Back up carry

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Dionysus03, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Dionysus03

    Dionysus03 New Member

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    Does anybody here carry multiple weapons/firearms? If so I'm wondering if both are the same caliber or if they are different. I'm asking because I carry either an XDM 9mm or a 1911 .45acp depending on the situation but am thinking of getting a subcompact as a backup.
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    When I was an LEO, there were times that I DID carry a backup. My service weapon was a revolver, and I carried a smaller revolver as a hideout gun. They were both in the same caliber.

    However, I have LONG been retired, and do not chase bad folks for a living. My goal in life is to make it difficult for THEM to chase me (ever tried to run with a sucking chest wound?) and I do NOT carry a backup gun.

    Some of my co-workers also carried a hideout gun- they tended to be very small, and would fit under a notebook in a hip pocket. The High Standard 22 Mag derringer was one popular gun for that purpose.
     

  3. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    One is none, two is one...so on on and so forth...

    There is a .45 IWB and a .357 on my ankle...If I can't get the job done in 18 shots, it probably just wasn't meant to be...:cool:
     
  4. KG7IL

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    Not usually

    But I did when I worked night shift downtown Seattle years ago.

    SW Mod19 primary, Sterling 302 (22lr) secondary. . . . .
     
  5. Donn

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    Guess I see the question a little differently. I'd consider my 1911 or M&P as backup for my AR or 870. Otherwise, under normal circumstances, one gun with a double stack mag should do.
     
  6. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    I find it troublesome to carry an AR or 870 all the time.
     
  7. jjfuller1

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    yeah for some reason the local PD frowns upon me walking up the street patrol style... still cant figure out why.
     
  8. Dionysus03

    Dionysus03 New Member

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    Thanks guys. Haha yea I'd agree with the backup to the AR. But I think people would frown seeing me with an AR on my chest and pistol on my thigh. Not quite the same here though lol.
     
  9. Dionysus03

    Dionysus03 New Member

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    In the end this has a lot to do with weak side draw. I generally carry at the 4/5 o'clock which is great for right - terrible for left. Looking for the backup to position as a weak side. Seems like most people carry a different caliber.
     
  10. levelcross

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    Before my father in law claimed it, I carried a Beretta Bob Cat .22 in my left front pocket as a backup and my primary at 3-4:00. Now it is just the primary gun with 2 extra mags in .45, .40, 9mm depending on which gun I am carrying.
     
  11. AsSeenOnTV

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  12. KG7IL

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    When you hike in the woods, you will most likely encounter bigger things with teeth and claws than I will here.

    Mostly raccons and coyotes, but my son did have two cougar sightings on my property.

    .45 ACP should stop these little critters.
     
  13. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Wow, I've never thought once about needing a second gun. If I'm in some sort of situation where my shooting hand isn't available to grab for it I'm already taking care of business up close and personal - gouging out eyeballs, biting off noses, kneeing nads into flapjacks, and screaming extremely graphic, muderous things like a crazed, blood thirsty banshee.

    Might attempt an ankle holster at some point, just to see if it can be pulled off. I guess it would behoove me to place it on the weak side, as you so asutuely point out.
     
  14. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Hell when it gets so bad I need more weapons than a B-Western cowboy?? I will just hire a Seal Team to follow me around.:D
     
  15. Dionysus03

    Dionysus03 New Member

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    I look at it more as having the strong arm being in use for some other purpose - holding something is the best example. Or in a position where weak side draw is faster and more practical.

    Better to be prepared for that contingency and practice for it. It adds another layer of safety and comfort.
     
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  17. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    True, somewhat over the top. Circumstances would dictate all that ordinance. Normally one gun, one spare mag is what goes with me.
     
  18. phildenton

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    I hear you on that, when im working in seattle and i know i have to go to/through certain areas, i will carry a pocket backup gun (either in pocket or small of back) and a backup knife (actually my primary knife becomes a backup and i will carry a fixed blade as primary). The are near gary's market (if its still there) is one of those places that you would be better not to visit with anything less than a squad of armed men.