Why You Need More Than One Concealed Carry Gun

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If you’re going to carry a gun, you need to have more than one concealed carry gun. It isn’t so much that you need to carry a backup weapon (though plenty of people do and it is a good idea) but more that you should have more than one carry gun in your collection.

There are many reasons why you might want to do so, and almost all of them practical. The old saying goes that one is none and two is one, so here are a few reasons why you want to get a small collection going.

Your Concealed Carry Gun Will Be Evidence If Used


First, and most importantly, is that your concealed carry gun is almost certainly going to become evidence should it ever be used. If you need to retrieve your weapon from the safe, or take it out of your concealed carry holster and use it in defense of yourself or others, there’s an excellent chance that the police will numerous it into evidence.

Once taken into evidence, there’s no telling what is going to happen from there.

Hop on few forums around the web, and you’ll read many stories about people who went through the process or knew someone who did. You’ll find some common threads.

In some instances, the gun was never returned, either by legal requirements to keep it in evidence by the endless appeals by the nefarious person shot by the weapon, or that the police destroyed the gun. In other instances, the gun was returned effectively destroyed (sometimes after a lawsuit). Sometimes, the gun was returned more or less as it was surrendered though that seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

So, if you only have one carry gun and it has to be surrendered you become disarmed. Thus, you’ll want to have more.

Seasons Are Also Reasons


Another reason for having multiple carry guns is a seasonal rotation. Winter brings cold temperatures and precipitation and with that comes multiple layers of clothing. A larger pistol is easy to conceal that way.

However, once summer comes around that Gov’t frame, Glock 17, CZ-75 or what have you can get a little more difficult to conceal when you’re down to just a shirt and no jacket. A lot of people will carry their favorite full-size in the winter and go down to their J-frame, M&P Shield or Glock 26 in the summer for this reason.

Let’s Face It: Variety Is The Spice Of Life


Then we have a less practical reason, but certainly, no less a worthy one when it comes to having more than one concealed carry gun. Namely, appreciating firearms is a good thing and going to the range with multiple guns can be a fun time.

Granted, there’s also something to be said for the Patrick F. McManus view that guns are tools (he wrote that “gun nuts” are just something you have to endure to go on a good hunting trip) and should be viewed as such. A carry gun certainly is; as mentioned, you’ll likely lose it if you use it, so you should be prepared to do so. Any guns with sentimental attachments arguably should stay at home.

You don’t necessarily have to have an arsenal sufficient to take down a small country, though there’s nothing inherently wrong with it if you do. That said, if you’re going to get one, you should get a second one for the above reasons. It helps if it’s chambered for the same round; you’ll save on ammunition that way.

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  • Gloomsinger

    My daily carry gun collection consists of two Ruger LC9s, a S&W Shield 9mm, Sig 938, Ruger LCP, LCP2, and Colt Detective .38 Special snubby. Depending where I travel to, I may actually carry two guns.

    • Not everyone is in the same financial situation, so while this article is good for rich people, I say don’t wait for the chalk liners and morgue people to arrive. It is not a crime to leave the scene of a crime, for all you know the attacker is part of a gang and they are coming to check on their buddy. As far as you are concerned, you are not safe until you reach Your safe place, aka your home.

  • Mikial

    I’m certainly not going to catalog mine and my wife’s carry collection on-line for Lord knows who to read, but I will say that we do have enough to meet pretty much every situation, unless we decide to visit a nudist colony in which case it would become open carry. I carry several different guns depending on the occasion. I know some folks say that isn’t a good idea since I might forget which gun I’m carrying that day in a sudden and stressful self defense situation, but I have a significant level of experience with a wide range of weapons and practice with them all weekly. And there’s the key . . . practice and train with all your carry guns regularly, and know them intimately. This is especially true if you ever carry a subcompact DAO handgun. And do consider a BUG, it’s a wise thing to do.

    • Gloomsinger

      I’m not concerned about that. Just saying you have a gun leaves you in the same position as me. Nobody is interested, and your guns are already registered with “Lord Knows Who”, so…

      • Mikial

        Well, if you want to brag about how many guns you have on line, then be my guest.

        • Gloomsinger

          And you can do as you please as well. Thanks.

  • Jim L

    Sounds like it’s best to use a gun that you can afford to lose.

    • Mikial

      Excellent point. And if you have a preferred gun, have two of them so that if one is confiscated, you have an identical gun to carry the next day. For myself, I do that but I also have a Second Amendment law firm on retainer who will fight to get my gun back.

      • Jim L

        I bought the insurance. I hope I never have to use it, but I also hope it’s worth the investment in terms of they deliver what they say they do.

        • HairofDog

          I can’t afford it.

        • Gloomsinger

          That “insurance” is a joke. Have a good lawyer at the ready.

          • Mikial

            What are you basing that on?

          • Gloomsinger

            Research. I was going to get this “insurance, which really is not insurance. I took a pad and pen and went to different websites and forums to gather as much information as I could in order to make the best choice. This little endeavor took the better part of a week, after which the conclusion I came to was that it’s a waste of money. I actually was disappointed because I initially thought it was a good thing. Unfortunately, the good thing doesn’t exist.

          • Mikial

            That’s fair. I think it’s worth it, as is the attorneys I have on retainer for immediate representation in the event of a self defense incident. But honestly, the bottom line is that we all make whatever preparations we feel are appropriate and useful. And I sincerely wish you the best in all circumstances. Have a great weekend.

          • Gloomsinger

            Oh yeah…I’m not going to argue with that. Everybody makes the choices they believe will suit them the best. I’m just saying that after reading what people who dealt with these organizations, and physically discussing it with a few, I’m just saying to be very cautious and do serious research. I found it to be be very convoluted and confusing, actually, with regard to obtaining factual information on how these insurances actually protect you in the event things go very wrong. Myself? I look at this as another survival tool, and after reading about it I’m just not willing to stake my life on them. I may have to pay an attorney my entire life savings, but at least I know he damn well knows what he’s talking about with regard to the law, and I’ll pay whatever it’s worth to be certain I’ll have the proper defense and not lose my freedom after some scumbag forces me to use my gun.

          • Jim L

            Judging by the costs if things go bad, I wouldn’t be able to afford it.

          • Don’t wait for police, holster your weapon, blend into the crowds, slink away and get away from the scene.

          • Jim L

            In todays age of cameras everywhere, that’s going to become less effective.

          • Wear a mask anytime in public.

          • Jim L

            yeah, just call me anonymous. 🙂

          • It’s a good looking mask, I have one.

    • Gloomsinger

      If your gun is cheap enough for you to lose without worry, it’s not one I’d want to rely on. If I pull a gun and be forced to use it, the last thing I’d worry about is having it confiscated afterward. Being alive is more important. They make more.

  • retfed

    “Variety is the spice of life.” Well, not in an emergency. If you habitually carry a Glock or an M&P (or a revolver), and the emergency presents itself while you’re carrying your 1911 or LCP II, are you going to remember to wipe off the safety? Are you willing to bet your life on it?
    I agree that you should have more than one gun available, but if you’re going to carry them, they should all work the same way.

  • The answer is not to spend more money, but don’t wait for the police to arrive, don’t try to grab your 15min. of Lame.

  • AJLoca

    It’s sad you need two in Florida since you wear shorts 10 months out of the year. I’d love to carry the full sized Beretta, but I can’t.

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