Thursday, May 5, 2011

Back Up Gun

Every officer who caries a gun should carry a backup gun. When you consider what gun to carry as a back up gun, and what gun to buy, ask yourself a few questions:

Have you ever fired that gun? Not every gun will fit your hand or eye.

Can you hit anything with it? Some guns are accurate but don't work well for everyone.

Where do you intend to wear it on your body? On the belt, the ankle, in a pocket, somewhere else?

Will you also carry it off duty? It makes a good transition if you use the same gun in two roles.

Why this weapon and not some other one? Is it just because you think it is cool?

A mini Glock uses the same magazines and same ammo as the duty weapon, functions the same way and is much smaller than the duty Glock, have you considered one of them if you carry the Glock as your duty gun?

What type of ammo will you carry? Something much like the duty ammo is best.

Will you carry additional ammo? On your body, in your gear bag?

What finish do you want on the gun? Scandia? Stainless steel? Blue? Other?

There's a lot to think about; that's what the SGT Says.


ccm2361 said...

Yep back up gun is a must. I carried a .38 snub, in addition to my Glock.(The mini Glocks were not out yet then) I wore it in an ankle rig during the summer, shoulder holster for winter.

Bunkermeister said...

Any back up gun is better than no back up gun.

Bob G. said...

The new gens of .380s out there are getting a lot of attention (if you prefer semi-sutos).
On the other hand, a wheel-gun is guaranteed to go "BANG" on a loaded chamber EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Still, they do have a lot of those micro .45s for those who want the insanity to STOP...period.

And yes, always get something you feel comfortable with and fits like a kid-glove.
Ditto for your holster and placement of carry for the B/U.

Roll safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Any gun designed for life protection must be reliable, accurate, and work well for you.