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to carry a bug or not to carry a bug?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Madmax1010, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Madmax1010


    Mar 19, 2009

    I did a search and found some info on this and am re-asking the question
    because I am looking for some possibly some new opinions on this.:dunno:

    So if this is a horse beaten to death for you just don't reply don't mean to irritate anyone.

    thanks all
  2. Japle

    Japle John, Viera, Fl

    Feb 26, 2000
    Viera, Florida
    Sure, why not? If you can conceal a main gun, you probably have some room for a BUG.

    I carry my XDm 3.8 9MM on my right side and a P3AT in my left front pocket. That way, there's a gun available to each hand.
    If I'm close to people I don't know and have no reason to trust, I just put my left hand in my pocket on the .380. It makes for a fast, sneaky draw.


  3. If you can do it, I guess it isnt a problem... I do not however feel the need to... One is enough for me
  4. BamaBud

    BamaBud NRA Life Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Heart of Dixie
    One for each hand ALWAYS. Never know how someone/something can "trap" your hand(s).

    And a hand in the pocket, gripping the BUG, doesn't tip anyone off. A lot less than a hand on main weapon in holster.
  5. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    Def carry a BUG. One thing I like about shoulder holsters is the ability to draw with my right or left hand.
  6. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    I carry either a Ruger LCR or LCP in my left front pocket. Glock on the right hip.
  7. Lt Scott 14

    Lt Scott 14

    Mar 14, 2006
    N.W. Indiana
    Yep, if you have a BUG, why not carry? Weak side draw is a good defense if your main CCW is not available. Faster than a mag change, or speedloader anytime. Check Mas Ayoob, or Jim Cirrilo's publications if you have any second thoughts. Your life is entitled to the best tools to survive in this world.
  8. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    While I do carry a BUG, I don't think it's any faster to drop the primary, draw the BUG from the pocket with the support hand and either fire or transfer the the dominant hand than it is to do a mag change.
  9. Shootinbil

    Shootinbil Millennium Member

    Oct 19, 1999
    In my gun room.
    I carry 2 S&W J frame 638 and 49 one in my front pant pocket ( right side) and one in my coat pocket ( right side). In black hawk pocket holsters.

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  10. TKOFaith

    TKOFaith The InTIMidator

    Jul 6, 2011
    Western Wisconsin
    If you're gonna carry a BUG, it had better be a Noisy Cricket!


    Now THAT's What I'm talkin' 'bout! :alien:
  11. Seraph1926


    Sep 14, 2011
    wasn't it Clint Smith that said 2 is one and one is none?
  12. Bushflyr

    Bushflyr ʇno uıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ Millennium Member

    Mar 17, 1999
    Western WA
    He was talking about 1911's. :whistling:

    But seriously. Why not carry two BUG's? Three? A backup makes sense when you are LE or Mil and your weapon is a first line tool. As a civilian your pistol is at least your third or fourth line of defense. At that level carrying yet another gun is pointless.
  13. Clay1


    Dec 7, 2004
    I recall his quote as: One is none, two is OK and three - "now you have something".
  14. I carry a backup on duty, but rarely off-duty. Frankly, I just don't have the pocket space for a backup, with the wallet, badge case, cell phone, knives, keys, etc.
  15. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I carry a BUG on duty. Rarely carry one off-duty. I do carry a spare magazine off-duty.
  16. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    I've carried up to 3 at one time.
  17. tuica


    Apr 28, 2009
    Really! - My G36 (45ACP - Big Bullets!), that I have on my hip as I type this in the dangerous County Library might be viewed by some as not adequate defense or even counted as none? What neighborhoods do y'all travel through? And how many gunfights per week? Not trying to be too critical - but one can sometimes take any concept to a unreasonable level. Have a safe and Merry Christmas.
  18. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

    Feb 27, 2000
    It's not the dangerous neighborhood argument. If it's dangerous, don't go there.

    The argument is the same as the Israeli carry, extra mag debate.

    1. You probably don't need a gun much
    2. If you do, you probably won't shoot it.
    3. If it is a some financially motivated crook, deterrence with one gun probably works.
    4. But what if you get into a really intensive critical incident - and this does happen:

    a. You can't get at your dominant gun - injury or grabbed. Ever notice how folks get shot in the gun hand in FOF?
    b. Your primary bellies up. Happens all the time in matches, so it's a possibilty.

    Thus, the bug is for the screwup in a really intensive incident. Not the waving a gun at a mugger at a distance who flees.

    You decided the risk level you want to deal with. You probably don't need a gun at all.

    But if you get into a serious fight - do you want to be prepared for the screwups? There are quite small bugs that probably won't impact you much. Yes, they don't have MEGABLASTER stopping power for that meth head, zombie, giant football coach who is love with you.

    I suggest a NAA 22 S minirevolver (that's joke - I have one). A 380, J frame, small 9 - they work. Do I always carry one - no - that's my risk analysis or lack there off.

    But my point is to drop the dangerous neighborhood silliness. Once a gun fight starts, by definition all neighborhoods are dangerous. If yuppie moms or denizens of some crappy part of town are attacking - that's dangerous.
  19. Cream Soda Kid

    Cream Soda Kid

    Jul 16, 2010
    Yes, I believe it’s wise to carry a back up gun. There are many good reasons to do so.

    Many here at GLOCKTALK will tell you it’s unnecessary, many will tell you it’s a good idea.

    I do because what if you lose your primary weapon in the course of a fight? A back up gun could save your bacon. I don’t see a down side to having a back up.