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So I have finally completed all requirements for my ccw in san bernardino county California. As I am looking at mag holsters to carry, this brings up a question.. How many spare mags do you guys carry? Obviously one will be in the gun.. Is one more sufficient, or do I need to consider more? Excited to be a new ccw holder and exercise my 2nd amendment right.

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1 in gun...1 in pocket

But my pocket mag is topped off with shotshell loads...mostly for snakes...crawling variety.
 

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One in the weapon and one to three on the belt. Slow to reload from the pocket.
 

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Most people seem ok with one extra mag. It also depends on what your magazine capacity is. E.g. if you have 12-16 rounds per magazine w/chamber - no extra magazine might be sufficient for you. However, you might have a malfunction in which the quickest fix is a magazine change.

If you have a single stack with only 6-9 rounds per mag, for example, you would be advised to carry extras.
 

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Most people seem ok with one extra mag. It also depends on what your magazine capacity is. E.g. if you have 12-16 rounds per magazine w/chamber - no extra magazine might be sufficient for you. However, you might have a malfunction in which the quickest fix is a magazine change.

If you have a single stack with only 6-9 rounds per mag, for example, you would be advised to carry extras.
I'm in California so unfortunately I am limited to 10 rounds.. Which has me leaning toward 3 mags total.... That would give me 30 rounds total, hoping I'll never need to use that many.

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Welcome Scott.from another So Cal CCW holder in San Bernardino country . 1 spare in a TRex Arms
t Sidecar holster. I.also carry +1 to give me 21 rounds.
 

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Your in CA so you only get 10 rounds ..How much of bad part of town are you in ?

1 or 2 back up mags is normal more then enough
 
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One in the gun one in a mag pouch
 

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I myself carry one extra magazine. I don't own any single stack pistols, but if I was to carry one I would prefer two spare. I carry a FNS 9 which has 12+1 with the flush magazine and on my weak side I carry a full size 17 round magazine. I feel pretty well prepared for most unlikely encounters. Some say "if you can't do it with 6 then you won't do it with 17" and others say the opposite. I say you carry what you think you might need.

A spare magazine serves two purposes. First being more ammunition and the second is to have a means to deal with a malfunction. If you have a double feed or something like that then you can quickly replace the magazine with a known good one. Very unlikely that you would need spare ammo in a self defense situations, but I would personally feel mortified if I had a slide lock and the threat was still there with nothing left. Just my opinion.
 

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1 spare
 

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Single stacks and revolves, three reload. Double stack, two reloads. I am from the school of have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.
 

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One in the handgun so that's 17 + 1 and one 17 rnd normally in a thigh pocket of my cargo pockets.
I have inner mag pockets in my Cargo pants for 4 double stack mags.

But, I also have 3-30 rnd mags in a Sten gun Mag pouch with a shoulder strap in my vehicle.
I call it my Reginald Denny support bag..

I find any more on my person and I have a hard time keeping my pants up.

I moved out of San Bernadino in 1970 for a reason.

Gotta Love Texas.
Was Open Carrying last night in a restaurant and two LEO's walk in.
I was seated where I could see the door and Cash Register.
The wife was seated where she could keep an eye on the back door and restrooms.
She's got my back. She still conceal carrys.

LEO's sit next to us, 1 noticed my holstered handgun, smiled and turned his attention to the Menu.
That's IT!

Lake Arrowhead was one of my favorite places.
One of my good friends still lives there.

As has been said, I concur, if you're limited to 10 rnd mags, carry two spares.
They will still be lighter than what I carry every day.

Oh, and an observation. One of the LEO's had two spare Glock Mags on a horizontal mag pouch on his belt.
Kinda cool looking as they flapped open to his weak side.
I didn't ask, but can only assume we both had roughly the same rnd capacity in our mags.
 

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Welcome to DCDC!

On Mags. 1) it's the easiest thing to 'break' on a semi-auto. Always carry a spare for that one reason. Your inserted mag breaks and you've got a single-shot.

2) If you expend your 10 bullets, and have no mag, even though the situation is 'solved' (hopefully), you are driving or going home with an empty gun. Reason #2 to have a spare, maybe even 2 spares.

3) It's unlikely that you will need to do a 'tactical reload' or use more than 3-4 rounds to solve most situations. So you really don't carry to be able to put more rounds downrange, though it could happen.

4) If you have a jam and you need to hit the mag release to clear it you really don't want the spare to be 'in your pocket'. Too slow.

So most people carry 3. One in the firearm, one on the belt, and one in the opposite side pocket. (that also serves as a reload in case one arm is damaged).

Good luck!
 
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