02 January 2013

Part 3: The Myth of Magazine Capacity

Part 3: Let's talk about the myth of magazine capacity. The media has fixated on "high-capacity" magazines as something that is bad or evil. I guess the theory is that by reducing the capacity of magazines to only 10 rounds, crime will somehow be reduced. First of all, there are standard-capacity and reduced-capacity magazines. The call from gun controllers is to reduce the standard-capacity magazines to 10 rounds.

"But you don't need 30 rounds to hunt Bambi!" is the common cry. Pay attention now: the Second Amendment of the Constitution has nothing whatsoever to do with HUNTING. Get that idea out of your head. Nowhere in that amendment is a clause protecting hunting rights. That's diversionary nonsense. 

Firearms, handguns in particular, are designed by the manufacturers to fit as many bullets into the length of the magazine as is reliably possible. In a force-on-force situation, it's often the person with the most bullets who wins. This is why police departments all over the world have switched from revolvers to semi-auto pistols: more bullets. If you're using a firearm in a self-defense situation, you want more bullets. It's doubtful there will be time for a reload at all.

Watch the video of Travis Tomasie performing speed reloads with a Glock. He only shoots 6 rounds per magazine, and reloads 3 times. He's pretty fast on the reload, mind you, but even an average shooter can reload in a second or two. 

If you'd like a lesson on reloading a revolver, Google Jerry Miculek. He's faster with a revolver than I am with a semi-auto. 

Bottom line: limiting magazine capacity will do nothing to stop a motivated criminal from committing crimes. Nothing.
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