Feed Your Glock 17

Extra Magazines help to keep the fun coming and your Glock 17 running smoothly.

My modified Glock 17 is my EDC gun.  I carry it concealed every day along with a spare magazine and I train with it regularly. With its reliable design, it consistently runs without a hitch, and quality magazines certainly help keep it running smoothly.

Early on in my shooting career, I learned that multiple magazines could really increase my shooting fun and help me keep the shooting going.  It didn’t matter if I was shooting a match, taking a defensive training class, or practicing at the range, extra mags were an essential item in the range bag and it remains that way today.

And I mean that quite literally.  Today I hit the range with my Glock 17 and I brought along my usual complement of six Glock 17 factory mags.

Plenty of GLOCK 17 mags keeps the shooting going at the range.
Plenty of Glock 17 mags keeps the shooting going at the range.

Why so many mags? 

It’s a fair question.

For starters, once I’m shooting, I get into a groove. I bet you are the same way. If you have six mags loaded and ready to go, you can double or triple your time focusing on the skill you are working so hard to develop, without the distraction of having to stop and refill magazines. 

Anything you can do to safely maximize your time on the shooting line is a win, and having spare magazines is worth the small investment.

Both competitive shooting and defensive shooting can be dynamic in nature.  When you start moving on the range during shooting exercises, there is no telling where your magazines might drop.  Magazines are relatively small and they can easily bounce, tumble, and even get kicked under range equipment.  When the weather is less than fabulous empty mags seem to seek out the muddiest, deepest puddles on the range.  Spare magazines allow you to stay focused on the task at hand and save the crawling under the bench and disassembly and cleaning up for later.

Finally, as reliable as modern defensive handguns like the Glock 17 are, malfunctions can happen and magazines are one of the components that can contribute to malfunctions.  They can get dirty, (remember, mud puddles), or they can become worn or damaged.  Having spare magazines can keep you competing, training, or practicing when something goes wrong with a magazine.

Glock 17 Magazines

When it comes to the Glock 17 you have plenty of options for extra magazines.

I started shooting Glocks long before quality aftermarket mags were available, but today choices abound.  You can get reliable magazines for less than Glock factory mags.  Just this past weekend I watched several students run ETS Glock 17 mags in a high-level defensive course without a hitch.

AR mags and ETS Glock 17 magazines in camo mag pouches.
AR mags and ETS Glock 17 magazines in HSGI TACO Double Decker mag pouches.

Magpul has dominated the AR-15 magazine market for a long time and their entry into Glock magazines has been impactful.  Magpul PMAGS for the Glock 17 are inexpensive, reliable, and easy to maintain.  They are available as single magazines or in an affordable Glock 17 PMAG 10 pack.

KCI Drum magazine Glock 17
Another option is the KCI drum magazine.

When you head out to the range for practice, competition, or training make sure you have the gear you need to keep your gun running, your practice moving forward, and a smile on your face.  Extra magazines are essential gear for shooting enthusiasts and there is no better time than now to take advantage of the many options for Glock 17 magazines.

Paul Carlson, owner of Safety Solutions Academy, is a Professional Defensive Shooting Instructor.  He has spent the past decade and a half studying how humans can perform more efficiently in violent confrontations and honing his skills as an instructor both in the classroom and on the range. Through Safety Solutions Academy, Paul teaches a variety of Critical Defensive Skills courses in more than a dozen states annually.  Courses range from Concealed Carry Classes to Advanced Critical Defensive Handgun Courses and include instruction for the defensive use of handguns, rifles and shotguns.  Safety Solutions Academy regularly hosts other industry leading experts as guest instructors to make sure that SSA's students have the opportunity for quality instruction across a broad range of Critical Defensive disciplines.

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