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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sokygunner, Aug 3, 2009.

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  1. sokygunner

    sokygunner Member

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    A lot is being said lately about smaller more concealable guns for both primary carry and as a back up piece...what do you carry and how do you carry it? Got pictures? Extra mags count too so lets see some of them. I believe in being prepared, I'm an Eagle Scout so I can't help it, "Once an Eagle always an Eagle" as they say. My personal combo (off duty) is usually a Kimber 1911 TLE/RL, 1 extra Wilson mag both carried in matching Blackhawk carbon fiber serpa holster and mag carrier, back up is a Glock 23 in the small of the back inside the pants holster, no hammer so its easier on my favorite shirts and the leather seat in the car, even in summer with a T-shirt you can't tell I have two on me. Anybody out there like ankle holsters? What do you have that we don't see???
     
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  2. Justice5

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    I carry one of two options off duty. A SW 642, or a Glock 27. Just depends on what I am wearing. I carry the glock off duty using a clip draw with a trigger block, or sometimes in a Kydex paddle. I carry the SW in a cheap neoprene IWB holster on my hip or on the ankle if I'm wearing pants.

    For backup strictly, I carry the 642, in a Blackhawk "inverted" style ankle holster. It works great and is very secure. I believe I bought the ankle holster from either LA Police gear or Botach Tactical, can't remember which one it has been so long. I don't necessarily like having it on my ankle, but it seems to be the most comfortable spot so far. I wouldn't recommend anything much heavier on the ankle than something similar to the 642 though. For what it's worth, I run with it a ton, and it stays in place and has never come loose or fallen out. Sorry, I don't have any pics for you right now.
     
  3. sokygunner

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    I bought a Glock 27 a while back, put the pierce grip extension on one of the mags, not the plus 1, just regular one...then I noticed something, I had it laying on the table next to my 23 and I'll be darned if that 27 isn't almost the same size as a 23. Add a quarter inch to the overal length and a half inch to the grip and you got yourself a 23, or at least really close to it. Thats why I use the 23 as the back up...too big to put on the ankle but it disappears in the small of the back with a t-shirt.
     
  4. Mags

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    My pocket knife. In NM you can't carry two handguns CCW. But you can open carry one and conceal one, I don't do that though.
     
  5. Baneblade

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    I carry a Glock 22 on duty and a Glock 23 off duty. The 23 is in a Maxpedition fatboy pack. I also carry a Kel-tec P3-AT in my back pocket. I used to carry a 27 or 23 IWB, but the Maxpedition pack was so convenient that I switched to that full time one year ago. It also makes a convenient diaper bag for when I have my daughter with me. Everything a father needs: diapers, wipes, snacks, bottle, flashlight, knife, multitool, cuffs, gun, extra mags.

    Every once in a while I will carry a random gun just because I fell like it. During the summer it will be IWB and during the winter it will be in a regular belt holster.
     
  6. sokygunner

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    Hmmm...I would have never imagined that a state would say how many handguns you can carry concealed at one time. I don't see how carrying 3 should be any more of an issue than carrying 1, you can do as much damage with 15 rnds of .40 and 5 rounds out of a .38 special as you can with the first 15 rounds alone...guess its just one of those things like 10 round mags...like 10 rounds are really less distructive than 12?!?! Go figure.
     
  7. EOD Guy in VA

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    I carry either an HK P30 V2, S&W M&P40c, or a S&W M&P40 full-size.
    I don't carry either a back-up pistol or extra magazines.
    I don't see the need.
     
  8. kanewpadle

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    One of four. S&W 642 or 442. M&P 9MM Compact. Kel Tec p3AT.
     
  9. benderx4

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    I carry a HK P7 in a VM2.
    As I'm not a LEO, and I don't live in Afghanistan, I don't see the need for a back-up.
     
  10. 10-Ring

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    Lately, it has been my 442 exclusively since I got it!
     
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    NM limits you to one gun if you are carrying concealed. I was a CCW instructor there. It's a dumb law. If you open carry you cannot concealed carry. One gun per CCW.

    I'm in Az now and always carry a KT P32 somewhere. I may carry one or two other guns, but I got a .32 gun in my pocket for fun...
     
  12. Bishop.357

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    My back-up gun is a S&W 640-3 .357 magnum, I wear it in a custom made ITW holster on the left side on the small of my back. I can shoot equally well with both hands though for my main gun(an SA XD40sc)I favor my right.
    When practicing at the range,(I go once a week) I commonly pull both my main and back-up guns and shoot multiple targets in unison.
     
  13. sidheshooter

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    Fascinating.

    Does anyone know if NM LEOs get issued BUGs; are allowed to carry privately-owned dept. approved BUGs, or do they do without?

    Just curious.
     
  14. Sapper771

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    I carry a Glock 31 on duty with my personally owned Glock 30 as a back up in a 5.11 holster shirt. Off duty, I will usually carry either a Glock 21SF or a STI 1911 and no back up on my person, but another pistol is usually in my man purse.
     
  15. pabst_20

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    Only carry one Sig P238
     
  16. LancerMW

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    Khar PM9, looking at a Colt Defender though
     
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    My fists!
     
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    S&W 642.

    But the other day I carried a second 1911. One OC and one CC.
     
  19. The Lone Haranguer

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    I've pocket carried my Kahr PM9 in its Mika pocket holster as an accompaniment to my main gun on occasion. Both guns at once get a little burdensome. If I were purchasing a dedicated backup gun I would look at a Seecamp, Ruger LCP or Kel-Tec. Another intriguing gun for this purpose is the .22 Magnum NAA Black Widow.
     
  20. Mags

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    Here is a local news story of a sheriff using their back up gun in a pretty questionable situation.http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S1049241.shtml?cat=517

    And for those who don't follow links here is the story from KOBTV.com.
     
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