13 July 09
Why we routinely carry at least one spare pistol magazine, from a friend in
"Yesterday, while attending a music program at an open-air amphitheater, I shifted in my seat and experienced a catastrophic failure of the magazine inserted in my G27, which I was carrying concealed in an IWB holster.
The magazine base-cap broke and fell off. The magazine spring and follower immediately fell out, along with several rounds. The rest of the rounds remained within the magazine shell, still locked in the pistol's magazine well.
Happily, the only two people aware of the problem were me and my oldest daughter, who was sitting directly behind me. As discreetly as possible, I removed the shell, and remaining loose rounds from the pistol, and, with my wife's assistance, recovered the spring and follower, all as I remained seated, trying to look as normal as possible.
My G27 stayed in the holster. With the shell and loose rounds cleared from the magazine well, I quietly inserted my spare magazine. Ultimately, only two people, besides me, knew what had happened.
We enjoyed the rest of the concert and returned home without further incident."
Lesson: Always carry at least one spare magazine, not only so that you can reload, but also so that you can get your pistol back into service when the magazine that is already in it, breaks!
"We carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water"
Nehemiah, Chapter 4, Verse 23b