Suggestions on keeping handgun mags organized


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leadcounsel
February 24, 2012, 04:46 PM
Like many THR members, I have a variety of handguns - and each handgun has several mags.

Some makers do a great job of keeping the model and caliber stamped on their mags (Sig, Glock, etc.). Meanwhile, others don't (mostly milsurps).

I have piles of mags. I've started writing on them with a permanent marker. But any suggestions on organization? What do you do?

Maybe quart sized plastic bags that are labeled?

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rcmodel
February 24, 2012, 05:19 PM
Depending on how much room you have in your closet?

A divided fishing tackle box works pretty good.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Tackle-Storage/Tackle-Binders-Utility-Boxes%7C/pc/104793480/c/104777280/sc/104620680/Cabelas-Fisherman-Series-4-Pack-Utility-Boxes/704895.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffishing-tackle-storage-tackle-binders-utility-boxes%2F_%2FN-1100380%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104620680%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104620680

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Tackle-Storage/Tackle-Binders-Utility-Boxes%7C/pc/104793480/c/104777280/sc/104620680/Tackle-Buddy-Pro-Kit/699707.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffishing-tackle-storage-tackle-binders-utility-boxes%2F_%2FN-1100380%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104620680%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104620680

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Fishing/Tackle-Storage/Tackle-Binders-Utility-Boxes%7C/pc/104793480/c/104777280/sc/104620680/Plano174-FTO-Utility-Box/1160320.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Ffishing-tackle-storage-tackle-binders-utility-boxes%2F_%2FN-1100380%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104620680%3FWTz_l%3DUnknown&WTz_l=Unknown%3Bcat104620680

Also look at plastic parts boxes at a hardware store.

rc

JR47
February 24, 2012, 10:08 PM
I use the plastic bags. Better than a marker pen is an electric pencil. It won't wash off when you clean the magazine.

bigfatdave
February 24, 2012, 11:05 PM
I use parts boxes from Plano, they're cheap, easily labeled, have adjustable dividers, and hold lots of magazines.

Look around toolboxes or crafting stuff, you'll know them when you see them.
They look like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Plano-3630-Prolatch-Adjustable-Dividers/dp/B000E3FKVC/ref=pd_bxgy_sg_img_c
but I think I get them for ~$7 at Menards

postalnut25
February 24, 2012, 11:10 PM
I use small cardboard boxes marked with the magazine type, and caliber also if I have multiple of that pistol. I keep all the boxes in a tuff box so they stay organized.

carbuncle
February 25, 2012, 02:00 AM
I just picked up a small set of 3 drawers in a plastic case from Target for this purpose, but I only have a few extra mags as yet. I think I'm going to go with this theme in the future, either tool or small parts organizers or Akro bins.

Shadow 7D
February 25, 2012, 02:05 AM
Those craft/fishing tackle boxes, you can but some pretty big ones at wally world etc.
it's what the LGS uses, some masking tape and moveable dividers and you know what you have.

Onmilo
February 25, 2012, 05:49 AM
I use these
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=4151/Product/SEMI-AUTO-MAGAZINE-STORAGE-POUCH
Different colors and number of slots for different magazines, easy to write on, keep magazines clean and damage free from bumping into other mags when stored loose.
I store the various pouches in these
http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=20186/Product/AMMO-BOX-PLUS
Mind you, you can get these boxes much cheaper than what Brownells offers them for if you shop around.

ku4hx
February 25, 2012, 06:32 AM
CED pouches; enough for every gun's magazines. I keep like pouches in small range bags. Lots of bags but Velcro labels make them easy to ID.
http://www.cedhk.com/shop/products/CED-Standard-Magazine-Storage-Pouch.html

Mechanics tool bags are excellent for storage of many things: loaded cartridges, empty brass, magazines and etc. I prefer the ones with heavy brass zippers made of heavy duty canvas.
http://www.thefind.com/apparel/info-black-mechanics-tool-bag

Litlman
February 25, 2012, 08:14 AM
I use plastic baggies for mags & write on them with a sharpie and I use dif. tool boxes for ammo. So whatever I am going to shoot I just pick up the tool box with ammo & mags and go to the range.

MADDOG
February 25, 2012, 08:55 AM
Thoes nice soft Crown Royal bags work for me.

berettaprofessor
February 25, 2012, 09:20 AM
Walmart sells fishing tackle containers like those shown above by rcmodel...except they're about 4 bucks and the plastic is anti-rust embedded. I use these for mags I don't reach for often.

JTQ
February 25, 2012, 09:27 AM
If you are stacking them in your safe, something like these RubberMaid storage containers would work, and you can find them at the grocery store.

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?CatName=FoodStorage&SubcatId=TakeAlongs&Prod_ID=RP091253

JohnBT
February 25, 2012, 10:29 AM
All those little boxes and velcro-flapped pouches are great until you outgrow them. I think I'm going to have to give in and add a couple of these.

http://images.cabelas.com/is/image/cabelas/s7_014874_999_01?hei=380&wid=380

Maybe I just need to sell some stuff or at least stop buying.

