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I know people who carry a hi-cap pistol because they think it keeps them from needing extra mags. I always carry 2 spares even with my Beretta 92.I always figured that running out of ammo would be a stupid reason to die.What do you think? Am I overloaded?
 

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Carrying no spare is not a good idea, no matter how many rounds your mag holds. Magazines fail, floorplates fall off, feed lips give out, springs break, some malfunctions require dumping the magazine to clear.
I carry a 1911 with 8 rd Wilson magazines. I carry two spare magazines. Will I ever need two spares? Probably not, but I want "them" to run out before I do.
 

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<><> I carry 7+1 in one gun, 2 mags with 7 in each, and 7+1 in spare gun. For a total of 30 rnds.

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When it was Para's, 1 spare for 28 total (downloaded the one in the gun since it rattled when fully loaded). 2 spares and my flashlight was distracting. Now carry 7+1 in TRS or Kimber, and 2 7-rd spares, and flashlight. Somebody who knows a lot more about gunfighting than I do was prone to say, "Got a gun, get a light!".

[This message has been edited by gm45 (edited 08-28-2001).]
 

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I carry 7+1 in the gun, and two topped off sevens as spare for 22 rnds.(1991a1).

I carry 8+1 in the gun, and two topped of eights as spare for 25 rnds.(Ruger p97).

For Beretta 96 I carry 11+1 in gun and 1 spare 11 rounder topped off for 23 rounds.
 

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When carrying Glock 17L its 17+1 plus 17 spare.
When carrying 1991-A1 its 7+1 plus 8 spare
or 10 spare.
(All of above with Fox pepper spray and Surefire 6Z.)
 

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If I am around town....1 Mag

If I am traveling where I know there's a long stretch of Highway such as Interstate 5 in California I'll carry 3-4 mags. Mostly in the car. I judge based on what I'll be doing....On or off duty......
 

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I carry one spare magazine. For some of my autos, that's ten extra rounds for a 10+1 pistol, or 21 rounds total. For the .45, that's seven extras for a 7+1 shooter, or 15 rounds total.

I suppose I could carry more, but if I can't get it done with 15 rounds of Golden Saber, I'm probably not going to get it done, anyway.

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90% of the time, all I have to protect is me and that means 8+1 and two 8 round spares. As others have noted, sometimes I will travel with additional loaded mags that are usually in the console or carried in my cover garment pockets. Of course I usually have a box or two of spare ammo in the glove box or trunk - as if I would have time to stop and reload mags!
 

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Typically I carry 1 spare 8 round mag for my Kimber. As Tom mentioned, you should always have a spare mag because sometimes that's the only way to get the gun running again. One of the reasons (of many) that I prefer the 1911 is that the spare mag is easy to carry/conceal. If I'm going on a woods hike or somewhere remote I will carry 2 or more mags.
 

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It varies. Sometimes 2 spare mags, sometimes one. I am looking to get a mag and flashlight holder. All my mags are 8 round Wilson's.

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Okay, I'll march to the beat of a different drummer. I carry a seven rounder in the gun. Period. I don't like lugging around extra crap I don't use or need. Plus, the avg. shooting incident is over in about three shots, isn't it?

I figure if I need more than seven, I'm probably already dead and then it won't matter anyway.

RJ

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Originally posted by raspy:
<><> Roverman, what is a potential risk?

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The risk.... Chance of potential confrontation.

Some days are such that you have reason to believe there is a higher possibility that you may have to protect yourself. Follow? You find yourself in different "social situations" and/or "environments".
 

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Originally posted by Captain Bligh:
Okay, I'll march to the beat of a different drummer. I carry a seven rounder in the gun. Period. I don't like lugging around extra crap I don't use or need. Plus, the avg. shooting incident is over in about three shots, isn't it?
[This message has been edited by Captain Bligh (edited 08-30-2001).]
Only thing I'd say is make sure you keep it real clean. I've had powder fouling lock up a CMC mag on me once. Just once, but I'm very familiar with Mr. Murphy, and I don't want to meet him when the poop hits the windbox. I want to have an extra mag to shove in the gun, rather than taking the loaded one out, beating it on my leg to get the follower moving, then putting it back in.

The spare is there to either top off when it's over, reload if necessary, or replace one that screws up on you. Remember, the fight is what it is, not what you expect it to be. (I think I've heard that before.)
 
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