Spare Ammo Carry

The idea for this column came from my good friend…

tactics.gifThe idea for this column came from my good friend Brian Torgeson, a veteran deputy sheriff with 29 years experience on the road and as a firearms instructor. He said that over the years he has observed that many people who regularly pack a handgun for personal defense often do not carry any spare ammo. This includes a wide range of civilians, as well as many police officers when off-duty. The rationale seems to be that there probably will not be any trouble anyway, so why bother?

This is part of a contradictory pattern found in a lot of folks who realize that it is a dangerous world out there and want to take a few sensible precautions, but often find it difficult to follow through on the commitment on a daily basis. They have gone through all the steps of acquiring a handgun, obtaining a permit, and many have gone to the expense and trouble of attending a shooting school. More than a few police officers fall into this category, even though they should know better. Because of their profession they have seen the seamy side of human nature, and just how dangerous and unpredictable life on thepaladin.gif street can be. For a variety of reasons these folks (off-duty police officers and civilians alike) find it difficult or distasteful to carry that concealed handgun on a regular basis. Part of this stems from laziness and not wanting to be bothered with it; for some it is a matter of comfort and convenience, and for others it is a false sense of security when in familiar surroundings. Whatever the reasoning, carrying your handgun on a selective basis is a very bad habit to fall into. You cannot predict when you might really need that handgun, which is the one reason why it should always be with you when you step out the front door every morning. You have it with you, just in case. The same goes for carrying extra ammo along with that handgun. You can’t predict what kind of confrontation you might find yourself in, and at least one reload held in reserve could be quite comforting.

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  • Tim Busch

    Step 3 in the illustrations in the magazine calls for the slide lock to be released by the left thumb.
    That is a very bad habit to get into.

    We train that the purpose of the slide lock is to lock the slide.
    It is NOT a slide release.

    Releasing the slide lock with your thumb will result in wear on the slide lock itself, and the corresponding corner of the slide.
    At some point this wear will require parts replacements to ensure reliable function.

    This problem is eliminated by racking the slide to release it.
    This allows the slide lock to drop out of the way with no load on it, and prevents the above mentioned wear.

  • MonkezUncle

    You cannot predict when you might really need that handgun…same goes for carrying extra ammo.

    About time someone stepped up and said that. Well done. I always used “you never really need a gun until you really need a gun”. Same for ammo.

    Now if they would just start making concealed holsters that were more spare mag friendly.