How many mags per gun is enough?


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River Wraith
March 18, 2013, 08:40 PM
What is the general rule of thumb when there's a 16 round capacity? I'm looking for daily (I would say one in gun and two spare) and SHTF. (No idea) All opinions are welcome.

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Naybor
March 18, 2013, 10:47 PM
Agree with you. I have one spare now but gonna get another one along with a two magazine holder.

9mmepiphany
March 18, 2013, 10:52 PM
My rule for the minimum for a carry gun is 2 sets of 3 and one spare; so 7 15-rd mags.

In single stacks, I prefer 2 sets of 5 and a spare; so 11

I usually just buy 10 extras for the guns I use a lot.

River Wraith
March 18, 2013, 10:57 PM
If one had two guns of the same model, ten to split between the two, would that be enough or would one need more?

hovercat
March 18, 2013, 11:32 PM
Daily carry, with no family to protect, one. Should be enough to get out of there.
SHTF one. And a rifle.

Ehtereon11B
March 19, 2013, 12:54 AM
All my primary carry pistols have at least 3 mags. I do have a few handguns where mags are hard to find/unreliable non factory so I carry those less. Normally don't carry more than 1 or 2 mags daily so the third is more as a backup/spare/spend less time loading at the range mag.

mljdeckard
March 19, 2013, 01:45 AM
3-5.

There are certainly good reasons for having more on hand than that, but that it what I need to carry and practice.

tarosean
March 19, 2013, 01:45 AM
4 minimum is what I prefer. However as the above poster mentioned. I have some guns where it might take another 50yrs to find 4 mags for a couple of my guns.

Kiln
March 19, 2013, 02:46 AM
Three per gun for range but I'd only carry one in the gun and one in reserve if I were using it for a defensive piece.

With 16 rounds to a mag there's no man on the planet that won't be able to hit their target with 32 shots that should have a concealed carry license.

CapnMac
March 19, 2013, 02:55 AM
Just buying the arm, I want two extra mags. Except 1911 mags, I have a few of those already. Ideally, I like having enough mags to hold a box of ammo for going to the range.

If the price is right, and I can afford it, I'll always pick up another magazine, "just because."

For carry, I don't feel right unless I have one extra on me. Given that those mags are only 7-10 rounds apiece; I often carry two. But, I've carried more.

PabloJ
March 19, 2013, 04:03 AM
At least six magazines.

1KPerDay
March 19, 2013, 01:14 PM
I'll go along with that.

This is purely for convenience at the range. It's impossible to determine "how many you will need" in a SHTF situation. How many can you carry and trade for food and water is likely the more realistic scenario.

However for range and informal competition use, 6 is a minimum, 8 or 10 is better, IMO.

For daily carry? at least 2, and maybe a spare in case one gets damaged.

16 rounds in your pistol will get you out of 99.87% of "carry" scenarios. IMO

psyopspec
March 19, 2013, 02:13 PM
If one had two guns of the same model, ten to split between the two, would that be enough or would one need more?

Similar to the question of how many guns one should own or whether they choose to carry a reload for CCW, answers will be subjective.

I like having a lot of mags. Over time I've accumulated quite a few Glock 9mm magazines, which fit both my night stand gun and my IDPA gun. Also, I came from a cold weather climate where trips to the outdoor range in biting wind and subzero temperatures was better spent shooting than numbing the fingers while reloading. That said, here's how it's panned out:

-One in the HD gun.
-An extra in the night stand.
-10 in the range/competition bag. I get to spend less time reloading, and more time helping the match run smoothly or talking to other shooters.
-One reload in each vehicle.
-2 reloads in the go bag.

I also picked up one or two each time I found a good deal on them with the idea of never having to worry about magazines again in the event of legislation or panic buying. I probably hit about 15-20 before I felt content to the level of lifetime supply.

For range guns or BUGs, I'm fine having 3-4. For guns that see occasional competition use, I prefer having 5.

Teachu2
March 19, 2013, 02:52 PM
Just a couple more....that will be enough....

