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I think it’s very important to know how many shots you fired and how many rounds remain in your firearm whether you’re practicing or in a live fire situation. When I practice I count my shots. I know I have 5-shots with my LCR and my SP-101, 6-shots with my speed 6, 10 or 17-shots with my SR9C (depending on which magazine is in), 15-shots with my Glock 19 and 20-shots with my Mini-14. I think it’s a good habit to know how many rounds remain before I reload or run for cover. Do any of you practice the same way?
 

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Not as a focal point of practice. I have an idea in my head but if I stop and someone asks they will likely get a 5-6 or 6-7 type answer. I know when I get past 10 because the slide is locked back :tongue out:
 

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I do. It keeps my mind focused. I once thought I should break the habit before I end up in a firefight and realize I'm counting shots instead of focusing on the target. Had an instructor tell me once the Rangers count theirs so they always know how many shots are left. Not sure how true.
 

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I doubt in a real encounter, you'll count your shots. Simply way too many things going on if you have to put more than three downrange.

You may count them at the time of fire but after the event you'll most likely have so much going thru your head, round count will fuzz out and you're mind will forcus on other moments of the fight.

Besides if it is necessary, forensics whiil determine the shots fired.
 

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I doubt in a real encounter, you'll count your shots. Simply way too many things going on if you have to put more than three downrange.

You may count them at the time of fire but after the event you'll most likely have so much going thru your head, round count will fuzz out and you're mind will forcus on other moments of the fight.

Besides if it is necessary, forensics whiil determine the shots fired.
Agreed, you will probably not be in the counting mindset if you have to use your gun defensively. Most people interviewed after a shooting are way off when asked how many rounds they fired.
 

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Counting your shots is important if you can discipline yourself that much. In most personal defense cases you will never shoot enough to change magazines but it is a good practice. Some years ago I took a advanced shooting course and we practiced over and over counting our shots and changing magazines before the last round locked backed the slide. We also practiced with pump shotguns and we were taught to keeps track of our shots and shove more rounds into the gun while on the move. Don't know if I could do it under stress now but a good practice.
 

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Training - Yes. When the RO or instructor says, "when the targets turn, run to the 15yd line, draw and fire 12 rounds to include a mandatory reload."... you had better only shoot 12 or you will get DQ'd.

Actual Shooting - No. It is not realistic. 99.9% of the world cannot do it successfully anyway. Oh, and then there's the point that if you are in a shooting... you have plenty of much more important things to occupy your brain with than counting rounds.
 

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Yes, including when firing machine guns.
 

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I've been in firefights. I never counted rounds. Either the bolt locked back, or if I was getting ready to do an entry I would do a hot reload. When bullets are going both ways, there are far more important things to worry about. Being able to reload quickly is more important than being able to count to 30 or 15.
 

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Count me in the group that counts somewhat subconsciously but thinks they should probably stop. I find when I'm doing IDPA - I'm pretty new to it - I actually stop counting total rounds since I have to count rounds on each target, and I have to do it as quickly as possible.

I truly believe if I ever had to use my gun in self defense, unless I only fired one shot (or zero), I probably wouldn't know how many I fired.

I always count rounds fired on TV shows and movies, though, without thinking about it. They usually fire an unrealistically high number of rounds. It's refreshing to see a reload after someone fires the exact capacity of some specific weapon.
 

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I try to keep track of my shots. But, honestly even in training, I lose track of what shot I'm on. I really want to do IDPA, but I figure I'd just get DQ'd in the first stage b-cuz I'll shoot too many @ a certain target.

But, who knows... maybe that's what I need to get better. But, in a combat situation, I think it's more important to focus on surviving than keeping track of rounds shot. ...Just me talking, though.
 

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Yes.

I have at times had to count my shots during courses of fire in order to do it correctly. The habit stuck. If I'm just punching paper at the range the counting happens whether I think about it or not.

I am well aware that counting is not to be trusted if you ever have to fire in earnest, though.
 
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