myself with the revolver. I know, I know. It'd be easier if she just carried her own. but for now, this is how I roll.

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    Have carried two pistols for as long as I can remember. Currently I carry a Kimber Ultra Raptor II in .45ACP as my primary, and a Kimber Solo Carry in 9MM as my BUG. Carry the BUG in right front pocket, without a holster, and I'm very comfortable with it there.

    Have carried two Glocks at a time (Models 22/27) & (Models 17/26), and I carried a KelTec .380 for a few years before the SoloCarry came out.

    I started doing it as an active duty law enforcement officer, and it's a hard habit to break. I ride a Harley Davidson as often as I can, and I like being able to shed the larger pistol & holster, and cover garments, but still have a pistol on my person, should the need arise.
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    Ruger LCP or Beretta NANO
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    Off duty - LCR plus a LCP. Considering getting another LCR and going dual revolvers.

    On duty - G30 plus either a LCR or a G26.
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    Do you carry a backup gun? If so, what and why?

    I carry a G26. As often as I can, I either carry a spare magazine or my LCP as well. Or both.

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    I don't always, but I probably should. My feeling is that I should carry a revolver as a bug. At very closer quarters, it would be easy to jam a semi-auto.
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    My "J" frame is the only handgun I would never part with........

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    on the job. j-frame and/or p3at as the bug.
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    My direct answer is no, but I have on an extremely rare occasion...with the second gun being between the seat and console on my truck.
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    yes, 442 in pocket, 1911 iwb on right hip. been that way forever and a day.
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    I carry two guns every waking moment of every day. Both guns are Taurus® Mdl85SS2UL 38 Specials. Primary revolver has Pachmayr® Compac-Presentation grips. I carry this gun IWB/OWB at 4 o'clock. BUG is carried in front pants pocket, jacket pocket, or in a Galco® ankle holster. Ammunition is Buffalo Bore® 38 Special Standard Pressure 158gr LSWCHCGC..........


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    Right now my BUG is an LC9 that I give up to the misses pending her wardrobe.

    She stole my Browning for her EDC and I am not carrying 2 full sized side arms.

    This is one of the reasons I have been looking at the Shield, P938, and holding off on a final decision until I can get a closer look at the XDS in 9mm.

    I do carry the same round in both but that is just my preference.
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