For what it is worth, at one time the state of Louisiana issued their state patrolman a High Standard derringer 22 magnum. Following link might be of interest.http://www.darkcanyon.net/handguns_by_skeeter_skelton_mar_1967.htm
I always thought LEO Skelton spoke from personal experience rather than trying to imitate what others...
That's more along the lines of what I was thinking, something that rides in the pocket unnoticed.
The pocket is about the worst place to carry a backup pistol for numerous reasons. A backup pistol needs to be accessible in almost every situation just like the duty pistol.
- If you are attacked in the patrol vehicle, it does happen, then the backup is inaccessible.
- Standing it's almost impossible for me to get my hand in my pocket with all the other gear. The Taser holster and gun holster block both pockets.
- If engaged in a fight on the ground, I always try to keep my hand on or near my duty pistol so the bad guy doesn't take it, once again pocket holster would be hard to remove from pocket.
Places I have carried a backup that I liked were:
- Outside of the ankle on the off hand, for me that would be outside of left ankle. It's accessible in the car, during a fight it's easier to get to while protecting the duty gun.
- Also, on my vest under my shirt, pretty easy to get with both hands but was oriented for off hand draw.
I do know officers that carry a backup in the cargo pocket. I don't personally because I don't any that thing banging against me while in a foot chase and I think Class B uniforms just look tacky.
As far as where the officer carries it, its personal preference, and they will go through more holsters and locations than you can imagine.
I can't tell you what I have carried (revolver) because it's not approved by my department. But they are great for contact shots, which is the main reason I carried a backup (don't currently carry one
) . It's a get off me gun and an absolute last ditch effort when the duty pistol fails and I don't have the shotgun or rifle.