Concealed Carry Brian's G19 in the Shield Hybrid Holster from Aegis Armory.

Published on August 29th, 2013 | by Brian (Rev2DaLimit)

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Why Carry Two Guns?

Why carry two guns?

Truthfully, most of my friends think carrying one gun is weird enough. If they only knew that I carry two, it’d blow their minds. I’m sure I’d be immediately categorized as over-the-top-crazy by some and just plain paranoid by others. Still, the question of why I do carry two guns is a valid one.

Although it is a minute possibility, the reason I carry two guns isn’t that I’m afraid one gun will fail and feel that I’ll need a back up. Nor is it that I feel that my primary gun will likely run out of ammo, and I’ll need a “New York reload.” However, if I did happen to get jumped by a gang that was rolling deep and was forced to deplete all 16 rounds, having the second gun could prove helpful.

Brian's G26 in a Galco Ankle Glove.

There are two simple reasons why I carry two guns. First, I’m often with close family members and friends who do not carry a firearm, and I’d like to be able to give them one in the unlikely event that we should come face-to-face with evil personified.  Second, as I mentioned in a recent article, there are often environmental factors that force me to remove my primary gun (along my beltline) during the course of my day. In this case, I prefer to have an existing gun in an existing, practiced location. This works better for me than moving my primary (larger) gun to a different on-body location and trying to conceal it.

My life is a little complex, but I like to keep my carry options as simple and consistent as possible. How about you? What are your carry preferences? Do you happen to carry a second gun? If so, why?

About the Author

, in addition to writing for the Arms Guide and talking guns and gear via video, is a pastor (hence the “Rev”) who specializes in mentoring young men in the urban context. If he catches a moment of free time, you’ll likely find him enjoying his family or heading to the range (slightly too fast) on his motorcycle. Brian has been passionate about the shooting sports since his father introduced them to him as a child. He’s an outdoorsman who enjoys making new friends.


15 comments
hotairbill
hotairbill

Please do your homework, several states restrict the number of CCW weapons that a permittee may carry. Having more than the permitted number can be reason to revoke the permit and/or prosecute the violator. Knowledge is power... be powerful!

hartcreek
hartcreek

If what I write helps someone else then good.  With me being 50 and having to face death because of a medical condition that I have I tell it like it is as there just isn't time for BS or not to help someone if I can.

peter3101
peter3101

Why carry two guns, because I don't have three hands.....

chyldeorchid
chyldeorchid

often times, (especially in colder weather conditions) I'll carry my Sig Pro SP-2340 with 2 mags in a shoulder holster, and a snubby .357 in my waistband as a BUG. I figure in both the cases you list, a SA/DA revolver is about as simple as you can get. 

Pro2AGuy
Pro2AGuy

To me it's basic and fundamental. Anything mechanical can and will fail and a myriad of non-mechanical possibilities exists that could potentially render the primary moot. So I choose to carry a BUG which BTW if done properly presents no additional concealment or comfort issues. Why risk it...? YMMV.

hartcreek
hartcreek

Perfect timeing....I am takeing off to do some fishing but I will be stopping off by the cabin and I willbe fishing in Bear country so tonight I will be packing dual 38 SWtop breaks with 4 speed loaders I also carr thes or dual Ortiges when I do security work, my Smith 624 and a Davis 38 derringer.  The 38 derringer is nice to grab for a quick run to the outhouse.  I plan on camping with my new ladyfrien an d she is not new to firearms so having something that she can grab besides a robe will be a big plus. 

Hell I need two just to walk down the block as I have this idiot neighbor that turns his dog loose at night.

I tried to talk to him yesterday and explain the leash law but he challenged me to a fight and if he had not backed down would have died on his front lawn yesterday......that alone is enough reason to carery at least two. 

This area has a big problem with people that let their dogs run... the police have been alerted so nowall it will take is a 911 phone call when the dog is loose and they will shoot it of cite him.

Markknife1
Markknife1

I don't carry a gun(since I am not in a legal age) but I do carry a telescopic baton with me in an easy to access area(like my messenger bag I always carry when I'm out) so that I can defend myself in a stand-off. I do carry two disposable knives with me(not legal to carry) If i need to defend myself in a pinch,(The justice system here is slow and ill-maintained so I need to get away from a situation with little evidence where I may be held accountable for killing in self defense[Self-defense is not the problem here, it is the tool for it that may leave me detained])

ristin59
ristin59

Why carry two guns? 

When Murphy's Law kicks in, two is one, one is none, always carry two..

peter3101
peter3101

Why carry two guns, because five would print.....

JoeFabeetz
JoeFabeetz

Timely article.  Ive just recently been considering a back up weapon.  Probably ankle carry.

AlessioBaldi
AlessioBaldi

You shouldn't write this things on a public site ;)

Markknife1
Markknife1

@AlessioBaldi Don't worry. I am merely telling the truth of my country's laws and the circumstances that I have to live through.(I live in the Philippines by the way)

also, I know that reasonable US citizens are the main readers of this site so I do not worry about much of what I write here. (^.^)

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