How many spares?


September 17, 2007, 12:34 AM
Whats the mose spare magazines or spare speedloaders you have? How many do you keep loaded?

The most spare magazines I have are four for my SIG 225. Only 1 is loaded

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September 17, 2007, 12:45 AM
Most of my semi autos have at least 5 mags each but my USP 45 & 92fs have a dozen each :D

September 17, 2007, 12:47 AM
I have a total of six 17-rd mags for my G17, eleven 30-rd for my AR, and six 30-rd for an AK that I don't have yet. Of course, I live in a domino state -- wherever ********** goes, we're not far behind. Have to stock up before the bans come down.

I only keep one loaded for the G17.

P.S. Duh - just realized we're in handguns forum. Ignore the AR/AK stuff.

September 17, 2007, 01:13 AM
I usually keep 5 magazines per auto pistol. I base my decision on the typical duty carry which is three magazines and it's a good idea to have at least one for backup. Sure, we all think about another magazine ban, but as long as you don't lose your magazines, you can replace mag parts and have them repaired when needed(rarely happens).

As for rifles, I try to keep 7-10 on hand. The only reason I can think of needing more is if there was civil unrest. However, if I was in a civil unrest situation I will be more focused on moving to safe zones than fighting and taking 500rds worth of loaded magazines will not be very ideal when you are on foot. Doubtful you'll be able to go aware in a vehicle as we've learned from blocked roads in disasters. A lot of people get into the hording mentality and don't analyze logical responses to events.

September 17, 2007, 01:28 AM
Most of my semi autos have at least 5 mags each but my USP 45 & 92fs have a dozen each
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September 17, 2007, 04:56 AM
I buy a minimum of 3 full capacity mags for each pistol. Usually I buy 6-12 if I can find a good deal. For rifles its a minimum of 12 full capacity mags for each rifle and once again 6-12 more if I can find a good deal. I also function test and shoot each mag at least once to ensure it will work. One major reason for the min per weapon is if there is another AWB. I even buy mags for weapons I haven't bought yet, but plan to buy in the future. Political dynamics could mean another AWB at any time. Make sure you have enough to last you and your weapon a lifetime.

lee n. field
September 17, 2007, 08:46 AM
Whats the mose spare magazines or spare speedloaders you have? How many do you keep loaded?

the most is 8 total. Usually 2.

September 17, 2007, 09:03 AM
Most of my handguns have between 3-8 spare mags. Depending on their location in the house, I keep either one or two loaded mags available in addition to the one already in the firearm.

El Tejon
September 17, 2007, 09:04 AM
Box car full per magazine type is ideal:

However, more is better.

I have a large plastic tub from Walmart full of Glock 17 and 21 mags and two South African .223 cases full of 1911 mags. They are not all for me. Most are for those behind me.:)

I keep 7 1911 mags and 4 Kahr P9 (my bug) loaded, including the ones in the weapons.

1911 guy
September 17, 2007, 09:23 AM
Got fifteen, four are loaded. Three H.P.'s, one FMJ.

September 17, 2007, 09:39 AM
over 125 garand clips all loaded does that count.

September 17, 2007, 09:41 AM
6 1911 mags
4 G17 mags.

All are loaded.

I need to pick up a couple more G17 mags.

September 17, 2007, 11:56 AM
For my P2000 I have 17 12-round magazines. And for my P2000sk I have 3 mags. I got a good deal on 9mm Sigpro mags and have 20 of them. I will be buying a 2022 in 9mm soon.

September 17, 2007, 12:44 PM
I usually try to have 3 for each semi-auto. That's enough for me. The Glock magazines are so cheap though that I'll probably buy some more;)

over 125 garand clips all loaded

WOW:eek: Someone is prepared for the (surely) coming zombie invasion:D

Ala Dan
September 17, 2007, 12:50 PM
'Bout 15 of my 1911 magazines, 2x SIG P220A .45 caliber magazines, 4x
Springfield XD-45 ACP magazines, 2x Kahr CW-9 magazines, 2x- 30 rd
M4 magazines, 2x 13 round SIG P228 magazines, 3x 8 round Smith &
Wesson model 39-2 magazines, 2x 20 round Ruger Mini-14 magazines.

