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When we think of backup guns we can envision the scenes in Max Payne when Mark Wahlberg fires the snub nose revolver through an ankle holster or pulls the Taurus Judge from the small of his back and blows open the bathroom stall doors before questioning the suspect. Though these are pleasing in a cinematic setting it is far from reality.
Backup Guns otherwise known as BUG guns (which technically means Backup Gun Gun) have a few primary purposes. First, it is a weapon to potentially arm someone else. You could be in an active shooting engagement and giving someone a snub nose revolver is a far cry above letting them throw rocks to draw fire. Second, it serves the obvious purpose of replacing your primary if it were to fail or have a malfunction. Third, it could potentially be your fastest draw, more on this later.
BUG guns come in many designs and sizes you can elect to use a small frame .38 special revolver; some people I shoot with use a Glock 26 and their primary is a Glock 19 so the magazines are interchangeable; You could even pick a pocket rocket like a Ruger LCP.
I will say that my general advice on BUG guns Is that I would never choose a gun that I didn't want to get in a gun fight with. In which case the Ruger LCP would not be an option and a .38 special snub nose would only be slightly better. Though situations are not common I want to make sure that the gun I have is adequate to perform a 20 yard head shot.
The simple fact is ALL guns jam break, fail, double feed, squib, or are otherwise made incapable of firing a next round. (yes even Glocks, revolvers and 1911's are not immune from this). A BUG gun is some protection from the inevitable failure. Is it likely that you will be in an engagement where your gun fails? No probably not. But it has happened and as I've always said statistics are a poor comfort to the man that was just struck by lightening.
Finally, we get to the issue of speed. A backup gun in your pocket can actually be brandished by holding the handle in the event you feel an engagement is imminent but maybe not escalated to the point you would be allowed to draw your primary gun or even put a hand on the handle.
An appendix draw from a trained shooter is going to be at about 1.5-2 seconds to the first shot on target. An exceptional shooter will be 80/100 of a second to 1.3 seconds. However, even a novice shooter can start with their hand on a snub nose revolver in their pocket and draw in less than 1.5 seconds. Simultaneously, if the draw is practiced from the non dominant hand we then provide a final benefit of an off hand firearm which has tactical advantages in a self defense close quarter engagement.
The simple fact is it is tactically advantageous to carry a BUG gun. It is however tactically advantageous to wear body armor, a war belt and carry a battle rifle. The simple fact is that we have to draw limits. So what are my limits? I generally stay out of areas where I think a BUG gun would be needed so it is not generally a part of my daily life. Though I will have spare guns and ammo in backpacks and vehicles I do not typically carry one on me.
If I were a police officer I would absolutely carry a BUG on duty assuming my department allowed. But even as a Private Investigator I do not find myself in precarious enough positions to justify it. If you feel you can comfortably and reliably carry a BUG I encourage you do so, but in reality most people wont for any extended period of time. It is also a lot harder to conceal two guns in July in Alabama than it is in a Minnesota winter so keep that in mind.
is an entrepreneur and content creator. He lives on a small homestead in central Alabama where his wife and three children raise livestock and enjoy the quit life on their farm. He served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army from Alaska to Afghanistan and currently owns, along side his wife, Timberline Security Solutions LLC based in Birmingham Alabama.
Amandalyn has spent her professional career doing a little bit of everything from being a licensed real estate agent, to a Private Investigator. Currently she operates, along with her husband, Timberline Security Solutions LLC to train civilians, military and police officers for the battle they may one day face. Together with Mackay they work as Private Investigators and conduct executive level protection details.