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Old September 24, 2018, 04:10 PM   #37
Jim Watson
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Jeff Cooper thought you could and should count rounds to an empty magazine - loaded chamber reload even in actual combat, but that was back when he was touting the 1911 with GI 7 shot magazines. Higher capacity makes it harder to keep track.

USPSA Open or Limited shooters don't go to slidelock, but they are reloading at convenient places in the stage and usually abandoning ammunition, not actually counting shots on the fly. At least I am.
IDPA requires you to shoot to slidelock or make the sleight of hand Tac Load. I don't count rounds there, either, but I know by feel when the gun is empty and reload without hesitation.
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