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How many mags per gun is enough?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by River Wraith, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. River Wraith

    River Wraith Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Naybor

    Naybor Well-Known Member

    Agree with you. I have one spare now but gonna get another one along with a two magazine holder.
  3. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    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.
  4. River Wraith

    River Wraith Well-Known Member

    If one had two guns of the same model, ten to split between the two, would that be enough or would one need more?
  5. hovercat

    hovercat Well-Known Member

    Daily carry, with no family to protect, one. Should be enough to get out of there.
    SHTF one. And a rifle.
  6. Ehtereon11B

    Ehtereon11B internet infantryman

    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.
  7. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member


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

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. CapnMac

    CapnMac Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    At least six magazines.
  12. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    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
  13. psyopspec

    psyopspec Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013
  14. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Just a couple more....that will be enough....
  15. DJW

    DJW Well-Known Member

    You can only have a good idea of how many once you see just how many "hostiles" are around.
  16. ldlfh7

    ldlfh7 Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. splattergun

    splattergun Well-Known Member

    ' a few' will suffice. Except when I need more.
  18. joecil

    joecil Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Simple solution is to get a second, or third, or fourth gun that uses the same mags....

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