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I mostly carry my XD40sc with 2 spare mags. I have 6 mags total for it.
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Normaly I don't have an extra, at work I just carry my g27. A lot of moving and don't want the bulk, I know I should. When I carry my 1911 I always have an extra mag, I never know when it may fail. G36 always has a partner, she gets paired with a ruger lcp or a s&w 442 on the ankle. My snub nose 44 doesn't need extra
Well, it depends.
Quick trip out the door-Carrying only whats in the gun. Calculated risk.
Full day out-One spare mag. Slighty more risk.
Headed to the city-One spare mag and a BUG. Just in case someone gets froggy!
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I carry one spare mag. I'm not really worried about a magazine related malfunction, I carry it for the additional ammo.
As far as round count, 100 rounds does you no good when you only have time to get off 2 or 3. To think that you will prevail in a prolonged gun battle with multiple attackers is the stuff of movies. I have been there and done that.
Yes, if carrying an auto-pistol, somewhere from one to several, depending upon my perceived threat level for my travels on a particular day, and also depending upon whether I am carrying a double-column or single-column pistol. One, and sometime two spares is the norm if carrying my personally-owned duty P229 off the clock, but as my formerly stronger hand is weakened by chronic conditions, I prefer smaller-gripped weapons, when I have a choice. If carrying a single-column auto, 2+ spare mags is the norm.
I want to echo GunByte. When something goes wrong under stressful conditions, being able to rip out the mag and and insert a new one, if a simple tap-rack has failed, is a desirable option.
I don't carry and extra magizine. My Sig holds 15 in the mag and one in the chamber. The way I see it, if I can't stop a threat with 16 rounds of 9mm JHP, then having 15 more isn't going to do me much good. At that point, it's time to run....
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I do not carry an extra mag when I carry. If I goo through 16rds and need more ammo, that means the s has really hit the fan and I need to be getting out of there.
But, practically speaking, I carry IWB and I don't have a IWB mag carrier at this point.
I normally carry 2 spare mags, one with SD ammo and one with plain ball ammo in case the SD mags cause problems.
I always carry lots of extra ammo. As with many things in life, better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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I don't realy carry spares, just the ones I have for my side arm...
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I carry spares in case of malfunction, not because I anticipate needing more than 17 rounds.
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Still waiting on my permit, but plan to carry a spare 7 round mag for my XDS in a horizontal pouch.
I ordered this pouch from eBay for under $5 shipped. It came in today, and I couldn't be happier with it for the price. It fits the 7 round magazine (minus the backstrap) like it was made for it! Fits perfectly. Its snug but pulls out really smooth. He also sells a shorter pouch that would probably work perfectly for the 5 round mag. Of course I don't know how well it will hold up yet but its worth a try for the price. I have a 1.5" belt and any larger of a belt will not work.