When you're shopping for a handgun that you play to carry with you daily, there are many different factors for you to consider. One thing that might not immediately come to mind is the ideal capacity of the firearm. There are many schools of thought to think about here, but you may wish to lean toward a semi-automatic pistol with a small-capacity magazine. Here are some advantages of going this route with your gun purchase.
It's Easier to Conceal
A big benefit of a handgun with a small-capacity magazine is that the weapon is easier for you to conceal on your body. Generally, you don't want people to know that you're carrying a weapon—and, depending on the state in which you live, openly carrying it might actually be illegal. The larger the magazine, the bulkier the weapon is. This means that whether you're carrying it in a shoulder holster, an appendix holster, or even an ankle holster, it will be tougher to conceal. On a related note, a larger magazine also weighs more when it's full of ammunition, which can make a little more cumbersome than a smaller magazine.
You Probably Don't Need as Much Ammo as You Think
One of the first thoughts that might enter your brain when you consider a small-capacity magazine is that you'll lack firepower. While it's true that you might feel more confident with more rounds of ammunition in your magazine, you have to remember the facts—there's a high probability that you'll never have to draw your weapon to protect yourself or someone else. And, in the unlikely event that you do, and have to pull the trigger, you probably aren't going to need a full magazine to get the job done. A seven-shot magazine, for example, can easily help you to dispatch a threat.
You Can Switch to Bigger Magazines for Practice
When you take your new pistol to the shooting range, you probably won't want to deal with a small-capacity magazine because you'll find yourself reloading more than actually shooting and thus getting properly acquainted with your new firearm. The good news is that even if your pistol has a compact design that is suited for a small magazine, you can usually still load a larger magazine into the gun. This means that if you use a 15-shot magazine for practice, for example, you won't have to reload as frequently.
For more information on your options, contact services such as Osseo Gun Club.