Top-5 ‘Magazine’ Articles as of August 3, 2013

This compilation of the top-5 most-read Shooter’s Log articles pertaining to magazines talks about the politics of these ammunition-feeding mechanisms, the wonderfulness of PMags, drum-magazine reliability, choosing AR mags, and why $2 H&K G3 mags are a hit. Click the headlines to check them out for yourself.

  1. New Video Crushes Myth About ‘Large-Capacity’ Magazines
  2. What Would the World be Like Without Magpul and PMAG 30s?
  3. On Reliability of Drum Magazines
  4. What’s up with Magazines?
  5. Customer Reviews: $2 H&K G3 Mags Are a Hit
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  1. I wonder if all those who are against banning high capacity magazines have forgotten that for years rifles issued to the Army were single shot rifles. Further, most pistols were either single shot or were six shot and then dry. Using weapons like those, during the Civil War, we incurred more casualties than any other war we have ever fought.

    Second, for years, we were limited to the 6 shot revolver and that was before we had speed loaders. It did not stop the police from engaging and putting out of business some of the most violent criminals in our history — like “Machine gun Kelly”, “Pretty Boy Floyd” Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and several others. Some them, like Bonnie & Clyde met their very timely demise from BAR’s and semiauto rifles, but others were confronted with just revolvers.

    Further, perhaps the most dangerous and renowned gun fight in our history, the Gun Fight at the OK Corral, was fought with a shotgun, a lever action rifle and several 6 shot revolvers. Worked pretty well for the Earp group, even though they threw away most of their shots. They had the shotgun and pistols. The Clanton faction tried to get a rifle into action but were not successful, if what I have read is correct. What I learned from that event was that a lot of shooting accomplishes little.

    My favorite of the old time gun fighters was Wild Bill Hickok. Hickok was famous for being a very deliberate pistolero who preferred to use one accurate shot instead of a barrage of inaccurate shots. He once shot a man at about 55 yards with a one shot kill, shot through the heart with a Navy .36 cap and ball revolver. He was never known as the fastest gun, just the most accurate. Most times, Hickok never fired more than one or two shots in his engagements and, until he was shot in the back, most all of his engagements ended with Hickok walking away and his opponent being carried away to be put into a coffin.

    Bottom line — it only takes one. Not 6, 10, 15, 20, or 30. But, that one should be well placed. If it is, the fight will generally be over, just like it was in Hickok’s world.

    None of those gunfights, in our history, involved high capacity magazines or semiauto pistols, or assault rifles — and yet the winners of the fights made due. Further, their opponents often died but usually from only one shot regardless of how many shots were fired.

    I suggest that high capacity magazines are not really necessary for any purpose. My go to gun is a Kahr .40 S & W, with a 6 round mag and a spare 7 round mag in another pocket. Most people have no idea I am carrying (which suits me just fine) and I have no intention of ever shooting anyone unless they are at point blank range and about to pull a Trayvon Martin on me. In other words, unless you are trying to pound my head on the concrete, you have nothing to fear from me. On the other hand, if you try to pound my head on concrete, I will do my best to pull a George Zimmerman on you. I think 6 rounds of .40 is sufficient for my purposes. Especially since I only intend to shoot when you are close enough to shake hands.

    What concerns me is that someone buys a hi-cap mag and semiauto pistol and thinks that they are protected fully. I fear that sense of security in all the ammo they are packing will keep them from seeing the need for practice and drill. If your life depends on it, you better be proficient and that can only come with practice and drills. Relying on a whole lot of ammo and not having a lot of skill with your chosen weapon seems fraught with peril to me.

    It is rather like the British theory of “Barrage Fire” in WWI. The high command would direct all the soldiers in the trenches to just point their rifles up in the air at about 45 degrees and fire repeatedly until they were out of ammo. The idea was that if millions of rounds were shot into the air, some of them were bound to fall into the German trenches and inflict casualties. Good theory. However, I never saw any documented evidence that it worked, or did anything other than make a lot of noise and waste a lot of ammo. I think the same thing, or something very similar, can be said about high cap magazines.

    However, if you want/need more rounds, I am in favor of your having them. It only takes one to do me in and your having 9 to 29 more means nothing to me. Besides, it used to be a free country and people used to be able to make free choices. I am old enough to remember those good old days. So, I have no objection to your having as many rounds in your magazine as you want. Shoot, I do not care if you have a 100 round drum. That ought to be your choice and your right. My point is please do not rely on the idea of having a huge amount of firepower as a substitute for practice and drills leading to accuracy and coolness under fire.

    Remember, it never took Hickok more than one, and the same thing can be said about a number of other famous gunfighters. Until the DOD decided to go the 9mm because it was much cheaper ammo to buy than .45
    ACP, it only took one. Now, with 9mm, it may well take two instead of just one. However, I do not choose to carry a 9mm but instead chose to carry a caliber that should be sufficient to do the job with just one shot. So, allow me the freedom to carry just six and I will allow you the freedom to carry 30 if you want. Just practice and drill so you can use your 30 with great skill.

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