View Full Version : When You Carry How Many Reloads Do You Carry?

Hard Ball
August 11, 2002, 10:02 AM
When you carry a pistol how many reloads for it do you carry/ I usually carry two speed loaders for a revolver or two spare magazines for an automatic. If I was really expecting trouble and could not carry a rifle or carbine I would double the number of reloads I would carry.
What do you do? :confused:

August 11, 2002, 10:34 AM
At least one.
Nuther gun.


August 11, 2002, 10:36 AM
One spare magazine or two speed strips.

- Gabe

Kentucky Rifle
August 11, 2002, 10:54 AM
I carry a "New York" reload. (A spare pistol in my pocket.) I figure I won't run out of ammunition before the gun fight is over, but I might have a jam and need the second pistol.
Having said that, I do carry a speed-loader on the "other side" of my shoulder holster when I wear it. (But it's mostly to balance out the weight of the pistol.) I also have this neat little Galco pouch that fits six spare rounds of .32 H&R Mag, .38 Special, or .357, in a flat little leather snap-pouch that keeps the cartridges standing straight up so I could grab them if need be. It's so small, it exactly fits in the watch pocket of my jeans.


August 11, 2002, 11:00 AM
At least 1/gun, so call it two. ;)

August 11, 2002, 11:09 AM
One extra magazine

Hard Ball
August 11, 2002, 11:30 AM
Of course there is the consideration of how many roundsdo your magazines hold. With a 15 round 9mm say if you have 16 in the gun and one spare magazine gives tou a total of 31 rounds, If you have a single stack magazine holding 1 or 8 rounds you would need three spare magazines to apprroach that total.

The most I ever carried was in the army when going out with a small patrol. Then I carried 14 7 round 1911 magazines.. I know that sounds like paranoia, but I had to carry a heavy 1950s pre transistor radio, binoculars and a map and could not carry a carbine. And I remembered something they used to say at Ranger school. "You can live two weeks without food, three days without water, one minute without air and two seconds without ammunition!"

August 11, 2002, 11:47 AM
I carry a spare mag in a gerber knife sheath on my belt and my pistol I.W.B. I also always keep a spare box of 9mm & .40 in my center console of my truck.

August 11, 2002, 12:05 PM
Virginia law allows only one concealed firearm, so the back up gun (excellent plan) is out. I usually carry one speed loader or one extra magazine. It is unlikely that I will need more than two or three rounds, but better safe than sorry.

Jorah Lavin
August 11, 2002, 12:10 PM
depending on how I'm dressed, nothing extra for the backup .44, though if I can save up for the .45 acp Glock I've got my eye on, which would be my new "off side" gun, I might carry an extra mag for that.

When I carried the .38, I had two speedstrips and one speedloader with it.


Eric Larsen
August 11, 2002, 01:11 PM
If its my SP only...10 b/u rounds.
If its my SP and PCR ...24 b/u rounds...42 if you count the guns.
If its my SP and K40 ....22 b/u rounds...34 total.
shoot well

August 11, 2002, 01:12 PM
2 extra mags, one bug.

If I expect trouble, I'll stay home!!!

August 11, 2002, 02:44 PM
Summertime- none
When I can wear a jacket - 1 spare magazine.

I usually have more ammo in my car or house - FWIW.

August 11, 2002, 02:58 PM
1 spare mag, or 1 speed strip for the wheelgun:cool:

August 11, 2002, 03:21 PM
Civilian carry in the hot steamy south - small gun, no reloads. When I lived up north, I just carried a bigger gun.


August 11, 2002, 03:42 PM
One gun, one spare mag on me + more ammo very nearby.

August 11, 2002, 04:32 PM
Occasionally carry a spare mag, but my reload is usually a P-32 bug in the back pocket.

August 11, 2002, 08:15 PM
Sometimes 1 or two spare mag. Thats good enough, but remember the loaded mag to the magwell are all metal piercing and it will explode again when it hit the target. Thats how deadly are my bullets. The bullets speak of - not the gun. :cool:

Mike Irwin
August 11, 2002, 08:27 PM
Usually none...

