Do You Fill Your Carry Magazines To The Max?

Do You Fill Your Carry Magazines To The Max?

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  • I fill all my mags up to max and leave them loaded

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  • I fill all my mags up to max -2 rounds and leave them loaded

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    Question Do You Fill Your Carry Magazines To The Max?

    Iím pretty sure if you served in the military you were always told to fill up your mags to the max, then take out the last 2 rounds (example Ė in a 10 round mag you actually fill with 8rounds for long periods of time use).

    So, do you fill your magazines to the max or do you fill up to max -2 rounds?

    Feel free to comment.


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    The only two weapon systems I observe that practice is with the AR and Browning HP 9mm using OEM magazines....with every other weapon system, I fill them to the max.

    I don't recall at any time a USAF CATM instructor telling us to reduce the mag capacity of our Beretta M9's....but then again, maybe some stateside and/or overseas bases were observing that practice with the M9.
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    I fill mine to the max and leave them loaded till shot.. its the cycling of loading and unloading that wears on the springs..

    If the mag wont work fully loaded there's a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bud White
    I fill mine to the max and leave them loaded till shot.. its the cycling of loading and unloading that wears on the springs..

    If the mag wont work fully loaded there's a problem
    + 2......

    I leave all mine loaded...they naturally get rotated from shooting
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    Fill them up. I left 2 mag's full for about 10 yrs. I had misplaced them.
    I found them in a old ammo box early this spring. Tried them out & they work just fine!
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    I voted other. I generally load a mag to the max put it in the gun and chamber a round. So I end up with a full mag -1. I don't intentionally rotate mags for carry. It's just which ever one that ends up loaded with my carry ammo at the end of a shooting session ends up in the gun.

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    My 226 factory magazine holds 15 rounds comfortably, my Mec-Gar aftermarkets will hold 17 but you have to really cram that last one in there.

    For uniformity I just load everything to 15, and carry 15+1 in the pistol.
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    20 or 30 rounds per AR mag
    17 rounds in 10mm mag
    10 rounds in 45 mag
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    I've done my own magazine tests - leaving them fully loaded for very extended periods of time.
    The only mags that have ever suffered any noticable weakening of the spring have been antique factory Colt mags which seemed to lose some upward pressure.
    For sure you can leave any modern single stack high quality pistol and rifle magazines fully loaded w/ no problem at all.
    My magazine springs do not need to rest.

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    Fully loaded....rotate when shot...etc...

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    If the mag wont work fully loaded there's a problem
    Yes. I fully load the mags. But then, I've spent careful time searching for extremely reliable guns. The ones I carry are exactly that: as near to 100% reliability as possible, no exceptions. There are few guns on the market exactly like that, really.

    I've found the following: Browning BDM 9mm, CZ P01 9mm compact, Kahr K9 9mm, SIG P226/229, the Ruger SP101 revolver, and a couple of the SW revolvers. Solid reliability, longevity, ability to withstand lots of shooting.

    Right now, primary is the CZ P01 9mm. Am exploring options for the BUG right now, between a KelTec P3AT 380ACP and a Kahr PM9 9mm sub-compact.
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    I fill mine one short of maximum and rotate them.

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    Fully loaded and ready to go!
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    Bud White said it all.

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    Fill em right up to max. Never had a problem.

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