Magazine Swaps

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by BulletArc47, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. BulletArc47

    BulletArc47 New Member

    Nov 15, 2012
    Changing magazine quickly is fairly difficult especially when you're timed in a life-threatening scenario, but man, I don't want to just drop them on the floor. That goes doubly when I make a 'tactical reload'. However I know letting fall free is probably quicker in the grand scheme.That goes doubly in a gun fight; where speed is the dividing line between life and death.

    So, what do y'all prefer, letting them drop free, or catching them.

  2. Popeye

    Popeye Member

    Jul 3, 2005
    Sacramento area, CA
    I'm an old man and I figure that in any realistic scenario, if it isn't over in two shots, I'm dead. Therefore I carry a revolver and don't worry about tactical magazine changes. Rather, I pay close attention to what's going on around me. Paying attention lets you see things getting set to happen before they happen. Forewarned is forearmed.

  3. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    well, it goes like this.

    if it's empty, it hits the ground; if there's opportunity, pick it up. if not, leave it and buy a new one.

    if it's got even one round left, dump it down your shirt or whatever and retain it. Kinda like IDPA rules.

    but most importantly, if you're in a situation where you've already expended 30 rounds and you need an instantanious 31st round, well... I hope you have much more training than how to change mags quickly. You're likely in a crap sandwich eating situation.

    just my thoughts...

    not to knock it though, it's a very very valuable skill to maintain, don't get me wrong.
  4. GunnyGene

    GunnyGene New Member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Re: Magazine Change Technique

    A lot of variables there. But basically I just let it drop. If I win, I can collect it/them later. If I don't, welll.

    That said, there may be circumstances where if you drop it you loose it permanently - such as in a rice paddy - which means you have one less mag you can reload for the next fight.
  5. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    Re: Magazine Change Technique

    You drop empties. You catch partials. That's all there is to it.

    When you are doing speed relaods(you've run your gun empty and need to get back in the fight) you drop the mag and get a new one in as quick as possible. When you are doing tactical reloads you are behind cover in a lull in the fight and have rounds still in the mag. These you catch and put in your pocket for later. Should it last long enough to have to worry about how many rounds you have left, you'll be glad you still have them.
  6. Buzzard II

    Buzzard II New Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    North Jersey
    Here in New Jersey we have what is called a "Jersey Reload"-carry a second, loaded gun!
  7. BulletArc47

    BulletArc47 New Member

    Nov 15, 2012
    I agree completely sir. If you see a bad situation brewing, and you have the opportunity to aviod it. Avoid it! There are betters ways of savin' you self and others than tryin' have a quick-draw in a gas station.


    Y'all have made some good points! Going over a magazine in a true self-defense scenario is very,very, unlikely, and I know this. However, I believe that people should give some consideration to how they'll handle magazine reloads if that situation, however unlikely, should ever occur. I don't mean to imply that an individual should base his/her strategy on magazine changes alone, but as aa1911 said: "it's a very very valuable skill to maintain"
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012
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