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Do you count rounds as you shoot?

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

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  1. berettaprofessor

    berettaprofessor Member

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    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

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    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

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

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

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

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    Probably not as much as I should.
     
  7. joecil

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    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

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    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

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

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    Yep. Always.
     
  11. Onward Allusion

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  17. Byrd666

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

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

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    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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    When shooting USPSA matches with 10 round magazines, I go through each stage in my head so that I change magazines before I run out between groups of targets to reduce stage times.

    double-tap, double-tap, double-tap, double-tap ... move/change mag ... double-tap, double-tap, double-tap, double-tap, double-tap ... move/change mag ... etc.
     
  22. Ankeny

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    Nope. Unless I am shooting a USPSA classifier like "Can you Count".
     
  23. Takem406

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    Why count? Where is the actual text book importance of this logic listed?

    Between focusing on the threat, my front sight, trigger set, and not getting killed how am I supposed to count my shots?

    My XDM holds a total of 17 rounds. My G27 holds 10. I carry a spare mag no matter what I carry. If I have my XDM I carry a total of 33 rounds.
    If I carry my 27 I have 25 if I carry my Glock 22 mag.

    If I practice reloads and I'm proficient in reloading whys it matter? If the slide locks back reload it.

    17 rounds is a lot to count even just plinking. Even 10. I have a hard enough time counting outside of shooting let a lone while shooting.

    I guess I prefer the KISS method to things, keep it simple stupid!

    In God and Glock we Trust
     
  24. browneu

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    I always count rounds. Otherwise when will you know when its ready for a magazine change?

    My father in law doesn't count rounds and always continue to try to shoot with the slide locked back.

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2
     
  25. The Lone Haranguer

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    I know when I've run out when the slide locks back. ;)
     
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