Feeling safe with what you carry?!?

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    Feeling safe with what you carry?!?

    If you had the choice between carrying a wheel gun and one HKS speed loader, or an automatic and one spare mag, what would you chose? Think about it first, 10 to 12 rounds, vs the possibility of up to 39 rounds? Think of situations you could be in, gas station robbery with one BG, or a robbery in a bank with multiple BGs. I have thought it through many times, what if I run out? When you are in an intense situation I PROMISE that you won't get 100% of your shots on target unless you are under 5 feet away, you lose many of your fine motor controls. What are your opinions?!?
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    I do have the choice, as does everyone else.

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    My personal choice is an auto with two mags. Total of 31 rounds on me. With what I have, I feel confident that I would be able to handle just about anything that comes my way...
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    Why do I have to be restricted to one re-load?

    Generally, I have two reloads, regardless of round count. Either two mags, or two speed strips.

    I think the odds of needing an extra mag because of a malfunction are greater than the odds of needing to reload in a civilian encounter. But just to hedge on the side of caution, I feel better with two. I also find that with most of my pistols, two mags on my off side balance out my belt better.
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    I vary at will between an auto with one extra mag and a revolver with two speed loaders (not HKS) and I feel perfectly safe. The revolver is a .357 mag and its initial load and reloads are full power .357 mag loads.

    If you don't feel the same, don't carry a revolver.
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    I carry a .357 mag. If I didn't feel safe with it, I wouldn't carry it.
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    It doesnt matter, as long as you know and respect your own limits. Equipment is secondary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kahnkem View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    I vary at will between an auto with one extra mag and a revolver with two speed loaders (not HKS) and I feel perfectly safe. The revolver is a .357 mag and its initial load and reloads are full power .357 mag loads.

    If you don't feel the same, don't carry a revolver.
    I feel perfectly comfortable carrying a revolver, I do most of the summer but I usually only carry one speed loader. It was just a what if for me I guess. I could handle myself with a revolver in a tight spot, but I would feel a little more at ease knowing I didn't have to reload after 5.
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    Carry a six shot revolver.
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    S&W model 625 in .45 ACP. Since it uses moon clips, I carry two extra.
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    My minimum carry is a high-cap semi-auto with two extra mags. Typically, I am not at the minimum. It is much easier for me to carry my set-up with plenty of extra ammo than it is to carry a revolver with much less ammo. I am also much more confident in my ability to engage at longer ranges with what I carry than I would be with a revolver.

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    I'm fine with carrying a revolver. I don't always carry a reload at all, usually leaving the speed loaders behind though I did dig out some speed strips recently. I can do high-capacity automatics if I want to but don't choose to. If I really feel a desire for more capacity I still carry the revolver. I just add an additional revolver. I do infrequently carry in a situation where prudence dictates that more capacity be available.

    Capacity seems so over-thought. That first shot delivered is far more important than the 39th yet so many dither more about the shots that might be available in a second or even a third reload than they do about directing their bullets into a target. Truth be told, many folks are scared to death of the reload.

    Cartridge and bullet performance are endlessly discussed here on the Forum. Ammunition capacity is given great consideration too. Practical accuracy receives only cursory attention in most discussions when compared with the other two topics. Accuracy is the most important though for without it the other two can't matter. Of course there is always the "spray and pray" crowd or those who seem to like the term "suppressive fire."

    When reading topic threads here on the Forum it's apparent that a great many forum folks actually aren't comfortable with their personal handgun/ammunition choice. This is only an opinion but a person who has angst about his carry choice isn't completely effective no matter what sort of equipment, ammunition, or capacity he chooses. His skill level likely is insufficient as well. Increased skills equals increased comfort level along with justifiable self assurance. At that point one will feel safe with his carry choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    I'm fine with carrying a revolver. I don't always carry a reload at all, usually leaving the speed loaders behind though I did dig out some speed strips recently. I can do high-capacity automatics if I want to but don't choose to. If I really feel a desire for more capacity I still carry the revolver. I just add an additional revolver. I do infrequently carry in a situation where prudence dictates that more capacity be available.

    Capacity seems so over-thought. That first shot delivered is far more important than the 39th yet so many dither more about the shots that might be available in a second or even a third reload than they do about directing their bullets into a target. Truth be told, many folks are scared to death of the reload.

    Cartridge and bullet performance are endlessly discussed here on the Forum. Ammunition capacity is given great consideration too. Practical accuracy receives only cursory attention in most discussions when compared with the other two topics. Accuracy is the most important though for without it the other two can't matter. Of course there is always the "spray and pray" crowd or those who seem to like the term "suppressive fire."

    When reading topic threads here on the Forum it's apparent that a great many forum folks actually aren't comfortable with their personal handgun/ammunition choice. This is only an opinion but a person who has angst about his carry choice isn't completely effective no matter what sort of equipment, ammunition, or capacity he chooses. His skill level likely is insufficient as well. Increased skills equals increased comfort level along with justifiable self assurance. At that point one will feel safe with his carry choice.
    I am trying to see the potential downside to my carry set-up in any given situation, and cannot come up with any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I am trying to see the potential downside to my carry set-up in any given situation, and cannot come up with any.
    Me neither.

    I carry the Glock on my hip and the wheelie in my pocket. I only have trouble deciding which is my primary?

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