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Old 01-12-2019, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It's better to have too many than not enough. You'd never know that you'll have a run in with a mass shooter or not. I have 18 rounds in my Beretta and 20 rounds in my extended mag.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:49 PM
 
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Very rarely do I carry an extra mag. It's usually only if I go somewhere out of my normal routine. Like if I'm going into the city, or a mass gathering of people at say a concert, festival, party etc... If I feel like I could be at a terrorist soft target, or a potential large scale shooting is when I'm more likely to carry more.

If I'm just going about my normal day it's not likely I have an extra mag.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:33 AM
 
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The extra mag comes from deciding if you are planning for a single opponent event without a malfunction. That is probably the most likely. However, if you plan for the possible but less likely high intensity event, then extra ammo is good and the extra mag is best for malfunction drills.



As far as the low probability event, while unlikely - they are as likely as in good or bad areas. A nice mall or school may be a target of choice.



A good semi and an extra mag is a pretty sensible carry load. So decide, one opponent and that's that. Or it could be a more intense problem.
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Old 02-03-2019, 11:55 AM
 
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The extra mag comes from deciding if you are planning for a single opponent event without a malfunction. That is probably the most likely. However, if you plan for the possible but less likely high intensity event, then extra ammo is good and the extra mag is best for malfunction drills.



As far as the low probability event, while unlikely - they are as likely as in good or bad areas. A nice mall or school may be a target of choice.



A good semi and an extra mag is a pretty sensible carry load. So decide, one opponent and that's that. Or it could be a more intense problem.
The only problem with this is that determining, ex ante, when one will face a high intensity event, is impossible.

Carrying a reload is so easy to do, that it should always be done.
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Old 02-03-2019, 01:00 PM
 
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That was my point. You have decided to work at the high end of the risk continuum and prepare for that. I agree. I was saying that many folks decide that the modal 3,3,3 , few opponent incident will always happen as they don't understand distributions. They proclaim 5 is enough and say that if you carry more, you are some kind of commando nut wannabee.



They proclaim the cliche that they only carry more when they go to some bad neighbor or think there will be riot. That's foolish as we see terrible incidents in nice places, nowadays.
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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That was my point. You have decided to work at the high end of the risk continuum and prepare for that. I agree. I was saying that many folks decide that the modal 3,3,3 , few opponent incident will always happen as they don't understand distributions. They proclaim 5 is enough and say that if you carry more, you are some kind of commando nut wannabee.



They proclaim the cliche that they only carry more when they go to some bad neighbor or think there will be riot. That's foolish as we see terrible incidents in nice places, nowadays.
My reply was based on your first paragraph, but it looks like we are actually in agreement.
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Old 02-03-2019, 07:46 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Sometimes, I will carry an extra Reader's Digest or Consumer Reports if I know that I'm going to have to wait somewhere for a while, but I don't know that they need to be arranged CCW (counter clockwise).
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Always. At least 3, one in the pistol, two reserve, be it Ultra Carry or USP.


It's the way I've been trained.


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Very rarely, even though I've practiced quick reloading for what it's worth on a range.
I think I read somewhere were it was extremely rare that someone reloaded, be it a law enforcement officer or private citizen, in a self-defense shooting event.

It's more than reloading to put more rounds on target. If the gun jams, jettison the magazine, pull the next and continue.


And then, there is B. Thank goodness that it is extremely rare.......never the less, I do train on 3 magazine engagements against multiple targets. It teaches mental discipline, counter target fixation (keep looking in all angles, not just that in front of you), covering multiple targets, and, of course, what an endurance run that is.

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Old 02-04-2019, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Cooper Maine
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I carry two extra mags.
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Old 02-10-2019, 08:12 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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I wonder if stopping to reload a weapon in a self defense situation can turn it into a manslaughter charge.
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