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Do you carry a spare mag when you CCW

  • Yes I do

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  • No I don't

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  • I sometimes do.

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Do you carry a spare mag when you CCW? Why or why not? I carry a Shield 45 with an 8rd mag +1 in the chamber. Sometimes I have a spare mag, sometimes I don't. I'm just looking for opinions or views on the subject.
 

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I scale it to what I am doing, where I am going. I carry with one in the chamber but don't worry about a top off.

Going to the store at 9PM probably just whats in the gun, parking lot is well lit, cops hang out at the gas station nearby.

Going to the mall during the holidays, probably one spare magazine. Because terrorists suck.

Going on a road trip where I will be away from the house. I will carry a spare magazine and a few others in my bag. Plus a box of ammunition and other gear.

Guns vary but they are all the same type i.e. striker fired pistols. Mainly a Glock 19 or 48, sometimes a 26. But I need to look into a 43 or a Kahr P9 again.
 

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I keep two guns in my 4runner for CC. One is a revolver the other a semi with a spare mag. At home at various places are various guns to it depends on what i pick up when not using the 4runner.
 

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Yes, but not for the reason every thinks.

I don't expect to use up the entire magazine and need a reload... it's that even in a completely reliable pistol, Murphy would love to induce a double-feed immediately.
Bingo.

Most failures can be fixed by clearing and reloading with a new magazine.


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What if your enemy has friends?
Wouldn't you feel dumb if they show up and your holding an empty, or nearly empty weapon?
 

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Depending on what I'm doing. I will double on my person.

I have extra in my car and depending on where I go, I have a small go bag with extra's as well.
 

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Yes, but not for the reason every thinks.

I don't expect to use up the entire magazine and need a reload... it's that even in a completely reliable pistol, Murphy would love to induce a double-feed immediately.
Bingo.

Most failures can be fixed by clearing and reloading with a new magazine.


Also:
What if your enemy has friends?
Wouldn't you feel dumb if they show up and your holding an empty, or nearly empty weapon?
 

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I answered "sometimes".

I normally carry a full sized 9mm, 15+1 rnds. No extra mag.

Extra mags depend where/when I am going. Large crowds, extended time/distance away from home, Casinos or Walmart will require extra mags.

I will usually carry 2 extra 15 rnd mags, OWB in a leather belt carried mag pouch.
 

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Can't answer the poll in Tapatalk.
But on my person I carry a gun with 15 +1 and a back up with 5 +1. No spare mag unless I feel the situation calls for it. Big public crowds, having to spend time in the gritty areas, etc.
When I do carry a spare it's usually a 17 rounder.
Plus, I most always have my bag nearby which has both a 15 and 17 round mag in it. Not real fast access, of course. They're in mag pouches and are what I would clip on my belt before heading into one of the aforementioned situations. There's usually a couple in the vehicle as well.
I think I'm covered OK.

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The first 12-15 years I carried I was off & on with a spare mag, but for the last 10-12 I always have a spare mag. Lot more options in carriers now too make it a bit easier to find a more comfortable way to EDC it.

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It depends.

If I am just running like 5 blocks to the gas station or the grocery store it's a G43 with mag guts. 8+1 with no spare.

If I do anything else it's a G19 with a spare G17 mag with factory +2 on it.

I do want to get a G48 though and run the new Shield Arms mags. They are both on my short list to get.

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When I carry one gun (most often my S&W 638 J frame in a Nemesis pocket holster) I have a reload. When I carry two (the Glock 43, other side nemesis pocket holster) I have a reload for it as well. My Tru-Spec 24/7 trousers are my EDC uniform in my old age. Multiple pockets and internal/divided pockets give me room for all I need and then some.

I have bigger pistols in bags and spare magazines for them as well in the bags.

I try to ALWAYS have spare ammo on me.
 

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Besides the most obvious reason (more ammo on tap), I've always carried at least one spare for additional reasons:

1. If your only magazine mechanically fails, "You're Out of Schlitz". It happens. A magazine develops a previously undetected mechanical fault (spring problem, bent feed lip, hung up follower, etc.). You typically discover that kind of problem while in the middle of firing (usually during a range session) or during maintenance inspections. But it just might happen when things count.

2. Not all fights are stand-up affairs from a distance. Sometimes they go to ground (grappling) or involve the gun (its ejector button & your hip bone) impacting other hard things (ground, cover, opponent, hip high obstacles, etc.). Any of those can cause one of the following problems:

A. Ejected magazine. BTDT during a hands-on grappling fight. Hip slammed up against parked car and ejection button depressed. Mag sent skittering deep under another nearby parked car.

B. The magazine baseplate coming off the mag body. Usually due to impact with something hard. Ground, door frame, window sill, wall parapet, structural metal, etc. Spring tension lost. BTDT

If your only magazine is unexpectedly ejected...if it fails to feed reliably...or if it becomes damaged... you are up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

I always carry at least one spare for any gun, regardless of weapon size/capacity.

As much about having a redundant solution to mechanical point of failure as about having more ammo. While neither of those needs are routinely likely, both are common enough that I've experienced them.

Like wearing a reserve parachute. Having your main canopy fail isn't an everyday occurrence, but it happens on occasion. When you experience need for that reserve chute... you really, really need it.

(Edit to add: Although the poll didn't mention revolvers... I carry speed loaders when I wear a DA wheel-gun. Whether for a J-frame or an N-Frame. Or anything in between. I'm simply not comfortable with only 5-6 shots available.)
 

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I am surprised at the poll numbers so far. I would have though more than 6.5% of us carry a revolver so those would be "No I don't." I would have thought about half that carry semi-autos would be "Sometimes I do."

I think this non-controversial poll proves we are not a group where polling is worth much.

Strange I run into a ton of people who do not trust semi-autos but not many here. Practicing at the range has made me one. Which is why the semi is my backup not my primary gun.
 

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I am surprised at the poll numbers so far. I would have though more than 6.5% of us carry a revolver so those would be "No I don't." I would have thought about half that carry semi-autos would be "Sometimes I do."

I think this non-controversial poll proves we are not a group where polling is worth much.

Strange I run into a ton of people who do not trust semi-autos but not many here. Practicing at the range has made me one. Which is why the semi is my backup not my primary gun.
Does a speed loader count? I have 2 for my model 27.
 
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