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G26AZ 09-29-2012 21:39

Top off your magazines?
I use McCormick 8 rd magazines in my Colt Commander. Do most people carry 7 + 1, or do you top off the mag after chambering a round and carry 8 + 1?

I was wondering if having a full magazine pressing up from below might be condusive to some type of misfeed or jam.

So, top off or not - that is the question?

wrx04 09-29-2012 21:57

I always carry 8+1.

ronin.45 09-29-2012 22:34

I never top off. Full mag in, rack, and go.

fallenangelhim 09-29-2012 22:49

I always top off. No problems with 1911, Glocks, Sigs, or M4.

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LASTRESORT20 09-29-2012 23:03

`Full mag in, rack, and go` 14 + 1

collim1 09-30-2012 02:43

I always top off. The gun should work with a full mag loaded, if it doesn't it's got a problem.

R0CKETMAN 09-30-2012 04:00

Shouldn't matter if it's topped or not if the pistol is built right. Ensure there's no ejector contact....see kneedgr thread for clarification.

silversport 09-30-2012 05:39

I top off and for 1911 pattern pistols I find the 7 rounders less problematic (in a Government model) than I have 8 rounders...

somewhat recently, I acquired a pair of Tripp Research 8 rounders and they too have been 100% as have the original Taurus 8 rounders in the PT1911 AL...


faawrenchbndr 09-30-2012 05:52


G19Paul 09-30-2012 06:23


Originally Posted by ronin.45 (Post 19469808)
I never top off. Full mag in, rack, and go.

This is what I do also. More because I am lazy. But I do (always) carry an extra 8-round mag. Does that count? LOL

Clutch Cargo 09-30-2012 06:25

I normally carry a single stack weapon so I do top off.

Quack 09-30-2012 06:47


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dakrat 09-30-2012 07:53

if you can, why limit yourself? that one more round could be.......that round

PlasticGuy 09-30-2012 08:22

I top off. Having less rounds in my pistol is a bad thing.

glock2740 09-30-2012 08:52


Originally Posted by fallenangelhim (Post 19469836)
I always top off. No problems with 1911, Glocks or anything else I am totin'.

Changed it up a tad, but that's what I do too. :cool:

sawgrass 09-30-2012 08:56

I don't top off. When I took my carry class the instructor told a story about a dead LEO who had a jam at a critical
moment who was topped off. He recommended not topping off.

These threads sometimes lead to a lot of controversy, and I
don't know for sure if there is a right or wrong answer. Common sense tells you that there are too many different magazines, too many different guns, and too many variables for a one size fits all.

Practice however you decide to load and carry.

B.Reid 09-30-2012 10:29

I always top off the mag, or better yet use a Barney mag to load the chamber.

Bill Keith 09-30-2012 11:22

I got in the habit of topping off all my carry guns and house guns. I KNOW they are done this way so clearing the gun, I drop the mag, rack the slide and leave it locked back until it goes in the safe. I KNOW the gun is empty then. I also do the same if a friend asks to see a gun. Be consistent, be safe:wavey:

MD357 09-30-2012 12:05


Originally Posted by collim1 (Post 19470010)
I always top off. The gun should work with a full mag loaded, if it doesn't it's got a problem.

This. Never had a problem with good mags through I dunno how many presentations in class and competition.

dakrat 09-30-2012 12:31

that is why manufacturers advertise them as "8+1" capacity..

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