Thread: Number of carry rounds?
I got to thinking, "I wonder if I carry more ammo than the other OC/CC people." I carry 5 mags, 2 of them in my left pocket, 2 in a mag holder, and 1 in the glock. Total of 75 rounds. I just don't want to be the sorry bastard to run out of ammo, in any situation.
How do I compare with others?
That's more than twice what I carry. I carry one in the chamber, one mag in the gun, and one mag in a pocket for a total of 31 rounds.
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There was a thread a few months back (might have been in Hampton Roads thread) and I mentioned I carry between 23 to 37 rounds depending on which gun I OC and it's associated magazine.
So I typically carry 1 primary gun, 1BUG and 1 extra magazine. Of course they are all 230g .45acp (230g x 37=8510grams of lead)
If you carry the smallish calibers like 9mm 115g you would have to carry 74 to equal the amount of lead going downrange. ;-)
Carry what you feel comfortable with. I feel comfortable with as few as 23 and somtimes less if I am CC-ing. You just need to know where to go for more ammo and plan how to get there with the firepower you have.
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Depends on how well you shoot and with what. It might be 75 is only half enough
1 speed strip or speed loader or Mag...depending on what I'm carrying.
WOW you don't got a back up gun yet? well 5 magazines is good. I would never want to run out of ammo myself.I carry 5 mags
39 with mine -2 in each mag, later add a revolver in the pocket with 15 or so rounds.
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11 in the smith, 10 in the spare mag, 14 in the spare-spare, and 6 in the 12 guage I keep in a guitar case in the trunk.
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7+1 in the .45 and two additional 8 round mags on the belt.
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15+1 in the Hi-Power.
2x20rd in the truck.
15s are loaded with Rangers. 20s are Nato ball.
lets see. 15+ one in the beretta + 2 spares in inside pocket =46
13+1 in the G23 plus 1 spare = 27
13+1 in the beretta compact
87 total between 3 guns.
then i have at least 1 WWB of range ammo per gun in the rangeback in the back seat of car so......
387 :-D woot
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lol .. well if we're counting what is kept in the vehicle, last time I counted was last Saturday and there was a total of 2150. Not sure how many I fired last weekend but I do remember opening more than a few boxes, so I'm probably down to around 800 now. Need to go shopping at the Showplace next weekend.
...5 in the cylinder, 5 in the speedstrip... sometimes I don't have the speedstrip with me.
Holy crap, I'd hate to be the guy you guys are shooting at. Especially if y'all showed up at the same time. Just bring a hefty bag to pick up the pieces.
me- 9 total
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What you carry depends on the situation.
You and a partner both carrying, in a low crime area, out and about in the car, no spares, she has a revolver, I have a 9mm. That's 12-24 rounds. If we're going to the range we are both carrying 2 firearms, lots of spare mags.
Unknown situation, higher crime area, no partner, chance of being shot by return gunfire, then five is optimal. Two mags on the weak side, one mag on the strong side (reload if wounded), one in the firearm, one in the pocket for reloads after your firearm is empty. BUG with one extra mag (in case primary firearm malfx, broken spring, firing pin). You are basically being sure of having redundancy of both arm and ammo. The MAG is the weakest component for a semi-auto (it's just thin metal/plastic). You always want to presume you have one or more mags go bad and need to be dropped and replaced.
Always need 'one more' to reload after your firearm is empty. Outside in the world you never want to have an unloaded firearm (unless on purpose).
IMO, in many circumstances, having two of you armed together actually lessens the need to fire them. (tactics of intimidation...and laser dots, lol).
ANY mags in your pockets are suitable only for rearming your carry belt or reloading your firearm after a fight, and should not be considered 'action-ready'.
Having a partner carrying a revolver -can- obviate the need for a BUG in lower crime areas.
Finally, assume you will only hit 2 out of 5 shots in a real gunfight, and only 1 of those fatal. So divide the rounds you carry in half -at least- when you figure your needs. If you have a 19 round capacity, you will probably have 5-6 effective shots (aim deteriorating under stress). Most stats say LEOs and other pros hit 25-30%, iirc.
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6 plus 1 in my Taurus PT 740 Slim with an extra 6 round mag (.40 S&W).
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I would be embarrassed to stand next to someone with that much ammo. I open-carried my SP101 .357 3" tonight. Five in the cylinder and five in a speed loader. Ten total. As someone with a lot of experience looking at bullet wounds I feel comfortable that if I landed one .357 It would do just fine . Doesn't matter where I land it a .357 is a sick round that leaves a nasty wound cavity. You guys ever stop to think that you look ridiculous?
I still like 1911's So maybe 17...... Maybe.
Last edited by T Dubya; 11-26-2011 at 10:47 AM.
When I carry my STI 2011 compact in 45 ACP I have 11+1 in the gun. There are 2 more mags with 11 & 12 rounds each in belt pouches (in case I want to carry them as well) in the console for a tolal of 35 rnds.
If carrying my Colt 5 inch govt in 45 ACP I have 8+1 in the gun. There are 2 more 8 rnd mags in belt pouches (in case I want to carry them as well) in the pistol concealment carry bag for a total of 25 rnds.
I went to the comedy club tonight with just 6 lonely .38 spl. rounds in my Colt Detective Special. We all made it home alive!
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The ultimate lethality of whatever hand-howitzer I carry is irrelevant if it takes him 2 minutes to drop. What matters is it's ability to turn off the trigger finger of the other guy RIGHT NOW, no matter the conditions.
Until I can make multiple CNS shots (only takes one, but badguys are more likely to come in 2-5s than alone) in the first mag , at 25 yards, at a dead run, off my axis of movement, while carrying a child in one hand, I'm bringing more ammo.
Try it. Get a 50lb bag of dog food or rice. Grab it under one arm and hold your sidearm in the other. Run crossways down the range while trying to make decent shots (better put up a bedsheet for a target the first time). Now imagine it's a screaming/twisting child instead.
G26 with 10 in it and usually carry a 17 extended mag on belt as a reload.