DJW
March 19, 2013, 06:36 PM
You can only have a good idea of how many once you see just how many "hostiles" are around.

ldlfh7
March 19, 2013, 06:53 PM
If you need multiple 16 round mags, you should probably run. How many people do you honestly think you can stop if they are all shooting at you? This is real life and not a video game. The range is another story.

splattergun
March 19, 2013, 07:30 PM
' a few' will suffice. Except when I need more.

joecil
March 19, 2013, 08:01 PM
I have two additional for my carry guns (one 12 round other is 7 round) but I also have 5 extra for both for range work. I have one other semi auto that mostly serves as a range gun and that one I also have 7 magazines for.

ApacheCoTodd
March 19, 2013, 09:12 PM
One to the gun and two extras minimum.

"Spares" for me start at the fourth one.

Ultimately, I gots ta have 5 before I feel comfortable against loss, damage, legal/ban action, etc...

As to reaching excess - I'd say for me that occurs just after magazine number 13.

Teachu2
March 19, 2013, 09:23 PM
One to the gun and two extras minimum.

"Spares" for me start at the fourth one.

Ultimately, I gots ta have 5 before I feel comfortable against loss, damage, legal/ban action, etc...

As to reaching excess - I'd say for me that occurs just after magazine number 13.
Simple solution is to get a second, or third, or fourth gun that uses the same mags....

ZeSpectre
March 19, 2013, 09:24 PM
If I don't have three mags I don't feel like I have enough. That said, I more typically have 5-6 with one of them being the "designated dropper" for practicing mag changes.

David E
March 19, 2013, 09:40 PM
Everyday carry, at least one reload.

To possess for general purposes, 24 magazines for "serious" arms or guns that are shot often.

SHTF, as many as possible.

Teachu2
March 19, 2013, 10:22 PM
All kidding aside, it depends on the gun. As much as I love 1911s, I feel the need for LOTS of mags for them - like 30 mags for 2 1911s. These stinkin' ugly Glock magazines just seem to work, and work, and work, and (stop and swish it around in a mud puddle to CLEAN it) then work some more...

It seems like if I drop an empty 1911 mags, 25% of the time it suffers functional damage. It also seems like I can throw a full G21 mag down a river gorge, find it a month later, scrape the dirt off and it'll work fine.... I know that both are exaggerations, but there IS a difference in durability. Something that ugly HAS to be strong!

Every gun I own that takes magazines (including bolt rifles) has at least two mags, not matter how little I shoot it. If a mag fails, I want to still be able to use the gun.

Carry guns have a minimum of three mags, 30 rounds total.

Range guns get 5 minimum.

It gets really fun when you own multiple Glocks that can use other mags. My G26 has 3, but also accepts the 11 G17/34 mags I have on hand. My primary carry is a G30, with 5 mags, but it also accepts my 7 G21 mags. My G36 is an orphan, with 3 mags.

Even my Browning 1911 22 has 3 mags.

BK
March 19, 2013, 10:51 PM
Five or six, gives me three that are loaded with defense ammo and carried. Then I have two or three that can be used for range ammo so that I don't have to empty the hollowpoints from the carry mags everytime I hit the rage.

I've also gotten into the habit of buying two of the pistol model that I intend to carry. Since they always come with one or two mags to begin with, it's easier to get up to the level of six or more mags when you just buy another pistol just like it.

rcmodel
March 19, 2013, 11:03 PM
Murphy's 1st. Rule of Magazines law.

1 = 0 - If you only have 1, it will break, get lost, or run over by a truck.
2 = 1 - If you have 2, one will work and the other one won't.
3 = 3 - If you have 3, all will work, and none will ever get lost or broken.
4+ = You are set for life for that gun.

This especially applies to older guns with expensive and hard to find mags.

If you carry a SD pistol?
Carry a spare magazine for it too.
(See Murphy's Magazine Law #1.)

