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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 357smallbore, May 1, 2022.

  1. 357smallbore

    357smallbore Member

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    I carry strong side left handed with an IWB holster. My weak side I have an original Ruger LCP I carry in a Remora holster in my right pocket.
    Do most carry there backup opposite side of their strong side weapon?
     
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  2. Hangingrock

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    Being Lefthanded in the right handed world one to a degree becomes ambidextrous. When I employ a backup its in the righthand trouser pocket.
     
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  3. Rexster

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    I am left-handed, but right-armed. Write lefty; throw righty. Which is my “strong” side? ;) Well, OK, my default “primary” handgun position has been at or near 0300, since 1983. Yes, a pocket holster can be a good way to carry an additional gun. Access to what would normally be the “support hand” seems, to me, to be ideal.

    So can a good ankle holster, when one’s trousers are of sufficient length, and sufficiently voluminous. I am well into AARP eligibility, and have never had the best balance, so, I reckon that I am all the more likely to end up on the ground. On the ground, that ankle rig may well be more-accessible than some pockets.

    An AIWB holster can be a good way to tote an additional weapon. I have not normally toted a primary handgun AIWB, but it makes sense for an additional weapon.
     
  4. .308 Norma

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    I carry my regular CCW at about 4 O'clock OWB. The only time I carry a "backup" CCW is when I go to church (like this morning), and it's in a side pocket on my Bible cover. No, I didn't get the idea from "The Shawshank Redemption" - I figured out all by myself that when I'm seated in church, a gun in the Bible cover on my lap is probably easier to get to than the one tucked behind my right hip. ;)
     
  5. Oldschool shooter

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    My backup is a Seecamp .32acp. I am right handed. Appendix carry XDs.45 on the right side. Seecamp sits in a pocket holster in my right rear pocket.
     
  6. FL-NC

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    My carry pistol is a shield 9. I don't carry a backup handgun, but each of my vehicles has a Glock 19 (with 2 extra mags and a holster) secured on-board.
     
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  7. bannockburn

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    I carry my primary CCW strong side (right) IWB at 4:00 and in my right side front pocket goes my back-up. Cell phome goes in my left front pocket with spare mag IWB left side at 3:00.
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  8. citizenconn

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    My backup is a Glock 43 in an ankle holster, or in my left boot if I am wearing those. Should probably upgrade to a 43X or a Sig P365XL.
     
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  9. weregunner

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    Carry one Taurus PT732 in a Bulldog holster on the right hand side and another PT732 in a pocket holster on the left hand side.
     
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  10. jeepnik

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    Usually on my belt line at about 9:30 Primary is cross draw on right side.
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  11. murf

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    my bug is in my left pocket. i am right-handed.

    murf
     
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  12. camsdaddy

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    When I carry a backup its a Glock 19 AIWB. Everyday I carry a J frame in my right front pocket and just because Im carrying a bigger gun doesn't make it less relevant.
     
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  13. herrwalther

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    When I carried a BUG years ago I kept it in an ankle holster. Inside leg, non dominant leg. I could reach it with either hand. I believe the principle importance of a BUG is the ability to reach it with either hand. Another option is to carry a small firearm along the waistline, opposite your primary but canted where it can be grabbed with either hand. I have done that with a NAA magnum revolver many times.
     
  14. Bazoo

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    I haven’t carried a bug much. I have carried an NAAmini in my left front pocket. And I’ve carried a bersa thunder small of back, iwb (crack carry) in a left hand holster. I also carry a knife crack carry occasionally.
     
  15. Howland937

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    Used to be that when I'd carry a backup, it was weak side, front pocket. Lately I've been carrying it IWB at 10:00 in a RH holster for access with either hand. Figured out retrieving it from LF pocket with right hand required flexibility I don't possess.
     
  16. .455_Hunter

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    Bring left-handed, my BUG is typically accessible by my right-hand. Due to carry safety concerns, it may not be as "deployable" as my primary, but I OK with that "risk".
     
  17. Pew-Pew

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    I don't carry 75 guns, just 1 lol.
     
  18. MedWheeler

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    Taurus G2C on primary (left) side, on the belt.

    Ruger LCP-MAX, primary side, front pocket.

    NAA .22LR 1.125" revolver, jeans watch pocket (right side), turned butt to left, hidden behind cellphone pouch.

    There is also a knife on my secondary side.

    I want to one day ditch belt carry for tucked-in shirts again, in which case the LCP-MAX would become the primary. Getting ready for this is the reason for this setup. A spare magazine for the Ruger currently rides on the belt toward my right rear, where it will stay.
     
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  19. Danielsuzuki1k

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    I carry a Glock 42 in a Vedder pocket locker in my left front pocket. I draw and practice both hands strong and weak side regularly with primary (G29) and weak side one handed (BUG).

    It's worth mentioning that I have zero issues left or right handed with the smallest Glock, its the only application in which I routinely practice one handed (left) almost 100% of the time.

    ZT 4" folder strong hand accessible.
    Sabre Red weak hand accessible.

    I suppose you might say I've had a bad experience in Houston a time or two.

    Cheers,
    Daniel
     
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  20. KevinB

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    When I was law enforcement I carried my BUG (one of them anyway), accessible to my weak side hand. The purpose being to get it into action if I was in a struggle over my primary weapon and using my dominant hand to keep it in the holster.

    Nowadays I don't carry a backup. You can drive yourself crazy prepping for every situation and Murphy moment. I consider it enough insurance that I'm armed, have good awareness, and get home well before dark. I'm probably a much less desirable target than the multitudes of oblivious individuals walking around with their faces stuck in their $1000 phones with no idea what's going on around them.
     
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  21. Haywood

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    In the waist around 2:30 and left front pocket. For years it was Two J-Frames. Lately I’ve been trying the Shield in the waist. 13E6991D-E45F-4E4B-83DD-93E4E0CB8096.jpeg
     
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  22. 243winxb

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    20220514_112415.jpg If i carry 2 guns . M337PD/Ankle. M60/pocket.

    Extra ammo back pocket.

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  23. JR24

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    My backup gun is typically at home in the gun safe.

    If I were to carry one, it’d likely be weak side pocket.
     
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  24. crstrode

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    In my wife's purse.

    Pity the fool that causes her to pull it out.
     
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  25. WisBorn

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    Primary in the left front pocket (I'm a lefty). Backup IWB or OWB or right side backpack pocket or backpack top pocket.
    I'm strongly looking at a backpack shoulder strap holster, but I'm not sure if I want to go open carry???
    I like to also place my Backup in a convenient location in the car while driving.

    Did i mention primary carry always in my front pocket.
     
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