Originally Posted by kellman20
I can certainly see both sides of this issue. What I don't get is the ammount of disdain some people seem to hold for opposing view points. If a person wants to carry a backup gun or extra mags what does it matter to you? I'm no cowboy and I rarely carry an extra mag but if I did I'm suprised to see how dumb of choice that is to some people. Can't we all just get along.
No disdain on my part. I merely gave an opinion that was based on my personal experiences in self defense situations.
Originally Posted by simpkinst
I'm supprissed how many are missing the point of the article.
Carrying an extra mag is about being able to overcome a failure of some sort or a failed/damaged mag. Yes the extra ammo is a benefit as well, but being prepared to overcome a bad situation is paramount.
People can carry them if they want. I really don't have much opinion on it. But there is no replacement for proper inspection and maintenance of equipment that you ( God forbid) may need to call upon to save your bacon. Extra mags, BUGs, is all extra weight and bulk I just don't see necessary for a trip to Walmart to get some food and a pair of pants. I rely in situational awareness to try very hard to not p9ut myself in places where I might need all that equipment. I'm not a cop. I probably have no business in those places. This allows me to not fall victim to every possible event that "could happen"
I lived in a bigger cities when I had to use a weapon to defend myself. And I didn't need the full mag in my 1911. I live in the country now. I figure I'll need even less.
Bottom line is you have to be able to trust your weapon 100%. You have to be able to trust in the training you have done. If you can't you need another weapon and you need more training. More ammo and backups will not help you more than likely. This comes form personal experience, not form articles.
People are free to do as they please though. I have no dog in their fight. As for me I'm not going to carry the extra bulk and weight unless I feel a need. But I'm also one of those idiots that sees it a much more important need to be able to be effective with a handgun at a distance well over the 21 feet many seem to be important. So my opinion probably doesn't mean a whole lot.