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Old 12-05-2016, 10:17 AM   #16
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Think. Consider your situation or situations. Carry what you feel is right. It is going to depend on where you live, where you're traveling, what activity or location you are attending..........and your responsibility in the event of a need for a weapon. It will always be possible to dream up a scenario where you wish you had full tactical gear and all the ammo you can carry..........the wonderful thing is.......you get to decide, you get to choose. I would expect if you're LE, you might feel the need to be ready to go towards any type of event. As a private citizen concealed carry holder......I will try hard to completely avoid any event.......unless someone's life is clearly in danger in that moment.

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Old 12-05-2016, 12:11 PM   #17
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The correct answer to the question How Much Is Enough? "Just One More"
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Old 12-05-2016, 01:51 PM   #18
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I have to wonder if that is misquoted and should be 2-3 hits; not shots fired...

Statistics on average show only about 20% of rounds fired even hit there intended target. Coincidentally 20% of a commonly used 10 to 15 round mag comes out to 2-3 rounds
I would agree. Considering how fast these things happen, I am sure way more than 2-3 rounds are fired, hitting the intended target, 2-3 sounds about right.

If you have ever been in these situations, you know that the rounds go rather quickly, sounds like one boom and the slide is locked back already.
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Old 12-05-2016, 04:55 PM   #19
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If you have ever been in these situations, you know that the rounds go rather quickly, sounds like one boom and the slide is locked back already.
I had a friend who flew a P-51 and saw combat in it. I once asked him how loud it was when he had six .50 caliber machineguns going off all at once. He looked puzzled and answered, "I have no idea, I never heard them."
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I would agree. Considering how fast these things happen, I am sure way more than 2-3 rounds are fired, hitting the intended target, 2-3 sounds about right.

If you have ever been in these situations, you know that the rounds go rather quickly, sounds like one boom and the slide is locked back already.
As an old infantry soldier I would definitely agree. Its amazing how fast you can burn through ammo and the closer the encounter occurs the faster you pull the trigger.
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I had a friend who flew a P-51 and saw combat in it. I once asked him how loud it was when he had six .50 caliber machineguns going off all at once. He looked puzzled and answered, "I have no idea, I never heard them."
...Auditory exclusion is a wonderful thing.
Yeah, and tunnel vision along with it.

I always heard the sound, but to me it sounded like it was fired around 100 yards away from where I was.
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Old 12-06-2016, 05:23 AM   #22
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Ammo Capacity: How Much is Enough?

I carry a double stack with no spare mag and when I carry a single stack I carry one spare mag........most of the time.
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Great read.

How much is enough is pretty much a subjective question. Having stood quarterdeck watches for years in the Navy, my answer is three magazines: one main the gun, the other two in the mag pouch. Regardless of round count, I still don't feel right unless I have three magazines. I don't envision prolonged fire fight, or the need to lay down suppressing fire, so three six or seven round mags are gonna do it for me.

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