In today’s time concealed carry is becoming more and more popular. I can attest to this because I see many of my friends asking me how to get licensed. There are a lot of debates about concealed carry. What brand of gun, what caliber, what brand of ammunition and where to carry it. I hear these questions a lot. The question I don’t hear a lot is “Should I carry a backup?”
A lot of permit holders look right over this topic. They know the chances of them actually using their firearm for self-defense is very low, so they assume they will never need a backup. This could not be further from the truth. Your car has a spare tire doesn’t it? And when you need it you sure are glad it’s there.
If you are carrying a backup you have automatically increased your chances of survival against an attacker. In a lot of robberies there is more than one bad guy involved. It will be pretty hard to take on two gunmen by yourself. Having a backup would allow you to pass one gun off to a friend or spouse, now you have leveled the playing field quite a bit. If you found yourself in a gunfight it is possible for your weapon to malfunction or you could run out of ammo. Having a backup could very well save your life. As concealed carry becomes more popular the criminals are catching on but they are not expecting you to have a backup. Surprising the enemy is how this country gained its independence.
Once you have decided to carry a backup you are faced with just as many decisions as you were when you decided to carry concealed.
What brand of gun? There are a lot of manufacturers out there today. Most of the companies are producing really good firearms and it is hard to choose a brand. One thing to consider is how easy the firearm is to operate. If you are going to pass this gun off to someone else it should probably be an easy one to fire. I would not choose one with a safety. There are thousands of reviews on the web. With a little research you should be able to narrow it down.
Choosing a caliber is always one of the hardest decisions to make. The caliber will also typically determine the amount of ammunition you can carry. The bigger the bullet the less you will typically have. This is where some people will say “caliber doesn’t matter, shot placement does”. Shot placement is very important but how accurate are you when you’re lying on your back getting attacked. You really need something with stopping power. A .22 will kill anybody, tomorrow. In self-defense the main goal is to stop the attacker, not kill them. For me a .380 is the smallest I would go when choosing caliber.
Another factor in choosing a backup is where and how you are going to carry it. You have to decide on a place that is not noticeable but fairly accessible. An ankle holster is a great place but it limits you to only wearing pants. Pocket carry is very popular but you are limited to a small firearm which should be okay considering this is a backup. You need to remember that when pocket carrying you have to devote that pocket to your weapon only. You would not want keys getting wrapped around your trigger. There is the popular inside the waist band carry but your main weapon may already be there. Belly bands are a great holster for a backup. There is even concealment underwear out there. For the ladies there are some more options. Obviously a purse can work. If you keep control of it at all times. There are also thigh holsters if you are wearing a dress.
A Ruger LCP in .380 tucked away in my back pocket is the perfect backup for myself. With a 6+1 capacity and weighing less than 10 ounces it will not bother you to have it there and it will be there when you need it. No safeties to worry about and they are proven to be reliable.