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    Looking to get a back up weapon to be worn in an ankle holster and was wondering you guys opinions of which would be the most reliable. Other than a revolver. That's obvious but the way I figure it, if I'm using that I want more than 5 shots. I was lookin at a Glock 27 but wanted to know what you guys have experience with.

    Opinions?

  • #2
    I carry a Glock 27 as a back-up/off-duty pistol. I can shoot it as accuracely as my Glock 22. Sometimes it does take me an instant longer to find the front sight with the 27, especially if I'm rusty with it.
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    • #3
      My G26 has been dead reliable.
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      • #4
        The sub-compact Glocks are just about unbeatable. I have had a 27 and a 26...both are excellent choices. What is your duty weapon? If it is also a Glock, then it is a no-brainer, as your backup gun would be able to use your larger magazines, if the need should arise.

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        • #5
          If you have gotten yourself into something so bad that the extra 5 rounds of a backup can't get you out of, then more rounds probably won't do you much good. However, I do absolutely agree that if given the choice and it is available, then a ultra-compact of version of your duty weapon is the way to go. You never know when an errant round or something of that nature may take your service pistol out of action.

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          • #6
            My backup is a Keltec PF-9.
            Its a 8 shot 9mm. Its light,flat and barely noticable. Its a DAO, and it has a better trigger than the other KeltTecs and its pretty accurate.

            I carry in my boot when I go to church and at the 5 oclock postion all the rest of the time.
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            • #7
              I carry a G27 in a Galco ankle rig. The G27 is a bit much for some and the G26 much more comfortable of a shooter. Either are very nice and very reliable weapons that work well as an ankle carried BUG.
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              • #8
                The thing that makes a firearm reliable is how you care for it.

                Unless it's a highpoint....
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                • #9
                  Without a doubt the HighPoints are pieces of crap.

                  With that being said...they work.
                  The last murder I worked was a guy that had been shot 5 times with a Highpoint 9MM. We was tore up pretty good and plenty dead.
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                  • #10
                    My primary weapon is a Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm. Thanks for all the imput guys. I actually looked at the Kel Tech's but figured with such a cheap price that they weren't worth a crap.

                    I don't know very very much about guns I just know how to shoot them. Never qual'd less than perfect in either the military or the Post.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by justhomp View Post
                      The thing that makes a firearm reliable is how you care for it.

                      Unless it's a highpoint....
                      + 1 !!!! Carry a S&W 908 (8+1)- it operates better with the lighter 115 gr JHP rds ,but there hasn't been a real gripe when using 147 gr JHP subsonics.for smaller officers,it would be a "problem" ,but i can slide it into work pants or a my jeans front pockets easily.Started back to wearing it off duty more than my .45 beretta or my .40 cal GLOCK as they are bigger,and its easier to conceal(plus can slap two mags in my pocket with out a fuss) routine maintenance,including keeping dust/debris out of the barrel ,as well as a lubricated slide,and you will stay in "business.

                      On my job I notice the new guys/girls are nut big "gun" type people( they go EOW with their duty weapons in their carry bags,or leave them in their lockers).Very few buy back ups,and most try to find the smallest gun possible-not for concealable factors,but just becuase they don't want a "big gun".alot of new guys that are around my size-6'2" and above,seem happy as punch to try and squeeze their "bear paws" into their duty issued GLOCK 19s and Beretta 92 VERTECS(guns made for smaller statured officers),and the newer recruits whine and grit about shooting their issued GLOCK 22s...........
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                      • #12
                        I'd highly recommend a High Point! For your money, you won't find a better............................fishing weight. Seriously, the Glock 27 is an outstanding backup weapon. When we could, I carried one (Glock 27, not a High Point) in a DeSantis Apache ankle rig as a backup to my Model 23. Since they could both use the Model 23's magazines, it's a "no brainer."

                        I've never owned one, but I've shot a few versions of the Kahr in 9mm and .40 S&W and they all appealed to me. When our department "banned" Glocks, all striker fired pistols were prohibited and that includes the Kahrs. To bad, in addition to being very well made, a couple of versions are even smaller than the sub-compact Glocks.
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                        • #13
                          Why on earth would they ban Glocks?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JPSO437 View Post
                            Why on earth would they ban Glocks?
                            Some professional police administrators do not like Glocks because of their fear of them. I would suspect it is because you have to press the trigger prior to disassembly.

                            When I worked on the Criminal Interdiction Team I carried a Glock 27 as a B/U.
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                            • #15
                              I carry the baby version of the Glock I carry on duty.....as I can use it for for a BUG as well......

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