BUG vs Spare Mag

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by BeyondTheBox, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Which for you and why?

    I've tried the BUG route, will never repeat. Don't exactly have the room in pockets for a spare mag and won't carry anything on my belt.

    Been thinking of trying the ankle again, but this time without an overweight, obnoxious and extremely uncomfortable gun, rather, instead, a magazine or two.

    Have also purchased a simple upright pocket mag pouch for use in rear pocket, but think I'll find this too will come to be quite the source of discomfort.

    Other options, opinions?
     
  2. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a Glock 17. That's 18 rounds of 9MM between the magazine and chamber. I don't feel the need to carry more ammo than that. Some days are better than others, but I try take stock of what's going on around me. I made a slew of mistakes if I need that much ammo or more.

    If I thought I needed more ammo, chances are probably better than average that I might need another pistol, too. I'd carry a 26 if I thought it would do anything for me, but I think the 17 is adequate.

    If it's just yourself that you're trying to protect, I'd say carry another magazine if you feel the need to.

    If you're with someone who has some training and can effectively shoot back, but doesn't typically care a pistol with them (like your significant other or children), then another pistol would make more sense.
     

  3. Fred_G

    Fred_G Member

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    I carry a spare mag, most of the time. Mags and ammo are a likely failure point on a semi pistol.
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I generally just carry what's in the gun.

    One of the reasons I carry a m9 a lot is it holds 20+1... quantity has a quality of its own. Hard to argue with 21 rounds of hornady critical defense before going dry.

    If I'm going to milwaukee I will stuff two 20 round mags in a front pocket.

    I will still have the lcp in a pocket regardless but i dont carry a spare for it. Its just a total ohsht gun. Last resort in a bad circumstance
     
  5. gunsmoke11

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    While in uniform I carried a backup for almost 20 years, but since retiring and older now I gotta think of my comfort as well. I don't always carry a spare mag, but when I do I like the type that fit's horizontally on the belt like one I have from Safariland. I never know it's there and there's no discomfort.

    I have used an ankle holster at one time years ago, but once it fell out onto a carpeted stairway at a wedding and I didn't know it until someone tapped me on the shoulder and said to look down. I have a friend who uses one in Vegas where it's hot and he can't stand wearing a belt. He swears by it and can't be talked out of it.

    What you carry and how you carry it has to be up to you in the end.
     
  6. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    I am more inclined to carry two extra 1911 mags. May not be on me, but usually close at had.

    If I were eating in Denny's, I would probably have to deal with 8 rounds.. Sad, but true.

    But then again if the masters pouches were on me, that changes things.
     

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  7. Fred_G

    Fred_G Member

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    Totally OT, but it appears those mags are facing the opposite direction. I was taught bullets forward. What am I missing?
     
  8. KG7IL

    KG7IL Active Member

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    What is missing is a proper photo of the lower end of the pouches. They allow a portion of the bullet to be visible and available to the touch.

    If I have different loads, it's easy to tap the corner and feel that that 1) the mag has a round and 2) what kind of bullet form.

    I am not a quick draw or gunfighter. But I do shoot coyotes, moles and other varmints on a regular basis. I do carry anytime I am on my feet. Wife doesn't like the 45 in bed.
     
  9. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Why carry a BUG? Because if the primary should get inop for some reason.
    Why carry a spare mag? Because if the primary should get inop for some reason.

    The BUG route may not be for everyone, but one should carry at least another magazine.

    It has been said "Carry one is to carry none, carry two and you carry one."

    Magazines break when least expected. The mag lips can be deformed from the loading / unloading or repeated in / out of the firearm.
     
  10. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Bullets forward allows one to use the same grip, and loading procedure without looking at the magazines (think competition).

    Some have not been taught that, and magazine carrier manufacturers may not be aware of that.

    I always have bullets forward. Even if I have to make my own for the different firearms I use for carry.
     
  11. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    One gun, one spare mag. If that's not enough, it just ain't my day.
     
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  13. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I usually carry a J Frame 38 in my front pocket. I often throw a speed loader in a cargo pocket of a vest pocket.

    When I compete I always put my spare mags in the holder with the bullets facing rearward. I don't think there is a right way or a wrong way. I feel it is what ever is more natural for the shooter. Of course one should choose a method and not switch back and forth.
     
  14. phildenton

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    I only carry spare ammo and/or the bug I used to own when I had no real choice but to be in rough areas. Otherwise just the six in my revolver.
     
  15. lefty60

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    My personal policy is 2 reloads for each gun I carry. Includes a BUG if carried.

    YMMV :D
     
  16. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    What does this ymmv stand for? See it all the time round here.

    YGGM...
     
  17. CardiacColt68

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    Your mileage may vary


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    Everyone's does


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  19. jjones45

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    I go through phases. I carry 2 guns for a while, then when that gets to be uncomfortable I go with a spare mag. Then after that I'm back to just the gun and what's in it. I say about 8 months it's just the gun and the other 4 is a split between the two. I know I'm kind of weird about that kind of thing


    Never enough guns or ammo
     
  20. Airborne1

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    I have a nylon holster I bought back in 94 that has the ability to hold 2 spare mags for my Makarov. I usually only carry 1 in it though.
     

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