Reader Miguel Vallenavedo writes . . .
I spend a good amount of time reading various firearm-related articles, whether it’s online or in print, and I have some points that I would like clarified and to hear readers’ opinions.
There’s the school of thought out there that you need to carry a spare magazine, generally speaking, certainly for a reload, but also in case you have a magazine failure or other stoppage. In the same vein, the “experts” say that if you don’t carry with one in the chamber, you’re not ready to pack a pistol and need more training.
There seems to be a contradiction here.
I’ve heard and read the various “experts” prescribe carrying one in the pipe due to the loss of fine motor skills in an emergency and the lack of time to chamber a round when seconds count during a “critical dynamic event.” (That’s one of my favorite expressions from the experts…I had to look that one up. I guess using the term fight/confrontation is too simple when you’re vying for readers’ hard-earned dollars.)
I think we’ve all read/heard/seen videos regarding what I’m talking about. We’ve also seen comments to that effect whenever there is an EDC pocket dump post here with no visible spare in the photo.
My question is simple; if I don’t know when a fight is coming and I won’t have time to draw and rack the slide to chamber a round, how would I possibly have the time to do a mag change during a “critical dynamic event?”
Remember, the confrontation is probably happening at night with no flashlight, no weapon-mounted light, multiple attackers shooting at you and your draw hand/arm is injured and bloody…and your magazine fails, all while your wife is putting groceries in the back of the truck and the baby in the car seat.
So which is it? Will I have time for a magazine change? If I do, I should have time to rack the slide, shouldn’t I? I know one is the first response and the other is in the event of a failure, but if I don’t have time to load a round, how will I have time for a mag change, let alone a tap/rack/bang?
Your help is greatly appreciated (and please don’t get me started on what “condition” I should be in).