A pistol without a working magazine makes a very poor impact weapon in a fist fight against a gun or knife.


rc

Byrd666
March 19, 2013, 11:19 PM
What I carry, and what I want, or would like to have readily accessible are two totally different matters. Mostly due to economics. Pre, and Post Sandy Hook. I would like to have ten mags per pistol for range work and play time. But, given the fact that most of my mag. prices vary between $30 and $40+- apiece, that makes it tough. So given the fact that my carry weapons range between 12+1 to 17+1, I usually only carry one spare mag. on me. And with the thought that if it does happen, I can hopefully rely on my experience and or training to get me and mine through.

But if I have a few pennies just laying around and I do see a mag. just sitting there all lonely, I have no problem escorting it home to it's brethren. Hate to see an orphan like that.

jim243
March 19, 2013, 11:38 PM
One in the gun and 2 on the belt and 2 at home for rotation = 5.

Jim

Zardaia
March 19, 2013, 11:49 PM
Daily carry, two. Extras for spare wouldn't hurt. SHTF, I'd say three since by the time it's that bad you should have a rifle. Pistol then becomes back up and I'd rather carry more rifle ammo than trying to carry extra pistol mags.

cfullgraf
March 19, 2013, 11:51 PM
Murphy's 1st. Rule of Magazines law.

1 = 0 - If you only have 1, it will break, get lost, or run over by a truck.
2 = 1 - If you have 2, one will work and the other one won't.
3 = 3 - If you have 3, all will work, and none will ever get lost or broken.
4+ = You are set for life for that gun.

This especially applies to older guns with expensive and hard to find mags.

If you carry a SD pistol?
Carry a spare magazine for it too.
(See Murphy's Magazine Law #1.)

A pistol without a working magazine makes a very poor impact weapon in a fist fight against a gun or knife.


rc

Sounds reasonable.

When I was traveling and had a risk of ending up a "million" miles from civilization, I'd carry a couple spare magazine and spare rounds. I was as much concerned about four legged animals as two.

Now that I do not stray far from civilization, I carry only one magazine with the pistol. Maybe false economy.

I tend to not practice with my carry magazine and only occasionally make sure it functions.

I like to have a bunch of spares on hand for each hand gun.

armsmaster270
March 20, 2013, 02:20 AM
I have a minimum of 6 mags per weapon.

Chris-bob
March 20, 2013, 03:28 AM
I immediately get 3, then as finances allow, I start increasing the numbers.

olderguns
March 20, 2013, 05:54 AM
I have 16 mags for my G29 6 of them are for the 29 so they 10round with+2 extension on each, and then I have 10 G20 mags again with +2 extensions and mag sleeves, for my 1911 I only have 4mags but I don‘t carry or shoot it very often, thee only gun I have only one mag for is a S&W swve9 got it as a gift with one mag and can‘t find any at a decent price.

krupparms
March 20, 2013, 01:31 PM
It depends on the gun. H.G.( 6-7 ). Rifle. AR, ( 11 ), B.A. ( 5. ).

Mayvik
March 20, 2013, 02:12 PM
To own? One more than you have/need.

For carry, consider why you need reloads. I generally lump it into 2 categories - 1) need more ammo 2) gun don't work.

Number 1 doesn't bother me too much. By the time you look at the statistical chance of you ever needing to draw and fire you gun and factor in needing to draw and fire it so many times you run out of ammo, you may as well wear a rubber suit just in case you get hit by lightning. Also, I'm not a huge guy and frankly don't want to buy size 40 pants just so I can stuff an extra 3 double-stack mags in them.

Number 2 is what bugs me because while you should be working your reliability stuff out during practice (does each mag work, does my ammo work with my mag/gun, does the mechanism of my gun work every time, and when it doesn't can I clear it, etc), Murphy happens. I would consider carrying a second gun as a BUG/NY Reload before carrying more than 1 spare mag (or any) unless you have some other driving reason - especially so if you're carrying something that's 16+1. Mag changes don't fix everything. There are plenty of options out there in the <1lb loaded range. Personally even an extra five rounds of 22 mag from a mini revolver in your watch pocket for something like 7 ounces seems like a no brainer. Now you've added the unlikely chance of running out of ammo to the even more unlikely chance of both/all of your guns not working.

