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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...

Bill

faawrenchbndr 09-30-2012 05:52

Nope,........

G19Paul 09-30-2012 06:23

Quote:

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

Yes...........

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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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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..

JasonC8301 10-01-2012 06:20

I top off my carry pistol and never had an issue. Some people in my department actually get written up for not having the correct amount of ammo (3 mags of 15 + 1 for a total of 46 rounds of 9mm or 18 rounds of .38 special, 6 in gun and 2 speedloaders.)

fnfalman 10-01-2012 08:44

I don't top off (due to laziness more than anything), but I've seen a common problem with topping off is that the shooter doesn't take the time to make sure that the mag is truly seated back in. Gotta slap the bottom of the mag to make sure that it clicks back in place.

There are some wives' tales running around about how if you top off, it'd screw up the next round because the new round is fully seated to the back and not moved forward a hair as would the typical next round if you don't top off.

If your gun can't chamber another round; topped off round or regular round, then your gun sucks and you need to fix it.

B.Reid 10-01-2012 08:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by fnfalman (Post 19473766)
I don't top off (due to laziness more than anything), but I've seen a common problem with topping off is that the shooter doesn't take the time to make sure that the mag is truly seated back in. Gotta slap the bottom of the mag to make sure that it clicks back in place.

There are some wives' tales running around about how if you top off, it'd screw up the next round because the new round is fully seated to the back and not moved forward a hair as would the typical next round if you don't top off.

If your gun can't chamber another round; topped off round or regular round, then your gun sucks and you need to fix it.

Really? 40 years of shooting and I never had an issue with topping off. There are a lot of things to worry about, this is not one of them.

fnfalman 10-01-2012 08:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by B.Reid (Post 19473776)
Really? 40 years of shooting and I never had an issue with topping off. There are a lot of things to worry about, this is not one of them.

Did I say that I was worried?

I simply stated what I've seen with various shooters when it comes to topping off, which is failure to click the mag back in place.

AZson 10-01-2012 20:30

Only during competition do I not top off my 20rd mags, makes them easier to slam into place.


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