Backup Firearm Is It Needed

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    Talking Bug?

    Sure, did gun down a bit this summer. Temp in low 90s for the past week. A pair of S&W 642 with a S&W 329PD as back up.
    Keep the shotgun handy!!

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    Hey thanks 4 the advise but I'll stick 2 one firearm and a knife 4 now.

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    Voted yes although I do not carry a BUG all the time. I have 2 that I call backups. I have a Kimber Eclipse ll that is the back up to my K. Pro ll in case of repair need or such. I have a KT3AT that is my BUG when I carry 2 & it also doubles as primary when I can only have deep conceal & a tiny pocket pistol.
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    I actually carry a BUG more often in the hot summer.

    Reason being, my "primary" .45 ACP is so deeply concealed that presentation time is very slow. To make up for it, I have a j-frame in the front pocket, smaller gun, but faster presentation.

    In the colder seasons when I can get away with a cover garment, I usually just wear the .45 OWB and forget the BUG.

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    I look at it this way. I would much rather have my XD45 tac with me, for if I had to make a shot at any distance, the 45 gives me the best chance and hits a lot harder. I don't think I would even try a shot over 15-20 yds. with my pocket gun(P11).

    I can't always carry the 45, but the 9mm is with me even when the 45 is as well.

    So which gun is the back-up?

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    I'm with most other people. Carry what you feel you are going to need. Past experience has taught me that having more ammo for one gun seems to be the way to go in a fight. That's why I carry 3 mags. Other people may have a different opinion of whats needed and that's excellent.

    I'm sure once I get older I'll feel the need for extra protection, esp. if liberals get their way. I am 25 right now and will hopefully see many years without anyone having been drawn on by myself.

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    I find that my P3AT/extra mag is just second nature, now, and I have confidence that it will perform as intended. It's in a wallet holster in my right front pocket. No weight or bulk, to speak of.

    There are some occasions where it's the only one I carry, because of summer wardrobe and all. About 80% of the time, I have my Ultra CDP II/extra mag as primary. That percentage will no doubt increase as I get even more comfortable with it (especially once my Max Con V gets here).
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    I always carry two. #1-Glock 27, #2-Smith 642. Guns break and I believe in Murphy.

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    If you ask 2 Rabbi's 1 question, you'll get 3 answers!

    It's almost that bad here!

    Seriously though, "should you" depends on so many variables, both personal and situational. You are the best person to make that decission because you will have to live or die with it!

    The folks here have given you a lot of good information. All I can add is, whatever your choice, if you don't practice with it, it won't do you a whole lot of good!
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    Always carry 2. When working at gunshop 3 or 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pa Trucker
    Backup Firearm Is It Needed?
    In a situation where control over the primary is lost, yes. Absolutely.

    Do any of you out there carry a backup at all times ?
    No, because I'm willing to accept that if I lose control over the primary weapon I will be without a firearm. Though, that doesn't mean I'm ever armed with only one weapon.

    Is it useless to have a small pocket flashlight carried around with you? Not if you frequent large buildings, as power does go out from time to time. Is it useless to have a secondary weapon of some sort? Only if you won't need it. What times would that be? Can't know for sure, can we? So, decide.
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