Always top off!
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I carry a revolver.
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.
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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Lack of preparation on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on mine
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!
I figured it would be a high number, but not this high - wow.
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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"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.
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 )
I top off. Why do you think manufacturers list the capacity as "--+1"
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