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SDMC530 03-04-2010 11:18 AM

Extra mag while you carry?
 
Do you carry an extra mag while CCW? I don't want the extra weight when I carry but can see the usefullness. Is it "critical"?

SleazyRider 03-04-2010 11:27 AM

No, never. My personal threat assessment does not warrant it.

LandonPD 03-04-2010 11:29 AM

It's plain and simple- if you carry an auto loader, you should carry a spare magazine. This topic has been beat to death on every forum out there, you just gotta research it. I personally carry two spares for my primary.

BadgerMan 03-04-2010 11:49 AM

^ what he said. I also find that, to me at least, it seems that having a spare mag or two balances out the weight of your weapons and this is more comfortable for me. I generally carry FS pistols though so if you are carrying something smaller it may not be as noticeable.

Eaglerider 03-04-2010 11:57 AM

I always have two spare mags with me in a double mag holster on my left side.

Never even know they are there.

Will you ever need a spare magazine ?

As mentioned above, that has been discussed, debated and beat to death for as long as there have been guns. The way I choose to look at is that it's something no one will ever know the answer to.... until they need it.

Hopefully, none of us ever will !

Shad Roe 03-04-2010 12:05 PM

I carry a BUG instead.(Kel-Tec PF-9). So,8 rounds in the 1911,and 8 more in the KT. Hopefully after 16 rounds I'm getting close to being in touch with my rifle.

Bitter Bastard 03-04-2010 12:40 PM

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Originally Posted by SleazyRider (Post 2568600)
No, never. My personal threat assessment does not warrant it.

It's not necessarily about threath assessment, it can also be problem management if you have a magazine failure of some sort. I've seen mag failures on almost every brand and type of pistol at matches. Even a HK USP mag failed once. I personally usually feel fine with 8 rounds of .45 but I carry a spare in case the mag chokes as much as for more rounds.

gunsablazin 03-04-2010 01:03 PM

If you are going to the trouble to carry a gun having a reload for it just makes sense, in my opinion. If I were an LEO I would carry a BUG as well.

mark2734 03-04-2010 01:07 PM

Always care a spare mag. Believe it or not I've seen the floor plate on Beretta 92 factory mags split in two while the gun was being fired. The contents were ejected, leave just the mag body in the gun.

Almost ANY mag can fail like this. Those with removeable floor plates can come loose and those with welded floor plates can break a weld, always at the worst possible moment.

zdragon52 03-04-2010 01:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mark2734 (Post 2568718)
Almost ANY mag can fail like this. Those with removeable floor plates can come loose and those with welded floor plates can break a weld, always at the worst possible moment.


yep...Murphy's law that is.
carry at least one.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...n/P1040774.jpg

Sixgun Cattle Co. 03-04-2010 01:30 PM

I have a Dave Bullard holster that carries my gun and an extra mag! (SOB) Just make sense to me!

BlackSky 03-04-2010 02:18 PM

One extra mag when carrying a semi. One speed strip when carrying a revolver.

The Shootist 03-04-2010 03:12 PM

It Depends
 
I have to be honest. I live in a pretty peaceful rural/resort area. If I am on my property or driving the 5 miles to the Post Office or the 10 miles to a small grocery/general store..... I generally have only the ammo in my gun.

But if I'm traveling to a pistol match or making a trip to a much larger (and more distant) community I carry a back up mag. Any time it's at night a sure-fire light is added.

If I visit my kid in the greater Detroit metro area.. I have one gun and extra mag. a BUG and pepper spray.

Steel1212 03-04-2010 04:56 PM

I carry extra mags for the auto loaders. A couple of speed strips for the J-frame and if I'm going somewhere I've never been I usually carry 2 guns. As Clint Smith said, "people say I'm paranoid because I carry a gun. I'm carrying a gun what do I have to be paranoid of?"

My philosophy and I think I got it from Clint also is that if you get in a gun fight with out an extra mag and it only takes the one mags, well now your walking around with a unloaded or not fully loaded gun. What happens if you need that gun before you get home?

SDMC530 03-04-2010 07:09 PM

Sorry all, I never even thougth to check a search, dummy me. I just started to carry my 1911 so I was just on the cuff of being confused. With my ruger I never did cuz I has 13 rounds I figured that was plenty...SORRY ALL didn't mean to beat a dead horse so to speak.....BUT thanks for the info!

AZ Husker 03-04-2010 07:41 PM

Mag capacity doesn't matter. One of the primary causes of malfunctions is mag related. I carry two 1911 mags offside because they balance the gun so well, and I really would hate to be standing there when my mag caused a malfunction I couldn't fix.

Jim V 03-04-2010 08:36 PM

The AVERAGE number of shots fired in a gun figth is 3 or 4. You should never think that if you are in a gun fight the number of shots fired will be the average. Never.

thearmedrebel 03-04-2010 09:10 PM

An extra mag if an auto or a speed loader if a revolver. Sometimes a second revolver. Again, because most malfunctions are mag related. The revolver thing is usually to balance my pants, one in each front pocket.

Robert

eljay45 03-04-2010 09:18 PM

1 spare mag and 1 flashlight on my weak side.

AZ-AR15 03-04-2010 09:59 PM

1 extra mag. Was two for a while but, I carry them in my rear left pocket in a pouch and that second mag was pretty uncomfortable to sit on. The other one sort of sits off to the side of my butt cheek though.

AZ Husker 03-04-2010 10:25 PM

Mom taught my sisters to always carry extra feminine protection. You may think you won't need it until you do!

SDMC530 03-04-2010 10:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AZ-AR15 (Post 2569679)
1 extra mag. Was two for a while but, I carry them in my rear left pocket in a pouch and that second mag was pretty uncomfortable to sit on. The other one sort of sits off to the side of my butt cheek though.

:biglaugh::biglaugh: I will never ask to borrow your extra mag ever

bud41 03-05-2010 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zdragon52 (Post 2568732)
yep...Murphy's law that is.
carry at least one.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...n/P1040774.jpg

I carry 2 ,they take little room on a belt clip.
and zdragon62 is that a colt frame or essex?

ShadyScott999 03-05-2010 06:23 PM

90% of all failures are mag or ammo related. The 2nd or 3rd mag is how you keep the gun running if you have a stoppage. Heed Murphy (and Shady), when you need it, it won't work. :)

ZoneBlitz 03-05-2010 06:49 PM

I carry one, and sometimes two spare 7-rounders with slam pads screwed on. With a 7-round mag in the weapon, cocked and locked.

Usually just one though. Either in a leather mag pouch or in my pocket.


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