Location of backup gun?

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    I'm pretty basic...instead of a BUG, I prefer extra mags.

    Now, on the rare occasions I do take a BUG, it's my P-3AT. The OP is correct, the KelTec is not a fun gun to shoot, but it always goes bang, and dependability is important in a second firearm.
    I just slip the .380 into a kydex pocket (yep, a pocket holster) and it disappears...hardley know it's there.
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    I'm jealous, New Mexico in it's infinite wisdom says we can only carry one gun concealed at a time.

    But... if I could... I think my G23 strong side with my PM9 in a pocket or ankle holster for my support hand would be really nice.
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    If Im carrying my Glock23, the bug is in the safe. Never saw the need for normal citizens to carry two guns.
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    P3at strong side front pocket or ankle holster.
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    I carry a BUG (642), along with a spare mag for my main carry (1911), in a badger holster from DGL (Desbiens Gun Leather). Oh, it is on my weak side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    If Im carrying my Glock23, the bug is in the safe. Never saw the need for normal citizens to carry two guns.
    Careful what you say! "Normal" citizens carry NO guns.

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    I carry a BUG in a Badger Reload from Desbiens Gun Leather also...S&W M&P for primary and a S&W 642 for the BUG...I should probably standardize and get an M&P compact to carry on the off side, that way the spare magazine would work for both...All it takes is money...

    I think a second gun is a good idea, I think it's even better if it is on the off side and easily accessible by the non-dominant hand. Many will disagree, but Mr Murphy seems to really hate some of us and sometimes a second gun can really be a "lifesaver"...

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    Well, like MadBadger and others, I ordered one of these for my BUG from Desbiens Gunleather:



    My primary carry is a 1911 and my BUG a S&W M&P340CT.

    I also pocket carry my BUG in a Mika pocket holster and if necessary, (like at work) use a Galco Ankle Glove.
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    I have several carry scenarios and they are somewhat different.

    The main gun I carry is with my all steel J-frame .357 at 3:30ish under my suit or sportcoat. I carry my light weight 340M&P J-frame in a Null "City Slicker" shoulder rig as the BUG/New York reload.

    I can access it with my left hand if need be. But I don't expect to and don't practice that draw. Although my primary is my belt gun and my preferred weapon - I can draw the 340 while seated from the shoulder rig if needed. That's the scenario that made me go with this particular rig for my BUG. The entire rig is very light weight at about one pound for holster, gun, and ammo.

    Having a shoulder rig for my BUG allows me to wear my radio on my belt on my off side without too much stuff sticking out under my jacket all the way around. Also if I wore my BUG at belt level on my weak side I'd have to compromise either it's position or my radio's position.

    My only other gun is my Ruger LCP. I don't usually use it as a BUG. It is my only gun at those times when ultimate concealment is required and the cylinder of a revolver is a little conspicuous. It's worn in the pocket, IWB, or in a belly band - depending.

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    When I carried my .38 S&W my bug .25 beretta in my back pocket.

    Now I just carry my Kimber & 2 extra mags

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    Careful what you say! "Normal" citizens carry NO guns.
    Oops..sorry youre right.
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    I found that it boils down to the elements of body mechanics, dexterity and dress code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    If Im carrying my Glock23, the bug is in the safe. Never saw the need for normal citizens to carry two guns.
    I'm not normal. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    Oops..sorry youre right.
    You were right, too, but we need to be careful how we phrase things, lest our own words be used against us. Carrying one gun, or two, or more, is the same activity, the same right being exercised, with the difference being one of degree.

    Indeed, if I was not of mixed dexterity, I would be much more likely to carry one gun. I am right-armed, but left-handed; drawing is more natural for the right side of my body, but shooting is best done as a lefty, especially with some chronic injuries compromising the strength and mobility of my right hand and arm. By habit, I tend to reach for my right hip, and I hate to not have something there, even if I am better off actually shooting with my left hand.

    I have been carrying for 25+ years, and for most of that time, unless I was in a police uniform, I carried just one firearm on my person. The 2+ habit developed gradually, since the late 1990's, becoming more firmly entrenched since 2002, when I stopped carrying a 1911 24/7, and started using a Glock G22 on duty. The G22 was so big, I tended to carry two SP101 snubbies when out of uniform. I find my present duty pistols, SIG P229s, so easy to carry, that if I am not toting an P229 + snubby, I tote P229 x 2.

    Just to be clear, it is not like I feel strange carrying just one weapon. I did not feel naked at the dentist's office, last week, with just an SP101, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Well, like MadBadger and others, I ordered one of these for my BUG from Desbiens Gunleather:

    My primary carry is a 1911 and my BUG a S&W M&P340CT.

    I also pocket carry my BUG in a Mika pocket holster and if necessary, (like at work) use a Galco Ankle Glove.
    Dang! That is one elaborate rig!
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