Concealing a handgun is a task that can be accomplished by most quite easily; concealing two is another story.
So, why the need to conceal two handguns. A lot of times the second handgun is the backup. A backup gun is a great thing to have, kind of like a reserve parachute, you hope you never have to use, but it’s there if you do.
There are a lot of different ideas regarding backup guns so over this past weekend while teaching our Concealed Carry Tactics I carried a backup gun for both days. I have carried a backup gun on several different occasions, but the bouts were usually much shorter. You can run everything from the ultra small pistols to the sub-compact pistols and everything in between. For my purposes I have found the best setup to be a Glock 19 as my primary and a Glock 26 as the backup. The commonality of the platform makes for an easy transition for sure. I also like the idea of feeding the same magazines for reloads through both guns, which usually is a Glock 17 magazine. I also like the idea that in a pinch I can fit my sub compact into my compact holsters.
At some point the conversation centers on how to carry the backup gun. With a sub compact I am really looking at just two locations; weak side hip and weak side ankle. Both carried pretty well, but the weak side hip was definitely the comfort king. I hardly even noticed the pistol was on my hip. I wore this configuration for day one and performed all the drills from my weak side. A great opportunity to practice shooting off my weak side and I loved it. While not as competent as I am on my strong side, more than enough to be lethal. The transition to this pistol for reloads really is impressive, but it does require some good technique with your weak hand only. As if most people practice strong hand only, asking weak side only might be a bit much.
Shooting off the weak side is literally the same, technique doesn’t much change when we transfer to our weak side. You might have some sighting issues at first, but they seem to work themselves out with some dedicated practice and dry fire. Weapon manipulations for me really are a no brainer. Having had to teach lefties for a long time I have made it a point to be somewhat proficient. This just brought me to a whole new level.
Wearing a backup on the ankle does offer plenty of advantages for sure. It gives you a completely separate mode of carry for those classier affairs. While it does take longer to draw from the ankle compared to weak side hip, you are drawing with your strong side and that allows for better performance on target.
Is one better than the other, that all depends on you really. How good are you on your weak side and how quickly do you need to access are the key questions. Answer those and you will be set, plus who doesn’t want to blast away at a target with two guns.