All fights, certainly gunfights, are violent physical encounters.  In the middle of the fight any number of failures can occur.  If there is a Murphy’s Law it is certainly most likely to occur in the middle of a gun battle. Fortunately everything that makes carrying a single snub convenient: small size, light weight, adequate power also supports the carrying of a back-up snub. But are their any legitimate reasons to do so? By my count there are ten reasons for carrying a second gun.  These include:

You run out of time

You run out of ammunition

Your primary gun malfunctions

Your primary gun is disabled

Your primary shooting hand is disabled

Your primary gun is lost

Your primary gun is inaccessible

You’re fighting over the primary gun

You’ve lost the fight over the primary gun

You need to arm a trusted other

Tomorrow we will start looking at each of these items in some detail.