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?