Load carrying efficiency: How much is too much?


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Back in the day: 210 rounds issued, or 120, depending on posting (USAF Security Forces).

Now, LE patrol, city but with mixed rural due to zoning... G21, 2 spares on the belt. BUG and a spare in pocket. AR, 30 in the gun, 60 more on PC in front seat. Bought PC, rifle and ammo myself. Slowly adding more ammo, eventual plan is 90 on the PC plus 1 pistol mag. Transition to a 17 this yr or I'd have done it already.
I think you are on the right track. 2-3 rifle mags on a PC is plenty for LE. I believe Kyle Lamb said (more or less) that 90 rounds is plenty for an LE rifle load out.

If you feel a compelling need to carry more stuff it should probably be a hydration bladder and a big first aid kit.