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    So what is your take for carrying addional magazines while CCW? Why or why not?
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    I do. More for magazine failure insurance than for extra rounds (that part just sweetens the deal).
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    Spare magazine is always with me. Not for additional rounds, but because the weakest link in most semi-auto pistols is the magazine. If a failure occurs, drop the mag, insert spare and hopefully be back into the fight.
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    Just what's in the gun. If I can't get my butt out of a jam in 10-13 shots, I've really screwed up and I probably won't survive trying for 10-13 more. As for the "What ifs," I can create a scenrio that would defeat whatever they choose to carry. It a personal decision that this is what I choose to do.

    As for failure, any mag can fail at any time: same for the spare; the spare to the spare; the spare's spare spare... I keep my mags in clean, good-working order, but like a light bulb, I understand--like anything else--any mag can fail. But, I've never had a mag issue before.

    The gun and one mag is heavy enough to tote around. The idea of seeking that ideal "lightweight" gun and then toting 2-3 loaded mags doesn't appeal to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Just what's in the gun. If I can't get my butt out of a jam in 10-13 shots, I've really screwed up and I probably won't survive trying for 10-13 more. As for the "What ifs," I can create a scenrio that would defeat whatever they choose to carry. It a personal decision that this is what I choose to do.

    As for failure, any mag can fail at any time: same for the spare; the spare to the spare; the spare's spare spare... I keep my mags in clean, good-working order, but like a light bulb, I understand--like anything else--any mag can fail. But, I've never had a mag issue before.

    The gun and one mag is heavy enough to tote around. The idea of seeking that ideal "lightweight" gun and then toting 2-3 loaded mags doesn't appeal to me.
    I reason it this way. Say the probability of a G26 mag failure is .01 (1 in 100). If you have one and carry a spare, then the odds of BOTH failing is 1 in 10000. Hence I carry one spare mag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Spare magazine is always with me. Not for additional rounds, but because the weakest link in most semi-auto pistols is the magazine. If a failure occurs, drop the mag, insert spare and hopefully be back into the fight.
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    Having the time to drop a bad mag and stuff another is just as feasible as carrying unchambered and having the time to chamber a round. That argument can go on eternally with only one resolution--Carry whatever makes you feel comfortable as no one else has to answer for it.
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    Extra mag in a belt pouch, but a double mag pouch when in Jax or Orlando.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Spare magazine is always with me. Not for additional rounds, but because the weakest link in most semi-auto pistols is the magazine. If a failure occurs, drop the mag, insert spare and hopefully be back into the fight.
    +1 to this. The mag is a weak link in autos. Use the good stuff and stay safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Having the time to drop a bad mag and stuff another is just as feasible as carrying unchambered and having the time to chamber a round. That argument can go on eternally with only one resolution--Carry whatever makes you feel comfortable as no one else has to answer for it.
    When TSHTF I grant you, it is BEST if everything just works right from the start, no doubt; and a mag failure then CAN be curtains. But if you're able to find cover, maybe then you can overcome the problem. One thing I will say; I have carried my G26 for 6 years, and have never yet had a mag failure (at the range or anywhere else). I have made it a habit to carry one spare mag on the left (I am right handed) and I just go with that.
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    Always carry at least one spare mag in case of magazine failures.

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    When I was in the service, when I was a deputy sheriff, when I worked as a dective I always carried a least 2 extra mags that was the way I was trained and it never left me. Its just like make sure I have keys knife gun mags money out the door
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    Spare mag and occasionally a NY reload. Carry what makes you comfortable though. Let's be honest. You don't care what I carry, and I don't care what you carry. It is about as personal a decision as boxers or briefs.
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    I carry at least one...in my little pocket guns, I carry 2 or 3...they're small.

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    Primarily (for me), I recognize that magazine failure's far harder to cure without spares. And the extra ammo's nice to have, as it's far better to have a bit more than needed rather than to run out when it's a matter of life or death.
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