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Just got my new Kimber Custom and want to start with IPSC competition. How many magazines will I really need and which is better, 7rd or 8rd?
 

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Get some Wilson 8 rounders (4) and 10 rounders (2 or 3).
 

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TaxPhd is right on. I use 4 Wilson 8 rounders and 2 CMC 10 rounders when I shoot Limited 10.

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I have 4 CMC SS 8rnd mags and 4 wilson 10rnd mags..seems to be enough..as I carry five on my belt in course of fire..
 

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Originally posted by DKN:
Just got my new Kimber Custom and want to start with IPSC competition. How many magazines will I really need and which is better, 7rd or 8rd?
If your shooting IPSC, there's no reason to consider anything but 10 rounds magazines. I carry 5 10 round shooting star mags and its usually enough however on some occasions, during course of fire that are really choppy (shoot 6...run reload, shoot 6...run reload, etc), I've found myself near or at my last magazine.
 

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Considering typical stage setup has you shooting 8 rounds between movement, if you use 8 round mags, you can only make up one shot in the whole stage. That's puts you at slide lock for the other reloads. If you happen to take another make up shot, you end up doing 2 more reloads, one static and one more before the next array of targets. Get 10 rounders, maybe a 8 rounder for going prone. Don't buy 7's, they're useless in IPSC.
 

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This is just my experience and it works for me...I reload the 8 rounds smoother and faster on the move than a 10 rounder..The way courses are set here in my area, there is a lot of shooting as you see rather than boxes and the arrays are 6 or 8 shots. So for me a smoother reload works as I can spend the extra 1/10 to see my sight clearer rather than waste and extra 5/10th fumbling the longer magazine.

I shoot the 10s where I need to shoot 9 or 10 rounds at a specific array...and usually start with a 10 in the gun..anyway...
 

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Ten round Wilsons is the way I'd go for IPSC.

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Ten round Wilsons. It is the ONLY way to go unless you look forward to continually losing matches for the purchase price difference of only about $5 per magazine (the difference between 8-rounders & 10-rounders).
I had a problem with my 10-round Chip McCormicks getting their top most round knocked out of place during reloads, resulting in malfunctions. No such problem with Wilsons. Put 4 10-rounders on your belt and 1 10-rounder in the gun. Top off the gun initially with any kind of magazine so that you begin with 11 rounds total in the gun.
 

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Originally posted by Chico:
Ten round Wilsons. It is the ONLY way to go unless you look forward to continually losing matches B]


You won't lose because you shoot 8 round mags. You will need some 10s and if all you can get are 8s that is fine for a start...the 7s will be tough on you in an IPSC match. What you will need to work on will be your reloads as no matter what, with a single stack you will be doing that a lot. They need to be smooth and fumble free. If you fumble..a 10 or 8 will not be the difference between winning and losing..
 

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As mentioned above, you will not lose matches due to using an 8rd mag versus a 10rd mag. Get some of each and you will determine for yourself how to play the IPSC games. USPSA leagues vary by region and so do their respective courses of fire.

good shootin', gunny
 

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My suggestion is 10-rounders. I use the McCormicks without problem. You can always use a ten rounder wehn you only need eight, but it doesn't go the other way. The other thing about a ten roudner is that mags drop better with a few rounds still in 'em, and ten rounders can give you that. I reload the 10 rounders much faster than the eights, but I practice more with 'em too...

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Originally posted by DKN:
Just got my new Kimber Custom and want to start with IPSC competition. How many magazines will I really need and which is better, 7rd or 8rd?
I started shooting three gun this past summer,I have found using all 10 rnd mags is much better, getting in habit to change your mags while moving between target areas is the best thing to do, even if the mags aren't empty, (so the more the merrier), say at one stage you have five or diferent areas with a couple different targets at each area(sometimes more), you can change mags at each area and not have to worry about running out of ammo in case you have a couple miss's
I have 7 10 rnd mags now and I still carry 1 8 rnd, I use it to put the first round in the chamber while makeing ready to shoot, then I put the 10 rnd mag in full, and I have been through all my mags more than once, mind you I havn;t shot them empty (well unless I forget to change mags <grin> )

G-Luck!
 
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