Organizing your pistol magazines.... What do you use?


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wacki
October 12, 2013, 03:48 PM
I keep my pistols in a pelican "briefcase". The pistols are in holsters and the magazines, ear muffs, glasses, etc are just thrown in there. I'm considering a knife roll (buy / make my own) to organize the magazines. What do you use? What do you recommend?

Right now I've got

7 glock mags
5 sig mags
4 Walther P99 mags...
etc


just kind of thrown into the Pelican case.

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wacki
October 12, 2013, 04:03 PM
Ah... just found this:


http://www.midwayusa.com/product/939891251/midwayusa-6-magazine-pouch-double-stack-pistol

SharpsDressedMan
October 12, 2013, 05:26 PM
A mahogany finished wooden tool box that has two felt lined drawers in the bottom, and a swing open lid on the top storage area. I have it filled. They were on sale at Lowe's several years ago. I got my wife the same box for her jewelry.

Chuck R.
October 12, 2013, 05:38 PM
For the pistols I shoot/train a lot with, the majority of those mags are kept in mag holders in my range bag.

For others and spares, I use plastic “tackle boxes” that Wal-Mart sells. You can customize the compartments to some extent, they’re cheap, see through, they stack on top of each other, and they’re cheap (figured cheap was worth repeating). For rifles; FAL and AR in my case, I use wine boxes (20 FAL mags to 1 box). For other mags I use a plastic tool box.

Chuck

Esoxchaser
October 12, 2013, 06:42 PM
I use various sized Maxpedition pouches. They will hold an amazing number of mags, and I but them color coded by the caliber and firearms the mags fit.

wally
October 12, 2013, 07:20 PM
I generally store magazines in a zip-loc freezer bag, enough mags to hold 50 to 100 rounds depending on the size of the magazine, loaded and ready to go in my range bag.

Mags for guns that aren't range favorites get stored in plastic storage bins that stack nicely and hold 8 to 12 magazines depending on the size. I write on the ends with a paint pen so I can quickly pull what I want from the stack when I need them.

Rifle mags, I just stack on the shelves of an old book case.

usp9
October 12, 2013, 09:55 PM
I make my own mag pouches. I use felt, as it protects the finish pretty well. I make them as long as needed depending on how many mags I have for a particular gun. I roll them up and stack them on a shelf when not in use. Roll it or lay flat in my range bag. Keeps everything close, tidy and neat at the range. Works great.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i186/ripley16/magsack.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/ripley16/media/magsack.jpg.html)

M2 Carbine
October 12, 2013, 10:03 PM
I have a bunch of magazines. A lot of them look alike. So to make it mistake proof I use a label maker and label the bottom of most of the magazines.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/Safemagnet.jpg (http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Bell-helicopter-407/media/Safemagnet.jpg.html)

tomrkba
October 12, 2013, 10:34 PM
A box.

You don't have enough magazines.

BCRider
October 12, 2013, 10:45 PM
I've got a couple of Crown Royal bags. Each holds the magazines for one gun or gun type in the case of my two CZ's which share magazines.

I also sewed up a couple of draw string bags for the ones which don't have enough magazines to fill up a CR bag.

The rolls with the separate pouches look nice. But I use my guns in matches and drop the mags on the ground. Because of that I can't get too worried about them rubbin' and bumpin' in the communal bag a little.

Sheepdog1968
October 12, 2013, 10:59 PM
I make my own mag pouches. I use felt, as it protects the finish pretty well. I make them as long as needed depending on how many mags I have for a particular gun. I roll them up and stack them on a shelf when not in use. Roll it or lay flat in my range bag. Keeps everything close, tidy and neat at the range. Works great.
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i186/ripley16/magsack.jpg (http://s72.photobucket.com/user/ripley16/media/magsack.jpg.html)
I like this. What I've done is jus use the gallon size ziplock bags.

CapnMac
October 13, 2013, 12:05 AM
Having learned slowly and the hard way, what i do is that I have two range bags; one for long arms and the other for handguns. Pretty much, most all the extra magazines go in pockets in the appropriate range bag.

This--mostly--prevents getting all the way to the range and not having a necessary magazine (or only the one to use).

