Do you carry a backup?

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    Do you carry a backup?

    Reading Massad Ayoob's The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry.

    He suggests that you carry a back-up gun on your weak side - incase of injury to your main arm.

    My main carry is a XD 45 tactical on my right side.

    For ease of bullet purchasing my initial thought was a 45 revolver. On second thought, if I am forced to use my left arm i worry that the 45 is to much for my weak arm.

    Questions are:
    1) do you carry a backup?
    2) What do you carry - how does it compare to your primary
    3) Where do you carry?

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    Most ppl have a smaller gun of some kind, and more often than not it is a smaller caliber as well. Maybe look at a J-frame in .38 +p, or a small auto in .380, or 9mm. Like a Kel-tec or Kahr.
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    Kel-Tec P32 in left front pocket. As much as I hope I never need my primary, I really hope I never need the mousegun.
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    Do you carry a backup?
    I don't. I do however carry a speed loader or speed strip with a revolver or one extra magazine with an autoloader.

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    I don't carry a Bach Up Gun (BUG) but I do carry a back up knife (would that be a BUK?)

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    I carry a 642 CT in weakside front pocket, main carry is a kKimberpro elite.

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    I carry a Seecamp 32 in my left pocket. I also carry a Benchmade Kulgera as my EDC knife. I'll probably add an Emerson soon.

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    I don't remember but it may have been ayoob who question whether in an event that things got so bad you needed a second gun do you really want that gun to be smaller caliber than what wasn't enough in the first place? I carry my 9mm tucked IWB and my .380 in my front pocket, both strong side. I see it as my .380 is primary because I can draw faster. I can stand there with the grip in hand waiting to draw if need be.
    In the less likely situation where the SHTF and I need more rounds and a larger caliber I can pull my shirt and bring out the 9. If that's not enough then I guess I'm just SOL

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    Maybe I should.......... but I don't always. In addition to my carry gun I always have a truck gun hidden away.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffyp View Post
    I don't remember but it may have been ayoob who question whether in an event that things got so bad you needed a second gun do you really want that gun to be smaller caliber than what wasn't enough in the first place?L
    That is a fantastic point!

    I don't carry a backup - I feel that one carry, combined with condition yellow is good reasonable planning ahead. CC is a compromise and I think that one is appropriate for my situation... but you've got me thinking now.

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    I don't carry one--yet.

    What I would like is a compact .45 I could carry in an ankle holster on my weak side. No idea where to start though...
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    LWRC 6.8mm PSD behind the seat with 3 30rd clips




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    Sometimes I will carry my Sig P232.
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    Not yet but things change fast these days, I just might soon.

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    I switch between a few primary CCWs, all carried strong side, but I always have a Kel Tec P32 in my weak side rear pocket. Keep it in a wallet holster I bought on D.C.

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