Monday, April 20, 2009
Two is one and one is none...
One reason I've actually heard people give for carrying larger capacity pistols is that they don't need to carry a second mag.
Folks, the second mag isn't there so you can have a shootout with hordes of pirates or ninjas, it's there because the magazine is the single most fragile and failure-prone part of any self-loading handgun. Thankfully, it's also cheap and compact and replaceable and you can keep scads of them at home and one or two on hand.
"What are the odds of it breaking in action?" you may say, but I posit in return that if you are actively busting caps at a bad guy, your day has already taken a pretty statistically unlikely turn and probably isn't going to get any more normal from there.
The picture above was taken at Eagle Creek range, where Shootin' Buddy was one round into a weak-hand drill when the tack welds securing the baseplate of his Metalform magazine to the mag tube suddenly suffered a spontaneous existence failure, causing the gun to vomit the contents of the magazine at his feet; spring, follower, and all.
If the magazine had been inspected beforehand, odds are that it would have been seen to have cracked two or three of the welds already. Inspect your magazines regularly. Keep them numbered so that you can tell which is which. Don't fall in love with them; if the floorplates are loose or the feed lips are spread or they show any other signs of becoming sub-optimal, discard and replace them.