AUA wrote:Focker, I think that he meant was when you run out of loaded mags. When you have to load loose cartridges into a 30 round magazine and then load/cycle, it'd probably take longer than loading directly into a revolver's cylinder or topping off a shotgun's tube mag. I don't know about you, but I think that taking the time to attach a speedloader to your AR/AK mag would take longer than loading a speedloader into your gun itself. Until you're talking about the Vz. 58, in which case I would say, well played, good sir.
I know what he meant, but I don't believe he thought it through very well. Lets just think about how many rounds you have to go through before being out of ammo loaded into mags. In my case, that's 30 in my rifle and 224 on my vest. Now, if I somehow go through 253 rounds without dying first*, getting to a safe haven, or neutralizing all nearby zombies, I might just use the 254th on myself. Or, you know, draw my pistol and keep trying until I've shot all 50 magazine loaded rounds of that off, too.
Now, we come to the part where I think his thinking is fubared. Compare the above number of loaded-in-magazines rounds to how many TOTAL shotgun rounds any reasonable person would be carrying on their person. No one is going to carry 200 shotgun rounds due to weight and volume issues. Aside from that, here is the big issue: he'll be taking 4 seconds to *partially* reload his shotgun after (at most) 9 shots, and he'll have to do that every.single.time.he.reloads. He'll be doing that far, far, far earlier than anyone with a mag fed carbine and the foresight to carry just three loaded mags on their person. Who is going to be zombie food first?
*this is much more likely than going through 250+ rounds without any time to recharge my empty mags via stripper clips
... for the sake of argument, if the only thing you have is loose ammunition, a revolver or shotgun could be a better option.
For the sake of argument, if the only transportation I had was a magically appearing flying unicorn, I better have a saddle and stirrups in my backpack.
In reality though, I figure that if you don't have enough mags, then you didn't complete prep with your carbine in the first place; do not pass GO and do not collect 2 more survivors.
In reality, zombies are a metaphor. But I still stand by my previous '*'ed comment: The chances of me going through 250 rounds are neglible. If I need that many rounds without a chance to recharge my mags, I'll need a respawn, because I'll be dead. Hopefully I'd have taken a nice escort to go meet the FSM with me, but I'll still be dead.