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Old January 4, 2013, 09:24 AM   #1
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30rd Mags & Competition shooting??

Hi everyone,

As you know, you cant turn on a TV or radio without someone saying "there is NO reason to ever have a hi cap magazine". Just yesterday, there was a congresswoman on Geraldo (770am in NY) that insisted on calling 30 rd mags "masacre mags". When asked why she calls them that, her reply was "the ONLY use for such capacity is to kill people".

Now, I am a regular USPSA/IDPA and 3 Gun competitor. If we were to ban hi cap magazines, there would be several classifications (open, Limited, etc...), that would seize to exsist.

My point is, there IS a lawful purpose for hi cap magazines. NOBODY has mentioned this at all!!

Im curious to see if USPSA has made an official statement on this matter!

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Old January 4, 2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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Don't take me wrong, but the ability to compete in matches under current rules is laughably insignificant when talking about saving the lives of young children.

That's nothing I'd care to advance as an argument against the magazine-limit legislation. I would hang my hat on the original purpose of the 2nd Amendment being to promote marksmanship with military-type weapons, and the possession of "high-capacity" magazines giving citizens some degree of parity with soldiers of an invading nation, or our national government turned tyrannical.
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Old January 4, 2013, 11:17 AM   #3
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Exactly, the sports argument was used in Australia and the UK and no one gave a blah,blah about it.

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Old January 4, 2013, 09:48 PM   #4
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The sports arguments is a trap many fall into. It won't work an in most cases hurts. When you agree to "sporting purposes" you agree to government control.
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Old January 6, 2013, 12:31 PM   #5
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" but the ability to compete in matches under current rules is laughably insignificant when talking about saving the lives of young children."

And talking about mag capacity when school buses don't have seat belts or air bags for the students seems even more laughably insignificant.

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Old January 6, 2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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The best defense for owning <10rd capacity magazines is that there is absolutely no guarantee that a violent attack can be brought to a halt with 10 rounds or less. If you need an example to use, consider that Michael Lee Platt had to be shot 12 times in order to bring his murderous rampage to an end during the 1986 Miami Dade shooting. Now, if one person, who was not under the influence of mind-altering chemicals, can require that many shots to stop them, how many might it take to stop someone who is drugged out of their mind or worse yet, a group of people with malice in their hearts? For someone trapped amidst the roving gangs that we saw during the Rodney King Riots or Hurrican Katrina, a "high capacity" magazine would be a very comforting thing to have.
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Old January 6, 2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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Old January 6, 2013, 05:43 PM   #8
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My point is, there IS a lawful purpose for hi cap magazines. NOBODY has mentioned this at all!!
How many times have I seen this "high-capacity" nonsense. Now, they've got y'all saying it.

Probably the very first magazine I was issued in the Army held 30 rounds. Yeah, occasionally I'd stumble onto a 20 round mag, but the vast, overwhelming majority were 30 round magazines. I actually like a 20 round mag better than the 30 round, but that isn't the point.

The 30 round magazine for the AR rifle is not "high capacity". It is a standard magazine.
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Old January 6, 2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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The 30 round magazine for the AR rifle is not "high capacity". It is a standard magazine.

My thoughts exactly.....

I heard the term go from high cap while we were under the Clinton ban, but then it seemed to change to full capacity after the ban expired.....now we are back to high cap I guess.

If I remember correctly, the idea in a gun fight is to stay low, keep firing until the other guy stops firing back, and don't run out of ammo first.....
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Old January 6, 2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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How many times have I seen this "high-capacity" nonsense. Now, they've got y'all saying it.

Probably the very first magazine I was issued in the Army held 30 rounds. Yeah, occasionally I'd stumble onto a 20 round mag, but the vast, overwhelming majority were 30 round magazines. I actually like a 20 round mag better than the 30 round, but that isn't the point.

The 30 round magazine for the AR rifle is not "high capacity". It is a standard magazine.
Hence the reason that I always put quotation marks around the words "high capacity" to differentiate the words of someone else from my own. That being said, I think the semantics fight is probably one we've already lost. When talking to someone not well versed in firearms terminology, going off on a tangent about "high capacity" vs. "standard capacity" is likely to lose their attention. Rather than debate semantics, I think it's more important to explain to the fence-sitters that magazines holding more than 10 rounds, regardless of what one calls them, do have a place in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
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Old January 7, 2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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Don't take me wrong, but the ability to compete in matches under current rules is laughably insignificant when talking about saving the lives of young children
This would be very true, if in fact the ban of 30 round magazines would in fact save the lives of young children. I agree that using sports as an argument to keep 30 round magazines is not a strong argument. What we need to be concentrating on is our second amendment rights.

The reason for my post, was the fact that nobody recognizes a lawful purpose for a 30 round magazine. It seems as though the only place that anti-gunners and even people who are neutral on the subject get there information are from TV personalities who are the least educated when it comes to firearms.

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Old January 7, 2013, 12:38 PM   #12
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there was a congresswoman on Geraldo (770am in NY) that insisted on calling 30 rd mags "masacre mags". When asked why she calls them that, her reply was "the ONLY use for such capacity is to kill people".
The 2A is to protect us from her, so how can we possibly allow her to take it away from us????
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