SHTF is not generally a topic around here, but consider what you can reasonably carry on your person, along with all the other crap you may want to carry, including your longarm if applicable. If you can't carry it, it doesn't do you any good (handguns used because they are portable). It's probably around the same as your regular carry loadout (but you probably carry it differently). You don't see the guys deployed overseas running around in full battle-rattle with 20 pistol mags strapped on top of everything else.

MasterSergeantA
March 20, 2013, 06:58 PM
Daily carry...one in the gun and (if possible) two more in a magazine carrier.

SHTF...have you seen "Last Man Standing" where Bruce Willis is loading for his 1911s?

On another note, in Iraq I always carried two spare magazines for the handgun on my vest/belt/leg. But I also had 14 magazines for my long gun.

JEB
March 20, 2013, 07:11 PM
for my uses, 3 is enough, but 6 would be more convenient . i have 3 mags for my competition gun and have never needed more than that. i HAVE had to use all 3 in the same stage, but it was still enough. i would rather have 6 just so that i can have the loaded mag in the gun and the other two loaded as spares. then i would just use the three non-carry mags for range time. for daily carry, i rarely carry a reload at all. sometimes i will carry a single spare mag if i am heading to the big city. sometimes i carry two spares just because i can :).

3GunEric
March 20, 2013, 08:56 PM
I agree with most of the above. Figure out what is the minimum you need and then double it! Sure three or four will last a lifetime if they stay locked in your safe or nightstand but with real-world use they will develop problems over time.

If you train like you will fight, and not just shoot at a static range, problems will develop. Feed lips get bent, bodies get dented and any number of other problems can cut your total count down. They get dropped in the mud - stepped on and many other potential mishaps.

Make sure to buy only top quality mags as well! Saving a few $ on mags is a big mistake.

Go Mec-Gar!

rodinal220
March 20, 2013, 08:57 PM
10 per weapon.

blkbrd666
March 20, 2013, 09:06 PM
WOW! After seeing some of the responses for daily carry that the OP asked for, I gotta ask...Do you guys carry them in a duffle bag, briefcase, purse, wheelbarrow???

David E
March 20, 2013, 11:39 PM
WOW! After seeing some of the responses for daily carry that the OP asked for, I gotta ask...Do you guys carry them in a duffle bag, briefcase, purse, wheelbarrow???

It's not hard to carry one or two spare mags.

The rest of them are for SHTF, per the OP (or in case laws pass that prevent you from ever buying another 11+ capacity magazine)

Me, I'm surprised that so many folks think 2-4 is more than enough for a serious/primary gun.

RetiredUSNChief
March 20, 2013, 11:43 PM
How many do YOU want?

That's enough for YOU.

:):)

481
March 21, 2013, 01:21 AM
What is the general rule of thumb when there's a 16 round capacity? I'm looking for daily (I would say one in gun and two spare) and SHTF. (No idea) All opinions are welcome.

I don't think there is a rule of thumb. Whatever makes you comfortable, I s'pose.

For me, during CCW one spare mag as I go about town is enough although if the spare is forgotten I don't sweat it.

On the road and far from home, it is two guns (usu. a Glock 17 and a HK USP45) with three mags each and 100 rounds of each caliber.

River Wraith
March 21, 2013, 01:31 AM
All my mags are Mec Gar. They are the best. I have 5 per gun, I may get two more. Thanks for all the input, guys. It's nice to be able to bounce ideas around and get information and opinions. I appreciate it.

RmB
March 21, 2013, 03:14 AM
For daily carry... It depends. In my Glock 19 I'd feel fine carrying only one spare. In a 1911 I'd want more.
For SHTF, carry as many as your system can take. You need to think about size and weight constraints. How much weight are you willing to haul?

