Can't get myself to carry a revolver. I've seen too many news stories of people who end up expending more than 5 shots to get out of a situation. Also the one about the police officer (rookie) who, his partner was shot and he was in a battle with the guy who shot him and he quickly ran out of his ammo in his revolver, and while he was trying to reload the perp came up and dumped a few into the officer killing him. So, given that I have very little means to train under duress, I want to have more rounds before I have to reload. I have over double that - 11. And I carry one extra mag on me and one in my backpack for 31 rounds total. But that's me. That's what I feel comfortable with. Everyone is different and you have to make the decision of what you want. There is no fixed answer.
When I am out and about carrying, it is usually with a Glock 19 or a Glock 26. Either way I always have at least a spare Glock 17 round magazine on my person for a reload. However most of the time it is 2 spare magazines as I feel that helps balance the weight of the gun on my belt.
For those who carry a snubbie or other low capacity firearm, how would you feel if your opponent is armed with a High-cap weapon and a reload or two and you missed them with your snubbie/small CCW gun? It isn't as comforting knowing that I may only have 15-20 rounds and my opponent may have 2 or 3 times that amount on their person. Just something to consider.
I carry a XD 40 subcompact and keep the 9 round mag loaded in it. I also carry a 12 round spare mag.
Ruger sp101 357 with a NY reload - body guard 380 in the pocket
I have been just carrying my Glock 26 with the standard 10 round magazine but yesterday I ordered the SHTF spare mag carrier. It will make me feel better to know that ill have at least 20 rounds on my person then just 10
Hola Droid: cafe in the back patio? I believe that comes to about two 1/2 shots each no? Hardly shows the need for carrying around so much ammo that you are breaking down the transportation he he he
I have yet to empty my old fashioned 6 rnd revolver, but then I too, am of the old fashioned school of making each shot count, only fired if I have a clear shot picture.
This latter point is over written, as shown in basc psychology when one is thinking in terms of 10 - 20 shots per encounter, and speed of fire, rather than accuracy..
Don Jose de La Mancha
Good for you. My wife asked me one time if i really NEEDED my spare mag.:confused: i like to show people things when possible, so i pulled my gun, pointed it at the wall and said "bang" and "bumped" my mag release, it fell to the floor, baseplate came off and rounds went everywhere ( that was just a bonus for the demo):smile:, i said now what do i do (if no spare mag) she understood that i was screwed if all i had was one mag.
Hi Driod, assuming 1/2 of the shots are yours, you would still be up for more. How many shots would you need to hit an apponent at close range ? unless you are panicked.
Personally, I am still puzzled on the mind set of how any rounds that you can pack for an encounte. I have been in the situation where the nearst source of resupply was a week or more away, so I simply learned to make each shot count physically, rather than audibly, or not to fire.
"Learn to '''shoot'''' your gun, make a hit each time or don't just fire. "To whom it may concern shots " cannot be relied upon .
Don Jose de La Mancha
If you don't mind I'll give you some J-Frame revolver advice based on the actual life experience of a local off-duty LEO.
Without going into any great detail since I did not know the guy personally...at the very least pop 5 loose extra cartridges into a pocket.
That is what this LEO had done back in the 1980s and it worked out well for him.
Luckily he had time to reload from behind cover and the incident ended after the first shot on his freshly reloaded revolver.
I don't know all of the intricate details of that incident so I don't want to relay any incorrect information.
It was just part of a S&W J-frame story that I heard at the local gun shop years ago when the conversation turned to the little Smith wheel guns.
Now there are really good Speed Strips.
Back then the talk was centered around modifying a pistol magazine to house .38 SPL revolver cartridges and to use that stoked magazine as a means to quickly reload a revolver by thumbing the .38 SPL cartridges out of the magazine and directly into the revolver cylinder.
I wonder whatever happened to that idea. :confused: It sounded like a great and workable idea at the time.