When to Go to the BUG?
Say you're carrying a Beretta 92FS OWB at 3:30 o'clock and a Walther PPK IWB at 1:00 o'clock on your belt, both with the safety on and a round in the chamber.
Also you are in a situation where you need a gun immediately. You draw your 92FS, switch the safety off, pull the trigger, and it does not fire.
What do you do next? Do you try to get the Beretta working or do you let it fall to the ground and draw the PPK?
My training is tap, rack, click....go to BUG.
Why do I have the safety on?
Going for backup gun would depend on distance and type of threat. Tap-rack-bang first incase it was a bad round. If it fails again, go for the back up.
This makes a good case for carrying the backup where it is accessible to the offside hand.
The only time I expect my Bug to act as a primary is when the Bug actually is a mirror image of my primary carry and I rarely do that. And when I do carry two of the same, I usually don’t carry a spare magazine, just two guns and be able to shoot with either hand. Then maybe the primary response when the weapon went ‘click’ would be to draw the other weapon.
So let's rewrite it a little bit.
I have my Glock 26 on my right side IWB FIST holster under my t-shirt and my TCP .380 on the left side, IWB appendix holster, also under the t-shirt.
If the BG is close, I mean face slapping close and my Glock goes 'click' I suspect I will jam the Glock his face and then go ape on him.
If the distance is just a bit farther and they have their gun up and about to fire, well I might just get shot before I can a) go ape, b) do a tap-rack, or c) draw a Bug. Otherwise if their gun is not up, a tap-rack is in order followed by a Banzai attack cause that TCP ain’t the most fastest gun to draw!
At more distance, say 7 yards, tap-rack and if that fails a split-s behind cover before my hide gets perforated.
The Bug would be more likely used if I have a) emptied the contents of my Glock to no avail, or b) lost my Glock. I say this cause to stand out in the open and do a bunch of emergency drills AND THEN pull a Bug is asking to be shot.
Generic answer: You go to the second gun whenever it's faster to solve the problem than fixing your first gun.
More specific, but still general: Beating the opponent about the eye socket and temple with the primary may be faster than going to the BUG. Running like your hair is on fire might be faster than either. IOW, our real job is to win the fight, not to shoot him.
How do you know? Train.
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