Trading the extra mag for pepper spray..........

Trading the extra mag for pepper spray..........

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    Trading the extra mag for pepper spray..........

    After doing a great deal of thinking, I have decided to forego the extra mag that I carry and replacing it with a small can of pepper spray (they are very small)

    Living in a very safe neighborhood in North Dallas area, the odds are, there is little chance I would need a weapon at all. on top of that, a non lethal response could be needed as much, if not more than a lethal response.

    Lets say that a dog attacks my dog when we are out walking. Having an option other than a gun would be appropriate and desirable.

    There are also many other situations that I can think of that a less than lethal solution would be better.

    Hopefully I NEVER need either.....

    If the pepper spray wont work, My 7 rounds of 40 cal will have to do


    If I lived in a rough area, I may think different, but having another option seems like the best approach.
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    when all you have is a hammer much more things start looking like a nail, with that being said I carry both an extra mag and a can of OC....and flashlight....and a knife....lol
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    Always good to have less than lethal options.
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    And let's say you end up in a situation where you actually need to use your firearm and the magazine jams...Then what?

    I'm sure you have room in your pockets/on your person for both pepper spray and a backup magazine (note I didn't call it an extra magazine).
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    OC spray is always good, but so is an extra mag...not for more rounds, but for malfunctions.
    Words from victims after a crime (just watch TV) usually go something like this, "I can't believe it happened in this neighborhood because it's so safe here."
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    To each his/her own. I carry at least one 1911 (two when traveling even locally) min two extra mags and a nice sharp knife- YMMV I don't live or go to what I consider dangerous areas or do stupid things with/around stupid people but no matter how safe a place may "seem" real world data tells us anything can happen to anyone anywhere at any given time. IMHO , YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean1818 View Post
    After doing a great deal of thinking, I have decided to forego the extra mag that I carry and replacing it with a small can of pepper spray (they are very small)

    Living in a very safe neighborhood in North Dallas area, the odds are, there is little chance I would need a weapon at all. on top of that, a non lethal response cold be needed as much, if not more than a lethal response.

    Lets say that a dog attacks my dog when we are out walking. Having an option other than a gun would be appropriate and desirable.

    There are also many other situations that I can think of that a less than lethal solution would be better.

    Hopefully I NEVER need either.....

    If the pepper spray wont work, My 7 rounds of 40 cal will have to do


    If I lived in a rough area, I may think different, but having another option seems like the best approach.
    You should spend some time researching the crimes in your "safe neighborhood" and the areas where you travel.
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    i carry a gun, spare mag, mace and light. the mace is the only item i have actually used in self defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dean1818 View Post
    After doing a great deal of thinking, I have decided to forego the extra mag that I carry and replacing it with a small can of pepper spray (they are very small)
    Having a less-than-lethal option is a good thing.

    But it won't change the calculus of a situation that does require the use of deadly force. Just realize that you might have gained capability in other situations, but by having no spare mag you introduce the risk of ammo or mag failures causing your weapon to fail to run. Heaven forbid that occurs in a situation in which it's vital it continue running. Just something to think about, when ditching the spare mag(s).
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    If size is an issue, look at the ASP Palm Defender for OC spray. Don't give up the spare magazine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aceoky View Post
    To each his/her own. I carry at least one 1911 (two when traveling even locally) min two extra mags and a nice sharp knife- YMMV I don't live or go to what I consider dangerous areas or do stupid things with/around stupid people but no matter how safe a place may "seem" real world data tells us anything can happen to anyone anywhere at any given time. IMHO , YMMV
    agreed. stupid people are everywhere, they multiply and spread and do stupid things wherever they go, stupefying the areas they occupy. the transformation can happen rather quickly.
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    I say you're fine. Carrying two guns, pepper spray, a knife, a flashlight, and your keys/wallet/cellphone is excessive.

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    Fine? Most semi malfunctions are ammo/mag related when you only have one that doesn't work you're FAR from fine when your life is on the line
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