How important is it to carry a spare magazine?

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    How important is it to carry a spare magazine?

    I always carry at least one spare magazine for not only more ammo but also in case of a malfunction. My Wife is new to carrying her pistol and I'm trying to explain to her the importance of carrying at least one spare mag. Do you guys have any input on this subject?

    Also we are getting ready to order her a IWB Remora Holster the "Original" and trying to decide if we should get the spare magazine compartment modification for no additional charge. What would be the pros and cons in your opinion?

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    Don't put the magazine holder and holster on the same side, typically you want your magazine holder on your weak side since you'll (hopefully) be holding your gun with your strong hand.

    I'm not a fan of the Remora personally, and believe any holster leaving the home should have some sort of active retention other than friction to hold it in place. There are much better options out there, in my opinion. PJ Holster comes to mind... as well as a lot of others depending on your needs.
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    How important is a spare magazine?
    More important than "clean underwear in case you have a car wreck". It's light, cheap, unobtrusive insurance against Murphy showing up (you know, at the worst possible moment). As for Remora holsters, I own, use & like 'em. But mine does NOT have a mag pouch 'cause (IMHO) it's the wrong spot for it. My mag pouch stays on my off (left) side.
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    I think there is a few threads on this already. I always have at least on extra mag ready to go. UNLESS, I have my 638 smith with me.

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    I'm pretty green to CC so I can't really add much here. It would be interesting to know how many CC'ers were involved in situations where an extra mag was needed.

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    How important is it to carry a spare magazine?
    Ammo could run out if you end up needing to fire to defend yourself, sure.

    But, IMO, the far more important element is: being able to recover from a magazine failure of some sort. Can't recover easily, if all you've got is the one magazine that's in the gun. Given the prevalence of mag/ammo related issues causing stoppages, it seems a fool's gambit to fail to have at least one spare magazine fully loaded and ready to use.
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    At least one spare mag is essential and most find it best to carry on the weak side.
    I love my Remora holsters and find them flexible (positioning), comfortable and function.. no slipping, no unwanted movement. I'd opt for a separate mag holder though.. not one attached to the holster itself.
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    Extra ammo is a must.
    I have used a Remora for over a year now and love it.
    I would not go with the integrated mag pouch. If the mag is going to be carried on a belt, the best option is weak side.

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    I hope to never be in a situation where I need to shoot. I have 18 rounds at the ready and sure as heck hope to never need more if I should need to shoot. I carry an extra mag just in case. Who knows what could happen.
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    I started to carry an extra clip on my belt on my opposite side, when I decided to carry concealed it was a snowball effect of being personally
    prepared and thinking differently ( its nots like being paranoid but it does take you to a different level of thinking) Tell your wife its better to be prepared than under prepared. The more the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llmstratocaster View Post
    I'm pretty green to CC so I can't really add much here. It would be interesting to know how many CC'ers were involved in situations where an extra mag was needed.
    I'm sure anyone who trains, yes TRAINS regularly, has experienced at least one malfunction, or one time of expending all your ammo, necessitating the use of a spare "magazine" or two...Not unusual in the least. JMO

    For "soccerfly"...it's referered to as a "MAGAZINE" and NOT a "clip"...Google the difference and it will help you to understand.

    For the OP, as others have said, keep your spare magazine and holder separate from your holster. You need to manipulate mag changes with your off hand, and the best place for the off hand to procure the new magazine is on the "off" side...
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    Just echoing what the others have said, spare mag on the weak side for extra ammo and replacement incase of malfunction is pretty much mandatory for users of semi-auto pistols.

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    never experienced a magazine malfunction in probably 10k rounds through my glock. that being said i carry one in my coat pocket for winter. summer, not so much. oshkosh is a not a "gun battle" kind of city.
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    I like the saying which is common, I'd rather have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it! Doesnt matter where you are anything could happen especially with the desperation for money with jobs down, drug use up (especially Herion, very addictive) So I just started carrying a spare mag since I have been on this forum. I never considered the fact that my mag can fail. Just makes sense.
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