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How many of you carry with "+1" round in the chamber?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by IndianaMatt, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt

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    as in, carrying a standard 1911 with eight rounds total, or like a Glock 19 with 16 rounds total?

    I'd like to know who else loads the magazine, inserts into gun, chambers the first round, and then tops off the magazine again.
     
  2. golls17

    golls17 Lifetime Newbie

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    :mememe:

    Although, I load, rack, holster, release mag, top off, insert mag, check to make sure mag is secured.
     


  3. Inebriated

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    I don't top off my mag, but yeah, I carry full capacity.

    >Put one round in Mag A (empty).
    >Chamber that round.
    >Replace Mag A with Mag B (full)
    >Holster
     
  4. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

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    I always carry +1. Never had any malfunctions or problems due to it - might as well.
     
  5. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

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  6. Radam3

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    Always. G23 - 13 in the mag, 1 in the pipe.

    Before you can lead, you must refuse to follow
     
  7. AtlantaR6

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    Of course. It's like asking "how many people load up the magazine with one LESS round than it will hold?"
     
  8. Glock 1

    Glock 1

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    I had the same question, thanks for asking. I learn something new everyday.
     
  9. Gallium

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    It depends on the gun, and where I might be headed.
    If I know I'm going someplace where I have to disarm, I don't top the mag off after chambering. So when I unload I re-insert the round in the mag without having a loose round somewhere. I also take care to limit the number of times that round is re-chambered.

    Otherwise, gun is loaded, chambered, and mag topped off + at least one spare mag.
     
  10. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    I do.
     
  11. cowboy1964

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    Depends on the capacity and how tight the mag is when full. I'm not going to sweat 15 vs 16 rounds. If the odds of a problem are even a teeny bit higher then it's not worth it.

    Anyone that carries +1, you better make sure you test that configuration at the range (with your carry ammo) to make sure there are no issues!
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012
  12. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

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    This....Most of the time it is +1...however, there are times, albeit a few, I won't.


    :wavey:

    red
     
  13. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    This guy gets it.

    I helped field new Glocks to a department, and teach basic pistol to recruits. We watched tens of thousands of slide-forward reloads. There were a disturbing number of failures to seat the magazine. Most, but not all, were from um...smaller officers. We reasoned that what happened to them could happen to guys who were wounded or exhausted or in awkward postures. Downloading by one eliminated all that.

    Going from 16 to 15 was a proper trade to get the near-guarantee of seated reloads.
     
  14. 8+1 in 1911s here. (Wilson or Tripp)
    Always insert mag, chamber round and top off mag.
     
  15. Caver 60

    Caver 60

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    Only have one carry pistol that can hold ten plus one of 45 ACP. But I always top it off.

    Rest of my carry pistols won't hold more than 6 plus one, unless I use an extended magazine. So I always top off. I do carry an extended magazine for a spare on most of those pistols.
     
  16. poodleplumber

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    I'm in the minority. I carry chambered, but I don't top off the mag after chambering. It is a small reduction in capacity, especially if you carry one or more backup mags. As mentioned, function issues occasionally occur, but mostly I just don't bother, to be honest.
     
  17. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

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    I just have a partially loaded spare mag on the dresser.

    When I am done field stripping to oil or perform some other maintenance then I just pop in the spare mag, chamber a fresh round, and insert the full magazine.

    I have a few spare mags... and it saves the spring on the carry magazines.

    HTH
    Patrick