Originally Posted by tARfoo
I read a while back that common practice is the load mags like you have (self-defense at-the-ready setup) at max capacity minus one round.
This serves several purposes to minimize wear and tear over the years, but most of all it helps me to perform tactical loads/reloads on a closed-side/loaded-chamber situation. A full-to-capacity maxed out mag I often find is almost impossible to tac load quickly regardless of make or model. Minus one round helps a LOT.
And if you're worried about not having that 13th round after you've popped off the first 12 in a situation, you have more things to worry about, like why you're not running towards your long gun.
the minus one rule goes a long way back.....to the 1911. Traditionally, a round is chambered and the mag left one round short to ensure the mag wasn't too tight to load. The XD generally does not have this problem.
The mags will last to the half-life of stainless...which should equal the half life of chromium.
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Last edited by GunnBugg; 10-28-2009 at 10:01 PM.