The OTHER Reason to Carry a Spare Magazine by Matt on May 3, 2017 in EDC “If you need more than X rounds, you shouldn’t be there in the first place!” “If you can’t solve the problem with X rounds, you shouldn’t be carrying a gun!” “What do you need all that ammunition for?”I started competing in IPSC match in 1983 ... which is perhaps earlier than some readers may have been born.
I had crappy equipment:
- a 1911 army surplus pistol (not a 1911A1 .. it was built in 1918, according to the serial number).
- Army Surplus ammunition'
- Army Surplus holster
- Army Surplus magazines
- Army Surplus ... well, everything was Army Surplus; even the shooter. (ME!)
I learned to replace the magazine springs, also the recoil spring, on a regular basis. Mainspring .. not so often.
Why did I do all this stuff? Because I was getting HEAVY usage out of the gun and it's accouterments, and I learned the hard way that if you don't do maintenance, and keep your equipment fresh, a gun that won't function is just a club; and it's too damned short to go you any good.
And I bought a LOT of magazines, and bought magazine springs by the dozens.
Now, you may not be impressed by the way that Competition drove my drive to 100% reliability, but the lessons learned in Competition transfer smoothly to Self Defense.
A gun that doesn't work 100% of the time is a short club.
Ammunition which doesn't feed reliably is suicide.
Magazines with weak springs are suicide.
A gun that jams during a magazine change is suicide.
Your personal inability to perform a magazine change quickly, smoothly and reliably is suicide.
You unwillingness to use your defense gun on a regular basis (at least once a month .. preferably more often) may not be suicide; but if you care enough to consider personal defense a priority, don't you care enough to practice the skills you need?
FIND A TESTING PROTOCOL AND MILK IT:
I just made a date with my neighbor and his wife to go shooting at my local club. They're not "shooters", but they enjoy a trip to the range to shoot my gun and my ammunition. We've done this every couple of years, and it's something which all of us enjoy.
I don't make them pay for the ammunition. I figure, if they can make the guns work every time, all the time, they the guns will probably work for me.
My landlord's wife is a charming lady and very very small. She has a hard time gripping the gun hard enough to make it work. I've got a P3AT which needs to be tested by her, so I can be sure that (weighing 100 pounds more, and 19" taller) it will work for me, too.