Where to carry a backup gun

If you wear a backup gun on duty, I know the question of what kind of gun and where to carry it has crossed your mind. Vest, pocket and ankle holsters are some of the most common areas to carry, but they can be hard to get to and often only accessible by the dominate hand. Other areas, like an additional belt holster, often violate policy, plus they're not a surprise to the criminal and pose possible retention problems in a fight.


I solve this problem by wearing my backup gun in a handcuff pouch in the front of my belt next to the buckle. To everyone looking at your gear, it appears to be just an extra set of cuffs. The flap and snap of the cuff pouch keeps the weapon secure, even in a fight, and by wearing it in the front you can bring it into play by either hand. This is extremely helpful when fighting over your primary if a subject grabs it, if you’re pinned to the ground and lying on your primary, or if you’ve had your primary side hurt and are disabled.


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