I never worry about extra ammuntion for my CCW Cobra. In strictly my own opinion, I just don't see the need for me to be carrying it. I mean I'm using the handgun defensively not assaulting an objective. My point here is that just because all the "tactical" publications say so doesn't mean you really have to carry tons of ammunition. I won't bore the board again with my experience in this subject but 99% of the gun fights I've seen over the years are settled using whatever is in the weapon at the time. I.E. 17 rounds in a Glock 17, 5 in a S&W, or 6 in a Colt. Reloads are almost never performed in the civilian world because either the attacker or the attackee is dead, wounded, or going away at that point.
I can't say I blame you there Hobie. I never shot a ground hog with a 38 special. Although when I was younger I used to use a M1 Carbine on them with great effect. But alas here in Louisiana they would all drown. All I have now is Nutra Rats.
I carry one Bianchi speed strip. My DS is a second gun however to a FN HP with 14 rounds and an extra mag so the speed strip is likely superfluous. On duty I carry a SW 442 on my ankle and a speed strip in my shirt pocket. It backs up a Sig 229 in .357 sig with two extra mags making the strip unnecessary again, but old habits die hard.
Everything said about extra ammo goes out the window for cops. They are expected to stay and fight if needed. Plus if God forbid I do ever have to shoot someone. I'm not planning on chasing them if they run away or going over to clear the weapon from them if they collapse there, cuff them, etc. A reload would be absolutely needed in those cases.
I'm surprised that many of the replies indicate no reloads carried...I thought most people loaded for bear...
I usually carry either a DS, a Glock 26, or recently a CZ RAMI...and I don't carry a reload! I figured I could handle two attackers with any of the above. If there are three armed attackers, I won't need to reload...
DWR: you'd be surprised how few cops carry a back up. I'm a supe and don't have a squad rifle in my squad. However, I always carry two guns and will get a rifle when I convert us over from 9mm Colt SMG's to .223's.
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Guys thanks for the input. It makes sense if you don't stop him in 6 shots time to run. Did check out Bianchi and they don't carry speed strips anymore but I bet I could find 1 on Ebay. Thanks again.
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MidwayUSA has them ... I ordered a couple just yesterday. They're even on sale through the end of the year.