And, that reminds me I need to pick up a few extra Kel-Tec P3AT magazines~! ;)

September 17, 2007, 12:55 PM
at least five (not all necessarily the same) on anything I carry or plan to use for SD - AR, AK, Glocks, Kahr, 1911 all have at least 5 mags

September 17, 2007, 01:04 PM
I keep 3 loaded magazines for all my pistols.
As for total magazines, I have 3 for my P3AT, 4 for my MK9, and 7 for my P-01 & my wife's PCR.

dogtown tom
September 17, 2007, 03:28 PM
How many spares?

You can never have enough spares. I don't feel complete unless I have at least six.

I doubled my collection of HP mags when I won a Gunbroker auction for a MKII BHP that came with fifteen magazines:

September 17, 2007, 03:46 PM
I have 5 for my XD 9 and 3 for my Ruger MkIII. I'm planning on picking up 2 more for my XD so I can keep two loaded at all times for SD and use the rest for competition (IDPA or USPSA).

September 17, 2007, 03:51 PM
Well for now i only have 3 15 round mag for my G22(ive got 3 mag for my 9mm
and a box 0f 357 for my Rugger security six,and three boxes of shells of 00 buck,and two boxes of slugs.But i know i need more ammo,Oh ive got 1,200 rounds for the Ak-47,but will be getting more latter.Yes i need to buy more mags for my 40 and more ammo for all my weapons,but i will get there in time

September 17, 2007, 04:10 PM
That breaks my heart Tom, I'm the guy on Gunbroker going "Yeah I don't mind the shipping fee, but you'll have to keep the mags, cuz I can't have them in my @#$%! state."

September 17, 2007, 04:50 PM
I have 4 for all my semi autos and 2 speed loaders for the revolvers. All of which are loaded to the max.

Gun Slinger
September 17, 2007, 07:23 PM
I keep no less than ten extra O.E.M. magazines per pistol. (Glocks, HK's)


September 17, 2007, 11:10 PM
I've been an IPSC and Bullseye competitor with 1911 type .45ACP pistols for over 30 years. When I see good mags at a good price I buy them . . . just in case.

A few years ago I was going on an extended vacation and got all the loaded guns and mags together for storage, and unloaded all the mags and put them with the "spare mags" and counted. As I recall, there were over 70 1911 type .45ACP mags.

I haven't purchased any more since!

September 18, 2007, 12:10 AM
oh geez-

for the ARs i have probably 12-15 30 rounders, i leave em loaded, cause im lazy and it saves me time. i just grab 3-4 and hit the range.

the most mags for a pistol is my 1911- i have 8 or 9. . . i forget. probably 8. all loaded. it just works for me.

September 18, 2007, 12:33 AM
For my AR's, Mini-14 & M1A probably 10 of each 10/20 & 30 rounders. For Pistols 4-6 for each gun. For Revolvers 3 speed loaders per gun.

September 18, 2007, 11:26 PM
That breaks my heart Tom, I'm the guy on Gunbroker going "Yeah I don't mind the shipping fee, but you'll have to keep the mags, cuz I can't have them in my @#$%! state."

Tell them to ship the mags to a relative in another state....or better yet, ME!

September 18, 2007, 11:41 PM
I've got at least five magazines apiece for all my handguns,and about thirty for my 1911s. I keep all my mags loaded,all the time. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to see a shelf full of loaded magazines.

evan price
September 19, 2007, 12:26 AM
Sig mags for various Sig pistols I carry: 6-8 each loaded, some in tactically sound concealed areas in my house or vehicles.

Non-carry pistols: 2-4 mags each.

FAL mags: 44 mags loaded, more unloaded. One loaded mag with each rifle, plus ten loaded mags fit into a USGI .30-cal ammo can, one can for each rifle.

Other rifle mags: 1-2 loaded, more unloaded.

September 19, 2007, 02:46 AM
I have 12 8 shot 1911 mags, but 2 1911's in .45
As for loaded I have a tie, for my 1911 that I often carry I have 3 mags all loaded and same for my XD45compact. Those are my carry weapons and I always carry two backups on my person when possible.

September 20, 2007, 10:09 PM
I have 141 mags for my AR, 20 or so of which are loaded.
20 mags for my G19 - 6 loaded
14 mags for my G21 - 2 loaded
14 mags for my 10/22 - 3 loaded
8 garand clips loaded

September 20, 2007, 10:32 PM
Whats the mose :rolleyes:

Landlocked Pirate
September 20, 2007, 10:36 PM
My only centerfire auto pistol is a Glock 17, for which I have five 17-round magazines. For my revolvers I keep one speedloader along with the gun.

