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I think most would agree that we cc for personal and family safety.

I don't think any of us expect to wind up hiding behind the wood pile in a gun fight with the Clanton boys..(I sure hope I don't)...

So what's wrong with a single stack thin as paper easy to conceal 8 9 or 10 round handgun for cc with a secondary mag (not that you would need it).

Why does anyone need 12/15/17 rounds in a handgun.....If SHTF comes you probably are not reaching for a handgun anyway.....

So, how many rounds do you think you need on a day to day SD basis. If more than 10 with an extra mag please explain why.....
 

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I'm not sure how many I'll need but nobody has ever complained about having two or three left over after a gun fight. There are plenty of folks not around today who would love to complain about too few, but they're dead.
 

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I might need one round. I might need five. I might need 30. Then again, I might need none.

Most of the time I carry five in the j-frame + five in a speed strip, but sometimes I carry 14+1 in my CZ.

Why? Because I can.

You want to carry only five, or you want to carry 50+, I don't care. Do what makes you comfortable.
 

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I might need one round. I might need five. I might need 30. Then again, I might need none.

Most of the time I carry five in the j-frame + five in a speed strip, but sometimes I carry 14+1 in my CZ.

Why? Because I can.

You want to carry only five, or you want to carry 50+, I don't care. Do what makes you comfortable.
The intent of the thread is to see the reasoning behind why people carry the armament that they do..call it "handgun psychic revelations" or whatever..just want to hear
peoples reasoning...(if they have any) for what they do...Yes you could carry 200 rounds around if you wanted to and it made you feel comfortable...but if you did I would think you expect to be put in or put yourself into a situation you don't need to be in. This is purely a "I'm curious" thread.....nothing personal intended.
 

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The intent of the thread is to see the reasoning behind why people carry the armament that they do..call it "handgun psychic revelations" or whatever..just want to hear
peoples reasoning...(if they have any) for what they do...Yes you could carry 200 rounds around if you wanted to and it made you feel comfortable...but if you did I would think you expect to be put in or put yourself into a situation you don't need to be in. This is purely a "I'm curious" thread.....nothing personal intended.
Understand. I've always equated it to risk mitigation. Some people don't carry because they think the likelihood of needing a gun is very small, and they are right. However, I carry in case I need a gun. But I think (hope) five rounds is enough (if not I'm kinda screwed). I have thought about it from time to time, but I always go back to the j-frame as a balance between concealment and capacity. But I will admit, when I have the CZ with 14, it's good to know I'm not limited to five. But I just don't think I'll ever need it. Others might want to minimize their risk by carrying with higher capacities. That's the only reason I can think of....
 

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I think most would agree that we cc for personal and family safety.

I don't think any of us expect to wind up hiding behind the wood pile in a gun fight with the Clanton boys..(I sure hope I don't)...

So what's wrong with a single stack thin as paper easy to conceal 8 9 or 10 round handgun for cc with a secondary mag (not that you would need it).

Why does anyone need 12/15/17 rounds in a handgun.....If SHTF comes you probably are not reaching for a handgun anyway.....

So, how many rounds do you think you need on a day to day SD basis. If more than 10 with an extra mag please explain why.....
What single stack carries 10 rounds?
 

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I'm not sure how many I'll need but nobody has ever complained about having two or three left over after a gun fight. There are plenty of folks not around today who would love to complain about too few, but they're dead.
Understand. I've always equated it to risk mitigation. Some people don't carry because they think the likelihood of needing a gun is very small, and they are right. However, I carry in case I need a gun. But I think (hope) five rounds is enough (if not I'm kinda screwed). I have thought about it from time to time, but I always go back to the j-frame as a balance between concealment and capacity. But I will admit, when I have the CZ with 14, it's good to know I'm not limited to five. But I just don't think I'll ever need it. Others might want to minimize their risk by carrying with higher capacities. That's the only reason I can think of....
Five rounds to empty is pretty fast.
 

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It's just a matter of personal preference and how far people want to take things and where/what you want to compromise - where do you draw the line. A single stack is slimmer than a double stack or revolver and holds (can hold) more rounds than one and less than the other. A double stack isn't much thicker, but when it comes to fit with clothes and body types and hands 10th's of an inch in width/length can really make a difference. Then it may depend on clothes worn at the time. Some don't want to bother with the weight, others are strapping on a holster that can easily support the weight anyway so they figure "why not?"

Ain't it great we have so many choices?
 

