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Old 01-15-2016, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hello, I just wanted to start a discussion and talk about everyone's views on carrying an extra magazine. Getting personal input on what capacity would require a spare mag.

For example, I carry a spare 8 round mag for my Springfield XDs 9mm. It gives me a total of 16 rounds including the 7+1 capacity I have in my flush mag.
Reasoning: The odds of me ever getting into something that requires more than 8 rounds is very slim. My concern is that when I start shooting I become a target. I can't say that I ever want to hear 'click' when defending my life. My personal belief is that anything beyond 5 rounds and you're more than likely in a gun fight versus a quick self defense shooting. That being said, I've seen plenty of defense videos where both parties essentially unload in the spur of the moment. Carrying a spare mag is like carrying a pocket knife for me because it's a single stack. As for carrying a spare double stack mag, I can't say I would find it as easy.

If I ever get to the bottom of my first mag, 1 of 3 things should have happened
1. The threat should be neutralized
2. The threat is retreating
3. I have found cover to reload

I carry a spare mag with 3 hollowpoints on top, and 5 FMJ on bottom. The reason for this is for if I need to shoot through something that is stopping the hollowpoints or slowing them down too much. FMJ will hold their shape when shooting through something like a car door.
The final reason that I carry a spare mag is incase of magazine failure. It is a different mag that also allows me to go from a flush mag to an extended that allows for a full size pistol grip.


How many of you carry spare mags? Do you only do it with low capacity guns or do you do it with all your guns. What is the minimum amount of rounds you think an individual should carry on them?
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:25 PM   #2
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I carry a spare magazine for each semi-auto.

Normally, I have two firearms somewhere on my body (except when wearing Speedo's on the beach).
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I carry a spare 14 round magazine. My EDC has a 10 round magazine inserted while I carry. I could carry 2 14 rounds mags if I wanted, but haven't felt the need yet.

As far as your HP vs FMJ ammo loading I am not sure about that. I spent a night surfing the net a while back trying to decide how to load may mags, and I couldn't find any known experts or law enforcement that supported it. There of course are post and people all over the internet that recommend various ways of loading a magazine, but it doesn't seem to be an accepted idea by so called pros. But if it is just the last few rounds of a backup magazine there is probably not really a big downside to it. I guess we never know what situation we'll be thrown into. But if it involves lots of rounds and cars I hope I have a rifle handy instead of my 3" 9mm.
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Carry a S&W SD9VE...16+1...always have a spare mag on me.
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I don't usually carry a spare. My thought is that if eight rounds of .45 ain't enough, I'm dead anyway.
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Here's my saying
It's better to have & not need, than need & not have !!!

I carry a spare mag, cause you have more ammo & if your mag goes bad you have a spare
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Spare mag, 1 for any pistol that holds more than 10 rounds, and 2 for any pistol I carry that holds 10 or less. Same with a revolver, 2 speed loaders and a speed strip each. Above includes the BUG, as I normally carry a minimum of 2 handguns whenever I leave the house.

far better to have it and never need it, than to need it , and not have it. remeber, you are staking the life of yourself, and your loved ones on a machine with several moving parts that is powered by a chemical reaction. Both can fail at anytime, and 9 out of 10 times, it will not be at the range when this happens.
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My SIG carries 15+1

After 2 or 3 shots, either I won or I'm dead.

I carried spare ammo as an LEO, because the job demanded that I go looking for trouble.

Since retiring, I try to avoid trouble.
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Always spare mags, or a second pistol.
Or both a spare pistol and spare mags...

Might as well be prepared for the worst...
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One really good reason for a spare mag... what if the loaded mag malfunctions?

I don't follow my own advice... Carry 13 rnds in the dbl stack 9.
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