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Glad I had a spare magazine on me today...

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Opie 1 Kenopie, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. I'm taking my daughters to school this morning and I throw on my G29SF on my primary side, with a 15 round G20 magazine worn on my belt, offside. I'm feeling pretty well armed with this setup, as usual.

    I got home a few minutes ago, had a hankerin' for .45 ACP so I went to swap the 29 out for my 21 and 30. As I'm unloading the G29 magazine (standard with a Pearce +2 ext.), I notice the rounds POURING OUT. The follower had bound up at the bottom, no spring pressure at all to push rounds 2-12 into the gun. This could have been a one-shot gunfight if I had needed the pistol.

    Fortunately, years ago I started carrying a spare magazine. Each and every time. No exceptions. I feel naked without at least one. Today's potential FUBAR would have been remedied with a fast reload to the G20 magazine. I'm the idiot for not checking my kit before rolling out this morning.

    So, I implore all of you out there who CCW, PLEASE always carry a spare. Even if it's in a pocket, mag pouch, jacket etc. You might not need 150 rounds at an ATM robbery, but as we've all heard 1000 times, most failures are mag related. Get a new one in there QUICK! I almost met Murphy this morning, I'm glad I was (at least partially) prepared.
     

  2. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    I agree with you. I get a lot of flack from family and friends who also carry, asking why I need another 13 rounds of .40 or 15 rounds of 9mm with the extra mag I carry. I always tell them, it's not so much the quantity I'm worried about, but should in case the mag fail.
     
  3. Clay1

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    I like the logic. I will say that many that think an extra mag is good think that an extra gun - now you must really be nuts. I like the Clint Smith concept of one is none, two is OK and three; now you have something.

    Since we are thinking along these lines, what if your extrator broke - would an extra mag do you any good? I like the idea of a primary and a backup and a blade and a flashlight. While some feel just fine with an lcp stuck in a pants pocket, some people feel warm and fuzzy with "more is better".
     
  4. gunslinger3

    gunslinger3 Μολὼν λαβέ

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  5. ranger88

    ranger88 CLM

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    Good post OP!!! I always carry a spare mag, but I mostly carry it out of paranoia that things could go horribly wrong, terribly fast and that I would need more ammo and not have it. Like when the zombies attack, or China invades, or Somali pirates decide they really want my Lexus SUV with me in it. You know, the usual stuff. :whistling:
     
  6. VanguardMP

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    Me too!
     
  7. RFPhoto

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    :rofl:
     
  8. Fragman

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    Yup. It just validates the need to carry a spare. Additional capacity is a secondary reason. My primary reason is in case of magazine malfunction. Just like what happened to OP.


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  9. ncglock19

    ncglock19

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    Two is One, and One is None. Something my instructor taught me.

    nc19
     
  10. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    Certainly a good argument for a spare mag.

    However, you might be surprised that shooting under recoil, the magazine may very well have worked. I know with some high cap 1911s, the follower doesn't seem to come up when unloading manually, however they work just fine in live fire. :dunno:
     
  11. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    Just another reason you will never find a 'capacity' enhancement baseplate on one of my carry magazines...

    After the second 'higher capacity' +2 baseplate *exploded* on the concrete floor I threw all my +2 non Glock baseplates away.

    And you just pointed out the other reason I don't use these baseplates Opie 1 Kenopie! :cool:

    It works for some folks, but not for me...

    Patrick
     
  12. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

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    What about factory +2 mags / base plates?
     
  13. xcaliburelite

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    A lot of people give me hell over carrying an extra mag (I carry a G19 mag to support my G26), but people fail to understand that the magazine is the weakest point in a pistol. Combine that with most malfunction drills teaching some sort of magazine manipulation or swap, why wouldn't you carry one?
     
  14. Donn57

    Donn57 Just me

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    I never carry a spare magazine because I carry a revolver (or two). No faulty magazines, guaranteed.
     
  15. blk69stang

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    I wonder if the "tap, rack" drill would have helped here. I've had mags hang up like that before, but a good sharp smack on the baseplate caused everything to start moving again.
     
  16. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Dammit, I really need to find a more comfortable way to carry a spare mag on my person.
     
  17. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    Look at the bright side. It's possible the shock of recoil from the first round would have freed up the follower. You never know.

    Regards,
    Happyguy :)
     
  18. I've said it again and again, THIS is why you carry a spare mag!!!!!!! :(



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  19. SpringerTGO

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    Funny stuff.
    Seriously, if a spare mag saved your life I would understand the excitement. But I'll continue carrying my little J frame, G26, or T3 without spares for now.
    When I go off to war I'll load up on magazines, flashlights, etc.