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Old December 27, 2008, 10:27 AM   #1
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How Many Spare Mags?

On a given day, how many spare magazines do you carry for your CCW? Do you vary the ammunition types in the back-up mags (i.e. one FMJ/JSP, one JHP)?
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Old December 27, 2008, 10:31 AM   #2
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One, filled with the same JHP as the one in the pistol. Two empty spares that get rotated about every other month (ideally) when I fire off the filled mags. I use all four mags at the range and switch from nickel/silver to blued. Keeps it simple for me, which is good.

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Old December 27, 2008, 10:34 AM   #3
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Now that's an interesting question I hadnt considered until you asked.

When I carried a single spare mag, I only filled the mag with JHP. Now that I have a double mag pouch which I recently purchased, I just might keep the first mag loaded with JHP and the second mag loaded with FMJ...

I must ponder this.

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Old December 27, 2008, 11:23 AM   #4
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I keep two spare mags. Both loaded with the same JHP's as the primary.
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Old December 27, 2008, 11:36 AM   #5
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I carry two spares with an 8-round 1911, or one with 15-round Mec-Gars in a Hi-Power. Although I can't remember the last time I carried my BHP.

I've been considering going to 10-round spare mags for my bobtail Commander. That would give me 29 total, almost as many as 31 in the 9mm, and with a lot more clout.
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Old December 27, 2008, 12:04 PM   #6
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I only carry one spare, loaded the same as what's in the weapon, but I also carry a backup weapon.
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Old December 27, 2008, 12:16 PM   #7
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I used to carry a bunch but now it depends on the type of holster. If it allows 3 fine, and if it does not allow any....fine that is as well.

Usually, no spare mags until special circumstances.
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Old December 27, 2008, 12:17 PM   #8
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Usually, no spare mags until special circumstances.
Like when confronted with mall or school shootings?
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Old December 27, 2008, 12:20 PM   #9
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Don't carry a spare mag, just the one that's in the gun.
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Old December 27, 2008, 12:24 PM   #10
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Don't carry a spare mag, just the one that's in the gun.
Spoken by a member who has carried a concealed firearm for a while
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Old December 27, 2008, 12:57 PM   #11
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My bulldog holster has a pouch on it for an extra mag, I load it with the same rounds that are in the gun 124gr JHP.
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Old December 27, 2008, 01:11 PM   #12
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Don't carry a spare mag, just the one that's in the gun.
Ditto...6 rounds of the potent 32acp

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Like when confronted with mall or school shootings?
Since I'm not a student or a NetRambo or a cop, I will use my civilian piece to fight my way to the M1A in the truck. By that time, the Anchorage PD will be there and I can finish my mallburger

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Old December 27, 2008, 01:21 PM   #13
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What if someone challenges you to a shooting contest?

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Old December 27, 2008, 01:27 PM   #14
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I will use my civilian piece to fight my way to the M1A in the truck. By that time, the Anchorage PD will be there and I can finish my mallburger
Pacifist...or optimist? Ever been to church?

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Old December 27, 2008, 01:58 PM   #15
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Ever been to church?
Hundreds of times. Peacefully. Along with hundreds of millions of other Americans who have collectively been to church 100's of BILLIONS of times, even in the most violent prone areas of the country with nary a problem among them. I mean really. People have been killed by meteorites crashing through their house. Do you build your house for that eventuality? You'll also note that the event you referenced was resolved without need of an arsenal. The line for events we prepare for has to be drawn somewhere.

The odds of my needing the first bullet in my CCW are probably .001%, the odds of needing the last one in the magazine are probably .000001%. Now what are the odds of not just needing but emptying a spare mag? Unless you're in a literal war zone (I know a few of us actually are) it's a bit over the top to be considering the need for that much firepower.
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:10 PM   #16
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Just the Rounds in the Weapon, 13 rds JHP.
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:12 PM   #17
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Unless you're in a literal war zone (I know a few of us actually are) it's a bit over the top to be considering the need for that much firepower.
"Arsenal"..."war zone"...over the top"..."that much firepower"....an "anti" couldn't have said it better!
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:19 PM   #18
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An "anti" couldn't have said it better!
So just in case there's a Hollywood shootout type situation, you are prepared with several high powered rifles in your vehicle? You wear body armor full-time, 24/7? You never know if you'll be the first casualty. You have to be ready. You can't wait for the shooting to start to don your gear. You'll need at least a high-cap primary with a minimum of 2 spares mags. Better bring an identical spare gun just in case. Don't forget your bug in case things really get ugly. Oh, and better carry a ballistic shield on your back in case there's no convenient cover while you retreat to your armored vehicle to retrieve the real firepower.

Seriously. Saying there has to be a logical limit to your preparations makes me an "anti"? I'd say it's more likely that I just have things that are FAR more probable to worry about. If you REALLY REALLY want to be that paranoid, I'll let you. That's why I'm different than an anti. I don't want to take away your right to be as paranoid as you want to be. I just choose logic over fanaticism. You do what you want.
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:25 PM   #19
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Having had need of a gun, notice I typed NEED, not want, three times in my life and that one of them was a BUG, I carry at least one spare magazine but I prefer two. I also carry at least one spare gun, but I prefer two. I also carry reloads for the spare guns too.

I practice "Confrontational Avoidance" when I am off the clock. For me, the use of a deadly weapon is an act of last resort. I have no doubt that I was capable of using a deadly weapon three times in the past. How I do the next time will be determined when it happens, but I will do my best to be prepared for it.

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Old December 27, 2008, 02:31 PM   #21
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So just in case there's a Hollywood shootout type situation, you are prepared with several high powered rifles in your vehicle?
Apparently some of us do...for starters, wildalaska, by his own admission, keeps a rifle in his truck.

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Saying there has to be a logical limit to your preparations makes me an "anti"?
Nope, just pointing out how your verbiage is quite similar to what antis use in their arguments for gun control.

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That's why I'm different than an anti. I don't want to take away your right to be as paranoid as you want to be. I just choose logic over fanaticism. You do what you want.
Are you saying that not preparing for the illogical is logical?

Many here on TFL choose to carry a pistol "to be prepared". How is carrying a gun, loaded with a limited number of rounds, considered being prepared for certain situations that may require a reload? Why is carrying a pistol not considered "paranoia" but carrying a reload is considered fanaticism?
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:33 PM   #22
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So just in case there's a Hollywood shootout type situation, you are prepared with several high powered rifles in your vehicle?
I wouldn't call a .223 "high powered" but I keep a Mini-14 loaded with 5 spare mags for it in my truck at all times.

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Old December 27, 2008, 02:42 PM   #23
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Currently wearing my tinfoil hat.
(Fact is, I dont even keep a rifle or SWAT-ninja gear in my car...)
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:46 PM   #24
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wildalaska, by his own admission, keeps a rifle in his truck.
Wildalaska lives in Alaska. Wildalaska travels outside of Anchorage, sometimes in the winter, where there isnt even a flush toilet for 75 miles or a phone for 50. Alaska is subject to severe weather and earthquakes, so he keeps some survival stuff in his truck too. His rifle is part of that survival gear.

Wildalaska doesnt keep his rifle in his truck because he is going to netrambo terrs in the shopping mall.

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Old December 27, 2008, 02:47 PM   #25
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Fact is, I dont even keep a rifle or SWAT-ninja gear in my car.
If I lived in Virginny, I wouldnt either

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