September 20, 2007, 11:51 PM
5 spares. all loaded. but i only CARRY the mag in the gun. (14 rounds of .45 or 7 rounds of .32 depending on what i carry)

September 22, 2007, 01:16 AM
WOW! :eek: I guess I'm not alone in the Nakatomi building! :D

PS -- CA is a big state, not everyone lives near Los Angeles ;)

September 22, 2007, 08:52 AM
For my CCW piece I have one spare, loaded with 5 rounds, with me at all times. My night stand piece has 9 rounds in it with no spare.
Now you've got me thinking about my night stand:uhoh:

Big Boomer
September 23, 2007, 09:29 PM
all the mags are plum full

September 26, 2007, 06:30 AM

September 26, 2007, 08:27 AM
interesting question. Short answer is ... I don't know. There are some fixed mags that I know I only have one of (marlin 60, 1187, BPS, etc), I have a CZ rifle and .22 conversions for 1911 and AR15 with one detachable mag ... then it gets hazy. I think I only have 2 mags for my p3AT (haven't worked it into the carry rotation). I know there are several pistolas for which I only have 4 mags ... 422, p32 and then there are some where I have a "handful".

Rem. not all mags are created equal. My Beta mag has got to count for a couple of extras for my AR, but not as much as the MWG drum which is about equal to the cinched set of 40 round mags. I've got a 10's, 13's, 17's, 20's and 33 rounders for my hipower (and several mag extensions too). I've got "a bunch" of 20's and 30's for my AK, I picked up a couple of 40's and a 75 round drum for it and thought I collect a few of the other capacities (I know there are 50 rounders, and 100 round drums, and I think there are a couple of other capacities available ... but I rarely shoot the thing so I cooled off).

But my current favorite mag fed firearm is a shotgun. Don't get me started on that one .... :) which reminds me. I have mags for firearms I thought I'd own and now have no plans too ... USAS12 and knoxx drums ...

I had a police officer who was sure I was carrying, even tho I told him I wasn't and showed him my CHP. All because I'd left a mag and a couple of rounds up on my dash ... "well, why would you have a loaded mag with you with if you don't have the gun..."

As for keeping them loaded. I keep my carry mags (usually p32, hipower if open carry and p99 if concealed) loaded with my carry ammo because sometimes I'm running late. Other mags are hit and miss.

September 26, 2007, 12:59 PM
1911 Mags. - 5
S & W 625 - 20 full moon clips for .45 ACP
and 4 HKS 25M Speedloaders for .45 Auto RIm
S & W 686P - 4 HKS 587P Speedloaders

September 26, 2007, 01:06 PM

Lots of empty mags for play/training.

September 26, 2007, 01:13 PM
I've got 11 for my G17, 23 for my G27, and 28 for my G26. Some are mid or fullsize mags with extensions and I also have 4 33 round G18 mags as well. I don't keep as many for other brands because they're not as cheap and plentiful. I have 6 for my HK, 3 for my Sig, and zero speedloaders for my S&W 340pd.

I keep them all loaded that way I don't have to reload while I'm at the range.

September 26, 2007, 03:38 PM
for my main guns I shoot, I have 5 for the 22/45 Target and 10 for the 1911. The other I have 2 or 3 for but don't shoot them as much.

September 26, 2007, 04:07 PM
8 for my P226s.

5 for my P239

2 for my XD

5 for my P228

I'd like to have 8 to 10 for all.

Big Calhoun
September 27, 2007, 04:15 PM
I keep at least 4 magazines for each gun. 1 loaded and charged, two loaded as spare, and one empty that I use for the range. For a couple of weapons, I found good deals and actually have more than 4 magazines that are usually kept empty.

September 28, 2007, 03:18 PM
How much does mags run for Glock 22?,i guess i will try to have at least 6

September 28, 2007, 04:41 PM
I have about a dozen for each 1911 but I only keep 3 spares loaded. I'm not expecting a war and thats plenty. The rest are for competition. The plan to buy magazines for weapons that you don't yet have is a good one. I live in the PRK (Peoples Republic of **********) and we can't buy hi-caps. It's not worth committing a felony to bring any into the PRK, but on my next trip outside the PRK I will be buying several hi-caps and legally stash them out of state in a safe deposit box somewhere in the free-zone in anticipation of the Hillary hi-cap ban. I'll just keep them there until I retire to one of the free states in a couple of years.

