Carrying an extra mag. Yes or no?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Moby, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Moby

    Moby New Member

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    I read another thread that had seceral folks talking about how they carry an extra mag.

    Currently I carry a Glock 30 (.45ACP) which holds 11 rounds full. It's small, conceals well, and seems like all the gun & ammo I need for self defense.

    I carry IWB with a Desanti holster. I've been thinking of having Eric Hopp (custom leathe guy) make me a mag pouch for an extra mag IWB. But the more I ponder the extra weight, cost, and need I am talking myself out of it. Almost all confrontations are over in a matter of seconds. Almost always no more than a few shots are fired. And almost always close up and personal.

    What are your thoughts on a second or third mag?
    Really ever think you'll need them?

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  2. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    I carry an extra magazine on me and keep 2 more in my car. Just because sometimes bad guys bring friends...
     

  3. jgoertz

    jgoertz New Member

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    I carry 2 xtra mags cause I carry 2 different single stack guns, a .45 and a .40 for a BUG. Although I have tested my mags and use only those that are highly recommended, the chance of a mag failure is always there.
     
  4. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    Every car or truck has an extra mag for each gun and I always have 2 extra mags on me if I am out of the house.
     
  5. spack762

    spack762 New Member

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    Duh. I carry as many as 4 reloads, for my 357, when i carry personaly. With my 1911 i had 6 extra mags. Paronid? Maybe. You never know who or what you will encounter. I've read plenty of reports where a reloaded wasnt needed, and where every shot was needed. Not only do i carry extra ammo, i also carry a flash light, and a hand weapen to boot. Be prepared.
     
  6. JimRau

    JimRau Active Member

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    Off duty I carry one extra mag, on duty I carry two extra.
    If I travel away from home I carry about five extra mags and an extra box of ammo, not to mention an 'extra' gun and holster which is the same caliber and the mags fit.;)
     
  7. therhino

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    I plan to carry two spares in addition to the loaded mag. Honestly, we/you carry a weapon for that "just in case" scenario. Whether you carry extra mags is really a personal choice made based on the idea that there can be too much "just in case." The stats on gunfights always say 3 shots/3 feet/3 seconds or what have you, but since you already carry a gun "just in case" you encounter that 3/3/3, why not carry extra mags "just in case" your once-in-a-lifetime gunfight doesn't fit the 3/3/3 bill?
     
  8. chuckusaret

    chuckusaret New Member

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    I don't carry an extra mag, I carry a BUG. What is that extra mag good for if you happen to loose your weapon in the struggle with the bad guy or it should fail to fire? The need for More than 6, 10, 12 rounds? If the need should arise, I'd be looking for an escape route. In other words do the sensible thing and retreat and live to tell your story. Just my opinion..
     
  9. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    IMHO, bad guys and ammo are like chips and dip — you almost always run out of one before the other. In both cases, I know which *I* would rather have left over.

    So I did get Eric Hopp to make an IWB ammo carrier along with my holster. He didn't already have what I wanted, so it took two tries, and there isn't a photo of it on his page. But here's a pic for you.
     

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  10. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    I personally carry at least one extra mag cause my mags only hold 7 rounds.
     
  11. CJohn364

    CJohn364 New Member

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    I am planning on carrying two extra mags.
     
  12. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    Its more of a personal decision. Sometimes i dont carry reloads for my 357, sometimes i carry 4 reloads. Depends on the situation.
     
  13. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired

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    The mag is the weakest link in the semi-auto setup. If it goes bad, then I have another.
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

    I keep a spare in my left pocket. I dont see a need for belt magazine carry.
     
  15. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I subscribe to Murphy's law which states that:

    "Anything that CAN go wrong WILL go wrong."

    Magazines can fail and Goblins can bring friends...

    Yes, I carry back up mags...

    Tack
     
  16. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Yep, usually carry one 8 rounder in my 1911 and two 7 rounders in my pocket. As well as a box of ammo in my truck door, and some shotgun shells for my 12 gauge too.
     
  17. mdauben

    mdauben New Member

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    My current primary carry is a Glock 36. Since its only 6+1 having more ammo makes more spence than with my Glock 17 but I carry it as much in case my first mag malfs as for more ammo.

    So, one in the gun and one on my pocket.
     
  18. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I'm actually trying double carry right now. Have yet to reach the point of paranoia that would mandate extra mags. May though, some day, more likely with the more time I spend around you overthetop crazies.
     
  19. clearsights

    clearsights New Member

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    Extra mag currently. Am trying to decide what I want to do for a back up gun now.
     
  20. tacticalfun

    tacticalfun New Member

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    Lol....hm. where to begin... Here's my glove box situation

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    And here's what stays behind my seat (yes i really keep 300 rounds at the ready) :)

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    And this attack cat protects the alienware.

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