Wandering Through The World of Concealed Carry
There are literally thousands of articles available today, regarding concealed carry and all it entails. Unfortunately, most of the material gives the impression that one must have high end guns, holsters, knives, and the myriad of accessories now available for EDC (I didn’t know what those letters meant for the longest time). In any event, the most of us are not commandos or wealthy. We use what we can afford and learn from the best sources we can find. That said, I have read a number of articles lately, regarding the best caliber and how many rounds one should carry. It is the latter issue, I wish to discuss briefly in this installment.
Assuming you are a semi-automatic fan, do you carry a spare magazine? Do you think it’s necessary? If you do carry an extra, where do you have it? Can you do a magazine change under pressure? I bring these things up, because if you have not resolved these issues on your own time, you sure won’t in a crisis. First, are you, or are you not, going to carry a spare? Multiple pages have been written weighing the pro’s and con’s. Statistics are often quoted, siting the number of rounds that have been required in some confrontations. This is all well and good, but if there is one thing consistent in a do or die situation, it’s that nothing is consistent. The other thing that usually appears, is a debate on caliber, and, that one can bring more to the table with a 9MM as opposed to a .45. I’m not even going to go there.
Here’s the Deal
Don’t get the impression that multiple rounds are a substitute for accurate, consistent shooting. Spray and pray is an ineffective, and dangerous mindset. If that’s your thinking, you need to go back to the range. The other thing is, if you have a spare magazine in your pocket, or wherever, can you change it out during a stressful engagement? One of the best things I ever did, was to participate in USPSA club matches. Not only do you have to think, be safe, and move, but most stages require at least one magazine change. If you cannot demonstrate to yourself the ability to change out a magazine while moving, or at the very least, racing the clock, then you most likely are in for a disappointment.
In conclusion, more is not always better or practical. I would encourage you to take a step back, and evaluate each facet of your everyday carry strategy. Only you, know your abilities and the types of situations your activities will present. On the surface, it’s logical to carry extra rounds. On the other hand, additional rounds require additional capabilities.
John Guthrie started shooting at age five, and has law enforcement, competition, hunting, range officer, and teaching experience.