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I keep my extra mag on my right side, in a old multi-tool holder. The same same side as my carry, and use my right hand to change mags. I'm more confident / comfortable with my right hand doing it than my left. I can also shoot fairly well with my left hand.

which side do you change out with?
 

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Well that varys depending on the carry method, but as I am right handed, Usually will carry the mag holder, (or an old multi tool pouch) on the left hand side behind my hip, thus I use the left hand to pull the mag and insert it. Now if I was using the shoulder rig I have, it can change. 1 mag on the left side on the holster, and two under the right arm, but that would only come into play if I had to fire 3 mags. I would still use the left hand to get the refills from under my right arm.

For revolvers, I carry the speed loaders in a small digital camera case (just works like the multi tool pouch) on my belt. I can carry them on either side, but I would still be accessing with my left hand.

I guess I am definitely a right handed person, right eyed too. I start work soon on shooting left handed just in case.
 

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For semi-autos, I load mags with my right hand. For wheelguns,
since the barrel swings out to the left, I place the revolver in my
right hand, & load rounds with my left hand. Then I switch the
revolver back to my left.

I am a southpaw. So for semi-autos, I keep the pistol in my
left hand, & change mags with my right! ;D
 

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I'm right-handed. I have the extra mag on my left side. Drop the old mag with my right thumb and insert the new mag with my left hand. Hit slide release lever with right thumb. No changing hands that way.
 

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Spare mags go on left side. Gun stays in right hand while mag is dropped and replacement is inserted with left hand. Left then slingshots the slide. No, I don't trust that I'll have good fine motor skills to hit the slide release. Plus if I'm using a different gun than normal (you never know) that will work regardless.

I haven't practiced revolver reloads enough to have a good system down but I carry my reloads on the left as well, for now.

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right handed, not sure which eye is dominate.

Obviously my shooting hand is right, release with right thumb, insert with left hand.

i'd keep mags on left side, gun on right side of course.

i could'nt imagine reloading the gun with the right hand, not even sure how the hell i would do that without taking 3mins.
 

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I'm right handed---spare mags while on duty are on the left side as that is where they belong. If you're a lefty, reverse that.
 

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Shoot right handed, switch mags with left hand. ;)
 

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Of course, if my left arm was disabled, then I would have to put the gun under my arm, or between my knees and do the whole reload thing with my right arm. Which would be ok as long as the thing had locked back like it is supposed too.
 

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Robby said:
Of course, if my left arm was disabled, then I would have to put the gun under my arm, or between my knees and do the whole reload thing with my right arm. Which would be ok as long as the thing had locked back like it is supposed too.
And the other person wasn't shooting back at you.
 

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tdyoung58 said:
I keep my extra mag on my right side, in a old multi-tool holder. The same same side as my carry, and use my right hand to change mags. I'm more confident / comfortable with my right hand doing it than my left. I can also shoot fairly well with my left hand.

which side do you change out with?
That's a great question! A lot of us forget that not everyone has had previous training or experience with quick reloading.

It's univerally taught in law enforcement, combat, and self-defense firearms training that you should continue to hold the firearm with your shooting hand while you eject the spent magazine with the thumb/finger of that hand.

Grab your spare with your off hand and insert it into the magazine well.

It's not hard to increase your confidence. It comes with practice. Try this drill. Take a few minutes every day and practice the new method.
Hold your unloaded pistol over a padded surface like your couch to protect your mags from unintended damage.
With your shooting hand, press the mag release button and let the empty mag drop free. Let gravity do the work of removing the empty mag
With your off hand, grab your spare. Lay the index finger of that hand so it runs up and down the front side of the mag. This acts as a guide when you insert it in the mag well.
Insert the new mag into the mag well. Practice with empty mags. Don't want any surprises here.

Repeat this 20 times. In two weeks, you'll have completed nearly 300 repetitions, and you'll be well on your way to processing the new muscle memory needed to make this work easily for you.

Remember to keep the firearm held up where you can see what you're doing. Let us know how you're doing with this drill.

Hope this helps.
 

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Like I always preach here---training, training, training. Nice post tman for the folks who aren't in LE. I've done this reload drill thousands of times. (The wife thinks I'm nuts sometimes but she understands)
 

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Great post, tman.. thanks!

I was over my sister's for Easter dinner yesterday, showing her fiance' my 'new/only gun' - he'd been wanting to see it.

He's undercover LE. ( actually FBI - cool to have in the family soon)

He really liked my PT111 ! ( felt good to hear that! )

He was showing me his main gun (Glock 23? 26? I forget), his smaller carry, a KelTec .380, & an 'oh shit' last resort boot backup, a tiny!!! 22 long revolver.

I was watching him & he was showing me his draw/magazine loading sequence.. just like you described, tMan.. I was watching him use his index finger along the mag as a guide...

Definitely 'real world' skills, if & whenever needed!
We're gonna' get together to shoot pretty soon. ( He knows his stuff! - I could learn alot!)

I went to a range that has weekly club shooting meetings ( is it IDPA?) - looked like fun & useful experience.
tactical type stuff. Timed & scored.
I watched them for about an hour & (of course!) they want me to join.
I explained my skill ( or lack of) level & they said c'mon anyway - we all started somewhere!

I'll think about it.

(the mag loading practice sounds like a worthwhile drill, tho.. thanks again!

Tim
 

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Guess I'm the only right handed person who swaps out right handed.

but yeah . . . I agree practice, practice and more practice.
 
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