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Old 12-05-2016, 09:17 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, 11:11 AM   #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, 12:51 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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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."
...Auditory exclusion is a wonderful thing.
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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, 04:23 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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Old 12-29-2016, 03:47 PM   #23
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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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Because of myriad variables, that's an impossible question to answer.
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Old 02-07-2017, 01:33 PM   #25
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I would say always carry a spare magazine if you're carrying a semi-auto. Murphy's law. Almost 100% of malfunctions I've experienced with my semi-autos were in some way related to the magazine. When my P938 was giving me problems at first, it was because of the mag catch. I got that fixed. Well, when the P938 started giving me problems again later, it was because of one bad mag (out of 4). Since then, I've gotten all my mags squared away, am my P938 is running perfectly now. But you gotta keep an eye on those magazines.

I EDC a Beretta Pico, and recently was having some feeding problems. Whatdya know... it was a bad mag. We're all good now that I got the mag replaced. To make a long story short, if you are going to carry semi-auto, carry a spare mag. It's probably not a bad idea to choose a hi-capacity mag as a spare. For example, if you're carrying a 1911, load it with a 7 or 8 round mag for carry, but keep a 10 round on your weak side. It should be easy to conceal since it's just the mag.

As far as how much is too much... I am in the camp that says "yes," you can carry too much ammo. I saw a video on YouTube a while ago with a guy who had just witnessed an armed robbery. No shots were fired during the incident, but he saw a group of inner-city hoodlums enter a restaurant with at least one gun drawn and then exit quickly to a waiting getaway car. This guy was very shaken up and concluded that he needed to change his 8-round pistol for a Glock 17 and carry 3 or 4 spare mags because, after all, what if he was in that situation and needed to fight off 4 or 5 armed assailants?

Here's the rub. I forgive his over-enthusiasm because he made the vid (I wish I could find it... just spent 10 minutes searching on YouTube but no luck) immediately after the event and didn't have time to think about it. But the truth is that if a group of hoodlums from the ghetto rolls up on you, they are looking for an easy target. They are not trained nor prepared to wage tactical warfare against you. In other words, just showing that you are armed and ready to tango will likely dissuade them (I caveat that... likely). If one of them is holding a gun, if you shoot him, I can almost guarantee you the others (even if 6 or 7 of them) will run for their lives. Tyrone and Co. are not going to go all tactical, take cover, and start maneuver firing at you. That's not the way it works.

The OP's article mentioned the fact that most gunfights in this country are at contact distance and involve, at most, 4 or 5 shots fired. You're probably fine with a 6-round mag and one spare. A 5-round snubby with a speed loader or speed strip is probably fine, too. Just reality.

Yes, you could experience a Black Swan event where you inadvertently take a wrong turn by the docks and find yourself stuck in the middle of a mob operation and suddenly you are beset by 5 or 6 armed and trained former-military types. But let's be honest. Not gonna happen, right? Not likely (I caveat that... likely).

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Relying on your attackers too flee and not shoot back is wishful thinking... It hurts nothing to have unused ammo left over at the end of a gun fight
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I have five rounds in my revolver. Yes that is all.
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Old 02-08-2017, 05:10 AM   #29
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For 50+ years I carried none and it was enough, times change.
I carry 7 or 14 depending. If I'm fixing to head somewhere where I think I'll need more I rethink and don't go. Practicing good situational awareness should keep you out of those situations where 6-7 (or 6-7 and a reload for failures) isn't enough.
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Better to have too much ammo than too little.
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