September 29, 2007, 12:26 PM

For 'working' pistols I prefer to have a minimum of 3 service magazines, and often have 1 or 2 additional spares which are available in my work vehicle. I seldom carry more than 1-2 spare magazines when off-duty, though. Unless I'm traveling. Then I may pack more than a couple of extras, 'just in case' something happens to my normal spares. Pretty much the same way I pack more extra underwear and socks than I expect to really need. ;)

I like to have 2-3 dedicated 'range' magazines for each of my pistol platforms. While I'll test-fire my regular service magazines periodically, I prefer to do the bulk of my practice and training with 'range' magazines, subjecting them to conditions not commonly endured by my service magazines.

If a 'range' magazine ever reaches a point where it's no longer able to maintained in serviceable condition with normal parts replacement, I rotate out a 'service' magazine to replace the lost 'range' magazine, and replace that service magazine with a new one ... which is test-fired before being put into service use (and re-tested periodically).

Magazines are at the heart of a semiauto pistol's normal functioning. Sometimes they get damaged. I'd rather have a few extras in reserve.

I came across a guy who was getting rid of his Ruger P90 one time, and since he knew I owned a P90 he offered to sell me a bunch of unused spare magazines he'd accumulated for a song and a dance. As a result, I have more of them than I'll ever use.

Speedloaders are a different matter. Revolvers can be loaded without them, albeit more slowly, and they aren't necessary for the revolver to function. Back when I carried a service revolver I used to carry a pair of speedloaders and generally a couple of speedstrips, as well. Nowadays when I carry one of my J-frames off-duty I generally carry at least 1-2 speedloaders or speedstrips. Sometimes more. Depends where I'm going, what I'm doing and how long I'll be gone. ;)

September 29, 2007, 11:11 PM
How many loaded magazines, speedloaders and/or moonclips?

ALL OF 'EM . . . of course!;)

I keep all my handguns loaded too, and my autos also have a round chambered (except my Ruger MkII .22LR). An unloaded can get you shot trying to load it and, if you had time to load it you might have time to avoid the conflict . . . so I keep mine loaded. The rule in our home is, if you see a gun, it is loaded. Just my wife and I live here now. All the kids are grown and gone.

I keep at least four loaded magazines for my primary self defense 1911 in my car's glove compartment and at least as many more in the bedroom, plus several that go along with the weapon for CCW use in a belt holder.

Ditto on my S&W 25-2 "super snubbie" .45ACP moonclipped wheelgun. I keep eight loaded moon clips for it, all attached in an easy to grab holder (see photo). If it is my primary defense gun on a given day, it goes with me in the car along with the eight moon clips.

Frankly, this tackdriver makes the ultimate car gun, for unlike the bottom feeders you don't have to worry about spent hot brass cartridges flying into your face and/or breaking out your windshield from the inside out if you have to use it.

Also, as you can see in the photo, I have a moonclip of FMJ, a couple of moonclips with the hot Aguilla 117 grain screamers (both excellent against doors and glass), plus LOTS of Federal 230 grain Hydrashocks loaded into moonclips. I've won literally scores of handgun matches with this outstanding custom wheelgun.

48 rounds of moonclipped backup to the six in the cylinder, attached onto one holder that let's 'em be picked up as if they were one unit . . . in a gun that I shoot the best. No a bad combination indeed if ever the SHTF!

I also have loaded speedloaders for my .357 and .38 revolvers. The speedloaders also "travel" as one, with the guns they are dedicated to.

Most all of us will never need all this ammo but . . . if you suddenly do, the BG will NOT wait for you to get your "stuff" together.

At the moment, I'm sittin' at the computer with "just" a pristine, 1964 Model 36 S&W nickle snubbie in my left pocket . . . with a single speedloader stoked with .38spl. LSWC-HP +P in my right one.

It shoots really well too:

THAT should do me well if I suddenly needed it . . . as I retreated upstairs to the .45ACP stuff!

Then . . . there's the SHOTGUN . . . :D:D:D

Frankly, a person will probably never need any ammo! Conversely, you can never have ENOUGH ammo . . . if you ever DO need it!


September 30, 2007, 02:53 AM
Most is eight for my G19; fewest is one for my P3AT. Most others have two magazines or speed loaders.

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