There is a huge, 11 page thread going on over at Pistol-Forum about Tactical-Reloads. The only time I’ve ever gotten into a debate about whether or not a tac-load is a good idea has always been in the context of IDPA. After following the entire thread, here are the facts I was able to glean about tactical reloads.
- Having more bullets in your gun is a good thing
- Running out of bullets if people are shooting at you is a very bad thing
- Putting more bullets in your gun when you’re done shooting at people is a good thing
- Defining “done shooting at people” is incredibly tricky and many pixels have died trying to pin that down.
Number four gets even murkier because you have at least three different types of people who could need to reload their gun: military dudes, cops, and armed citizens. As near as I can tell, the circumstances for each are quite different, because if as a legally armed bro I’m in a situation where I have to perform any kind of reload, I am have a Very Bad Day indeed. Contrast this with a Highway Patrol officer who may get into a gunfight with the closest backup 20 miles away, which is further contrasted with a small unit of operator dudes who have to reload repeatedly through the course of a 30 minute engagement.
Basically, the whole conversation is a giant mess. Which is why I generally don’t get involved beyond outside commentary. Generally speaking from an armed civilian point of view, I find the tac load to be irrelevant. If my gun runs out of bullets, I’ll reload it. If I’m done shooting at people and it’s time to put my gun away, I’ll reload if I have available rounds. But let us be honest with yourselves: how many of you carry a spare magazine every day? I sure don’t.