posted on Jan, 14 2018 @ 03:11 PM
The standard-capacity Glock 18 magazine (plus one chambered) holds twice the number of rounds as your standard Glock 17 17rd magazine. Recently made a
trip to our nearest Cabelas (about an hour and a half drive, but it is worth it) and picked up a bunch of Glock mags to try out.
In addition to a dozen mixed OEM/Pmag 17rd G17 magazines, I grabbed 4 of the PMag21 21rd G17 mags, and 4 more of the "happy stick" OEM 33rd G18
mags. I have so far found that standard G17 17rd mags work the best for a semblance of concealability, while the extended PMag21 are also viable for
every day carry/concealment (with a coat of course). Where I run into issues of practicality is the 33rd magazines. Sure, they are excellent and offer
a good counter-weight if you have a can on your G17. However, since this is my EDC it is not suppressed. I've found myself carrying it with the G17
17rd+1, and two of the PMag21's in a double mag pouch as spares. I had been keeping the "happy stick" in my truck's console, but after a recent
training session I've started doubting its uses during an emergency.
On my "personal shooting range" (the woods behind the house), I will sometimes practice climbing over an obstacle before firing, shooting from prone
or otherwise unusual stances and basically anything that replicates unpredictable circumstances. The standard G17 mags work flawlessly (as expected)
and the PMag21s work great too. They do stick out past the mag-well an inch or so, but nowhere near as bad as the G18 33rd mag. It banged into the
fence I was climbing over, limited my shooting positions while prone and made the weapon slightly awkward to hold without any sort of a
counter-balance (like a can or compensator)
Just wondering if anyone here has found practical SHTF/emergency uses for the 33rd G18 magazines (when combined with a S/A G17). For the price
(compared to PMags), I could grab two of the 21 rounders and still have 10 bucks left over for ammo.
I suppose I am trying to justify keeping all 5 of these large stick mags (already had one to begin with) instead of returning them and grabbing about
20 of the PMags21/17s