Do we subconsciously compensate?
I know it's tiring to debate this kind of thing over and over again but I had a thought spinning off the other thread here.
Do we all actually perceive the same level of threat, but in different ways? As I stated in the other thread, it's been pointed out to me that my main carry gun has a 12 round magazine and I carry it topped off with the extra round in the chamber.
The only reason I actually do that is because a box of Golden Sabers holds 25 rounds, and two full magazines plus one in the pipe is 25.
But that doesn't excuse the fact I typically also have a 642 with all 5 holes in the cylinder plugged with Gold Dots and another 6 Gold Dots are ready to go too.
That's 36 rounds of ammunition on my person. That's as much as the high capacity fans who carry 9mm with the 17 round magazine and a spare reload. That's a lot of people I know, they carry a large capacity 9x19 pistol with one reload.
The difference? We're each afraid of the same thing but each apply our own neurosis. If anything I am more paranoid because I'm actually carrying TWO guns ready to go in case one breaks down, hehe.
I remember when we asked how much ammunition people actually carry, we got a pretty tight spread of numbers for the most part. Most of us were 10 rounds of each other.
I also admit I think the best reload my beloved revolvers is... another one of my beloved revolvers. I never have carried a full size revolver solo upon retrospect. It's always backed up.
I'm wondering if we don't all subconciously begin to gravitate towards some logical optimal medium. I've noticed most CCWers' hardware starts to look alike after a while. Sure we gush over the world of differences between the CZ75 one guy carries versus the SIG 226 someone else has, but ultimately, consider how similar they really are to the world at large.