This is a discussion on Extra Mags vs Extra Capacity within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; never mind......
"Being a predator isn't always comfortable but the only other option is to be prey. That is not an acceptable option." ~Phil Messina
If you carry in Condition 3, you have two empty chambers. One in the weapon...the other between your ears.
If you feel comfortable with a 5 shot revolver, 7 or 8 shot 1911 with no spare mag, then that is your choice to make. I choose to carry 46 rounds of 9mm hollowpoints.
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I EDC a Sig P220 with 8+1, and a spare mag or two. I prefer the .45acp, and am thus somewhat limited on capacity. However the biggest reason I carry spare mags is for malfunction, not extra rounds.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
If you're comfortable with less capacity, go for it. I sometimes carry a 6 round snubby myself, but don't assume I have a Rambo complex, nor presume to tell me what I should or shouldn't carry. Haven't we got enough pressure from the outside trying to tell us what to do with our weapons?
And as for "one upping"..don't you list a high dollar Custom gun on your profile? I carry a plain jane CZ. Who's keeping up with the Jones's here?
Last edited by Arko; June 13th, 2009 at 09:22 AM. Reason: run on sentance
"Don't Tread on Me"
I generally carry a single stack semi-auto with an extra mag.
Right now, I am enthralled with my new S&W 638. I cary one extra speed strip for it.
However, I will occasionally carry a GLOCK or other double stack handgun; it's all good.
I actually have both! 16+1 in my XDm PLUS an extra mag of 16
A guy who carries a semi auto with no spare mag is a fool. It doesn't matter the size or capacity. A spare mag is carried primarily for more ammo. Get some training guys, it can save your life.
"Just blame Sixto"
Here's my problem with high capacity - fire discipline...
I remember when I shot a lot of 3-gun and IPSC back in the '90s I used to force myself to shoot matches every couple of months with a revolver or a single stack. Why would a Master do this you ask? Simple. It made me actually start worrying about that little thing called accuracy, because I knew I had a limited number of rounds to throw at a target. For all you high-cap shooters out there, try that sometime and see how humbling it can be. One of my shooting mentors used to tell me when I was a fledgling "B" shooter, "you can't miss fast enough" and then right after that told me "speed wins stages, points win matches".
Absolutely darn right, I learned those two lessons the hard way. The mentor - 3 time world champion Ted Bonnet.....
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined". - Patrick Henry
18mos ago, I would have answered greater capacity, despite greater weight.
But I've got a devil of a nerve issue with my hip/leg that has changed the equation. While I can still carry my CZ P-01 (14+1) and spare magazines just fine, doing so daily is tough. More and more, I find myself carrying a thinner, lighter, smaller unit because of comfort issues.
I absolutely believe in the old soldier's adage that one cannot have enough ammo. I believe the sanity of that statement almost doesn't even need to be mentioned. But the reality of a rough, chronic problem that's taking away the use of my hip/leg from me is something I can't ignore.
In the end, I'd prefer to be armed, rather than strictly heavily armed. I hate doing it, but I'll do it as there are few alternative choices.
Having said that, the extra mag still comforts me from a mechanical back up standpoint AND for capacity.
Besides..I never heard of a gunfight where anyone wished they had less ammo or a smaller caliber!
Oh, and since I have huge hands, a double stack just fits my paw better! I could otherwise be just as happy with a 7 shot single....AND a spare mag! ;)
"Don't Tread on Me"
As others have said, if you carry a semi-auto pistol, it is a must that you have at least one extra mag with you mainly in case of malfunction and secondly for extra rounds regardless of round capacity. There is also always the chance of an accidental mag drop under stress and you will be glad you have that extra mag if that was to happen.
IF YOU STAY READY, YOU AIN'T GOT TO GET READY
Sorry, the question was a paradox for me since I donít much care to haul around a reload but I also donít want a mini-gun on my person. If I canít solve my problem in 5-9 rounds, then I guess itís my time to go.
ďMonsters are real and so are ghosts. They live inside of us, and sometimes they win.Ē
~ Stephen King
Normally my Ruger 357 with 2 SLs, that should suffice.
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if i need more than 7 rounds of .45 acp im going for a rifle anyway so more mags.
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