There are large numbers of discussions about concealed carry. The discussion I don’t hear a lot is “Should I carry a backup?” The chance of you actually using your firearm for self defense is low, but don’t assume they will by no means need a backup. Because if you ever need it, you’ll be happy it’s there.
There are countless excellent backup handgun vendors these days. You need to be concerned with how easy your chosen backup is to operate. You may have to pass it off to somebody else in an emergency, and you want them to be able to easily operate it. I don’t like backup guns that have a safety because they are confusing during emergency scenarios.
The most difficult choice is choosing a bullet caliber. Caliber size determines the amount of rounds your gun can hold. In the same vein, you need a backup pistol that has adequate stopping power. Some of the smaller bullets don’t perform their intended function. For self-protection purposes, the primary objective is to stop the threat quickly.
Another decision to make when you are choosing a backup pistol is how and where you will wear it on your body. You will have to choose a location that is not obvious to observers, but is also easily accessed. Ankle holsters are perfect for concealed carry backup guns, but you must wear pants. Pocket holsters are great for concealed carry backup guns, however, this limits you to carrying a very small backup gun. You must carry the gun in a pocket holster and not just slip it in your pocket because car keys can easily get caught on the trigger. Also consider that belly bands are great for backup gun concealed carry. They are also making concealed carry undergarments these days.
These are just a few of the options to consider when you decide to purchase a backup gun. It is important that you actually go to the range and fire a few of these backup guns before you make your final decision. You should also talk to the range employees to get their opinion and consult a shooting instructor as well. Good luck and choose carefully.