Do you Carry an extra mag? and where?

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    nope 15 rounds is more than enough for me! 98% of the time for a regular joe like me, most attack happens in 3yrds, 3 rounds in 3 seconds.
    But I do carry a new york reload....hehehe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by varob View Post
    I carry 1 extra mag (double stack)
    2 mags if they are single stack (1911)

    I usually pocket carry them.
    Ditto...
    Double mag carrier for my 1911 and if using doublestacked tupperware and extra mag in the cargo pocket of my jeans...
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    No I don't with my Glock (17+1), but I do carry a single speed strip in my pants pocket if I am carrying either my Ruger LCR or S&W 624.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Most civilian SD situations are over very quickly with few shots fired. They're not the drawn-out shoot-outs envisioned. What's in the firearm is more than adaquate in the vast majority of cases. Sure, there's the rare exception to this, but what are the odds of it ever happening to you?
    You are absolutely right. Of course...what are the odds that you will ever be in a shooting? So, based on your logic, why bother carrying a gun at all. After all, you are just playing the odds, right?

    The only time you need a reload is...when you need a reload. And it is not just spare rounds. It is an essential part of emergency action to clear malfunctions that require stripping the magazine from the weapon.

    If you are comfortable carrying no spare magazine, fine. But not everybody feels the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatGonzo View Post
    You are absolutely right. Of course...what are the odds that you will ever be in a shooting? So, based on your logic, why bother carrying a gun at all. After all, you are just playing the odds, right?

    The only time you need a reload is...when you need a reload. And it is not just spare rounds. It is an essential part of emergency action to clear malfunctions that require stripping the magazine from the weapon.

    If you are comfortable carrying no spare magazine, fine. But not everybody feels the same way.
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    I don't disagree with you there Gonzo, but if a person is carrying something like 1911 with a 7 round capacity and a spare magazine which will require some amount of time to reload and then to do so under great stress while trying to cope with a HUGE adrenaline dump, then why not just simply carry a gun with a 17 or even a 20 round capacity such as the Sig Sauer P-226 and eliminate all that can go wrong with a combat reload? I'm not trying to argue with you. I want to know if there is there an advantage to a lower capacity weapon and the felt need to carry a spare magazine or two, rather than the simplicity of carrying fully loaded high-capacity weapon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZRow1 View Post
    I want to know if there is there an advantage to a lower capacity weapon and the felt need to carry a spare magazine or two, rather than the simplicity of carrying fully loaded high-capacity weapon?
    No worries...I don't think you came off as argumentative at all. Discussion is a wonderful thing!

    I think that boils down to your particular choice of caliber and platform more so than how it factors into a reload. At least it is that way for me. I simply prefer the .45ACP and feel comfortable carrying an 8-round pistol. I practice my emergency reloads a lot. I think anybody who carries should practice emergency reloads and emergency clearance drills just like they practice hitting center mass on the target.

    You question also makes the assumption that the magazine serves only to reload when you run out of rounds. If you carry a high-capacity 9mm (or whatever) and you suffer a double-feed after you only fire 2 rounds, it does not matter that you have 13 left in the magazine. Those other 13 rounds are now useless to you. And "Tap/Rack/Engage" is not going to fix a double feed. You are going to have to pull the slide back and physically strip the magazine. The last thing you want to do at that point is reinsert a magazine which may have been the cause of the malfunction you just cleared. You need a spare mag to replace it with. And that would apply whether or not you carry a pistol that holds 7 rounds, 10 rounds, or 17 rounds.

    The way I look at it, if I care enough to inconvenience myself by carrying a handgun everywhere I go, it certainly takes very little additional effort on my part to carry at least one spare magazine. I carry two, and do so with no more effort than if I carried none at all. Being "prepared enough" means something different to everyone. To me, it does not mean I'm willing to carry an M-4 strapped to my back everywhere I go. But I'm willing to carry a combat caliber pistol and a spare reload or two.

    For me it boils down to this: I have studied several shootings where the person involved, after the fact, states that they wish they had carried additional ammunition or a larger caliber handgun. I have never read any post-shooting report where the person involved states they wished they had been carrying a smaller gun or less ammunition.
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    Two actually at about 8 o'clock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatGonzo View Post
    For me it boils down to this: I have studied several shootings where the person involved, after the fact, states that they wish they had carried additional ammunition or a larger caliber handgun. I have never read any post-shooting report where the person involved states they wished they had been carrying a smaller gun or less ammunition.
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    I appreciate the discussion and you articulate your position very well. . .You are right in that it's all a matter of personal choice and comfort level, after all none of us knows how events will unfold for us. For me when I desire capacity, I choose a 9mm filled with modern self defense ammo. I am a well practiced "seasoned shooter" and continue to practice regularly, but I still choose to remove a forced reload in the middle of fight for a my life or the lives of others. As for the double feed possibility you speak of, I own only one double stack auto and that is a very well used but well cared for first generation Glock 17 and I have never, not once after many many thousands of rounds fired have I ever experienced a double feed. I'm not saying they don't happen, I'm just saying it has not with this gun. It is the single most reliable auto I have ever owned, bar none. I trust it's willingness to feed and fire more than I trust my ability to reload under huge stress when fine muscle control becomes critical. Great discussion...Vaya con Dios amigo!
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    I carry reloads for a variety of reasons.

    One reason is most malfunctions with auto loaders are easily remedied by stripping and swapping magazines. If you have no spare magazine, you are stuck spending precious seconds trying to fix things with what you have.

    Another reason is that who says you are going to face only one bad guy at a time. It is not uncommon in the least for bad guys to travel in at least pairs or larger groups. Being of the cowardly nature which they are, they usually need some friends to help out.

    Yet another reason is that I know of absolutely no reputable firearms trainers, many of whom have been in gunfights themselves say anything other than it is foolish not to carry a spare reload.

    As a matter of fact the only people I know who don't feel the need to carry a spare reload have usually been those who have not had a lot of professional training, are people who have never faced a violent encounter with a predator in a dark ally before, or those who have a fatalistic mindset that they are incapable of engaging more than one bad guy or that if they can't end it with the rounds in their gun, they are dead anyway.

    That may work for some folks. But true survivors usually have a different mindset. JMHO.
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    Generally I carry one mag weakside in an OWB mag pouch or front pocket depending upon the gun I'm carrying.
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    I always carry a spare magazine. Usually on my belt in an OWB pouch.
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    Always carry extra

    If I'm wearing a shoulder holster, then 2 extra mags go on the off-side. With a pancake or IWB I'll place an extra mag in a Galco Horizontal Mag Carrier at 6 o'clock.
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    I always have a spare mag on the weak side hip. Main concern is the same as the others, a bad mag. I have been to many classes and each instructor has said to make sure you carry at least one for that reason.

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    Spare mag at 9:00 and one in weak side pocket.
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