JohnBT
February 25, 2012, 07:21 PM
Or maybe I could label the boxes I do have. :o

Jed Carter
February 25, 2012, 08:59 PM
I use Midway USA single pistol bags, they have pockets for seven magazines and two side pockets that could hold several more. This way I keep the pistol and the magazines together. I wait until they go on sale for $7.99-$9.99 then pick up 3 or 4, I just cannot buy them fast enough to keep up with the collection. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/521124/midwayusa-tactical-pistol-gun-case?cm_vc=S014

bigfatdave
February 29, 2012, 05:11 AM
just bought three more Plano boxes, under $6 each

realized they could clear out most the gun/holster parts/tools I've been keeping in a bedside drawer, as well as storing the magazines to MrsBFD's carry guns, my carry guns, and even rifle magazines!

mgmorden
February 29, 2012, 07:38 AM
If the handgun has a storage case then I'll put as many as will fit in there with the good. For additional ones beyond that I use tupperware containers. I get a decent sized one, write the name of whatever gun I'm storing for on it, and then use it for any "goodies" that go with the gun. That includes extra mags, holsters, spare parts, etc.

jmr40
February 29, 2012, 08:06 AM
I use a silver sharpie to write on the side of dark colored magazines, and a black sharpie to write on stainless mags. It really helps to be able to tell the difference between Beretta 92 mags and Sig 226. Same with Glock 20 and Glock 21 mags.

I have dozens of magazines for the AR's as well as various pistols that are kept loaded. I write the load info on the side of the magzine as well. This way I know if I'm picking up a magfull of 55 gr FMJ or 68 gr match ammo at a glance. Same with the handguns, I know if I'm picking up 200 gr 45's or 230 gr. The writing on the sides of the magazines cannot be seen once it is inserted into the gun and is pretty easy to remove if I change ammo in that magazine. But I rarely do that. If I go to the range and shoot from a magazine, I just fill 'er up with the same ammo when I return home.

ultradoc
February 29, 2012, 08:21 AM
what about a shoe box?

cfullgraf
February 29, 2012, 08:37 AM
I use Zip Lock bags. i write the gun/caliber on the bag. They get stored on one of the shelves in my safe.

It works for me but other methods already posted are good as well.

I have learned of another use for all the Crown Royals bags that i am accumulating.:)

Captain33036
February 29, 2012, 11:16 AM
Neoprene eyeglass cases.

I often will take a side arm and extra magazines with me in a back pack, luggage or some small duffle. When I do, I carry the magazines I want with me in soft neoprene eyeglass sport cases.

These work really great. I can fit 3-4 magazines, depending on the type and size of the case. I can keep the case in a bag, or transfer to the console in my car.

It is another way I can keep my magazines organized. I only have two handguns. A .45acp and a 9mm. So, I can keep up to 4 loaded magazines ready to rock, in addition to the one in the firearm. All mags fit into two small cases, both containing up to 4 mags (4 .45acp with rounds, 3 9mm with 15 rounds...that should be enough firepower for anything...if not...I will be way way down the road running :). They are different colors, and styles, so I know which is which at a glance and in the dark.

This way....I can be organized, I can grab in the dark and...I can grab and go. 24/7.

Hope this helps

Best

J

G.barnes
February 29, 2012, 01:51 PM
Ammo cans. They're cheap, can be found at any military store, and you can store ammo with the mags then you can't mix that up. If your shooting 9mm then only that can would be open and the same for .40 or .45.

Cowboybootnut
February 29, 2012, 04:22 PM
I do something similar to Jed Carter. You can get them from Midway, Cheaper Than Dirt, Magills, etc. You can store the gun, and mags in the case.

bigfatdave
February 29, 2012, 07:40 PM
what about a shoe box? makes sense for bulky rifle magazines, I guess

mljdeckard
February 29, 2012, 07:41 PM
This has me thinking. Maybe I'll look at stenciling some kind of ID in duracoat on the mags somewhere.

leadcounsel
February 29, 2012, 08:20 PM
Went with plastic zip lock bags. Cheap and easy and easy to identify.

Now just need to find a silver paint marker to write on the mags.

Walt Sherrill
February 29, 2012, 08:32 PM
As a few others have suggested, I use ZIPLOC freezer bags, with the gun (specific gun) marked on the outside of the bag with a permanent magic marker.

There may be other, better ways to store them at home, but this approach has the advantage of just grabbing the bag when you go to the range, and tossing it in your gun bag...


As for marking mags. Identifying them with the gun and a number helps you if you start having mag problems -- you can tell the good from the bad.

Some computer shops (maybe Radio Shack) has markers used to label disks and cartridges in silver or gold. They work really well on mags (if they aren't stainless. A magic marker works on the stainless ones.)

cfullgraf
February 29, 2012, 09:15 PM
Went with plastic zip lock bags. Cheap and easy and easy to identify.

