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What is considered Hi-Capacity in 9mm?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by watindes, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. watindes

    watindes Active Member

    This was before my gun interest so I don't know the specifics but what was considered too many bullets when the ban was in place?


  2. novaDAK

    novaDAK Well-Known Member

    Anything over 10 rounds was banned, regardless of caliber.
  3. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    No such thing as Hi-capacity. There are normal full capacity magazines and neutered low capacity magazines. The defunct AWB prohibited the manufacture of magazine of greater than 10 rounds.
  4. rsilvers

    rsilvers Well-Known Member

    Not true. There are high-cap mags. For example, Glock makes 33 round high-capacity magazines.
  5. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Well-Known Member

    I'd say anything more than 10 rounds is: "Standard Capacity" for whatever that gun's magazine comes with.

    Anything 10 rounds or less: "reduced capacity"

    "High-capacity" is a term made up by the anti-gun crowd.
  6. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    The 1911 and P-08 Luger had 8 rd magazines. THe Browning Hi-Power was the first to have a staggered magazine with 13 rd magazine capacity.
    S&W 59 was the first DA/SA with the staggered mag Hi-Cap mag.

    High Capacity magazines for semi-autos was termed by gun
    writers/magazines before most of y'all were probably born.

    High Capacity 9MM Luger took off with the CZ 75 in 1975 and
    the SIgs then Glocks - Beretta 92 came along shortly thereafter
    and they filtered down to the gangbangers with spray & pray
    drive bys.

    Welcome to the late 20th century

  7. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    I'd say any mag designed specifically to extend well past the grip and add notably more rounds to the gun's on-board capacity. For example, I don't think that a 17 round Glock 17 mag counts as a high cap, because it is designed to be fully integral with that pistol, even if the mag is used in a Glock 19 or 26. However, the 33-round stick magazines I would call high capacity, because it improves capacity beyond what any production Glock pistol can use in a reasonable size.
  8. Phil DeGraves

    Phil DeGraves Well-Known Member

    Actually, the Broomhandle Mauser M1896, was the first full powered "hi-cap" staggered magazine handgun.
  9. fletcher

    fletcher Well-Known Member

    >10 rounds is the typical limit before it's legally considered "high capacity". Realistically, I'd consider a high capacity magazine anything that protrudes unusually from the bottom of the pistol, such as the 33-rounders mentioned above.
  10. lions

    lions Well-Known Member

    I agree with NG VI. "High capacity" will vary from gun to gun based on what the gun was designed to hold. If you use a mag that holds more rounds than the one that came with the gun I would call it high capacity.

    Watindes: Who doesn't enjoy a good royale burger with cheese?
  11. watindes

    watindes Active Member

    My Astra has a 17 round clip, I was surprised when I got it that it could hold that much.

    Thanks for the responses
  12. possum

    possum Well-Known Member

    i personally think there is no such thing as "high cap" but technically anything over 10rds is "high cap"
  13. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    They are not 'high capacity mags'. They are standard capacity for the Glock 18.
    "Technically" here meaning "legally under the old AWB"

    If it was designed for a pistol, it is standard capacity.

    The Calico 100 round 9mm magazine for the Calico pistol is not a "high cap mag", but a standard one.

    As has been mentioned, a "high cap mag" is a legal invention. The gov can pass a law that says dogs are cats, but that doesn't change reality.
  14. Phil DeGraves

    Phil DeGraves Well-Known Member

    High capacity referred t more than was previously understood to be normal for a handgun. So, in the 1800s, anything more than 6 rounds (the LeMat revolver for example) was "high capacity". After the turn of the century when the whole world had pretty much gone to either .45 or 9mm, standard capacity was 7 or 8 rounds. When the BHP came along with 13 rounds standard, that was perceived to be "high capacity."
  15. Orion8472

    Orion8472 Well-Known Member

    I agree with those who say that "high capacity" is an anti-gunner term.

    My FN Five Seven has a standard round capacity of 20 rounds for each magazine. Those who are unfortunate enough to live in "communist states" have reduced capacity magazines of 10 rounds.

    Now, I do have two magazines that I have 10 round extenders on. I suppose they could be technically labeled as "high capacity magazines".
  16. KiltedClaymore

    KiltedClaymore Well-Known Member

    33 rounds for most pistols
  17. jlh26oo

    jlh26oo Well-Known Member

    low capacity < (10 = CAPACITY L.O.L.) < high capacity

    That would have been funny had they weighted it according to caliber though (I.E. you get to choose among 8 rounds of .45 A.C.P., 9 rounds of .40 S.W./.357sig, or 10 rounds of 9mm etc)!

    Seriously though, that's a good point P.D.G.- it's all relative.
  18. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    +1 Phil DeGraves for the reality of terms of
    High Capacity and when it was coined.

  19. jaydubya

    jaydubya Well-Known Member

    A historical note: the Browning High Power came to be known that way because of a rather poor translation its Belgian/French name: Grande Puissance. A better translation would be "High Capacity". So now you know where it came from.

    Cordially, Jack
  20. So true - well-put. Something about that made me laugh hard. I guess it's the thought of my dogs being pissed off that the .gov is claiming they are worthless cats. :D

    I had also already forgotten about giving away all of those damned "low-caps" (which came with pistols I bought) on the internet to those poor saps in Maryland, Mass, and elsewhere. Needless to say, from 94-04, I bought only pistols which had a large supply of "standard caps" on the used market.

    Is that a brass catcher hangin off that Calico, or what?

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