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Decide on how you are going to carry it!
- Each method has its pros and cons
- Options are:
- Off hand appendix inside the waistband
- Ankle holster
- Belly band holster
- Pocket holster
- I personally dislike small of the back carry since the draw is rather obvious and can be easily fouled.
- The gun can also be easily exposed by bending down to pick up something.
- Whatever method you decide on, PRACTICE IT!
- Better yet, practice it dry under simulated stress.
- Revolvers make ideal backup guns since they are often more concealable than the Glock 26, Glock 27, or other semi-automatic pistols
- A Crimson Trace laser helps a lot for instinctual point shooting.
- Smaller and lighter is better!
- I have really come to like the Ruger LCR and the Smith and Wesson J Frame revolvers.
- Load your backup gun with QUALITY ammunition.
- Hornady Critical Defense is what I currently recommend.
- This is even more important when you go with a smaller caliber such as a .22 Magnum.
- I am not inclined to recommend the single action only derringers as a backup gun simply because the small size of the gun and the manipulations necessary to ready the gun to fire require a high degree of fine motor skills that are severely degraded under extreme stress.