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For me, if the SHTF, I am reaching for my handgun. It's what I'm proficient with, it's what I'm comfortable with, it's what I know, it's loaded. Hubby can grab the shotgun if he's home and I'm sure a bunch of people will tell me I should use my handgun to fight to my long gun, but truth is I'm comfortable with my handgun and I have yet to ever shoot our long gun so I'm going with what I know. (I made the mistake of watching a YouTube video of women being knocked on their hineys while shooting shotguns right about the time we bought ours, logically I know plenty of women shoot them, but now it's out of my comfort zone and I've refused to try it)

A lot of days I carry my single stack. A good many other days I carry my double stack. I'll carry whichever weapon I can conceal based on what I want to wear. If I can conceal either, I'll go for the double stack. If the double stack prints, I'll grab the single. If I'm home, I open carry, so the double it is. Why do I want 14 rounds available? Why not? I won't sweat carrying 8 but if I have the easy choice I'll take 14. I'd rather have too many & still have some left in the mag than need more. Am I planning on getting in a shootout behind the wood pile? No, but ya never know what life's going to throw at you. That woman in GA shot her intruder 5 times in the face & neck and he was able to try and flee (fleeing is ok with me as long as you're moving away from me) but what if he fought instead? Multiple attackers? Strung out on drugs? Who knows what you'll be faced with. Likely none of it, but we carry anyway, just in case. Not that I carry extra mags, but I do like the old quote about you can only have too much ammo if you're on fire or drowning.

I've got a friend who swears all he needs is his 2 shot derringer. Cool.
2...5...8...14...20...whatever we're each comfortable with...
 

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Once read an article about two troopers who shot a guy 9 times at point-blank range with .357 magnum hollowpoint from their service revolvers. Guy just stood there holding his revolver until a shot went through his head.

Personally I carry a five-shot snub, but I'm under no illusions that it guarantees a stop. No handgun does, no matter how many rounds you have. More just improves your odds.
 

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All of the semi auto's that I "had" and now have were/are single stack magazine types. So far I have not owned a semi that holds more than 8 + 1 in the pipe. The "had" ones have been stolen, a S&W 39-2 9mm and a Ruger LCP .380. I now have a Taurus PT-709 Slim 9mm and a S&W Bodyguard .380. Both are single stack ones.

I have felt very comfortable with them, knowing that I had some firepower, even if it wasn't 10+ rounds, I still felt good. Would I like a double stack magazine pistol? Sure. Not saying that I wouldn't, it's just a matter of how you intend to use your weapon. If you are in an area that you would need 15-20 rounds to survive then by all means go for it. If not, a single stack magazine weapon will do the job.
 
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One gun + one mag. If it's my G36 I have 6+1 and 6 for a total of 13. If it's my G19 it's 15+1 and 17 spare for 33 rounds total. If someone is going to tell me my one Glock and one spare mag for 33 rounds is being a mall ninja, I'd politely ask them to jump in front of moving traffic.
 

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The number of rounds in a magazine is determined by the size of the grip of the handgun. If a gun can hold 17 rounds without extending beyond the grip, why limit it?
 

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I have only had to draw a gun as a civilian once back in the 1960s and did not have to fire it then. Statistically, I don't need a gun. Yet, I carry two guns with twenty-six to ninety-two rounds of .45 ACP or 10mm and occasionally .44 magnum available depending on where I am going and what I am doing that day. If you plan for one human attacker at close range, then a snub-nose revolver with five rounds might be enough. I plan for multiple human attackers or multiple four legged dangerous animal encounters at longer distances. I plan for the day I am far from home and the overdue 9.0 earthquake hits off the Oregon Coast and it takes me several days to walk home because all of the bridges fell down and the roads are not drivable. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
 

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I have only had to draw a gun as a civilian once back in the 1960s and did not have to fire it then. Statistically, I don't need a gun. Yet, I carry two guns with twenty-six to ninety-two rounds of .45 ACP or 10mm and occasionally .44 magnum available depending on where I am going and what I am doing that day. If you plan for one human attacker at close range, then a snub-nose revolver with five rounds might be enough. I plan for multiple human attackers or multiple four legged dangerous animal encounters at longer distances. I plan for the day I am far from home and the overdue 9.0 earthquake hits off the Oregon Coast and it takes me several days to walk home because all of the bridges fell down and the roads are not drivable. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Yes...I understand why the bridges are falling down.....:rofl:
 
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