How important is it to carry a spare magazine?

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    How important is it to carry a spare magazine?

    I just carry my spare mag (G19) in my front left pocket. It felt bulky for a month or so, but now I never notice it.

    I've tried IWB mag holders, but never found one that worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    Ive heard this go around and around.... Some manufactures have cataloged there firearms as "Clip Fed". Usally the people fighting over this are old military types who cant change with the times. Either is apropriate. DR
    clips are ejected when last round fired, inserted internally. There is a difference. Bullet tip forward is also a military tradition, makes reloads smoother.
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    During my daily routine, If I'm carrying a single stack (6-7rnds) I'll carry 2 spare mags on my person. If I'm carrying a double stack (15-17rnds) I usually don't carry a spare on me. Though I always carry 2 spare mags for whatever I'm carrying, in my bag, which is never more than a few feet away from me.

    If I have to go somewhere that I feel I'll have to be condition Orange I'll carry a doublestack with 2 spares on me.

    Bullets forward, in a low cut polymer pouch, so that I can grab it between my thumb, middle and ring finger, with my index finger along the front of the mag, it makes it natural to "point" and guide the mag into the magwell.

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    How important is it to carry a spare magazine?

    In my opinion it is just as important as carrying the gun in the first place.

    Any gun can malfunction. With semi-auto pistols, it is frequently a magazine issue with a malfunction occurs.

    In a gunfight, I don't want to be the one killed for the lack of ability to shoot back.

    That means, if I run out of bullets, I want the ability to insert more bullets. If my gun fails, I want the ability to rip out a possible bad magazine and insert a completely fresh one.

    I will point out to you that everyone who spouts off facts and figures and probabilities and such dribble for not needing to carry a spare reload, all have one thing in common. They have likely never been involved in an actual gunfight. So take it for what it's worth.

    Of the 6 or 7 people I have know who have actually been in a gunfight, not one has ever said, they wished they had a smaller caliber gun, or less ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Of the 6 or 7 people I have know who have actually been in a gunfight, not one has ever said, they wished they had a smaller caliber gun, or less ammo.
    There are only 2 times you can have too much ammo:

    If you're on fire

    If you're drowning
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    Why Bullet tips facing forward? Enquiring minds need to know. DR
    So long as it's consistent and you train to use it that way, most any way should be fine.

    Here is one perspective:

    Reloading a Pistol in Critical Incidents - Youtube @ PersonalDefenseNetwork. Magazine positioning is discussed at ~1:15 in the video.

    Here is another perspective: Horizontal Mag Carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    That's EXACTLY what the Oshkosh underworld bosses WANT you to believe. The Fly-In is really a worldwide gathering of Criminal Geniuses! Beeeee CAREFUL!
    um yeah. i don't go anywhere near the southside of oshkosh that week. our population increases by about 500%.

    i guess they were posted this year since ccw passed in wisconsin...
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    I am with CCW9MM on this one. I carry an extra magazine because there is the potential for malfunction and the extra 8+ rounds are a bonus in case of the zombie apocalypse! MY EDC has not malfunctioned due to magazine but as with a lot of things in my life I prefer a backup.
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    Well let's just say that if I could carry a box of ammo around with me along with a couple spare mags, I would.
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    I always carry a spare mag for my semi's, or two speed strips when carrying one of my revolvers. You never know when you may need to reload, either due to a malfunction (more likely) or running out of ammo (less likely but possible).

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    The only spare magazine worth carrying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    Ive heard this go around and around.... Some manufactures have cataloged there firearms as "Clip Fed". Usally the people fighting over this are old military types who cant change with the times. Either is apropriate. DR
    actually its only appropriate if you don't mind coming off as the newbie that just go his first Hi-Point. Nothing shows lack of experience and firearms knowledge like calling a freaking magazine a clip....nothing.
    ....and I've never been in the Military and yes, we all know what you mean, and no the terms magazine and clip are NOT interchangeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zonker1986 View Post
    actually its only appropriate if you don't mind coming off as the newbie that just go his first Hi-Point. Nothing shows lack of experience and firearms knowledge like calling a freaking magazine a clip....nothing.
    ....and I've never been in the Military and yes, we all know what you mean, and no the terms magazine and clip are NOT interchangeable.
    Does it really matter?
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    If you are fortunate enough to never have to draw your weapon and fire it in self defense, not very. If you are not that fortunate your life may depend on it.

    So really, what does it cost you carry one? What might it cost you if you don't.
    Personal choice and acceptable risk. Only you can decide.
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    It's only important if you need it....then it is critical.
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