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Do you count rounds as you shoot?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by berettaprofessor, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Well-Known Member

    Just wondered how many others count rounds as they shoot or if my natural OCD is just showing its head?

    And whether you do or don't, do you think it makes an ND more or less likely in terms of miscounting and having a round left after you thought it was done? I ask because today I thought I had a 10 round mag in a Beretta 84, finished 10 rounds, came out of stance, looked at the gun, and saw it hadn't locked back.

    Sorry, I tried to search, since I would think this would be a common question, but couldn't find asked.
  2. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    I do when I'm just putting holes in paper.

    And I think counting makes an ND more likely to happen, if you're completely going off your count and aren't following the 4 rules.
  3. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    Only when shooting revolvers. With autos, I just shoot until the slide locks back.
  4. Delawarean

    Delawarean Well-Known Member

    I don't except with rimfires. I try not to dry fire those.
  5. Bio-Chem

    Bio-Chem Well-Known Member

    i always count. just habit. can't remember a time i've miscounted though
  6. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    Probably not as much as I should.
  7. joecil

    joecil Well-Known Member

    Pretty much so even with autos. Just a habit I got into years ago so when it was required to have to change magazines in a hurry so you had it ready to go. Now I also keep track of how much I shoot through every gun since the day I bought then in a spreed sheet. I list the date, ammo type if factory or list the load if my loads, bullet type etc. I also keep notes on some things such as problems feed, accuracy etc if it occurs.
  8. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    I sometimes do when shooting paper, but I think it makes an ND *more* likely. Someone might trust their counting more than they should and as a result won't follow the 4 rules... ND waiting to happen

    When I am shooting a match I usually don't just because my focus is elsewhere. I can generally keep a pretty good idea of how many rounds I have fired so that I know when to change mags, but as far as trying to keep an exact count? Never.
  9. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Not consciously, but I always seem to know when I'm squeezing off the last round.
  10. Esoxchaser

    Esoxchaser Well-Known Member

    Yep. Always.
  11. Onward Allusion

    Onward Allusion Well-Known Member

    Always count rounds, but ALWAYS follow the 4's. Too easy to miss by one, especially with guns that don't lock back or revolvers.
  12. 5-SHOTS

    5-SHOTS Well-Known Member

    I always count the rounds when shooting but I don't trust in this habit a bit to determinate if my gun is empty or not. For me it's just a training but it's too simple to go wrong.
  13. TarDevil

    TarDevil Well-Known Member

    I don't count individual shots, but use other means to keep my tally (number of magazines, boxes of ammo, etc). My OCD kicks in when trying to find brass... I'll spend days looking for the last one!
  14. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    It's silly to routinely count rounds as you shoot them. It clutters up your thoughts with inconsequential information.

    If you're shooting a semi-auto and can't detect by feeling the different recoil impetus when the slide locks back, then you need to get to the point where you can.
  15. md2lgyk

    md2lgyk Well-Known Member

    I'm a long time (30+ year) bullseye competitor. I've always counted my rounds. Helps me determine if my cadence is too slow, especially in the rapid fire stages.
  16. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    Nope, never count rounds when I'm shooting. I keep mine in quart freezer bags so it'd be kind of pointless. We just shoot until we're tired, sweep up the cases and go get some ice cream. Counting rounds while shooting is like figuring gasoline mileage while driving.

    I do keep up with primers though, and they are 100% present or accounted for.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  17. Byrd666

    Byrd666 Well-Known Member

    Almost always. About the only time I don't is when I'm doing a speed fire on the target.
  18. farm23

    farm23 Well-Known Member

    Not consciously but I know when the gun is going to be empty and am ready.
  19. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    I count subconscienely but I don't try to. I have been only putting 6 rounds in my semi-autos lately while practicing, I don't know why for sure, I guess after shooting revolvers for 30 yrs it just sounds natural to me.
  20. Creature

    Creature Well-Known Member

    I always count. It comes in handy when shooting various courses "on the clock" that require a reload...ie: shoot 7 from an 8, insert a new mag as the near empty drops and carry on shooting. Not having to release the slide manually can shave a few tenths of a second off my time.

    I can also see how counting your rounds can also have benefits if shooting for your life.

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