Gerry sent in an e-mail exchange from John Farnam's DTI regarding the recent change in New York law regarding magazine capacity. It was a question from a New York resident with a NY carry permit asking for thoughts on how tactics would change for the armed citizen in New York, and I thought it was worthwhile to kick around as a thought exercise.
For folks used to carrying a double stack mid- to full- size pistol with 15 - 18 round capacity, the new law will necessitate a chance in tactics, no question. If your standard routine is to fire 4-5 shots, move, fire another string, etc., you're empty halfway through the first string. And that's not even training for scenarios involving multiple attackers, failures, etc. Those of us who carry single-stack firearms or revolvers won't have to change tactics too much, but it's still worth thinking about.
One thing that I haven't seen discussed is the "New New York Reload". I wonder if the new law in New York will cause New York concealed carry holders to start thinking about multiple firearms? Sure, it's only one extra round, but hey, every advantage you can get, right? It is positively mind-numblingly stupid that we have to think this way, but if you can only load 7 rounds into your magazine, why not carry an extra firearm, ideally one that takes the same magazines as your primary?
Isn't this stupid? You can carry as many handguns as you can carry - you can have as many magazines as you can carry - but you can't have more than seven rounds in a magazine. Does anyone with an IQ higher than planaria think that criminals are only going to load their magazines with 7 rounds? Really? There's a lovely bridge in Brooklyn that I'll sell you if you buy that claptrap. They don't care that the gun is stolen - even if they're breaking Federal laws - they're certainly not going to give a hairy rat's patoot that they're putting too many bullets in the magazine.
When I first heard about the change in the law, I thought it was a joke. Surely this idiocy couldn't be for real. It just had to have originated in the Onion, right? I mean, you can still buy and own a 10 round magazine, but if you load 8 rounds in it you're a felon? What the bloody hell is the purpose in limiting it to a 10 round magazine, then? If you're expected to limit yourself based only on the written law, why can't you have a 15 round magazine rather than a 10? Or a 30 round magazine?
If we're relying on the law-abiding people to remain law-abiding no matter how stupid the damn law, maybe we should rethink the law, no?
That is all.