Carrying Spare Mags

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by bankston94, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. bankston94

    bankston94 New Member

    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?
  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    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).

  3. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

    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.
  4. gator_mike

    gator_mike New Member

    Carry a S&W SD9VE...16+1...always have a spare mag on me.
  5. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

    I don't usually carry a spare. My thought is that if eight rounds of .45 ain't enough, I'm dead anyway.
  6. gunman41mag

    gunman41mag Active Member

    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
  7. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

    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.
  8. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

    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.
  9. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

    Always spare mags, or a second pistol.
    Or both a spare pistol and spare mags...

    Might as well be prepared for the worst...
  10. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. BCGlocker

    BCGlocker New Member

    I carry Glock 23 with 13 rounds in the gun and two G22 magazines. I know the argument in the unlikely instance where I need my gun to defend myself, it will likely to be 3 rounds.

    Just like I am not likely to get into an accident today while driving, I carry auto insurance every day.

    For me, it is much better to have the extra ammo not needed than need them and don't have it.
  12. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

    One attacker... all hits on target. Math can quickly work against sticking with that logic.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2016
  13. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

    Dang, guys!

    I don't carry any spare mags. I do carry a multi-tool,

    it's a lot more useful, generally. I never use mags, but

    I use the multi-tool many times, every day.

    Maybe, are you guys forgetting your pistol is primarily so you

    can fight your way back to your rifle?
  14. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

    I carry a spare mag for the LCP and the Para P10-45, and a speed loader for the S&W .38spl in my car's center console. It has a front pocket of perfect size for rhe mags.
  15. bankston94

    bankston94 New Member


    I mean this in the least offensive way, but the point of concealed carrying pistols is because you don't have a rifle. That being said, in a dark alley, I'm not "fighting my way to a rifle" I don't carry a rifle in my car. Even if I did I wouldn't let the threat continue long enough to get to a car and grab a rifle
  16. AmPaTerry

    AmPaTerry Forum Chaplain Lifetime Supporter

    glock 17 - 17+1 and two spare mag's plus a BUG is my normal carry.
    If OC'ing my .357 six shot, a speedloader is normal. I am not usually too far from home with this set-up.
  17. manta

    manta Well-Known Member Supporter


    Not true people have had to use a few mags of .45 to get the job done, having only one mag could get get you killed.
  18. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter


    Carrying a spare magazine is a good way to address magazine failures. Low cost manufacturing methods for magazines don't typically lend themselves well to dimensional uniformity or durability of the product. Naturally, the chances of a magazine failure are far greater than for most other components of a properly manufactured pistol.

    I won't attempt the mental gymnastics performed by many people to justify how many magazines I'm carrying. If you can tolerate the weight and bulk, more is generally better.

    The "I'm probably dead anyway" crowd probably don't want to carry an extra magazine because they find it uncomfortable or inconvenient. I guess it all comes down to what you're willing to do in the name of preparedness. Most people have limits and that's probably a good thing.

    Regarding mixing different types of ammo in the same magazine, do yourself a favor and don't do it. You need to know what to expect as it pertains to the effects of the ammo coming out of your gun. A 9MM hollow point will penetrate typical car doors. If you need a cartridge with greater penetration, you need a rifle.
  19. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

    As an added note, I use the Monarch shoulder carry sometimes.

    It is an Andrews make that allows the holster and mag carrier to be taken off the harness and worn on the belt.

    If I did not carry extra mags to offset the weight of the Ed Brown Kobra Carry, the rig would be very uncomfortable very quickly.
  20. thdrduck

    thdrduck New Member

    I quess I'm going to be the guy throwing my empty gun at Superman. :popcorn: