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Reading about P95's problems with his 226 made me think... if that can happen to a Sig Sauer, any gun can fail! Honestly it doesn't get much better than a SIG, so anything less expensive is probably even more susceptible!

Do you have a designated "fill in" in case something like this happens to you? I do. This is part of the reason I was so happy to trade into another XD40. One breaks, I got another one ready to go. Owning two of my primary carry gun is neat like that.

Granted I stumbled into that by luck.

I also recently picked up some cheap stuff that'll let me carry my 686 if I need to. I'm trying to build a complete carry setup for each of my handguns.

A gun is man made and thus always susceptible to problems. How do you prepare for this? Or are you prepared at all? Not everyone is made out of money and has the cash laying around to pick up a spare pistol.
 

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I have various guns to fill in if one goes down but even if i didnt i would have at least one backup around

If my Main 1911 goes down i have a almost identical 1911 to carry only reason there not idental is one is lightweight

Then i could switch to the HK or Glock 17 or a XD SC 9mm


I try to keep everything with enough gear to carry ... Even got a holster for the 500 now i need a speed loader
 

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Well, I altenate my primary carry between my Glock 21 and 22. If both of those fail somehow, I still have a Taurus in .44 Special I acn carry. Though not my first choice, it will do the job.
 

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i have 3. a bersa .380, s&w649, and a g26. nice thing is the wife has the same guns, so if one them breaks we can always borrow from each other if need be.
 

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I have six or seven Sigs, and if those all fail, another 40-some handguns to choose from. :)
 

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"any gun can fail"

That's not normally a problem for most forum type folks who own many (or at least a few other) suitable alternative carry firearms.
I have others to select from. All are good, tested & trouble free.
The trick is not to have that one chosen carry gun fail right when it's needed most.
But, then we're getting onto another thread topic. :smile:
 

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I guess the point is that we often (correctly) state that knowing what to do with your gun is paramount rather than the material acquisition of more guns, but sometimes we fail to remember that the laws of the physical universe demand we should possess more than one at times.
 

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If my G26 goes down, I can make do with my G17, though its not real fun to lug around all day.
 

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Tis why all my handguns are GLOCK! :)

I have about 6 to choose from and carry set ups can interchange with the CTACS I have...G26 and 27 will carry in the same CTAC for the G19 and 23...and mag cariers are the same...then I have another set up for the 30 and G21 mags...

We should all know that anything man made can break....Im leaning more and more towards 2 gun carry to alleviate this possability.
 

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(SNIP) if those all fail, another 40-some handguns to choose from. :)
Ditto...well, maybe not 40 handguns...but a few others at least.
 

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Last year while we are on a drug bust, and we run after them. I fired a warning shot with my 1911. The first shot was ok but the 2nd shot jammed I was lucky that I have another commander 1911 as a BUG. That experience was an eye opener to my buddies, because most of them don't carry back up guns. Right now I still carry 2 guns as my dutty gun.
 

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I too am fortunate - plenty of options and may yet have to make a semi permanent swap if 226 has to go back. I am still puzzled as to how a gun which is breaking in nicely, can ''go tight'' the way this one has. We'll see.

Biggest concern obviously is failure when ''in extremis'' - and tho I am not carrying a BUG every day - do when it seems prudent. Fortunately now we are getting into colder weather BUG carry is way less of a problem because clothing makes things so much easier.

With 226 out of the rig for now it'll be 220 instead. But having carried SP, M28, BHP, and others, I will not feel uncomfortable with any back on board. In fact if I have a rig in ''the box'' for my SW99 I may well let it have some duty. Heck, even dear ol' P95 could come out again :smile:
 

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When I got my carry permit, I had only one handgun and I was a penny-pinching college student. A couple days after I received my permit, my Interarms Walther PPK/S suffered a cracked ejector that locked the slide up tight. I was gunless. Luckily, I've got a gun-happy brother with plenty of spares. He let me borrow his G23, which to me, a new permitholder and inexperienced in carrying concealed, felt like a brick and was difficult to conceal. It took several weeks for Walther to repair the gun, and I traded it for a Kahr K40.

My main carry gun now is either an HK USPc or S&W 640, so if something happens to one, I can always carry the other. I can also carry my BUG (Colt Cobra) as a main if I have to, or I can tote my S&W 66 or CZ 75c.
 

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my backup for the main CCW piece is my full size USP. I may wind up buying another too. Ya may remember a while back my PT 140 did break, and the USP got to get out this summer.
 

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Superman,
Just noticed your location. We don't fire warning shots here in the USA. A couple of times I wanted to. :wink: I always carry a backup to my duty gun. I've never had one fail, but you never know!!
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If i was a Cop i would deff carry a back up to my primary would be my worst fear to have a gun break or bad guy fighting for it ...


Seen a few vids were bad guy gets cops gun and cop shoots him with backup
 

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As most of you know from previous threads I have had a Totally Custom Rock River Arms 1911, built from the ground up to my exact specs, parts and springs even. (not to mention the custom Bob Ford 1 serial number), Has blown up 3 times now. Once during a qualification that I was instructing. In demonstrating a double tap the second round blew the chamber out of the ejection port. The second time was during an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Development Course. Again the second shot of the double tap went off like a twelve gauge. The entire barrel hood wound up in the next zip code. The third time, just a couple of months ago, was during a steel challenge match. I had hit 2 steel plates and when I fired at the third the gun made an unusual report. The bullet struck the steel plate and was heard by several other shooters. I stopped shooting and ejected the magazine, smoke poured forth. I looked at the barrel hood and there was a crack going down the entire length.

I have been firing weapons for over 40 years and have never had a gun blow up on me, that's including M-60's that the barrels were so hot they glowed and you could see the tracers whipping out of the molten barrel in all sorts of directions.

I am at a loss to explain why this occured (3 times? give me a break) but the point here is that any gun can fail and as mine did all 3 times was not just practice, it was high pressure competition, and as we all know, that's as close as most of you will ever get to the real thing, (God Willing).

All 3 times the gun was out of commision and useful only as a blunt force object.

At that point in a gunfight, without a backup, you have to learn to run at 1500fps in a wildly zig-zag pattern :biggrin:
 

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Bud White said:
If my Main 1911 goes down i have a almost identical 1911 to carry only reason there not idental is one is lightweight
Precisely my situation, Bud. And, one might consider this, which works well with what you're talking about - have one gun for carry, and another identical, or close to it, for the bulk of practice. Saves wear and tear on the carry weapon, and if the carry weapon pukes for some reason, the practice gun can be moved to primary status (and you're already used to it because it has been your main practice weapon!) until the main carry gun is back in action.

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acparmed,

the "dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard, and laid poor Jesse in his grave,"



Not that Bob Ford!? :wink:
 

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I have a Browning Hi Power in 40 or a CZ 52 in 7.65 to carry if my Kahr is out of service, but those things are heavy by comparison.
 
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