August 11, 2002, 08:32 PM
Urban setting : 0
Rural: 3+

August 11, 2002, 08:49 PM
The last several week's, I have been carrying an extra magazine in my leatherman tool case. If anyone see's it,they think I am carrying a Leatherman Tool. But in reality it's an additional magazine.....;)

August 11, 2002, 09:00 PM
For me it's either no reloads or, like others, a New York reload in the form of a M85CH Taurus.

August 11, 2002, 10:23 PM
Would someone tell me what a bug is? :confused:


August 11, 2002, 10:27 PM
Usually one spare mag, two if I wear a shoulder rig for balance (rarely). If I'm spending time in the woods, 2 or 3 spares. Revolver gets 2 reloads. Probably won't need the reloads but then again that's what a lot of people say about carrying a gun in the first place.

August 11, 2002, 10:36 PM
I'm not always quick, but...Back Up Gun seems to fit. Theres a bunch of those that completely escape me.

August 12, 2002, 07:50 AM
Summer, when I carry in a fanny pack, 1 spare mag (it's even the 10 round mag, that sticks out the grip of my Mini0-Cougar!)

winter, spring, and fall, when I use the Galco Jak-Slide, I have the 9 in the gun (8+1) and that is it...

Occasionally, I carry in a shoulder rig, when I can keep a jacket on all day long, It has room for 2 mags offside... I stick loaded mags in both holes for balance...

Christopher II
August 12, 2002, 09:04 AM
Just one. Magazines get buggered up more often than guns, so it's good to have a spare for clearing malfunctions, etc.

- Chris

August 12, 2002, 09:14 AM
One spare mag per gun. There is usually a backup gun to my primary somewhere nearby, usually in a shoulder bag, so it's normally two guns, two spare mags.

August 12, 2002, 05:25 PM
4" kimber w/ 7rd mag on strong side hip, one 7rd mag in carrier off side belt, two 6rd. mags in left rear pocket, 5 shot airweight in right front pocket.

granted, I'm probably not going to need them. Granted further that any problem that *requires* that many rounds probably isn't solvable, at least by one guy w/a handgun. Still, I'm a big guy, I can hide it all, and it doesn't really bother me to carry all that junk. Rather have it and not need it etc.

EOD Guy in VA
August 13, 2002, 05:34 PM
Question for stans ...

What's your reference for the one gun CCW rule in Virginia?
I know of no such restriction.


August 13, 2002, 05:47 PM
There is nothing in the Commonwealth Of Virginia Law,that says a Concealed Handgun Permit Holder,may only carry one handgun at a time.In truth, you may carry as many as you wish.But IF ANY of the firearms are concealed you will need a Concealed Handgun Permit.

Kentucky Rifle
August 14, 2002, 07:58 AM
In Kentucky, it's hellish hot in the summer. Plus the humudity is so bad that sometimes I think I might have to swim to my truck. I KNOW Florida is worse. Do you think that the heat and humidty effects those boxes of ammunition in your console? I'd like to carry a spare box of .40 in my own console, however I've always figured that when the A/C is off, the temp is too high and the ammo get's weak or something.


August 14, 2002, 08:32 AM
Depends on the gun I carry. But I'll never carry less than fifteen rounds total at any given moment.

- Kahr K40 Elite: 2 extra mags, 6 rounds each.

- 1911: 1 extra mag, 10 rounds (about as hard to conceal as the gun!).

- P-99: have highcap, no extra carried.

- CZ-75 PCR: two extra mags, 10 rounds each.

- Glock 17: have highcap, no extra carried (Except when hiking in the Texas wild, urban or otherwise. In which case I carry 2 extra mags, 10 rounds a piece.).

- Bersa Thunder 380: 1 extra mag, 7 rounds.

