Plus 1 in your pistol

Plus 1 in your pistol

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    Plus 1 in your pistol

    Curious how many people load their pistols to mag capacity plus 1. I have developed a habit of not adding the plus 1. That is to say if mag capacity is 10 rounds, I load 10, chamber a round, and donít top off magazine. This may be silly but I donít like the top round being too tight with the slide.


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    My Shields get +1 when carried. My double-stackers do not.
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    I've never owned a gun rated for X number of rounds that wouldn't reliably function with a mag loaded with that number of rounds...so I load a 10-rounder with 10, put one in the chamber, then replace it with the 10th in the mag. Don't see any reason to load less than capacity. I have read that some have problems if they fully load...just haven't had that problem myself.

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    I carry with one in the chamber, and minus one in the magazine.
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    Plus 1 in your pistol

    I chamber a round and top off the mag for all of my carry guns. Compressing the mag wonít damage the spring. I do plus 1 whether single double stack.


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    I do +1 in my revolver.

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    Just like that old aircrew saying; The three most useless things in the world; The runway behind you, the altitude above you and the fuel left in the truck. That round left out of the magazine may be just the one you need.
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    I always top off my mag.
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    I top off all my pistols except for my G30. Too much pressure on the mag catch for my liking on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    I've never owned a gun rated for X number of rounds that wouldn't reliably function with a mag loaded with that number of rounds...so I load a 10-rounder with 10, put one in the chamber, then replace it with the 10th in the mag. Don't see any reason to load less than capacity. I have read that some have problems if they fully load...just haven't had that problem myself.
    This here. if it holds ten, i am putting ten in it. Im not going to shortchange myself for no real reason
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    I load the mag to capacity, chamber and holster.
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    I always carry +1

    Not doing so would be like only filling the fuel tank on your truck about 90% full. If it holds 10% more, you might as well fill it up. You never know when you might need to go a few extra miles to reach that next gas station.

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    I download all of my spare mags to facilitate easier tactical reloads, ( when I carry a reload).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    I top off all my pistols except for my G30. Too much pressure on the mag catch for my liking on that one.
    The g30 mags are unbelievably tight when loaded to capacity. I donít know why they donít fix that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlggray View Post
    I always carry +1

    Not doing so would be like only filling the fuel tank on your truck about 90% full. If it holds 10% more, you might as well fill it up. You never know when you might need to go a few extra miles to reach that next gas station.
    To make that analogy work, you would need to fill up, turn on the engine and let it run for a minute, and then replace what was pumped from the tank to the fuel lines.
    If that makes a difference in you getting to a gas station before you run out of gas, then thatís a brain housing group issue, and not a fuel issue, lol.
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