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View Poll Results: Do you carry a backup gun?
No, I do not carry a BUG. 51 59.30%
Yes, I do carry a BUG. 31 36.05%
Yes, I am a mall ninja and have 3+ handguns on me at all times. 4 4.65%
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Old November 17, 2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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Do You Carry a BUG?

Taken from the 10 Commandments of Concealed Carry Thread:

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Originally Posted by Massad Ayoob
Carrying a second gun has saved the lives of many good people. When the primary weapon is hit by a criminal’s bullet and rendered unshootable…when it is knocked from the defender’s hand, or snatched away by a criminal…when the first gun runs out of ammo and there is no time to reload…the list of reasons is endless. It suffices to remember the words of street-savvy Phil Engeldrum: “If you need to carry a gun, you probably need to carry two of them.”
I'm curious how many CCW permit holders actually carry a backup gun. Personally, I own only one handgun (until I get my 640 out of layaway, that is), so I do not carry a backup gun nor do I intend to once I've acquired my next handgun.

How about the rest of the TFL community?
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Old November 17, 2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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I just recently purchased my first pistol so no I don't have a backup firearm. I do also carry a knife. I suppose, when I receive my SA 1911 GI for christmas I could carry that as well as my XD in an ankle holster of sorts. I think I would rather purchase myself a small frame revolver for my ankle as my backup firearm.
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Old November 17, 2008, 03:38 PM   #3
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Nope no bug...heck 99% of the time, I don't even carry a spare mag.
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Old November 17, 2008, 03:44 PM   #4
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I should say that SOMETIMES I carry a BUG. When I do it is usually my 25 Beretta or my Walther 380. Sometimes I just carry the 380. So my BUG is my primary. Usually my primary is my G27. Confused yet, I am!
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Old November 17, 2008, 04:06 PM   #5
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Your primary weapon is the one that you stop using first.
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Old November 17, 2008, 04:08 PM   #6
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I always thought it would be cool to wear a BUG on one of my boots....

I guess I would need to get a pair of boots first
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Old November 17, 2008, 04:15 PM   #7
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Never have, and seldom carry a spare mag. I don't feel a real need where I live. If 13 can't take care of the situation...
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Old November 19, 2008, 12:10 PM   #8
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call me over zealous but being in the military taught me one thing always expect the unexpected so when I go out I have my 1911 in crossdraw leather holster with extra mag, my Taurus 85 ultralite iwb @ 4oclock my knife in pocket and yes 2 bug out packs in my SUV one light one heavy..and a stash of cash ready to go with extra ammo to boot call me crazy when your running like crazy at the moment of mayhem
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Old November 19, 2008, 01:43 PM   #9
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P32 is my ALWAYS gun. Even if it is at times, my primary.
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Old November 19, 2008, 01:58 PM   #10
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When the weather is cold like now, I will sometimes put on a sweatshirt and a pair of bibs over it. I will put a S&W 36 and 60 Chief in each pocket of the sweatshirt under the bibs. Two guns and easy to get too. So I would call that a BUG.
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Old November 19, 2008, 02:01 PM   #11
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yup - a NAA .22 WMR AKA, the skull popper
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Old November 19, 2008, 02:38 PM   #12
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Nope, carry one with one extra mag. IMO the need for 2 guns is even more remote than needing the one. Just my .02 worth
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Old November 19, 2008, 02:54 PM   #13
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My primary is the 45ACP Glock model 30 with IWB holster and I keep a Kel-Tec P3AT 380 caliber in my front pocket in a pocket holster.
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Old November 19, 2008, 02:58 PM   #14
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No bug...just my primary. Sometimes, I carry what many would consider a BUG as my primary. I do carry a spare mag or speed strip.
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Old November 19, 2008, 02:58 PM   #15
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I always thought it would be cool to wear a BUG on one of my boots....

I guess I would need to get a pair of boots first


No bug. Right now I'm carrying the equivalnt of a bug as my primary as the primary is at the factory.
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Old November 19, 2008, 03:47 PM   #16
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no BUG...except if I had to go to a really dangerous area, I might IWB/OWB my main carry, and put my airweight in a pocket also..but this hasn't happened yet...sometimes though I carry my BUG (my airweight) as my main gun
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Old November 19, 2008, 04:26 PM   #17
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Voted yes but..

Most often no but sometimes I have an extra in the car and sometimes one on the ankle.
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Old November 19, 2008, 04:45 PM   #18
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Yup, Primary is a 1911, bug at present is a 642.
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Old November 19, 2008, 05:02 PM   #19
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I do not carry a BUG on me, but I do carry one in my car.
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Old November 19, 2008, 06:55 PM   #20
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My 642 is always with me in a vest compartment designed for it, or in the Winter when my primary may be bundled up under a heavy coat, I put my 642 in my coat pocket. If I go to the Doctor, Dentist, etc., where wearing my primary wouldn't be prudent, my 642 is still with me secured in a zipped vest pocket, as mentioned. Also with me is an extra speed loader for the 642 as well as at least one extra mag. for the primary. I also have the ability to arm someone else, if I choose.

I once went to get X-rayed and the Technician asked for my vest to hang up. She said, "Wow, that's heavy, what's in there, a gun?, just lay down here on your side, Mr. Wells and we'll be done in a jiffy........"

With her gift for chat, it wasn't necessary for me to get a word in.

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Nope, carry one with one extra mag. IMO the need for 2 guns is even more remote than needing the one. Just my .02 worth
The odd's of needing two guns, or one for that matter, aren't great. But they're about the same for us as for all those who needed them anyway even though the odds said they wouldn't.

Some have even indicated that they pick and choose where they "need to be armed", or carry back up. Bubba will decide where you need to be armed--not you.

I'm paranoid you see, I know Murphy is going to get some one. Will it be me or someone who plays the odds?

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Old November 19, 2008, 07:46 PM   #21
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I usually carry my Taurus 85 on my ankle as my BUG. If I'm wearing long pants it usually there.
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Old November 19, 2008, 07:47 PM   #22
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I voted no, but I have carried my 1911 strong side OWB and a MK40 SOB IWB. 90% of the time I only have one gun... on my person, somewhere.
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Old November 19, 2008, 08:55 PM   #23
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Yes, sometimes. My primary varies but when I carry a bug, it is usually a Beretta Tomcat. Sometimes a Bersa 380cc.
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Old November 19, 2008, 09:06 PM   #24
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Nope. I carry either a J frame S&W in my right front pocket -or- a M39/M639 in my waistband in behind my right hip. Usually carry one reload for whichever I am carrying.
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Old November 19, 2008, 09:25 PM   #25
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Yes, I am a mall ninja and have 3+ handguns on me at all times.
at least 5 pistols, a shotgun strapped to my leg, and a satchel full of stinky smoke bombs
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