Full mag capacity--or lighten for Carry ??

Full mag capacity--or lighten for Carry ??

This is a discussion on Full mag capacity--or lighten for Carry ?? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Mostly carry a Glock 19 these days and sometimes struggle with it. Was thinking today about taking 3-5 rounds out to lessen the load a ...

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    Full mag capacity--or lighten for Carry ??

    Mostly carry a Glock 19 these days and sometimes struggle with it. Was thinking today about taking 3-5 rounds out to lessen the load a little but still have capacity and features of the 19. I don't want a G26 or any other gun smaller...so that's not my point to go smaller. I could buy 10 rd mags for it too so I can carry it in Chiraq !!
    Curious if anyone doesn't fill to capacity just for the weight reduction ??? I also know it defeats the purpose of the G19 capacity, but it wouldn't be for every time I carry it either. Sometimes I do just carry my G43...but shoot the 19 way better with more confidence.....
    Thoughts ???
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    I never carry a weapon with an underfilled magazine. Not sure of the reasoning because 9mm rounds weigh around 12g each so that's just 36-60g of weight reduction you are talking about.
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    I agree with @PPS1980 There's no reason to under load the magazine. Even .45 rounds don't weigh enough to matter.
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    Dude....no.

    But now I'm curious...



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    3 to 5 rounds is going to be a weight reduction in ounces. If it's that much of an issue you are carrying the wrong gun.

    I looked up the weight in grams and converted it to ounces. I got

    1.314 for 5 bullets, which may have been the weight of literally just the bullets as opposed to the entire cartridge
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    So you want to lessen your carry burden by downloading by 3-5 rounds? 9mm Gold Dot 124 gr. cartridges weigh about 0.45 oz each. So you are talking about reducing your burden by a whopping 1.35-2.25 oz.

    What actual benefit do you see being gained by such a tiny reduction of weight?

    Reducing your load by 3-5 rounds obviously does not reduce the capacity of the G19, but it does reduce the capacity of ammo available for a fight
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    Intentionally reduce capacity to save a few ounces weight, police should try that with all the stuff on their belt.
    The bullets that I may need to save my life seem a bit heavy, I'll remove a few.
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    Don't do it. You will not feel the differnence once it is on your belt. If you want to lighten gun weight get a lighter gun. If you wan to shed weight you carry altogether take a close look t all the stuff in your pockets including your wallet.
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    Do you have belt designed for carry? Do you wear suspenders? Both or either of these could solve your problem.
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    I wouldn’t know what to say...
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    I carry 1911s and revolvers most of the time so I'm not one to fret over capacity or weight, HOWEVER, it's just foolish to short yourself ammo in your gun to try and save a couple of ounces.
    Prior to this post I'd never heard of anyone complaining about having too much ammo unless they were drowning or on fire.

    As others have said, if you're having weight issues carrying a G19 you need to look at your gear, not your gun.
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    I think some people need to man-up by carrying full-mags in a heavier caliber.
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    Never. Probably carry a smaller single stack pistol if that is really an issue
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    OK OK....points well taken !!! Should have weighed things out prior to posting---not the brightest idea !!!!
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    I've made this analogy before but when I was in the Army my field uniform consisted of my Kevlar, LBE, flashlight, 2 canteens, 6 magazines, my gas mask, a Buck Knife a Multitool and (circumstance dependent) my M16.

    When I was an armed guard I had to carry External body armor, a radio, Handcuffs, keys, keys to every city owned lock in Colorado Springs, OC Spray, their phone, my phone, the same Buck Knife and Multitool I had in the Army, 2 flashlights, an M&P40 and 2 reloads.

    After all that as a concealed carrier I carry my phone, a flashlight, the same Buck Knife and Multitool I carried in the Army, a Glock 19 and 2 reloads and it really doesn't seem like all that much.
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