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Old 06-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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How important is magazine capacity in choosing a handgun, and why?

I sorta take the 1911 as my basic standard. As long as it holds seven or eight rounds, I'm good. If I were really worried about it, I'd carry an extra magazine or two on my belt, but I don't. Seems a little excessive. Oh, there's probably more ammo in the car if I get caught away from home when the zombie war breaks out, but as a general rule I'm fine with seven rounds on my person.

It's not that I've never had the option of carrying more ammo. I've had a couple of Hi-Powers, a Glock 23, and a Para Ordanance P-14, but never really took to them as a daily carry gun, which, as stated elsewhere, for the last 15 years or so has usually be a Springfield 1911 or a .40 Firestar.

It actually seemed weird that the Glock held so many rounds. I'd look at the filled magazine and think "what am I gonna DO with all these extra bullets".

So . . . how many bullets do you think you need, and WHY?

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To me it is not really about how many I need. I often carry a gun with 5 or 6 rounds in it. To me it is about the left slowly taking away our rights. The original ban limited us to 10. Now NY is limiting to 7. Is 5 going to be the next number? Magazine limits are pointless. A practiced shooter can reload way too fast for someone to rush them. Unless someone is within a few feet of me I can even use a speedloader with a revolver within just a few seconds. And with magazines...don't even think about it. I have seen guys that can seat a mag before the empty hits the ground! And I am not talking about Stalone in The Expendables. Go watch and IDPA match. Some of the people there are incredible.

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How important is magazine capacity in choosing a handgun, and why?

I sorta take the 1911 as my basic standard. As long as it holds seven or eight rounds, I'm good. If I were really worried about it, I'd carry an extra magazine or two on my belt, but I don't. Seems a little excessive. Oh, there's probably more ammo in the car if I get caught away from home when the zombie war breaks out, but as a general rule I'm fine with seven rounds on my person.

It's not that I've never had the option of carrying more ammo. I've had a couple of Hi-Powers, a Glock 23, and a Para Ordanance P-14, but never really took to them as a daily carry gun, which, as stated elsewhere, for the last 15 years or so has usually be a Springfield 1911 or a .40 Firestar.

It actually seemed weird that the Glock held so many rounds. I'd look at the filled magazine and think "what am I gonna DO with all these extra bullets".

So . . . how many bullets do you think you need, and WHY?
There is NO WAY to know how many 'bullets' you may need.
I would rather have MANY left over than be ONE short!!!
But realistically speaking:
1. There is a rather low probability of you needing to fire your weapon as a civilian CC person.
2. It will depend on how well you wish to be prepared and in what environment you carry.
3. I tell those I instruct to carry as much gun and as many rounds as they can comfortably, and as many as gives them the confidence they need to feel safe.
Personally I carry a 6906 with a spare 15 rd mag most of the time. When I carry my SP101 I carry one extra speed strip.
To each his own!
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Guess it depends on the situation, Take 2 minutes and watch this its worth it


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I usually have one spare mag with me. I just switch over to carrying my SR1911 from my G35. I do miss have 31 rounds compared to 16, but I'm confident with both firearms.

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There is NO WAY to know how many 'bullets' you may need.
I would rather have MANY left over than be ONE short!!!
But realistically speaking:
1. There is a rather low probability of you needing to fire your weapon as a civilian CC person.
2. It will depend on how well you wish to be prepared and in what environment you carry.
3. I tell those I instruct to carry as much gun and as many rounds as they can comfortably, and as many as gives them the confidence they need to feel safe.
Personally I carry a 6906 with a spare 15 rd mag most of the time. When I carry my SP101 I carry one extra speed strip.
To each his own!

I don't disagree. And I do think it would be a better idea if I did carry at least one extra mag on my person, but I usually don't. I can see situations where I might take extra precautions. As you say, one never really knows how many rounds they will need, but I feel confident with eight shots of .45 or .40, partly because I feel pretty good about my ability to hit what I shoot at.
I don't even feel too unarmed if I have a knife in my pocket. (I know, I know, don't bring a . . . ). Now, if I don't have a gun OR a knife, then I start to feel sorta naked.
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The people who want to limit the mag capacity have another plan in place.

Look at hunting. There are caps on the number of rounds a firearm can accommodate. This is to allow a "sporting chance" for the prey.

By limiting the magazine capacities of magazines used in self defense, the perpetrator is also given a "sporting chance" to serve the time (if convicted) and have the right to vote reinstated upon completion of the sentence.

Who are they going to vote for?????

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Hmmm. I am against legislation to limit magazine capacity, but the purpose of this thread was not so much geared toward whether or not high cap mags are "needed", but rather how important this factor is in choosing a handgun, and why.

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Without getting into six or a hundred round drum,it's the kill shot that counts,when I was a young shooter we practiced instinctive shooting,the sights were removed and we shot by pure instinct,it works with practice but you cant lose your cool in combat situations,every round is a kill shot.

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Welllll.......

My two "every day carry" guns are either a S&W Mdl 36 Chief's Special, or a ParaOrdnance C 7/45. One is 5 shots, one 7 (+1 up the spout)

I would not feel comfortable with a one or two shot derringer. The model 36 was chosen due to weight/ size. I am no longer in the profession of going after bad people- if I use a gun, I plan to be using it to give me time to run.

Could I need more than 5 shots? Yep. Assuming that you you will miss (50%?) and that you will need at least a double tap, if I have more than one assailant, I'm coming up dry early. Keep a speed strip in pocket. That's 10 rounds.

Back in the day, I carried spare mags. Speed loader pouches. Browning Hi-Power with 13 round mags. But I was conciously dressed to conceal. And not wearing shorts and a T-shirt, on my way to Home Depot.

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