This is handy, too, for when the mags get cleaned separately--they can be pitched in the range bags (or put away properly) after cleaning.

mdauben
October 13, 2013, 12:27 AM
For home storage I have a stack of plastic boxes, one for each gun. They will hold 6-12 mags each, depending on the gun. I mark the end with the gun and store them on shelves in my ammo cabinet.

TimboKhan
October 13, 2013, 12:30 AM
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/13/ape9e8uh.jpgI use this Cabelas bag I found for about 15 bucks. Enough room for spare mags, two pistols and an up Lula loader. I carry ammo and ears in a different bag.

powder
October 13, 2013, 01:08 AM
CEDs and the TUFF organizers

Tired Retired
October 13, 2013, 09:20 AM
For the xtras I use plastic drawers from Wally World like these:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-5-Drawer-Unit-Set-of-4-Black/20699660

Allows me to see what is there, organize by type, and can throw in a tiny dessy bag (anti-rust).

Grunt
October 13, 2013, 10:00 AM
.50 caliber ammo cans. I get all kinds of free ammo cans from work and they do a good job of keeping my mags (and I got a ton of the things) sorted out.

bannockburn
October 13, 2013, 12:09 PM
For mags I use frequently they stay in an inside pocket of my range bag. The rest get stored in plastic shoe box size containers.

rgwalt
October 13, 2013, 03:16 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Zipper-5-pack-Including-Mechanical-Carpenter/dp/B00DIW9HJ2/

I ordered these zippered tool pouches to keep pistol magazines in. Depending on the mag, they will hold 4 to 8 magazines and other assorted small items (like an allen wrench). On each bag, I wrote the make, model, and caliber. Then I just need to grab the appropriate bag(s) when I go to the range.

leadcounsel
October 13, 2013, 03:22 PM
I use ziplock bags+black marker. Simple. Economical. I sort mag bags into larger boxes by caliber.

Magnuumpwr
October 13, 2013, 06:48 PM
My pistol mags store with the corresponding gun. Each either has a factory case or aftermarket case. Here is one example:
http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg205/magnuumpwr/IMG_20131016_000055.jpg

ritepath
October 13, 2013, 08:19 PM
About every two or three months I lose all my magazines that either I don't use or just don't get that pistol out and shoot. So I start searching in the three or four bags that I keep my mags in. I'll eventually round them all up and verify that I have the number of mags I know belong to each pistol. I don't store the mags with the pistols ever, except for my EDC's.

Then a few months later I search them all out again.

Maybe it's time for something other than a handful of range bags to store my mags in.


Now that you've brought this up, I'll need to do inventory again before my mind can be happy. Maybe make a nice spreadsheet also.

CurlyQ
October 13, 2013, 09:31 PM
I use the oldest, simplest and cheapest of organization techniques. A pile.

giggitygiggity
October 14, 2013, 01:10 AM
I use ammo cans. They work well with everything from pistol mags to AR mags.

JR24
October 14, 2013, 01:21 AM
A box.

You don't have enough magazines.

Yup, I use a plastic tote unless its commonly used ones, then they are in the range bag or gun cabinet.

Dr.Rob
October 14, 2013, 04:21 AM
I found these to be quite useful for magazines and accessories:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/939160870/midwayusa-tactical-pistol-case?cm_vc=sugv1939891251

Seven magazine pouches, two larger pockets on the back that I can store several more magazines or pouches or cleaning kit or competition holster. Handy for a shooting match, or if you want to lock up your hi-cap magazines in one place.

If you have multiple hi cap pistols its easy enough to sew a label or hot iron an ID patch on the pouch.

clang
October 15, 2013, 05:50 PM
I use a rolling Toolbox for mags and other accessories.

Lots of drawers to hold lots of things and the drawers lock.

