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    EDC: Full capacity +1 or chambered round and mag downloaded by 1

    Got into a discussion last week with a couple LGS employees which I consider very competent young men when it comes to firearms. They both load up a mag to full capacity, rack, and holster. I've always done full mag capacity +1. Their statement is 15rds(glock 19) is better than potential 1 shot then a stoppage. Reason being that top round in mag puts force underneath the slide when mag is full and with a potential dirty gun(we aren't always diligent with keeping are carry guns clean) the slide may slow down enough to cause a malfunction. I see the rationale but I'm not buying it. I have yet to see or hear of issues from quality handguns by running full mag +1. Is this one of those "it sounds like a credible possibility and we need to prep for a 'what if' situation", even though the likelihood of it happening is .000001%

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    Iíve always run full capacity plus 1. Never an issue.
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    If one is carrying a gun which wonít run reliably topped off, I would suggest that they find a different gun. I top off.

    I do download USGI A.R. 15 mags, and some other A.R. 15 mags, but that has more to do with seating than anything else.

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    Full capacity plus one. Tap rack is better on that incredibly small chance that a 100% chance of not having that extra round.

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    Personally I will run full mag + 1 until I see a failure from it. Wouldn't competent manufacturers take an issue like this into account when designing stuff? In my limited experience I've never met anyone that said topping off caused a failure from them, only heard concerns about long term spring damage. I agree with Fargo, I only download if, when topped off, the mag won't seat against a closed bolt

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    Full mag + 1, always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NyleRN View Post
    Got into a discussion last week with a couple LGS employees which I consider very competent young men when it comes to firearms. They both load up a mag to full capacity, rack, and holster. I've always done full mag capacity +1. Their statement is 15rds(glock 19) is better than potential 1 shot then a stoppage. Reason being that top round in mag puts force underneath the slide when mag is full and with a potential dirty gun(we aren't always diligent with keeping are carry guns clean) the slide may slow down enough to cause a malfunction. I see the rationale but I'm not buying it. I have yet to see or hear of issues from quality handguns by running full mag +1. Is this one of those "it sounds like a credible possibility and we need to prep for a 'what if' situation", even though the likelihood of it happening is .000001%

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    If topping-off and having 15+1 rounds in Glock 19 causes an issue, there is something wrong with the gun and/or the magazine.

    Every instructor and teacher with whom I have trained - without exception - recommended a loaded chamber and a fully charged magazine as their preferred ready status in the holster.

    It's probably not a huge issue if your mags hold 15-20 rounds, but if your carry gun only holds 5-8 rounds in the magazine, it's prudent to have it fully charged.



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    Quote Originally Posted by VUPDblue View Post
    Iíve always run full capacity plus 1. Never an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NyleRN View Post
    Got into a discussion last week with a couple LGS employees which I consider very competent young men when it comes to firearms. They both load up a mag to full capacity, rack, and holster. I've always done full mag capacity +1. Their statement is 15rds(glock 19) is better than potential 1 shot then a stoppage. Reason being that top round in mag puts force underneath the slide when mag is full and with a potential dirty gun(we aren't always diligent with keeping are carry guns clean) the slide may slow down enough to cause a malfunction. I see the rationale but I'm not buying it. I have yet to see or hear of issues from quality handguns by running full mag +1. Is this one of those "it sounds like a credible possibility and we need to prep for a 'what if' situation", even though the likelihood of it happening is .000001%

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    If they rack it up with a full mag from slide in battery then whats the issue here. Bravo Sierra.
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    I haven't even thought of downloading an option. This is actually the first time reading anything about it.

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