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.
LE Patrol (my daily) 3x G17 mags on my outer vest, one in the gun. I also have a 30 round PMag in my jumpsuit thigh pocket that was originally intended for a Taser. I keep my SOCP tucked behind my OC can on my vest as well. 2x handcuffs and admin pouch on the vest as well.

My PC at work has 3x 30 round PMags and 2 more G17 mags plus an IFAK. The PC rides on the front seat, held in place by my patrol bag.