August 14, 2002, 09:37 AM
Bug=Back Up Gun:cool:

August 14, 2002, 10:06 AM
Thanks MLH! I should have known....:rolleyes:


August 14, 2002, 03:23 PM
I usually end up carrying around 24 cartridges.. regarless of what I'm packing.

So if its a BHP, thats 2 mags.

If its my Colt thats 3

If its my Vaquero thats 6 in the gun and 18 on my belt.

No rhyme or reason, just habit.

August 14, 2002, 03:54 PM
If I've got my G30, one spare mag (21 rounds total) and if I'm out in the boonies, my 649-2 and a spare speed strip come along, with more ammo in the truck.

If I carry the 649-2 only, 5 in the gun plus two speed strips (17 rounds).

If it's cold weather and I'm wearing a lot of layers, the 649 and speed strips go in jacket pockets since I may have to get through several layers to get to the Glock.

August 14, 2002, 03:56 PM
15 in the mag and one in the hole....thats enough for me most of the time. I carry one speed loader if I'm carrying my .38.

August 14, 2002, 05:09 PM
One reload because I'm not sticking around If I have to pull my gun. Rapid retreat. I'm no hero, I'm a survivor. Let the cops advance when they show up. That's what they are paid for!;)

Ben Shepherd
August 14, 2002, 05:22 PM
1 speed strip minimum.

CZ Gunner
August 14, 2002, 05:39 PM
Violin case ... depends on the neighborhood I'm traveling in and how long I'll be away.

August 14, 2002, 06:45 PM
Correct, BUG or bug is "back-up gun".

I normally carry three spare 8-rd mags for my .45 (total 33 rounds). Got used to it shooting IPSC. "Shoot what you carry; carry what you shoot" and all that.

August 14, 2002, 06:59 PM
I carry 2 spare magazines/speedloaders minimum when I carry a firearm.

It breaks down like this:

Kimber Compact Stainless - 2 spare 7 round magazines (Primary carry)
Detonics Pocket 9: 2 spare 6 round mags. Subcompact carry.
Dan Wesson 715-2 .357 Magnum: 2 speedloaders for backup hunting carry.

Larry Wright
August 15, 2002, 12:20 PM
Sometimes none, sometimes one magazine, sometimes one or two speedloaders, sometimes another gun. Not much of a creature of habit or poor discipline.

August 15, 2002, 12:56 PM
I agree with Mike Irwin. None.

My Sig 239 carries 8+1. If I can't avoid a fight, it will be up close and dirty. And if I can't win it with 9 rounds, then shame on me!

August 15, 2002, 03:50 PM
zero or one spare mag.

August 17, 2002, 05:30 AM
two speedloaders or one GI mag pouch, depending on what I'm carrying, which are basically in the car. Since this is for my defensive use, I'd attempt to leave the area with discrestion, and rely on what in the firearm.

Marko Kloos
August 18, 2002, 11:29 AM
For the G33, two 9-round spares on my person. Another 150 rounds in MTM cases in the car, plus another loaded 10-rounder.

Always: a Beretta Jetfire as BUG, along with a spare mag for it in my front pocket. I firmly believe in NY reloads, but I also have at least one spare for every gun on my person. Magazines do break, or get lost. Autochucker without a magazine is a single-shot flintlock.

If'n when I pack a wheelgun, usually two speedloaders. If it's a .357/.38, another speed strip or two in addition to the speedloaders, just because they're so flat and hassle-free.

Call it 24-30 rounds on my person, regardless of carry gun.

August 18, 2002, 04:11 PM
Zero reloads.

Glock 19 = 15 rounds + 1

If I can't defend myself w/ that I need some submachine guns, claymore mines and perhaps some hand grenades. Not to mention backup friendlies.

August 18, 2002, 04:40 PM
I carry a Glock 26, and one spare Glock 17 magazine (17 rounds) so that's 28 rounds of 9mm (10+1 in the gun, 17 in the spare mag). In the winter I sometimes carry my Glock 17, with 1 spare mag, so that's 35 rounds total if that's what I'm carrying.