Do You Top Off Your Magazine? (Poll)

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    I have a magazine I've designated as my "feeder" mag. I chamber a round from it, eject it, then insert the (completely full) mag I will carry with. In this way the only spring that gets exercised (and hence weakened over time) is the one in the feeder mag that I never carry with.
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    Always top off!
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    Yes mine is always topped off

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    I ALWAYS chamber, then top off the mag. In fact, the Para P-14 mag normally holds 13, I have 1 mag that will hold 14 and that is the one I carry in the gun so I have 14 + 1.

    1} I am a firm believer in "shoot till the threat drops" and I have been accused of needing a tax stamp for my trigger finger, so in a typical single aggressor situation, he will likely catch ~5 rounds.
    2} In the non typical multi-aggressor situation I believe in the Marine Corps doctrine of "fire & maneuver"(with a safe background) so I will need plenty of ammo ready to go.

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    Not an issue if you use a belt-feeder instead
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    top off and i leave a gun loaded till i shoot it or clean it.
    and if i have to clean it every time i change the clocks, i may as well shoot it 1st.
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    I never unload it.

    Well, if I do, it's topped off. The two cartridges that rotate are set aside for the range after 3-4 chamberings.
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    I find that the extra half ounce or so for that last 9mm round just puts my carry weight over my comfortable limit. Only kidding use them if you got them!

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    I figured it would be a high number, but not this high - wow.

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    Let me just say this. I chamber a round and fill the magazine to capacity, if I could put a few more in I would. Too much is better than not enough in most cases and this is one of those cases.


    (I know I could add extensions or carry GLOCK 17 magazines but I like the overall size of the GLOCK 19.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfcmb View Post
    I have a magazine I've designated as my "feeder" mag. I chamber a round from it, eject it, then insert the (completely full) mag I will carry with. In this way the only spring that gets exercised (and hence weakened over time) is the one in the feeder mag that I never carry with.
    Interesting. May have to try this system out...

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    "nothing more useless than runway behind you" comes to mind. we've already made the decision to carry a gun. an often uncomfortable and challenging thing to do. what's an extra few seconds to top off going to add to that other than a half ounce bullet?

    and as it's been said before, I seldom unload my carry gun anyway.

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    Chamber a round, drop mag and insert a full one. Always do it the same way. Every time.

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    Depends on what gun I am using at the time. No with the G-19 since is holds plenty yes +1 with the 1911, I will at times carry a revolver ( there will be a round under the hammer or the wheel will be full )

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    I top off. Why do you think manufacturers list the capacity as "--+1"
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