How Much Ammunition Should You Carry Daily?

How many rounds of ammunition do you feel comfortable carrying on a daily basis? With smaller guns being geared towards permit to carry holders for everyday carry, we have to wonder where that Goldilocks ratio is. To answer that, there are several different factors to consider.

What Firearm Do You Intend To Carry?


Tiny firearms, such as the Smith and Wesson Bodyguard and the Ruger LCP II and excellent concealable firearms, but neither has a capacity over 6+1, and in .380 ACP no less.


Slightly larger in frame would be something like the Springfield XDs, the Glock 43, 43X and 48 or the Smith and Wesson Shield. There are chamberings in the three major calibers, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP, and holding between 6-10 rounds based on caliber and magazine size.


High capacity compacts, are now becoming even more popular. Excellent examples are the Sig Sauer P365, and the Springfield Armory Hellcat, boasting 10 and 11 rounds, with options for more.


The experts at Coyote Creek Outdoors are available to help you select your perfect carry gun. With many guns available for rent in our state-of-the-art Indoor Gun Range, you can always try before you buy. Our team of experts wants to make sure you select a carry gun that you are completely comfortable with.

How Many Rounds Do You Really Need?

But how many rounds do you really need to carry with you every day? Realistically, one round is always better than none. Since you cannot plan for a future emergency, you must be prepared at all times with what you are comfortable carrying. I doubt anyone who has ever had to use a firearm defensively has wished they were carrying less ammo.

Permit to Carry Classes

Permit to Carry classes are offered weekly at Coyote Creek. Current class listings can always be found online on the Coyote Calendar. If you already have your Permit to Carry, and are just unsure how much ammunition you need to carry; then practice in our indoor gun range is sure to improve your aim and confidence overall. Find what works for you. Our recommendation is, if you have a permit, carry every day.

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