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Glock 17 mag as spare for carrying Glock 26

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by gargodude, Oct 24, 2011.

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  1. gargodude

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    I have a new Glock 26 9mm and just got my CCW in California. I also have an older Glock 17 9mm, which is also on my permit. I know that since I have owned my 17 well before the 10-round magazine law existed, I can legally carry the 17 with the high-capacity mags I already own. Since the 26 has a 10 round mag, and my high-capacity mags also fit it, could I legally carry one of my high-capacity mags as a spare for the 26 when I carry it?
     
  2. nastytrigger

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    Not sure on legalities, but I carry 17rd spares with my G19.

    I hate California... So 10rd mags are norm, but you can have 17rd mags for a G17 bought before a certain date? I'm glad I live where I live... sorry.
     


  3. Warp

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    Try to get out of the habit of calling it a high capacity mag. I know the anti gun liberals in charge out there like to use that term but it really is a standard capacity mag. That is how the gun was designed. Your neutered 10 round magazines are restricted capacity.

    I don't know much about Cali gun laws but I don't think carrying a 17 round magazine is likely to go over very well.
     
  4. gargodude

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    You have a point with the nomenclature. I should have referred to them as standard-capacity mags. It has already been confirmed that I can carry the 17 with those pre-ban mags, so why not the 26 with the same pre-ban mag?
     
  5. Warp

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    I don't know why not. Logically...no reason.

    But this is Cali and gun laws we are talking about. Logic is not welcome.

    Sadly I will be visiting Cali later this year. :sad:
     
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  6. nastytrigger

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    From what I've read, if your magazine was purchased prior to 2000, you own it, and it can be put into any gun model made before 2000. So, both a G17 and G26 existed prior to 2000, your mag is pre-2000, then it's okay.
     
  7. glockman513

    glockman513 CCW Instructor

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    That's exactly the setup I've been carrying lately.
     
  8. gargodude

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    Since my 26 was bought this year, by that logic, I cannot use the larger mag in it. OK, how about this? I keep the 10-round mag in it while carrying, but I also carry the 17-round mag with me as a spare. If it's not in the gun, I can legally carry it around since I've had it since before the ban. I theoretically will never put it in the gun unless I have to draw the weapon and I empty the 10-round mag. If for some reason, I can't stop my threat with 10 rounds, will the law prevent me from using the legally-possessed 17 round mag (that I just happen to have with me) to continue defending myself?
     
  9. nastytrigger

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    No, the gun model itself came out in 1994, the G26. Doesn't matter when your gun was made, just the model as a whole. Your good to carry the 17rd mag in your G26 from what I've read.

    Google California High Capacity Magazine Laws.
     
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  10. Dalton Wayne

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  11. off road

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    The idea of the Baby Glock is that it and its magazines are a small package, for more convenient CCW. Why ruin it by carting around oversize magazines?

    How likely are you to need a reload anyway, much less an oversize one? If you can't solve your problem with 10 rounds....you are probably already dead!
     
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  12. Toorop

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    They are shall issue in some counties. Check out Calguns forum for more information. It is not that uncommon.
     
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  13. Lior

    Lior GUNS=FREEDOM

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    Having an extra mag is also a good idea. Hopefully you will never, ever need it in a real life situation, but you have the tools that will definitely help to save your hide if you do your part.
     
  14. average nobody

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    california pc 12020, It is illegal to manufacture and/or import magazines capable of holding more than 10rds. after 1-1-2000. its NOT illegal to possess standard(17rnds) magazines in cali. . just make sure your ccw does not have restrictions on capacity for carrying.
     
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  15. dhkaiser

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    Can't address the legal aspects, however I have seen G17 mags cause jams in a G26. With the short grip on the G26 your little finger ends up on the G17 mag. Should your grip be too tight it will get the mag out of alignment and cause jams.
     
  16. X-Concealment

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    Say you ended up stopped your threat with the 21st round that you carried (which is all we are questioning about here, the extra 7 rds that you are going to carry) and your G26 was taken in as evidence by the LEOs alone with the G17 mags. How would that evidence make you look in front of the judge and jury? Remember not all of the juries are famlier with the ban and preban mag restrictions and carry situations and selections. For a lot of them, just carrying alone is a totally unnecessary thing to do.

    So, for the sake that you are not 100% sure if the law will be on your side after you shot somebody in self defence. Carry 2 x G26 mags instead of one G19/17 full capacity mag. That will give you 3 - 5 rds more to defend yourself, and an extra G26 mag can be carried pretty much anywhere on you.
     
  17. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

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    I guess Komifornia would flip over the 33rd mag I some times carry as back up with my G26. :tongueout: :supergrin:


    :wavey:

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  18. gargodude

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    This would really freak them out. Since both my 17 and my 26 are on my permit, I could carry the 17 as my primary and the 26 as by backup gun. Then carrying spare 17 mags wouldn't look quite so odd.
     
  19. up1911fan

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    I carry spare mag's that are the same as what's in the gun. That's how I train at the range so that's how I carry.
     
  20. Although I've heard this from people I trust, it's never been a problem for me in hard training. YMMV, we all grip differently.

    I do have one of the A&G grip extenders for my G26 and another for my G30 but (1) they add bulk, (2) sometimes they pinch, (3) they don't speed up my reload times, so I rarely use them.