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Standby Gun - How similar?

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Many of you are familiar with the concept of having a standby gun that is as close to your EDC as possible in the event that you lose the EDC to an evidence bin after a good shoot. The idea is that in an unfortunate situation where you used your EDC and the police had held it for evidence for a period of time, you have a standby that is very similar that you can just begin to carry until you get the original one back.

For those of you that follow that philosophy, how close do you get your standby gun to your EDC? Is it enough to have a similar trigger feel and holster compatibility, say by having a G27 as a standby for your G23, or are you even more relaxed and consider something like a G19 to be a decent standby for your G23? Or, do you duplicate the EDC completely so that you don't skip a beat should your EDC get used and put on hold?
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I've got a crap-load of guns, mostly Glocks. I shoot a lot and try to stay proficient even with other brands (SIG, 1911, revolvers {& even shotgun}).

I mainly carry a G19Gen5, but have the Gen3 & Gen4 versions, too. If not carry the G19Gen5, I'll likely be carrying a G26 or G17 (whichever Gen I pull out of the safe to holster). I will carry other calibers on occasion so they don't feel ignored in the dark safe.

I had one instructor who did say "It's a Glock. They all feel the same." It's basically true for my dozen-or-so Glocks, at least to me, and the trigger pulls are all ~0.5 pound to each. Well one is ~1 lighter (the G34Gen3).

I've had various guns go down for repair, parts, replacement, and even held in police property (some of my guns were stolen, then recovered) over the years. It's good to have alternate guns for spares.
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