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How much ammo should you carry?

More! I think it depends, frankly. Enough during the zombie apocalypse relative to enough heading to the local gas station for milk and Doritos are a bit different.

17 Responses to “How much ammo should you carry?”

  1. AndyN Says:

    Given police activity that’s been in the news lately, I’m not entirely sure that how many rounds they fire is a rational metric.

  2. Paul Says:

    How much ammo to carry is subjective.

    If I lived in a country like Egypt where Christians are being tortured I’d carry 500 rounds, grenades, etc.. all the while trying to get out of the country.

    If in South Africa I’d carry at least 50 rounds.

    Detroit? 30 rounds would sound fine (Glock 19 and spare mag.)

    Where I live in Texas? Oh I could get by with 10 or 12 or so unless it’s an home invasion.

    Just depends on the threats and since I don’t have a crystal ball, it’s better to pack a few more and not need than need and not have.

    That is one good thing about a handgun that carries more than 10 rounds. The extra rounds can become your ‘spare mag’ if you don’t pack a second magazine.

  3. BD Says:

    What’s the old rule?
    You can only carry too much ammo if you are drowning or on fire.

  4. LKP Says:

    Plenty of ammo for the same reason I carry in the first place. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

  5. Steel Turman Says:

    Clip in and two spares.

    If that don’t do it …

    … you are in the wrong place.

  6. SayUncle Says:

    “Clip in”

    Are you carrying a Garand?

  7. Skip Says:

    Nine in the pistol and one mag in my pocket.
    If I fire that last round, the problem is bigger than I can handle and I’m in deep shit.

  8. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I like to carry the loaded gun and two spare mags.

    Let’s face it I’ll likely never need all the rounds in the gun if I need to defend my life..the reload is just in case. The 2nd Reload is because I don’t carry a gun because I’m an optimist!

  9. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    12+1 .45ACP, plus 0-2 14’s to follow, depending on the context. If I can’t brain well enough to stay out of something that won’t get me out of, I deserve what I get.

  10. Rivrdog Says:

    In the best pistols, magazines most often cause the problems if the shooter has good weapon control. I carry a spare maggy regardless of the threat.

    In my snubby revos, 5 rounds in the Altoids tin are good enough for me.

  11. Sid Says:

    I switched from select fire weapons a few years ago and now mainly carry a pulsed plasma weapon in the 40 watt range.

    … you see, what had happened was…. my team was sent on a rescue mission for an embassy team that had crossed a national boundary. It turned out that the embassy team was really a CIA team held by rebels. But we thought a few sappers were tracking us. Turns out it was an alien but my weapons sergeant shot at it with a 200 rounds of 7.62 from an M60A3 and then another 1000 rounds from his dead teammate’s minigun. Then, the rest of team fired off almost a basic load. We only wounded it. I had to kill it later with a tree trunk.

    I vowed then that I would never be without adequate personal defensive weapons.

  12. Sid Says:

    Seriously though, when I carry it is 13 + 1 in .45ACP. If that is not adequate, what the hell.

  13. Stretch Says:

    When carrying the 1911 it’s 8+1 in the gun w/ 2 extra 8 round mags. Total: 25 rounds
    When carrying the Hi-Power it’s 13+1 w/ 2 extra 13 round mags. Total: 40 rds.

  14. Texas Jack 1940 Says:

    10+1 JHP in the pistol plus one 15 round spare in my pocket or in the glove box. In the house, the 10+1 is in the bedroom (25 more in 2 mags), another 15+1 in the library w/15 in a second mag, and 30 7.62X39, 25 .30 carbine, and 50 .22 LR all in the living room. That does not count the extra few thousand rounds in the bedroom or the extra few thousand in the garage. Oh, and the 160 rounds of .303 British in the gun safe.

  15. RC Says:

    17 rounds in the Beretta PX4 .40 S&W plus two 17 round magazines for a total of 51. Nobody has ever walked away from a fire fight and said, “Gee, I really had too much ammo”.

  16. weambulance Says:

    I hardly ever carry a spare mag anymore, because 95% of the time I’m carrying I have to disarm at some point during the day. It’s easier to just slip the holster off than screw around with getting a mag carrier off my belt in my car. I usually have 1-3 spares in my car console or door pocket, and I might remember to grab one for my jacket pocket, but I usually don’t.

    When I know I am not going to need to disarm, I carry a single spare.

  17. SAC/AF Vet Says:

    When I was in SAC it was 1) 18 rounds of .38 if you were a code component courier (ICBM launch codes ) and 2) 180 rounds of .223 6-30 round magazines if we were transporting a nuclear weapon. As transport team,we were ordered to destroy (shoot) the weapon if we felt we were going to lose control of it . They are very well guarded during transport .

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