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Something goes "bump" in the night...how to bring extra ammo/

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by natedog, Sep 13, 2003.

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  1. natedog

    natedog Member

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    Let's say you're in bed and you hear the sounds of a break in. You go and investigate, and you grap your gun. Do you bring extra mags? If so, how? Personally, I don't really want to sleep with my mag pouches on. Usually I'm just in my skivvies, and I don't really see how I could quickly bring ammo with me.
     
  2. Ed Brunner

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    From TFL a long time ago...

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    I was sound asleep. Right up until the front door opened noisily at three AM this morning...

    Wide awake, instant condition RED... listen... deep breath, chamber check 1911. Stick spare mag in mouth. (No mag pouch on my BVDs)
    Flashlight in hand, trigger finger straight, exfil bedroom, move down hallway to front room, slice the pie as I gain access to front room enfilade...

    I light up my 19 year old son, back late from a study group at the college.
    "Dad, the front door is sticking again. Sorry about the noise."

    Another deep breath, pull underwear from buttcrack... "Go get a damned oil can!"

    Despite the *potential* for tragedy, this experience re-enforced for me the need for training, training, training.
    The need to have a clear head when going into combat.
    Thanks to LOTS of training, my family is all safely intact, and I dial 911 only AFTER TSHTF and the smoke has cleared.

    My son was not a bit rattled by the event, because he KNOWS that I shoot only when necessary, only when I have an identified target.

    I must admit I had a hard time getting back to sleep though...
     
  3. Oracle

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    My bedside gun is a Glock 17. With 18 rounds on board, I don't really need an extra mag to go investigate a bump in the night.

    Of course, if you felt the need, you could always have a handgun in a shoulder holster with extra mag/speedloader pouches on the other side, and slip that on when going to investigate.
     
  4. Zach S

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    Two extra mags throughout the house. One on top the fridge, and the other on top the piano. Did I put them there for a tactical reason? No. The top of the fridge and top of the piano are where I normally put my peice when I'm working on my car(s) or lying on the couch watcing a movie, forgot about them, then couldnt find them (both were covered with Hot rod Magazine or something). I bought replacements then found the "lost" ones, thought they may come in handy in a SHTF scenerio so theyre still there. Weird thing is, even though I did it unentionally, it still has an advantage. Assuming theres just one BG, if I cant get to one mag un-noticed, I can get to the other. If I am noticed, I've still got nine rounds if the need arises.

    I normally dont even sleep in my skivvies, however I do keep whatever jeans I wore right beside the bed, and have an extra mag in the left pocket.
     
  5. RWK

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    In my nightstand right now – with no children remaining – is my Smith 625-9 Mountain Gun, loaded with 200 grain .45 Colt (1100 FPS) CorBon plus two speed loaders. Across the room is my 12 gauge Remington 870 with five round of 00 buck shot.

    If I ever need even a fraction of this, I’ll be surprised. Fact is, I feel very securely armed in my home – generally, low crime, nice neighborhood, but recognizing there is no absolute safety – with a top-quality revolver loaded with six first-class JHPs.

    Regards.
     
  6. Navy joe

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    With a weapon mounted light it is pretty easy to hold a spare mag between the pinky and ring finger of your weak hand and still keep a good grip. trigger finger runs light. If it's in mouth you can't communicate. In my house I probably know where all the spare guns are too though.
     
  7. Zach S

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    I've lost a couple mags yeah, but never a gun, I know where they are at all times.

    Even though (I dont think) that was aimed at my post, it still kinda hit me the wrong way.
     
  8. Devonai

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    I'm with Oracle. If I was even more concerned, I could use my 17+2 magazine instead.
     
  9. AK103K

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    What? You boys dont have a big dog? :)

    If they are determined enough to come in with a 125lb Rottie asking their intentions, I'm not bothering with a measly little pistol! 30 rounds of 7.62x39 should address the problem. Thats if the dog leaves me something to shoot at. :)
     
  10. TheeBadOne

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    I have a spare mag in several rooms through out my house.
     
  11. VaughnT

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    While I like the idea of stashing spare mags in strategic locations throughout the house, I can see events occuring in such a way that you run dry before being in reach of the cached mag.

    Ayoob once wrote an article where he mentioned the convenience of a shoulder rig for just such an instance. This allowed you to grab the weapon, spare mags and, possibly, a flashlight in one step. I tend to agree with this approach.

    Another option, again mentioned by Ayoob, was the bullet-proof vest. Most of them have a pouch on the front to slip in a ballistic plate and this can be used to store your cell phone, light and mags. It's not as organized as a shoulder holster, but it offers you protection from return fire which is probably more likely than running out of ammo in your weapon.

