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How many rounds should your carry gun have loaded in it?

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics and Training' started by george burns, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. JR24

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    Pretty much, regardless what I'm carrying. Always a mag on the off side as well. For more ammo sure, a spare for bad mag definately, but I mostly carry a spare because my borderline OCD demands I have something on the other side of my belt (from the gun) to balance (even if the weight is nothing close to similar).

    Doublestacks I'll carry one spare, single stack I'll often carry two as it's not any more work to conceal two so why not.

    Lately I've also been tossing a lower profile (8 round 9mm officer 1911 mag currently, but a 7 round full size .45 works too) mag in my offside pocket just because it fits nice.

    So, today I have ... carry the one... 39 9mms on me.

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    I thought that was what the theater ticket pocket on the inside of a suit/sport coat was for.

    Clip the belt loop off a neoprene Sticky belt magazine holder and it fits nicely.
     
  3. Blue Brick

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    Right now 54 rounds. Ya I know. Its mainly because they are pistol and carbine magazines and I don't want to leave them loaded at home.
     
  4. george29

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    Paul is quoting statistics. But he always ends his videos with, you decide.
     
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  5. Kevin Rohrer

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  6. SharpDog

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    IMHO: In the gun = at least 8, Total = at least 24, more if caliber is less than .380 acp E.G I would load a Keltec p32 with 10 rd mags and still want more).
     
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    That pretty much sums it up...........
     
  8. mljdeckard

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    I recently switched from a single-stack 1911 .45 (8+8+1) to a double-stack 1911 9mm. (17+17+1.) It's slightly larger, but I use all the same holsters I used to. (And I have a spare rig.) A few things drove this.

    The more I train, the more my mind thinks of new things that can go wrong when you;re fighting. I never heard of anyone who was in a gunfight and complained that they had TOO MUCH ammo.

    Also, I got my wife up and running on 9mm, and I like handloading and training all with the same cartridge. I didn't throw my .45 stuff away, but I don't actively collect brass and bulk handload for it anymore either. 9mm reloads for roughly half what .45 does.

    And I have also become convinced that the effectiveness of modern bullets has rendered any previously acknowledged size advantage from bigger bullets to be so small as to be negligible. I think, running modern defensive bullets, between any of the service cartridges, you would have to shoot a lot of people a lot of different ways to see is there is any difference at all in real-world effectiveness. If I can carry more, and shoot better with less recoil, and get another hit, that outweighs any advantage a .45 has over a 9mm.

    I am currently training alongside DHS guys whose agency just switched from .40 back to 9mm. They are giving away their .40 training ammo.
     
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  9. Jack Ryan

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    All of 'em.
     
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  10. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    However many the cylinder or mag holds.... If i knew things were going to hell, I want a belt fed machine of some sort.
     
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  11. INSANECANE

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    As many as I can possible fit in whatever I am carry at the moment, and of course always carry extras.
     
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  12. P5 Guy

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    Stuff going that sideways call for air strikes and artillery barrages.
     
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  13. Stevie-Ray

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    I carry 8 rounds of .45 ACP in the primary and a Detroit reload of 7 rounds of .32 ACP.;)
     
  14. km101

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    J frame .357 - 5 rounds in the gun, 5 rounds in a speedloader in my weak side front pocket. I practice reloading but I doubt I’ll ever have to use it.
     
  15. newfalguy101

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    All of em + at least one reload

    Not much point having a gun that is defanged by downloading and if its not reliable when loaded to full capacity....its not really reliable enough to trust with your life, is it??
     
  16. George P

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    A full mag, no other mags. Guess it depends on where you live and what issues you might face.
     
  17. JTHunter

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    While I don't carry (yet) because of the amount of time spent at various medical facilities with an aging parent, I have a custom-made rig for my 4" GP-100 (.357). It carries a full load of 6 with 2 Speedloaders on the belt and there is a case large enough for a box of 50 rounds (more if I just dump them in it). The reason for the box-sized case is so I can feed a Marlin 1894 with the same ammo.
     
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