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Backup Weapon for CCW

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by YtownGlock, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. YtownGlock

    YtownGlock Rookie

    Jan 2, 2012
    I have a buddy who carries a Glock 19 as his primary ccw weapon and (I can't remember the name of the other gun) a subcompact 9mm on his ankle on occasion, he doesn't do it all the time though.

    I currently have only a Glock 23 Gen4 and am contemplating getting a Glock 27 Gen4 and wearing it on my ankle as well.

    Does anyone else carry two guns? I've seen a lot of the veteran youtube gun community channels talk about this subject and it seems some people do in fact carry a backup.

    What are you thoughts and opinions for carrying a backup ccw weapon? Depending on what state you live in, are you allowed legally to carry more than one weapon/handgun concealed? etc etc etc.
  2. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    Most states do not have a law regarding the number of guns you can carry. I know NM sets it at one concealed gun. Personally I thinking carry a BUG is a great idea. You never know what may go wrong with your primary. And having 2 guns that can accept the same mags (assuming you use at least a 13 rd G23 mag) you have a great amount of firepower. If I were you I'd have flush mags in each and all back up mags would be G22 15 rd mags.

  3. I have carried firearms like that on occasion and it is smart to carry the same caliber. I know a trooper who carries two on each ankle and then his primary weapon. In reality most people will never use the back ups ever.
  4. My normal routine is a Glock 22, 23 or Colt Gov't on my waist, backed up by a Glock 27 on my ankle if I am wearing long pants.

    Many folks subscribe to back up guns, but most usually in the form of a .22, .32, .380 or the like. My particular thought on this subject is that if your primary gun goes down for whatever reason, your back up gun just became your primary gun. So.....if I wouldn't carry that .22, .32. 380 et al as a primary, why rely on it as back up? Just food for thought..
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  5. MinnesnowtaWild


    Dec 26, 2011
    Not my cup of tea at all. On duty, yes I will have a back up gun. As a citizen with a concealed carry I see no reason to carry a back up gun. I would rather just carry an extra mag or two.
  6. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

    May 23, 2010
  7. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Central Florida
    This is my everyday carry setup
  8. WASR10


    Oct 9, 2011
    In my state you can only legally carry 3 specific guns. All at once or one at a time doesn't matter.

    I generally carry a G23 gen 3, but sometimes a .38 snubbie. In theory the .38 could be a BUG to the .40, but I have always carried a reload instead.
  9. YtownGlock

    YtownGlock Rookie

    Jan 2, 2012
    I ccw with 2 extra mags and have been doing so since I got my CHL. But I have to agree with a few other posts that it would be a good idea to have a backup if for whatever reason my primary weapon failed to perform.
  10. JBL13


    Oct 24, 2010
    Northern Utah
    I usually carry a .38 LCR as backup in a De Santis Nemesis holster in a cargo pants/shorts pocket. The LCR is occasionally primary (with no other backup) when wardrobe considerations make that an easy option.
  11. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    When I'm traveling by car, I have on a 642 on my ankle just for easy reach when siting down
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  12. maddy345

    maddy345 ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    Dec 18, 2009
    I carry a G23 Gen 4 in a TT Gunleather IWB holster with a G27 Gen 4 as BUG either in a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster or on my ankle in a Desantis Die Hard.

    I don't always carry a BUG but if I go into Raleigh or Durham or I'm on the road I will.
  13. dave27

    dave27 Millennium Member

    Feb 18, 1999
    Rochester, NY
    Not for me. Personally, I think it tends to be a sign people are focusing way too much on something that is only a small part of personal security (CCW).

    But, if it makes you more comfortable go for it, who am I to tell you what to carry. I already have too much crap on my belt/pockets. (Leatherman/light/2 pagers/phone/wallet/Glock 19) I usually don't even carry a spare mag. :wavey:
  14. Donn57

    Donn57 Just me

    Aug 11, 2006
    Sunny Florida
    Yeah, I get it. Loaded extra mags are heavy so you can always hit your attacker with one if your primary weapon is no longer an option for whatever reason.
  15. JDMitchell


    Dec 13, 2011
    Ft Leonard Wood
    I have a renegade ankle holster for the G27/26/33 if you are interested.

    Shameless plug over.

    I like the comfort of my ankle holster but with my big legs I print in all my pants. I'll keep my G27 at the 4 o'clock and carry a BUG cross draw.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012
  16. Donn57

    Donn57 Just me

    Aug 11, 2006
    Sunny Florida
    Yep, although I long ago gave up ankle carry as an option. If I can carry one gun on my waist, I can carry two. The two I carry are Colt six-shot .38 Special D frames.
  17. 9mmParabellum


    Jul 11, 2010
    I carry a .38spl
  18. On duty I have a .357 on my ankle. Off duty an extra mag, a 1 cell 120 lumen light in my pocket & a zip tie cuff in my badge wallet just in case. Wife has her CCW, 3 speed load strips for her J frame or an extra mag depending on which she carries & a small flashlight.
  19. Quarter Tank

    Quarter Tank

    Aug 7, 2011
    I just started carrying an extra mag. i havent begun to venture into a whole 'nother gun yet. when so, I'll pick me up a G36 for it.
  20. harrygunner


    Sep 4, 2010
    'mark1616' I should mention the "three gun limit" is the policy of some California counties, not a state limit written as law. I've had as many as six guns on my permit.

    I add a J-frame in an ankle holster when driving long distances. It's less about having a backup and more about having a gun I can reach easily while seated.
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