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Looking for a backup handgun
« on: April 08, 2009, 12:37:46 pm »
I am in the process of pre-employment for a government agency, and I know as a LEO you always want to carry a backup, usually in the same caliber as your duty gun. My duty gun will be a HK P2000 LEM in .40 (it's what will be issued to me) so I am mostly looking at .40's for backup. Any ideas on what the best option would be? So far I have considered the Glock 27 or 30SF (I know the 30 is a .45, but I love that cartridge), a Kahr CW or PM 40, the and the Walther PPS.

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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 01:11:07 pm »
    I'm a huge fan of the Kahr CW series and a G27 is always a good bet. The Walther is overpriced to me considering the Kahr's capacity at the same size or smaller. The G30 is a good bit larger than the G27 so it will be you're heaviest and bulkiest option (and even then its not HUGE).

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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009, 01:41:28 pm »
    If your gonna carry a BUG the P2000 as your primary would be a great BUG in itself.  Try packing a 2nd one.  I think you could do so easily AND you don't have to worry about packing EXTRA mags for your BUG. 
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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #3 on: April 08, 2009, 01:42:49 pm »
      An HK compact that can handle the same mags as your duty gun.

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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #4 on: April 08, 2009, 01:52:32 pm »
    I understand the HK would be the best choice for compatibility, but their customer service department is horrible, and I don't want to spend close to $900 on a BUG.

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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #5 on: April 08, 2009, 03:37:05 pm »
    Shop around you can find them for less if you do your part.  Their customer service... um?
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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #6 on: April 08, 2009, 04:05:33 pm »
    There's the Kel-Tec PF9.  I like mine.  Small, light, powerful.  It's 9mm though, so maybe not what you're after.



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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #7 on: April 08, 2009, 04:51:16 pm »
    M&P Compact in .40?  Their compact in 9mm and .45acp are both very nice.  Haven't tried it in .40

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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #8 on: April 08, 2009, 05:17:43 pm »
    I would pick the Glock.
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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #9 on: April 08, 2009, 05:20:27 pm »
    Kahr MK40 in an ankle rig...
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    Re: Looking for a backup handgun
    « Reply #10 on: April 12, 2009, 12:12:43 pm »
    You need to know the policy on second guns.  Some well known Federal agencies forbid them.  Other agencies are more realistic, but some have qualification requirements and other insurance requirements.  I'm told one county changed insurance companies and ended up running around buying up ammo and training all the LEOs to a new insurance standard!

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    Who notes at least one county agency in FL requires a standard FL qualification with the issue pistol and the BUG and then has an even more difficult qualification with both weapons that must be passed.

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