Single stack / Double stack?

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  1. mamcrackin

    mamcrackin New Member

    Need explaination
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  2. DirtyD

    DirtyD Well-Known

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    refers to how the rounds are "stacked" in the magazine....

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  3. mamcrackin

    mamcrackin New Member

    Thanks D...Will all guns take double or single stack magazines?
     
  4. kingofwylietx

    kingofwylietx Well-Known

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    No, they are either single or double. The double stack guns tend to have a fatter grip, the single stack guns don't hold as many rounds. It's a space issue.
     
  5. idleprocess

    idleprocess Active Member

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    Here is a side-by side of a single stack magazine (left) and a double-stack magazine (right):
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    Detail of the single-stack magazine
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    Note that the magazine body is slightly wider than the cartridges. Single-stack magazines generally feed slightly more reliably than double-stack magazines.


    Detail of the double-stack magazine
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    Note that the magazine width is somewhat less than double the diameter of the cartridges. Not evident in the photo is the taper near the top of the magazine forcing the rounds into a single feed column.

    Double-stack magazines have somewhat less than double the capacity of a magazine of similar length for the same caliber at the expense of slightly less reliability due to the chance of a jam caused by the taper to single-column feed.

    Double-stack rifle magazines typically do not feature a single-column feed because rifles have the internal real estate for double feed ramps at the chamber mouth.



    Handguns designed for double-stack magazines can technically accept single-stack magazines, which essentially waste magazine well space so the rounds feed single-stack. This is usually done to comply with magazine capacity limits in some states or for competition purposes.

    A handgun designed for single-stack magazines is always a single-stack; it lacks the real estate in the magazine well to be anything but.
     
  6. mamcrackin

    mamcrackin New Member

    thanks peeps..that clears it up
     
  7. Army 1911

    Army 1911 Well-Known

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    It is real simple. Single stack is for ammo, Double stack is for pancakes.:2cents:
     
  8. MiTX

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    It is real simple. Single stack is for ammo, Double stack is for pancakes.

    HAHAHAHAHAAAA!
     

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