Choosing Single Stack gun for slimmer spare Mags to carry?

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    Choosing Single Stack gun for slimmer spare Mags to carry?

    I've started carrying a spare mag for my SR9C. It's a 17 round mag with a grip extension sleeve, which is pretty bulky. I carry it in my back pocket, which has been more comfortable than IWB. It's got me wondering if carrying a single stack .45 mag would be that much easier, that having fewer rounds of .45 would be a worthy tradeoff.

    Anyone switched to singlestacks for this reason? Or Anyone carried both single stack and doublestack mags and find it's not a big enough difference to consider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbeardsong View Post
    I've started carrying a spare mag for my SR9C. It's a 17 round mag with a grip extension sleeve, which is pretty bulky. I carry it in my back pocket, which has been more comfortable than IWB. It's got me wondering if carrying a single stack .45 mag would be that much easier, that having fewer rounds of .45 would be a worthy tradeoff.

    Anyone switched to singlestacks for this reason? Or Anyone carried both single stack and doublestack mags and find it's not a big enough difference to consider?
    I have never switched specifically for that reason however I can say that carrying a single stack mag OWB is easier and less bulky then carrying a double stack. That being said I don't find carrying a spare mag for my G23 OWB difficult and I tend to wear fairly fitted clothes. For pocket carry I can only imagine the single stack will be exponentially easier and more comfortable then a double.
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    To each his own, but that seems to me like putting the cart before the horse.
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    Have you tried to get a good mag holder that you can wear on your belt OWB?

    How were you carrying IWB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    To each his own, but that seems to me like putting the cart before the horse.
    Um... What he said ^^^

    Really, you can hide a SR9C, but not a magazine?
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    From my limited experience (6 months), the thing that is hardest to prevent from printing is the grip of the handgun. Never wished for single stack for the mag itself.

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    Where there is a will, there is a way.

    I have never chosen a self-defense weapon based primarily on the comfort. It is important if you are going to carry it every day, all day long. However, if you have found a way to carry the gun itself, I am confident that you can manage to find an acceptable method for carrying a spare mag. IWB mag carriers can be uncomfortable, certainly. Pocket mag carriers are a good option as are OWB carriers that look like knife sheaths or cell phone cases.

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    Never base what you carry on the spare magazine it uses. The spare magazine is there in case of a malfunction or the unlikely chance you will need more than (the number of rounds your gun holds) shots. If your able to conceal the gun, you can conceal the spare magazine as well.
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    While not quite on point, I tried carrying my spare mag IWB and found it kept poking me in my ribs, so I switched to horizontal carry OWB; just as concealable and more comfortable IMHO

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    My choice of daily carry is a double stack .45. The magazines are 14 and 15 rnd, so they are big and heavy. I carry my spare 15 rnd mag on the left, owb, in one of these:

    http://www.copsplus.com/prodnum1726.php

    It's very comfortable, and under a shirt it looks like a cell phone. Even if it's not concealed at all, no one ever looks at it twice, it looks like a small flashlight or large multitool.
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    No. And I wouldn't switch what I carry so that the spare mag is slimmer. I just dress and work around the gear that I feel is needed for me to be able to ensure my families safety. Even if that was a boat anchor I needed to carry, I'd figure a way to do it if it meant more effectively protecting my family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Um... What he said ^^^

    Really, you can hide a SR9C, but not a magazine?
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    Never base what you carry on the spare magazine it uses. The spare magazine is there in case of a malfunction or the unlikely chance you will need more than (the number of rounds your gun holds) shots. If your able to conceal the gun, you can conceal the spare magazine as well.
    I appreciate the replies, and opinions. My question, though, wasn't really about whether it was possible to conceal the extra mag. I currently carry it in my back pocket, with a crude, pouch-style pocket holster I threw together just to keep the mag corners from wearing holes in my pocket. It works for now:



    I also have a nicer OWB double mag holder with a matching OWB holster for the SR9C that I made for range use. I can conceal it under a large shirt, but the rig feels a little bulky for regular CCW use. Ruger says not to use the 17 round mag without the grip sleeve, which adds considerable bulk. Two 10 round mags would be easier, I'm sure.




    I guess I was sort of, in a roundabout way, thinking out loud about the pros and cons of carrying a high-capacity 9mm (smaller caliber, more rounds per mag, thicker mag) vs. a single stack .45 (larger caliber but fewer rounds, but slimmer mags).


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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Um... What he said ^^^

    Really, you can hide a SR9C, but not a magazine?
    nicely put +1
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    I like the angle on the owb, similar to what I wear, though you wear it slightly farther back.
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