High Capacity Magazines and Other Mythical Creatures

The gun control elitists are always coming up with ways to restrict and disarm law-abiding citizens. One of the favorite techniques is incremental confiscation of things they determine are now too dangerous for the public to own. Enter the “high capacity” magazine. Along with this menacing term, they perpetuate myths designed to convince you a magazine with a limited number of rounds makes you safer, if they are going to allow you to have a firearm at all.

What exactly is a so-called “high capacity” magazine? Depending on where you live, it’s anything more than 10 rounds, although there are some states where “high capacity” is over 15. In New York, it’s anything over seven. You can still own a 10 round magazine there, but you can only put seven rounds in it. Add one more and it becomes “high capacity”. Somehow, somewhere 10 rounds is what the gun control crowd now insists is a “standard capacity” magazine. The logic behind this arbitrary number is anyone’s guess.

Consider the world’s most iconic pistol, the John Browning designed M1911 with a magazine capacity of seven. Even at the time of its inception in the year 1911, revolvers and other magazine fed firearms were made that held more than seven rounds. Since that time, the standard capacity of semi-automatic pistols has increased thanks to innovations in design and materials of the firearm and magazine, as well as the ammunition itself. True standard capacity magazines are whatever fits flush in the grip of the semi-automatic pistol. Something that extends below that is… you guessed it, an extended magazine.

In restricted states, the law-abiding citizen who wants to defend his/her life and family’s lives can only have a 10 round magazine. Criminals — the ones who don’t obey the law and are the ones you are defending against — are always going to be able to illegally obtain any kind of firearm and magazine they want. After all, they are criminals. Of course the government can have anything and everything they want, and they need larger magazines to defend themselves against criminals. Are you seeing a problem with this logic?

Much of the myth of 10 round civilian magazines centers around the idea that when a criminal pauses to reload, it gives people in the area a chance to jump and disarm them. An empowering idea, but I’m going to call bullsh*t on that one.

For those of you who have ever done a Tueller Drill, you know someone can cover about 21 feet in 1.5 seconds. If you are the attacker in this situation, it assumes you are standing ready to go on command. In real life, if someone is shooting and you haven’t been shot yet, you’re probably getting your ass behind cover or at least concealment, not standing OK Corral showdown style waiting for them to reload.

How long does it take to reload a semi-automatic firearm? A lot less time than you think. Anyone with even a little bit of practice is going to be able to pull off that not-so–complicated maneuver in less than 1.5 seconds. Sure, if the shooter is not so practiced there’s going to be a longer break. But how exactly are you supposed to know how long it’s going to take from a hopefully safe position?

Revolvers are slower right? A bit, but again it doesn’t take much practice to get very fast with a speed-loader. And I’ll submit to you that someone hand loading one round at a time is just as deadly. Why? If you start after someone who has managed to get only one fresh round into the cylinder, they still have ONE ROUND IN THE CYLINDER, aka, a LOADED FIREARM.

Here’s another thing to consider. When is the last time you tackled, disarmed and detained someone? Keep in mind this person’s primary motivation is likely to kill you or someone else, not to run away. And not to pop anyone’s macho self-image, but keep in mind highly experienced professionals with the latest and greatest law enforcement tools and training can’t always pull this off on their own.

Most certainly it can and does happen. There are a lot of true heroes out there with and without self-defense training who have taken on armed assailants and kicked their asses. But what we will never know is how many were not successful. How many decided to charge a shooter and didn’t make it? Their extraordinarily brave efforts will forever be anonymous since only they know what they did and why.

Am I suggesting your only option is to do nothing and wait to get shot? HELL NO!! You fight back with whatever you have be it a pencil, rock, chair, knife or your bare hands. You do whatever you have to do to survive. But you shouldn’t have to rely on improvised weaponry, or no weapon at all against armed criminals. The Second Amendment protection of the right to bear arms means you should always have an option to defend your life and the lives of your family with arms commonly in use, in other words, a firearm with whatever capacity magazine is supposed to come with it. OR, at least that is what it is supposed to be.

Anyone who thinks you are safer having a magazine of 10 rounds or lower, or that your first choice, self-defense tactic against an active shooter is to give up a position of hard cover to rush someone during a reload, bare handed, is thinking more about the safety of the criminals than about your sorry law-abiding ass.


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