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CCW and Magazines

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by SuperNaut, Mar 4, 2008.


How many mags do you carry?

  1. I learned from the Trolley Square shooting and carry as many mags as I am able.

  2. Statistic say I don't need any more rounds than one mag holds.

  1. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    How many of you guys carry more than just the mag in the gun; and what is your reasoning?
  2. DirksterG30

    DirksterG30 Well-Known Member

    For my single-stack guns (MK9 & P3AT) I carry 2 spare mags. For my double-stack CZ P-01, I carry 1 spare mag.

    My reasoning is 2-fold:
    First, I'd rather have the spare ammo in the event that I need it. If I don't need it, fine. If I do, and I don't have it, I'm in a world of hurt.

    Second, magazines are the weak link of autoloaders. It's better to have a spare in case the one in the gun malfunctions.
  3. Guitargod1985

    Guitargod1985 Well-Known Member

    I'm somewhere in between the two poll options. While I usually carry more than just the magazine i the gun, it isn't exactly enough for a war zone. With revolvers I carry two speed loaders. If I am carrying an autoloader,
    i will either carry one extra magazine or two, depending on the size and concealability of the mag. For example, my .380 mags are significantly smaller than the mags for my other primary carry gun. As a result I usually carry two spare mags for the .380 but only one for my Ruger P90 (.45 ACP). This also typically means that I carry more ammunition for weaker cartridges than for stronger ones, should the need arise to use multiple mags.

    The way someone else at THR put it, "if your day is going bad enough where you have to draw your gun, it's not a stretch that you're having a bad enough day to have to use more than one magazine." Er... something to that effect.

    Statistically improbable? Yes. But then so is having to draw your gun in the first place.

    It's just like the fire extinguisher. It isn't likely that I'll need it, but since I have one I might as well have the biggest one I can get. :D
  4. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    I've been going back and forth between the two in my head. I lean towards the statistical improbability of needing more rounds, plus I'm lazy.
  5. Landric

    Landric Well-Known Member

    There is not really an option on the poll that fits me. Generally speaking I carry either a spare magazine for my primary weapon or a backup gun, but not usually both. Interestingly enough, I often find myself carrying spare ammunition for my backup gun, a S&W J-frame, because speed strips are easier to carry/conceal than double stack magazines.
  6. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    That's close enough to option one IMHO.
  7. jlbraun

    jlbraun Well-Known Member

    If I were carrying a 1911, I would have a spare magazine. As I carry a 14rd gun, I have my spare already in the gun.

    And as my P01 has *never* failed in 2600 rounds, I feel that carrying an extra magazine in the event of a malf is unnecessary.
  8. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    If 14rds of 40cal can't save me, another mag full isn't either:)
  9. dtalley

    dtalley Well-Known Member

    KelTec P3AT, I carry one extra mag. with me usually.. It is just kind of like a security blank type of thing with me to have it.
  10. Cowboybootnut

    Cowboybootnut Well-Known Member

    Bersa Thunder 9 UC 14 rds + one-13 rd extra mag.
  11. 1911NM

    1911NM Well-Known Member

    Carry a single stack and one spare.
  12. hobgob

    hobgob Well-Known Member

    I agree with dirkster on this one, my CHL is still in the process of being approved, but i plan on carrying at least one extra mag for my px4, even tho each mag holds 17.
  13. Mulliganpaintdee

    Mulliganpaintdee Well-Known Member

    I only need to carry one 17 round magazine I think. If 17+1 rounds don't do me any good than I doubt another mag would make much of a difference, unless ofcourse the zombies are walking around again
  14. Hawaiian

    Hawaiian Well-Known Member

    A double stack mag is enough for me. Single stack, I ofter carry one extra.
  15. jimbob86

    jimbob86 Well-Known Member

    1 extra, as eight is generally enough for 1 fight. The extra is in case the bad guys' buddies get there before the cops do.
  16. Mad Magyar

    Mad Magyar Well-Known Member

    If you have exhausted your pistol in halting a life-threat, have not extinguished the situation; have not secured cover; and the "calvary" haven't arrived: you are in "DEEP S#$T"....
    You ever get hauled into court armed to teeth, a.k.a "Rambo", you figure out the rest.....:)
    Oh, yeah, what if your mag......Please, enough already with the "what if" scenarios....One should know his carry pistol, his capabilities under stress to the letter.....:mad:
    It might be that I just don't "get it"...The way I dress most of the year really isn't conducive to extra gear...Concealment for a handgun is full time for me, let alone adding a mag or two....
  17. sdj

    sdj Well-Known Member

    Just the firearm (G32; high cap (13) round magazine, no spares).
    14 rounds with the chamber topped up.
    14 rounds of .357sig: for me, this is enough.
  18. shadowalker

    shadowalker Well-Known Member

    On the comment of multiple hits, once the conditions of deadly force have been met you aren't under obligation to stop shooting until the threat is over, whether that is 0, 1, or 15 rounds fired.

    I carry a total of 3 magazines, for several reasons I view not having a spare magazine the same as not having a spare tire. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    #1 There is absolutely no guarantee 8 or even 13 rounds will get the job done, there is no guarantee there will be only one attacker, that you will get hits, that those hits will be effective. Under stress the ability to shoot accurately deteriorates.

    #2 The magazine is most likely going to be the cause of a malfunction, magazines can fail with very little warning. I've seen factory Glock magazines crack in half at the range, magazine springs fail and render the firearm inoperable.

    #3 The ability to reload and have a fully charged weapon is a great advantage, I'd rather have 13+1 than 7 in the magazine if their is a break in the action.

    #4 Balances the weight of the firearm, better for the body and feels more comfortable.
  19. Mandirigma

    Mandirigma Well-Known Member

    With my 1911's I carry 2 spare mags, with my Glock's just one.

    My reasoning is simple, run dry once, you'll never want to be in that position again.

    I do also keep spare mags and rounds for each in my trucks, as I am never sure which one I'll be carrying.
  20. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Well-Known Member

    I carry 2 back up mags just because I want to!

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