Here is a pic of some drawers with extra grips:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/SWGrips.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/clang444/media/SWGrips.jpg.html)

Mags are lower down.

berettaprofessor
October 15, 2013, 10:43 PM
Like someone said, I use Walmart plastic tackle boxes; V-Shield impregnated, clear, pocket-size adjustable, they're perfect.

wacki
October 18, 2013, 12:50 AM
Just got the attached. :-)

hAkron
October 18, 2013, 07:06 AM
I use a plastic tub and ziplock sandwich bags. I write on the bag what's in them. If I buy a gun with a box that has an extra mag, I normally leave the 2nd mag (and anything I remove from the gun, like grips or any parts I replace that were factory parts) in the factory box, so that when the day comes to reunite the gun with its original parts, I know where everything is.

sota
October 18, 2013, 08:00 AM
wacki: midwayusa order I take it? 6-mag is their house brand. others are california competition works bags. am I right? :)

sota
October 18, 2013, 08:04 AM
i'm liking the 6-mag midway holder as well as the CCW bags. problem is I'm HATING the price, when the 7-mag midway pistol/range bag is cheaper. problem again though is it's bigger/bulkier. an inner component of my psyche abhores paying more for a perceived less, especially since this is primarily in-safe storage.

mgmorden
October 18, 2013, 08:04 AM
I use a CED magazine pouch for my M&P mags which is the gun I shoot most frequently:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/174266/ced-6-magazine-storage-pouch-polyester-black

For my other guns, I keep one magazine actually in the gun, and for extras I keep a plastic box/container for each one that has holsters and mags and is marked with the gun that it goes to.

Screwball
October 18, 2013, 08:52 AM
I use a CED magazine pouch for my M&P mags which is the gun I shoot most frequently:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/174266/ced-6-magazine-storage-pouch-polyester-black

For my other guns, I keep one magazine actually in the gun, and for extras I keep a plastic box/container for each one that has holsters and mags and is marked with the gun that it goes to.
Those are what I use...

If you search on MidwayUSA, you can get them in different sizes and colors. I have a few, and when you get to certain single stacked magazines, you can fit additional ones in the top fold (my S&W 1006 magazines are like that).

Only thing that stinks is if you have similar magazines. I once grabbed my .45 PX4 magazines instead of my 9mm... so now I check before I close the safe.

weblance
October 18, 2013, 07:30 PM
Ive been dealing with this also, lately. I have 100 or so extra magazines strewn between pistol cases, Cali Competition magazine pouches, and several range bags. I think a small(12x6x6, or slightly larger) plastic tool box might just be the answer.

Dogguy
October 22, 2013, 02:39 PM
Cheap generic Ziploc style plastic bags.

leadcounsel
October 22, 2013, 05:52 PM
Cheap generic Ziploc style plastic bags.

Yep. Every $10 you spend on stupid bags to organize your mags is basically a box of ammo wasted.

wacki
October 23, 2013, 02:16 AM
wacki: midwayusa order I take it? 6-mag is their house brand. others are california competition works bags. am I right?


Yes to all. My recommendation is to stick with the midwayusa pouches. I'm not sure but I think the california competition might be a hair heavier fabric. Both are excellent quality. Midway has shoulder straps and MOLLE loops on the back. California Competition is just a pouch.

Midway USA bags are a killer deal.

wacki
October 23, 2013, 02:23 AM
Yep. Every $10 you spend on stupid bags to organize your mags is basically a box of ammo wasted.


meh... I really want something to "grab 'n go". The $11 midway bags are perfect for either regular life or the Zombie Apocalypse.

leadcounsel
October 23, 2013, 03:16 AM
If you really need a pistol and magazine bag, this one might be slimmer than the Midway one, for the same price, $10. I have a couple and they are good quality nylon/cordura type material, and soft interior, with elastic mag holders for any pistol mags. And it has a Velcro square for your morale patch or name tape or whatnot.

http://www.lapolicegear.com/moc-diplomat-pistol-case.html

Manny
October 23, 2013, 03:59 AM
I only have 3 different types of mags, full size Glock 9mm, 10/22 & AR. What ever isn't with the gun or in my range box is stored in a high tech cardboard box.

arspeukinen
October 23, 2013, 06:35 AM
I made a wooden wall shelf for pistol magazines out of an old wine box.

Urban_Redneck
October 23, 2013, 09:30 AM
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/policestuff_2282_940739499

I use these bags from LA Police Gear @ $10 ea I have one for each pistol.

Note: I've yet to find a company with better customer service than LA Police Gear, there's always great deals as well :)

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