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This Is Why Your Stockpile Needs High Capacity Magazines

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Several months ago I wrote an article discussing how much ammunition survivalists should stockpile. As a bit of a recap, in that article I suggesting buying a minimum of 2,000 rounds of ammunition: 1,000 rounds for practice, and another 1,000 for stockpiling. You can never have enough ammunition, but 2,000 rounds at the minimum is a good guideline.

In that same article, I also briefly mentioned stocking up on magazines. Again, you can never have enough magazines, but I suggested a minimum of six magazines for each magazine-fed weapon.

Here, we’ll combine these two ideas of adequately stocking up on magazines and ammo by discussing magazine capacity. Is magazine capacity important?

Many states have enacted gun control laws that limit magazines to only 10 rounds. Other gun control laws include bans on semi-automatic weapons (so-called “assault weapons”) and stronger background checks. There’s also always the threat of the federal government enacting similar gun control laws on a nationwide scale.

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We live in a modern era where the majority of magazine-fed weapons carry as many as 15, 20, 25 or 30-round magazines. But is magazine capacity really that important? Will things really be worse if you have only 10 rounds in your rifle when you could have had 15 to 30 in your pistol?

The answer is yes: It is.

The advantages to having a high capacity magazine over a low- to mid-capacity magazine are worth it. Granted, some small pistols only carry six or seven rounds. But we’ll be talking about larger pistols that carry 15 or more rounds in the magazine, and rifles that carry 20 to 30 rounds.

Using a high-capacity magazine isn’t just so you can put a lot of lead down range. Here are four reasons you should consider a high-capacity magazine:

1. Less Reloading

This one may seem like a “well, duh” reason, but the most obvious reason to having a high-capacity magazine is that you don’t have to reload your weapon as often. It takes more time to shoot 15 to 30 rounds out of your magazine than 10 rounds. You’ll regret it if you find yourself in a survival situation and hadn’t adequately stocked up on high-capacity magazines.

2. Less Magazines Means More Rounds

People who are forced to own 10-round magazines due to the laws of their state have to supplement their loss of ammunition by purchasing more mags. Having 30-round magazines means you can carry the same amount of magazines and triple the ammunition. Why buy a 10-round magazine when you can have a 15- to 30-round one? Buy high-capacity magazines now while you can – before they are banned.

3. Repel Multiple Attackers

Your goal is to protect yourself and your family. Having 15 to 30 rounds in your weapon at a time will exponentially increase your ability to defend your family. You can be the greatest shot in the world, but 10 rounds runs out faster than 15 to 30. Period.

Besides, what if your attackers are equipped with high-capacity magazines themselves? In a situation where you are defending yourself and your family, you do not want to be outgunned.  Having high-capacity magazines is a responsibility you can take to ensure that you won’t be outgunned, which leads us to our final reason. …

4. We Are A Free People

This is the United States of America, and you are a free citizen. Even as the government contemplates from time to time whether to ban high-capacity magazines, and even as some states have already done so, owning high capacity magazines is your right as a free citizen. Does this mean that you have to own high cap mags just because you are a free person? Absolutely not, but it still is an excellent reason — that, of course, brings great responsibility.

Do you own high-capacity magazines? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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15 comments

  1. Lets not let the anti gun crowd define our gun language. If the gun was designed to use a 30 round magazine then it is a standard capacity magazine, not a “high capacity” magazine. A high capacity magazine would be a surefire 60 or 100 round. The same applies to pistols. A Beretta 92 was designed with and comes with a 15 round magazine so that magazine would be a standard capacity magazine.

  2. If a 20 round magazine was standard issue in basic training over 40 years ago, how can than be considered “high capacity” now?

    • You can think the liberals for renaming things to fit their needs. Illegal immigrant = undocumented worker, criminal = victim, opposing view = racist or sexist, failure = success, the list goes on.

  3. Thank you, I have glocks with standard capacity mags (17) and glock 26 with a standard capacity magazine (10) 1911’s with(8) so on and so on, I have NO HIGH CAPACITY MAGS, JUST WHAT THEW GUN CAME WITH. SOOOOO lets just stop this kind of language. Hell even a belt fead browning 1919 is NOT HIGH CAPACITY, it’s supposed to be belt feed.
    thanks

  4. Sorry, David, but you’ve fallen victim to it as well. Immigration is a legal process, so, “illegal immigrant” is an oxymoron. They are illegal aliens.

    • David is only stating that the liberals have “renamed things to fit THEIR needs” He doesn’t even imply he believes that statement as fact. He appears to completely put the problem on Liberals.

    • Not so… definition of an immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.

      So an illegal alien is also an illegal immigrant.

      Yep, semantics… but still a valid term.

  5. I’m apposed to 20 and 30 round magazines as long as I can get 40 round SKS magazines 🙂

  6. Well aimed, controlled fire does not require large mags. Self defense does not mean “spray and pray”. High cap mags lead to the tendency to hose down the neighborhood rather than actually aiming the rounds.

    • +1, aim at your target and hit it, do not WASTE your rounds like a thug in a gangster movie! I can’t believe I just saw this article!!!

      • Not everyone is as informed as you are Bob. Some welcome advice from others rather than condemn it. Some prefer to share their knowledge rather than tear down someone else’s teaching as inadequate.

    • It is also completely plausible to have a high capacity magazine…and hit your target every time without wasting ammo, running and gunning, or hosing down the neighborhood. The person that fires frivolously is also the first to run out of ammunition. In a survival situation I’ll preserve my rounds as needed and so practice for better aim at the range by taking my time. For close-range self-defense I practice rapidly firing six rounds with the same tight grouping at 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 yds. Practice makes habit. I’m the guy at the range with 10 rounds in my 30 round mag for my AR, 6 rounds in my Glock 19, and spend MOST of my time learning muscle memory for 1 inch grouping regardless of how fast I empty the mag.

  7. When I clicked on the link for this article, I expected Comrade Obama’s picture to pop up.

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