This is a discussion on I've Finally Given In! within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Always been a firm believer in carrying as much ammo as I reasonably could. With my Ruger SR9c, I can carry 10 in the short ...
Always been a firm believer in carrying as much ammo as I reasonably could. With my Ruger SR9c, I can carry 10 in the short mag and 1 chambered. I also carry the larger mag with 17 rounds in my offside front pocket. That gives me 28 rounds total. With as gun as light as the SR9c, weight just isn't that much of a problem and carrying the 10 rounder in the gun helps with CC. (Both mags come with the gun when new).
Putting the larger mag in my front pocket eliminates those painful dents and pinches in my (larger than it should be) spare tire fat.
If I ever get involved in some kind of fracas where I might actually need 28 rounds, I should be running, not shooting.
I live a couple of miles from Retsupt's Gator pit......Gator World in Orlando. Occasionally they have a mass escape that is not publicized in the media, but poodles, chihuahua's and felines begin mysteriously disappearing all over south Orlando and Kissimmee.
I carry a Glock 19 with 15+1, and two spare mags......not afraid of gang bangers in a group, a zombie apocolypse or a magazine failure.....but am worried about a confrontation with a band of renegade, organized gators looking for revenge. May start carrying an 870 with 00 buck, and an AR in the trunk.
"Said I never had any use for one.....never said I didn't know how to use it. " Matthew Quiqley
It's not about round count or covering every contingency.Ever had a floor plate of a mag give out during training?Ever had a follower get stuck?You can't cover down on everything Murphy hands out, but by taking that extra mag with you means one more failure that you have a chance to fix.
Last edited by CIBMike; July 13th, 2012 at 01:41 AM.
The easy way is always mined.
It could be worse!
#1 forum member suggestions
#2 magazine exploded on me during a match (my reload mag bottom gave out)
I do make it a point more often than not to carry a spare mag for my carry. I'm still not 100% on this since I frequently carry other options as well. Knife, OC spray, cell phone, keys, etc........ Pockets get full, belt gets full, I get full and it hurts. Spare tire......yeah. Good reminder that maybe I should do it more often.
If I were around gators every day, I surely would. Anyone ever had deep fried gator tail meat? I have and I liked it.......like it a lot!
Is the weight/size of a magazine so overwhelming or inconvenient that it just isn't worth it to carry the solution to at least SOME of the problems that COULD occur? Every one is going to answer yes or no to that question based on their individual circumstances. Fate, destiny or Mr. Murphy, do not get a vote.
More than likely I will NEVER need my firearm. It is even less likely that I will need my spare magazine. But, it sure would be terrible if I ever DID need it, but was too over confident or lazy to carry it with me.
We should all be realistic in what we carry with us daily. Personally, I chuckle over the threads about folks that carry 15 knives stashed around their bodies. But that is THEIR decision and is none of my business. Honestly, it doesn't matter to me what anyone else carries on a daily basis. I am not responsible for them, only me and mine.
*WARNING - I may or may not know what I am talking about.
I use my knife and light regularly so they're staying. I worked with a bodyguard once who was taught the first mag was to get their heads down, 2nd was to get to cover/vehicle, 3rd to escape. I realize that sounds like spray and pray, but it's something to think about; especially depending on your surroundings.
I have to say I don't like carrying the extra mag! The mag hits my car door well every time I enter my car and it pinches my fat when I sit and it's always uncomfortable in my car. My gun fits just fine.
Carry whatever you feel you need to carry, . . . or don't carry whatever you feel you don't need to carry. The only one you need to explain it to is your survivors.
Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
"I've noticed that everyone that is pro-abortion has already been born." - Ronald Reagan
"When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny." Thomas Jefferson
You are only paranoid until you are right - then you are a visionary.