SharpsDressedMan
March 23, 2013, 07:01 PM
Regarding carrying a LOT of magazines, a la "Last Man Standing", did you ever wonder where he might be carrying them all? I did a little experimentation, and thought it might be interesting to see just how many 1911 mags I could comfortably carry, but still be readily accessible for fast draw and sustained shooting. I found that a person could obtain a few Galco double mag carriers for the Glock 21, stretch them a bit, and work FOUR mags into the double pouch. It facilitated drawing two mags at a time; perfect for charging two 1911's at a time. I had two of these Galco pouches, and two other regular double pouches, for 12 on the belt, and with two in the gun, at seven rounds apiece, was a minimum of 91 rounds. Enough to ALMOST duplicate a Hollywood volley. Unfortunately, with the recent reduction in the availability of ammo or components, I am having to refrain from wasting ammo that quickly. :D .......................http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06274.jpg

JTQ
March 23, 2013, 08:41 PM
Pretty cool.

However, you may want to check Andrews Custom for their Monarch Rig options for the "Stroud Ten Pack".


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JohnKSa
March 23, 2013, 09:25 PM
I make sure I have at least 5 for any gun I own.

If it's one that gets used a lot at the range, for carry, or for competition, or if I suspect that magazine availablity may be an issue down the road, then I double that figure.

Those are minimums.

9mmepiphany
March 23, 2013, 09:34 PM
You could always get a Comp-Rac Beltfeed

http://www.comp-tac.com/images/images_extra/0912%20Beltfeed%20w%20Mags%20pink%20sm.jpg

David E
March 24, 2013, 12:29 AM
I've seen those monstrosities, but never being used by someone that's any good.

There are better ways.

9mmepiphany
March 24, 2013, 12:47 AM
I haven't either...I was a bit stunned by the price they were asking, so it must be selling to someone.

I'm still in economy mode and using the Blackhawk two-piece single mag carriers...the homemade one-piece ones I had previously wouldn't stay on my belt when running a COF

Deer_Freak
March 24, 2013, 01:57 AM
I have a couple magazine cases for my belt. The only magazine that wont fit in any of them is my 32 round magazine for my Ruger P-95. The 10/15/17 round magazines work very well. I found all my magazine cases on ebay for $10 or less.

David E
March 24, 2013, 02:20 AM
If they're what I'm thinking of, those mag pouches are unsuitable for competition or concealed carry. Hiking, hunting or camping or casual range use, ok.

TreeDoc
March 24, 2013, 03:04 AM
2 or 3, used to pick up one here or there used at a good price. Probably have 10 mags for the glocks and 5 for the Mark II. Multiple mags make range time more enjoyable.

Girodin
March 24, 2013, 03:39 AM
What is the general rule of thumb when there's a 16 round capacity? I'm looking for daily (I would say one in gun and two spare) and SHTF. (No idea) All opinions are welcome.

I don't know if there is a general rule of thumb or not. Daily, I tend to carry one spare mag in mag pouch on my belt (currently I use RCS one's for most of my guns). Occasionally I will use a double mag pouch. My spare mags hold 17 rounds. I like to have the mag as much for simply having another magazine available as for having more rounds.

For SHTF I figure I might well have my chest rig and/or plate carrier. This would be in addition to belt carried mags which is either 3 mags my single and double pouch or a sonny rig which carries two pistol and two rifle mags on the belt. In a pinch, I might use some combination of the sonny rig and other pistol mags. The chest rig I'm using holds four pistol mags if I only put mags in the other pouches (other things I might put there include multi tool, flashlight (although these days I'm carrying one else where), etc. My plate carrier similarly is set up to hold 4-5 pistol mags. I'm sure if I really tried I could put more on but for now I'm content with the current pistol mag load in relation to the other things on it.

So in short I'd likely have at least 4-6, and maybe more, pistol mags in addition to the one in the gun. That is 119 rounds. My chest rig (or plate carry) and belt set up allow for 7-10 rifle mags as well.

As to how many I like to own for each gun. I like to have at least 1 set of proven mags for a full load out, and one set of training mags for a full load out and a few extras. This often means 10-15. For other guns that serve other roles I still like to have a bunch (I still like having at least ten) but feel more comfortable having fewer one.

hAkron
March 24, 2013, 07:28 AM
One or two really. In most situations where 32 pistol rounds isn't enough, you really should have a rifle, or be on your way to find one.

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