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Old 09-29-2012, 21:39   #1
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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?
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Old 09-29-2012, 21:57   #2
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I always carry 8+1.
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Old 09-29-2012, 22:34   #3
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I never top off. Full mag in, rack, and go.
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Old 09-29-2012, 22:49   #4
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I always top off. No problems with 1911, Glocks, Sigs, or M4.

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Old 09-29-2012, 23:03   #5
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`Full mag in, rack, and go` 14 + 1
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:43   #6
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I always top off. The gun should work with a full mag loaded, if it doesn't it's got a problem.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:00   #7
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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.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:39   #8
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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...

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Old 09-30-2012, 05:52   #9
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:23   #10
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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
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:25   #11
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I normally carry a single stack weapon so I do top off.
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:47   #12
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:53   #13
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if you can, why limit yourself? that one more round could be.......that round
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:22   #14
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I top off. Having less rounds in my pistol is a bad thing.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:52   #15
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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.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:56   #16
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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.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:29   #17
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I always top off the mag, or better yet use a Barney mag to load the chamber.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:22   #18
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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
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Old 09-30-2012, 12:05   #19
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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.

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Old 09-30-2012, 12:31   #20
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that is why manufacturers advertise them as "8+1" capacity..
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