New York Reload Definition: The fastest reload is another gun
I’ve seen some people reload autoloaders VERY quickly, like this guy for instance:
The magazine is positioned in an ideal spot in that case though, but I’m sure even with the magazine in an IWB ( Inside the Waist Band ) holster under his shirt he would still be pretty quick. Quicker than grabbing a 2nd gun though?
Comparable speed is only realized when the initial gun is tossed and not re holstered. Which begs the question, why would you want to toss aside your initial gun? I personally wouldn’t, and I think practicing grabbing a 2nd gun rather than practicing your reloads is a BAD idea.
In my opinion, the best method is to carry two guns (both loaded) and two spare magazines. Both guns should be able to take the same magazines; for example a Glock 17 and a Glock 26 (the full size and the sub compact 9mm). The only way you should ever be using your backup is if your primary fails, and if it does, the extra weight in spare magazines you carried was not in vain.
To summarize, the New York reload is not very practical.
Here are some more pictures from the 1997 movie Face/Off ( IMDB Page ) with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta (where Nicholas Cage carrys two Springfield M1911A1’s).
Note: Dual wielding looks cool, but is ridiculous
Pictures courtesy of Internet Movie Firearms Database