Now just need to find a silver paint marker to write on the mags.

I got a silver Sharpie a couple years ago. I forget if I found it at a big box hardware store or a office supply.

Meant for metal marking.

If you mark on a magazine, even with a magic marker, clean the oil off the magazine. The marker will work better.

1% Lawyer
April 16, 2012, 04:20 PM
I like the NcStar Deluxe 'Doctor' Range Bag from Outdoor Bunker to carry/store ammunition (a bunch).
http://www.outdoorbunker.com/product-p/ncs-cv2905-.htm

I store magazines in the CED pouches, which then fit easily into a range bag or into the Doctor bag
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/174266/ced-6-magazine-storage-pouch-polyester-black

dakotaTex
April 17, 2012, 12:37 PM
I also like the MidwayUSA 'tactical gun case':

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/939160870/midwayusa-tactical-pistol-gun-case

They go on sale fairly often and can be had for a good price. They have pockets for 7 mags on one side, and 2 larger pockets on the other that can easily hold many more. I like that I can keep the gun and mags together. They are also great 'go' cases, in that you can have loaded mags on one side, and bulk ammo in the larger pockets. They are plenty roomy on the inside as well.

One of the stranger mag holders I've made uses ankle weight holders from Walmart with the Gold's Gym brand. They are designed with pockets to hold small bags of sand that are shaped very much like a magazine. Each pocket has elastic at the top. What attracted me to them is that they roll up into a compact ball rather than laying flat. Makes it easier to stuff into a corner of the range bag. Only $10 to hold 12 mags. Just clean out all the sand!


dakotaTex

SwampWolf
April 17, 2012, 01:23 PM
Like others have said, I number my mags with a Sharpie. In terms of storage (with steel magazines), I use magnets (either the round ones found in packaged quantities and located at stores like WalMart or the long, wide ones made to be used inside of gun boxes for Bullseye shooters found at places like Brownells or Midway) affixed to the inside of the door of my gun safe.

GLOOB
April 17, 2012, 01:47 PM
It's not free, but here's another option that's avail for some guns:

http://i688.photobucket.com/albums/vv241/gloob27x/mags.jpg

I've seen red base plates for Beretta 92 mags, as well.

crracer_712
April 17, 2012, 01:51 PM
I also like the MidwayUSA 'tactical gun case':

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/939...istol-gun-case

They go on sale fairly often and can be had for a good price. They have pockets for 7 mags on one side, and 2 larger pockets on the other that can easily hold many more. I like that I can keep the gun and mags together. They are also great 'go' cases, in that you can have loaded mags on one side, and bulk ammo in the larger pockets. They are plenty roomy on the inside as well.



+1. Roomy enough to put my LC9 and LCP in, and store all the mags in the mag pouches. Has two compartments on opposite side of mag pouches. Each compartment is large enough to hold a 50 round box of 9mm and 50 round box of 380. They also are large enough to hold a LCP

A-FIXER
April 17, 2012, 10:27 PM
Well, for reasons of simplicty for my family wife, daughter, I use rummage sale color stickers and place one on the mag in the said firearm and identical sticker color for the spare mags this way for example the .45 xd has a brightgreen sticker on the firearm and the same sticker to all the mags that will fit that firearm, while the xd9 mags look the same will rear yellow,red,blue,flor orange ect..ect...and they are all hanging on the door in the safe.

B!ngo
April 17, 2012, 11:04 PM
Thoes nice soft Crown Royal bags work for me.
A downmarket variant: The flannel shoe bags that come with new mens dress shoes. I hang them from the safe door along with the handguns (which are in silicon treated gun socks).
Fitting.

BTW MADDOG, do you have excess blue velvet bags, or excess handguns? :)

spence
April 17, 2012, 11:34 PM
I buy hard eyeglass cases at salvation army stores for .25 or .50 cents they protect the mags very well.

Fishslayer
April 18, 2012, 02:37 AM
Maybe quart sized plastic bags that are labeled?

This, and the bags o' mags are kept in a dedicated Craftsman toolbox.

dondavis3
April 18, 2012, 07:22 AM
I too use quart sized plastic bags that are labeled with a sharpie.

Then put all of the bags into a large cardboard box labeled "Mags"

Works well for me

:cool:

GLI45
April 18, 2012, 10:36 PM
I use grip tape labels from Dawson Precision on the bottom of my base pads for my STI pistols. They come in different colors and are numbered. I have three STI double stack pistols in three different calibers. The colored base pads make it easy. Silver for .45, red for 9mm, and blue for .40. In addition to 1911/2011 pistols from STI, Dawson also has them for other brands (Glock, Para, XD...)

W.E.G.
April 18, 2012, 10:44 PM
plastic bags

in plastic tubs

takes up the least space

make BIG labels and stick in the bags to ID the mags

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