This is a discussion on How many bullets are enough? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by gold40 Notwithstanding the many comments here, I feel very safe with 5 rounds of .38 Special in my S&W revolver. In 50+ ...
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This happened Friday afternoon in St. Louis at the exact time I was meeting with my lawyer 3 miles from the scene of the shooting:
STLtoday : St. Louis police say 35 shots fired, man killed
That is why I carry more than a 5-shot snubby.
Power to anyone who wants to carry 55 extra rounds, I just don't personally feel the need. I really don't think anyone is going to get two or three mag changes before they are in deep do-do therefore one extra is good enough for me.
I guess some are reading way past my meaning in my original post and coming up with the opposite of my thoughts. That's okay as long as you do not think I'm trying to be offensive.
Good day, RK
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I can read. I know what you said, and I know what I said.Originally Posted by rottkeeper
I often (not always, but most of the time) carry more than 45-46 rounds. What does the amount of ammo I carry have to do with whether or not I'm going someplace I don't belong? Are 44 rounds OK? If I carry 44 rounds, that means I don't go places where I don't belong?Originally Posted by rottkeeper
Originally Posted by rottkeeperNot offended at all. Just curious how you arrived at your numbers.Originally Posted by rottkeeper
What's your hangup with being offensive and people being offended anyway?
If not being offensive is your thing, why not refrain from taking shots at people who carry more ammo than you deem appropriate?Originally Posted by rottkeeper
Cool. It's a personal choice. I won't tell you that you may be naive in your choices. Don't imply that the amount of ammo I carry means I go places I don't belong. Don't cast aspersions on my character based on what I choose to carry. I'll reciprocate.Originally Posted by rottkeeper
I would look at any PD in the US that has had its Detectives carrying 5 shot revolvers. Look at the percentage of hits and one sees why a Speed Loader w/5 extra rounds is an operational must.
I do carry a 5 shot regularly, but never w/o a reload.
If the amount of ammo you carry is related to making sure you are prepared I ask the question, How many spare tires do you carry in your car?
Don't now the statistics but i bet you're more likely to get a flat then you are needing x number of reloads or even your weapon.
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As an NRA certified Instructor for 20+ years I always preach a spare load.
When you need it, you MIGHT need it a lot!
Depending on my activity I may carry more than a single reload. Around town and knowing I'll most likely skirt true "Indian Country" it's only one spare mag or speed loader (for my M642 S&W) But if I'm on a trip or leaving the county or heading to the keys, then I'm almost guaranteed more than one sp mag ON me and several more loaded into a vehicular B.O.B. to be grabbed in case a "dismount" is required under pressure .
Former Army Infantry Captain; 25 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; NRA Endowment Life; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.
Being without a spare tire is a mere inconvenience. Grab the phone, wait for a ride, whip out the thumb and beg for a ride, start walking, whatever. There are plenty of substitutes, more or less, for getting you where you need to be.
However, being without enough ammo when needed can result in an entirely less joyful outcome. There are no good substitutes for a shortage of ammo. That puts this problem in a class all by itself. Being caught short of ammo when needed is far more comparable to having 200ft too little rope on a cliff climbing excursion, than merely having no spare tire on the highway during the morning commute.
The point is, those who carry extra ammo do so for reasons of reliability and no good substitutes. There is no denigration or denouncement of others for not doing similarly (at least, not from this end of the pool). To each his/her own. Whatever works.