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During the dark years of the assault weapons ban, high-capacity magazines (those with a capacity greater than 10 rounds) were banned from being manufactured to sell to civilians. This was a ridiculous rule that both Congress and the FBI admitted did nothing to stop crime. In fact, since the demise of the rule in 2004, violent crime has in fact decreased. Prior to the ban the trend followed by firearms manufactures was to make giant semi-automatics that held a large number of rounds of ammunition. Once the ban went into effect and the manufacturers were limited to making only 10 round magazines for their large frame guns, the trend changed to manufacturing compact versions of their larger models, essentially chopping off the slide and barrel, and making the grip just long enough to hold then rounds. For civilians this meant that they could buy the same quality firearm, just in a smaller, more compact, and easier to conceal. Many law enforcement agencies chose the compact version of their issued sidearm to be used as a backup weapon.
One law enforcement agency in my home state issues their officers the full size Glock in .40 caliber to be worn on their duty belt. They issue the compact version of the same pistol to be worn on the ankle or other hidden location. The beauty of this setup is that while the officer will have the flush fitting less capacity magazine in the backup weapon, should he or she need to use the backup weapon and reload it, the backup weapon is capable of using the high-capacity magazines of its big brother. There isn’t any reason to carry an extra magazine for the baby version. If they find themselves needing to reload they use the full size magazine on their duty belts. If you need to reload, you are probably in a pretty bad situation and you will want to reload as many rounds as possible.
If I could only possess one pistol it would be either the Glock 26 (9mm) or 27 (.40 S&W). The model 26 is the compact version of the full-size model 17 and the mid-size 19. It holds ten rounds of +P rated ammunition. The Glock 27 is the exact size as the model 26, but holds nine rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. It is the compact version of the full-size Glock 22 and mid-size 23. Both pistols are relatively light, easy to conceal, carry a respectable amount of firepower for their size (the model 26 has twice that of the S&W J-frames discussed above. Both are very easy to handle are everyone is always pleasantly surprised at how accurate they are.
Pictured left is a 9mm Glock 26. They come with flush fitting ten round magazines. I have replace the butt-plate on its magazine so as to add another finger grove. This really helps with gripping the pistol, but does not take away from the conceilability.
This is the Glock 26 with the full-size seventeen round magazine inserted. While not very aesthetic, it is fully functional and adds more surface to hold on to when shooting. This concept works great when using a mid-size or full-size magazine in the compact size pistol, however using Glock’s 33-round 9mm or 31 round .40 caliber magazine creates serious reliability and balance problems for the little pistols. The giant magazines work great in the mid-size or full-size pistols, but not so well with the compact size pistols.
Compact, Single Stack Magazine, Semi-Automatic:
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- Ruger LC9 Pistol
- Keltec PC9 Pistol
- Glock 42/43
- Sig 230