GUNS Magazine June 2013 Digital Edition - Page 16

makinG do WiTh FeWer rounds wHen meaningless laws reduCe round Count, strategy needs to be reVised. he January 2013 sandbag job led by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had a profound impact on the law-abiding gun owners of the Empire State, and sent a chill through their brothers and sisters nationwide. Bypassing the 72-hour debate requirement for new laws under the New York constitution, it was so poorly crafted that none of the lawmakers who drafted it or voted for it had even thought to allow for police, National Guard, or armed security in the state. Within a week, some 60 amendments were reportedly awaiting consideration at the State House, including one that would decriminalize the cops. New York’s long-standing statelevel “assault weapons ban” had already limited New Yorkers to 10-round magazines. Now, meaningless feel-good legislation limited them to seven cartridges per magazine, no more than eight rounds in the gun total, until further notice. Plan A, of course, was a challenge to the law, a piece of legislation that was the very definition of that oft-used legal phrase, “arbitrary and capricious.” That’s a long-haul When capacity is low, spare ammo and speed reloading capability become all the more important. Here we have S&W Model 629 .44 Mag with HKS speedloaders. T Massad ayooB Glock 17 magazines: standard capacity 17-round on left, reduced capacity 10-round on right. solution, though. What do you do when you’re the one in that situation, with a family to protect at home, and hopefully a license to carry concealed in public? No one in the industry thinks it’s likely that gunmakers will tool up to produce 7-round magazines for our most popular home-defense pistols today, double-stack autos designed to hold a minimum of 10 rounds in .45, 15 in .40, and 17 to 19 in 9mm. The 10-round mags had been a necessity for their production lines in 1994 when the national “assault weapons ban” with that limit had become the law of the entire land. Most retained that manufacturing capability for mags going to states like New York, California and Hawaii that maintained their own 10-round limits. But 7-round magazines for one state with a low density of gun owners in general and concealed carriers in particular? Not bloody likely. The history of the 1994-2004 magazine ban showed us one alternative: If you have to protect yourself with fewer rounds, switch to something with more powerful rounds to compensate. It was during that decade that we saw the rise of what the antigunners disdainfully called “pocket rockets,” small handguns with low capacity but more potent calibers. It was that decade which saw the introduction of the Baby Glocks in 9mm, .40, .357 SIG, and .45 ACP; the singlestack Kahr pistols the size of old .380s, but chambered for 9mm and up; and the rise of the 5-shot .357 Magnum revolvers built on little .32-size frames. STRATEGIES “Spray and pray” or “hose the foes” was never a sound strategy, even with higher capacity handguns, 16 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 3

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