    I chose the second option as my company provided me with a level 3A vest and external carrier. I have lots of pockets to organize the gear I might need should armeggedon come to my doorstep. Most of all, I like the vest for the protection it offers.

    One last idea would be to buy a surplus magazine bandolier. I've seen them in the catalogs and they hold a bunch of mags. Depending on the make, you could fit a few mags, the light and a cell phone and sling the whole thing over your shoulder when needed. Cheap, simple, love that!
     
  12. wingnutx

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    Grab my Sig P200 and investigate, possibly holding a spare mag in my left hand.

    If it's a noise that sounds more like impending doon, then I grab the Norinco cheap AK clone from under the bed and bring that. I can always fall back to the bedroom if I have to, and if I really thought someone was breaking in then I'd likely stay in a secure position there anyway.
     
  13. Blain

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    A swat style belt with attached mag pouches, filled! If I need to tango, I grab my shotgun and the belt, it only take a second to put on. Gives me 60 rounds of slugs and buck, should be enough for most situations.
     
  14. Lexter

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    Tactical Underwear! Now that's the idea of the day!! Have a mag pouch built into the waistband (on the side panel or back panel of the tighty-whitey's).



    Lexter in NC

    ;)
     
  15. DigMe

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    You could always hold it between your cheeks! I'm sure you'll be clenching anyway.

    :eek:

    brad cook
     
  16. Standing Wolf

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    I keep two speed loaders with my under the mattress .357 magnum. They'll fit easily in a bath robe pocket.
     
  17. redneck2

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    Whoa...Blain...

    60 rounds of buckshot and slugs"....:what:

    I have a Glock 20 10mm with an M6 sight and two 10 rounders. Thought I was pretty well equipped. I always (as in ALWAYS) keep a pair of cargo shorts beside the bed. Mag goes in the pocket. Just had this last week. Neighbor's dog starts barking about 1am. Just a stray cat, but he had the laser on him.

    Jeez...hope I never get into a situation where I need 60 rounds from a shotgun instead of just 20 from my 10mm.
     
  18. natedog

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    What about just dropping a mag or two into your underwear? Sure, it might be uncomfortable, but hey, you have something more important to worry about.
     
  19. Navy joe

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    Yo Zach, not aimed at you, it's just hard to walk around my house without being real close to a gun. Not by design, just scattered everywhere. I know which ones are fully loaded though. Homefield advantage, gotta love it.
     
  20. mgjohn

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    Took a fishing vest and made a few mods. It now carries 4 spare pistol mags, holster for a pistol, 2 sets of cuffs, 6 D cell mag light, surefire flashlight, 30s round of mixed 00 buck & 12g slugs, 4 30 round AR mags, a cell phone and a dog leash.

    The mix of shotgun ammo and AR mags gives me the option to grab either or both if I think I need them.
     
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    Shoulder hoster w/double mag carrier, next to the bed. Uncle Mikes has a model you can get for less than $30, but you'll need to provide the mag carrier. Or the bathrobe with pockets filled with a couple of extra mags and a cell phone.
     
  22. Teufelhunden

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    The shoulder rig doesn't sound like a bad idea. One could probably be found cheaply if you never intended to use it for CCW and thusly didn't need a really nice one that hid well.

    Alternatively, you could get a forearm mag holder such as this one, which would allow you to quickly velcro on your spare mag.

    Most realistic scenario, in my neighborhood anyways, is that you'll get it done with one mag. Having said that, I also almost always carry a spare mag if I'm carrying a semi just to cover mechanical failures more than for the extra ammo.

    -Teuf
     
  23. Edward429451

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    My bedside first grab is the 870 with 6 in the tube, 6 on the side, 5 on the butt. If 17 rounds don't solve it, it must be the gubmunt and its been nice knowin ya.
     
  24. AK103K

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    Now thats a negitive attitude! I fully plan on prevailing, reguardless who it is!! :)

    You cant win if you've already lost in your own mind.

    on edit: I also follow your advice in your tag line, best not to be on the six o'clock news the next night with a stupid look on yourr face, your hair sticking all up and in your Under Roos :)
     
  25. Edward429451

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    Yeah.

    YEAH!!

    YEEEAAAHHH!!!!

    You're right bro. The mag aint half empty, its half full!!!

    I gotta stop thinkin like that. Used to think at least I'd take a couple with me. If I rearrange a little creating a hallway of death, lined with some goodies, stocked at the end, sprinkle liberally with prayer, anything is possible. A thousand will fall on my right, ten thousand on my left...

    Ya'll come work the back line for me if'n you hear the shots, K?:D
     
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