When the fuck are u ever gonna need 30+ rounds? I've never thought anything more than 10 rounds was necessary in almost all real life situations where a pistol would be used.
That is a fallacy. It has nothing to do with being a bad shot. In a real life scenario you will most likely be facing 1-3 armed attackers. I don't feel a need to justify how good a shot I am nor do I wish to gloat about my skills. Let's just say I'm highly trained, very skilled, highly educated, and very experienced and leave it at that.
All too often I come across people who seem to equate their skill in shooting at paper targets that do not shoot back at a range where the paper threat is only in front of you, with the ability to defend themselves against one or more bad guys who are trying to kill them, are moving fast and coming at them from all or unknown directions. Try to understand that while target shooting brings something to the table in self defense, it does not bring enough to ensure you will survive. Most do not believe me as they have a mental image of themselves free and clear from the powerful effects of the adrenaline surge they have never experienced that comes when facing death. For goodness sakes look at the statistics for hit and miss shots during firefights from police records. In firefights between 0-6 feet only 50% of shots fired hit home. Less than 20% out at ranges farther than 6 feet. It has nothing to do with "cops with bad aim", but more to do with the adrenaline rushing through your body and the dynamics of a firefight which is unpredictable and rapid. To think your 10 shots and a mag change is all you need against 3 armed attackers is ignorant. To simply assume that you will somehow overcome your body chemistry would not be a good idea. I'm not trying to put you down in any way at all. I'm just here to educate and enlighten.
I read a good story recently about someone using one of those video simulators that force you to make decisions. He saw a man robbing a woman at gun point, yelled to the robber to drop his gun and the robber turned and the screen went red meaning that the good guy was dead. The guy who was in the simulator said it was not fair because the robber just turned and shot him and that was not proper behavior. I think that illustrates how many people think. They form mental pictures of their gun fight in their heads and how they will handle certain situations but fail to realize that the reactions of the others involved in their mental image are not going to be as those assigned to them in real life.
Often times, the startle effect of suddenly being placed in a situation of dire circumstances is enough to give one pause. They have a natural tendency to respond with a sense that they are in denial what is happening is real. They are so far removed from how ruthless thugs act and behave that when they are suddenly, and without warning they will freeze for a moment while their brain tries to process what is before them. They hesitate at the moment of truth. They choke.
At other times, people have such a pre-conditioned mental image of what a deadly force situation is going to be in their mind, that they fail to recognize that they are standing right in the middle of one right now, because it presented itself in a way which was much different than they imagined it would be in their mind. That alone can get someone killed as much as anything else. Failing to recognize that you are in the middle of a situation which can cost you your life in the next heartbeat.
Oh, they see the man with the gun. They know moments ago he was shooting people. But for some strange reason, they have this inane sense of "fair play" that if they have a gun and tell the guy to "freeze," or "drop the gun," that the thug will recognize the good guy is now on the scene and is in charge, and he will surrender like they do in cowboy movies. When in fact, the good guy should have shot him down with no warning what so ever. So, in the end, the bad guy ends up killing the good guy because of the good guys sense of fair play. (In reality, we'll never know what was going through his head because he's dead).
Without the proper mental preparation beforehand, and without programing a conditioned response in your hard wire, a lot of people are apt to hesitate at a critical moment. The brain can process things incredibly fast. In fact, it can process things at lightning speed. But it needs help to do so efficiently and come to the proper conclusions when it is processing the data. Which boils down to a culmination of realistic and practical training, having a proper mindset that you will dominate, overcome and survive, as well as basic marksmanship skills. The more tactically you train, the more adept you are at your draw, the more situations you can train for allows the brain to process things quicker and with more options on how it routes the stimulus it is processing.
You should never deny that you are the same as everyone else. You are human. When you find yourself in a deadly situation YOU WILL get tunnel vision, your body will swell with adrenaline, and your primary brain functions will shut down. Your brain will operate from the survival instinct areas. You will either fight, flee, or worst of all freeze. I'm just letting you know this in friendly way from a fellow American brother. Your 10 shots should be enough to take down at least 1 assailant and possibly even 2 with the proper warrior mindset, but on the other hand if you ignore the vast amount of mental training required for a true life/death situation all 10 shots will miss if you even fire them (relying on luck). Your accuracy on paper alone will never equate the same in a true life scenario EVER.
In conclusion, I will keep my 17 round capacity handgun on my person and use my extra 17 rounds if I live long enough to reload. If you'd like to discuss this further I will happily continue the conversation. I don't know you, but as a fellow concealed carrier I want you to survive and the bad guy(s) to fall.
I really hate these types of presentations, but this one is really good. I am in no way connected to this guy or company that made it, but it really puts what I'm talking about into perspective,