Some think spare ammo is paranoid. This writer thinks it’s just good sense.
Reader Mike Wilson writes, “There are undoubtedly extraordinary situations like camping in the wilderness where someone might be attacked by bad guys and need an arsenal and special skills for defensive purposes.
“This letter is about civilians, not military combat or law enforcement personnel, using a handgun for defensive purposes in their home or outside in an urban setting.
“I understand attacks are quick and will be concluded with few, if any, shots fired by either side.
“Accordingly, carrying speed loaders or extra magazines serves no practical purpose. What say you?
“Is it really necessary to know how to reload a handgun quickly?”
Editor Jeff John assigned me to answer. Let me start by saying I know how Mike thinks, ’cause in my younger days, that’s how I thought. If I was on my own time instead of working for the police department, what were the chances I’d need more than the five .38 rounds in my S&W Chief Special, the six in my Colt Detective Special, or the eight—count-them-eight!—big ol’ .45 rounds in my Government Model?
As life went on, and my career found me researching gunfights, I started seeing the need for spare ammo.
During that period soft body armor came on the market, seized upon by the bad guys almost as soon as it was by the cops. Soon more criminals were wearing “bulletproof vests” than in the time of John Dillinger. Armor is popular today among armed robbers, cocaine cowboys, gang-bangers, and committed stalkers. By the time you realize your shots to the chest are having no effect, a goodly amount of your ammo supply may be gone.
By Massad Ayoob
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