Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Ideally a back up gun should be the same caliber as the duty handgun you carry.  If you carry a patrol carbine it should confirm to that caliber as well.  Ideally they should all have interchangeable magazines.

In a long term shooting, having lots of ammo and interchangeable magazines can be very important.  In a major shootout officers have been known to fire dozens, even hundreds of rounds.  Think about how quickly you can fire off a full magazine.

Most officers carry one magazine in the handgun and two or four on the belt.  You can go through those in about a minute without even trying much.  Having a back up pistol and a patrol carbine with the same magazines can give you a few more moments of firepower.  It's also a reminder to slow down and be more aware of your ammo supply; that's what the SGT Says.

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