I can get off the entire magazine at multiple targets in less than four seconds. Like it or not, (and I don't), people don't suddenly die that fast. They may well be still shooting back, or have other friends I haven't noticed. I'm going to reload just in case.
I mean come on... what realistically is going to happen by the time you've emptied that gun? Surely you've either won or lost by then.
Capacity matters when you're in a situation that's not one on one, and matters a lot. I've faced four on one situations where I've been unable to retreat, and at that point, with any handgun alive, I'm not happy. With one with less than 10 rounds of ammunition, I'm probably going to get hurt and hurt badly because I can't deliver enough volume of fire to take down the people as fast as I'd like to.
We get so caught up in capacity and "tactical reloads", etc.
Bad guys come in teams. I miss the days when you'd get a solitary mugger or armed robber.
The same man who thought that the 200gr .38 special was superior to the .357 in dropping opponents?
Against sheep and antelope and exotic game, they're not generally shooting back. I wouldn't call it combat either.
Fitzgerald didn't forsee a lot of other advancements in shooting and ballistics that have occurred since 1930, either.
and J. Henry Fitzgerald never once penned advice on reloading in a gunfight,
Two of three, perhaps. Sixguns aren't particularly useful against antelope infantry.
and I'd bet you a dollar they all used arms whose capacity was exactly six.
Times change, technology changes. Hell, there were people who swore (ala Jeff Cooper et al) that a reliably expanding JHP would never be developed from a handgun. Combat handgunning in many respects is still an art in its infancy. Until there are folks willing to step beyond the hokum of the 1950s and gun store wisdom, we won't get any changes for the better.
Chances are in Applegate's case he made the assumption that those taking his ideas forward were already familiar with the basics of operation, including reloading.
I've yet to see where Colonel Rex Applegate commented on how to quickly reload a handgun.
As a civilian, I've seen more shootings than most ever will. I wouldn't want that experience to be one that became standard, but the truth is that it's a world of difference between being a policeman, police advisor, military guy, or gov't agent and between being Joe Average with a handgun for your own protection. I'm far more interested in what Joe Average has to say.
These guys all saw more real combat than I or 99% of all people period ever will, and none of them even touched on the subject.
I've been shooting longer than I've been aware of combat shooting sports ala IDPA by many years, and counting shots since I began. When you've got a finite amount of shells, and a potentially infinite amount of targets, it's generally a good idea to at least know where you stand - especially when you don't have a reload.
As a matter of fact, I bet you can trace this whole idea of "tactical reloads" or counting rounds back to 1976, when suddenly your score was divided by your time.