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Okay...it's getting out of hand now.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CPshooter, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. CPshooter

    CPshooter Well-Known Member

    I'm talking about my stash of pistol magazines. I have at least 7-10 per pistol that I own and I'm up to 7 right now (I think). They are always getting mixed up and when it comes time to go to the range it becomes a real PITA. What am I doing wrong here? :banghead:

    I know there is someone out there who has already come up with a solution to my problem. Anyone bold enough to share pics of your magazine storage area? Pleeeeeeeease :D
  2. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    Even ten handgun mags don't take much space when placed vertically upside down. I suggest small tubs or tupperware or something. Label the tub itself, and once its organized, all you need to do is maintain it. That's about as easy a solution as there can be.

    I'd post a pic but I don't use that system. I only own one handgun, and I only have two mags for it.
  3. Coop45

    Coop45 Well-Known Member

    My name is Coop and I'm a magazine whore. I use plastic bags to keep them separate.
  4. highpower

    highpower Well-Known Member

    All my magazines look different from each other so I can easily spot which are which. If all yours look the same, follow the system that Coop45 uses, or a version of it.
  5. EBShooting

    EBShooting Well-Known Member

    +1 to ziplock bags to separate. I too am a mag whore. I am not happy unless I have at least 5 mags per firearm.
  6. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    I use these:

    ... and a labelmaker for the end of the boxes.
    For instance, some boxes have labels along the lines of:
    Glock(sub2000) & M1Carbine mags
    XD & Walther
    Surplus pistol mags
    rimfire pistol mags
    1911 mags
    SKS stripper clips

    ... you can drop in a card with more details, right in the divided section for each type of magazine
  7. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    A couple of systems I've see that work really well.

    1. Place them in small plastic covered tubs and a label on each identifying which pistol they are for. I upgraded from cardboard shipping boxes to cut down on dust infiltration.

    2. Mount horizontal magnetic strips on a vertical surface. Stick your magazines on the strips, like you would kitchen knives

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    I just keep mine loaded then I know what goes to what.
  9. CPshooter

    CPshooter Well-Known Member

    #2 sounds like a pretty neat idea.

    Would ziplock bags or Tupperware trap in moisture and cause rust? I'm a little worried about that. Otherwise, Tupperware sounds like a very simple solution to my problem. Can't believe I never thought of that!

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. Keep them coming!
  10. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I have a lot of pistols and a lot of magazines for each pistol. A lot of loaded magazines are around the place. Some of the magazines look alike, so I put a white label on the base of most of the pistol magazines.
  11. danez71

    danez71 Well-Known Member

    Put stickers on them.

    Little elephant stickers for 45's, Tiger stickers for 9mm. Mouse stickers for 22s etc etc. ;)
  12. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    If you put stickers on the mags, put them only on the bottom. If you put them on the sides of the body, they could peel and jam in the frame
  13. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    Not sure about moisture being an issue. If you're concerned about it, you can drop in a silica packet or two. They're those little bag things that come in new shoes.

    Link to disposable Silica Packets on Amazon - $5.99 for 20, $14.99 for 50.

    Another alternative is the reusable Silica canisters. Here's a link to the reusable type. You bake em to remove moisture, and reuse. A bit more expensive at $15 each, but from what I understand, you can reuse em over and over for years.
  14. mwsenoj

    mwsenoj Well-Known Member

    What about color coding with a shot of rustoleum plastic spray paint?
  15. wdunlap

    wdunlap Member

    I color code with a spot of nail polish just inside the mag well and on the bottom of the mag base plate.
  16. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    We store ours in CED six pocket nylon magazine pouches labeled with a white clothing marker. These stack very well on a safe shelf and are easy to use and transport.

    I also keep some magazines in CED's small accessory bags. Depending on the magazine, each will hold a dozen or more. They're labeled with removable laminated tags since they have handles to attach the tag to.

    Magazine choice and segregation is based on the pouch's or bag's labeling which is large, easily read block lettering.
  17. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    You have too many pistols. I have one pistol and one revolver there is no magazines to confuse.
  18. sota

    sota Well-Known Member


    those. 7 actual mag pockets. you can stuff more inside if you don't put in a pistol. they're pretty cheap at $10 each, tie a tag with firearm they're intended for for quick lookup, or use the different colors for each or for calibers.

    and of course, they're out of stock now.
  19. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    Use an old fashioned DYMO label maker and different colors and place a number on the bottom of each one - one color per gun. Makes it easy to rotate them as well as keep them separate
  20. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    I must be doing something wrong. All of my 8 round mags fit all (8 or so) of my guns. It doesnt make any difference if i get some mixed. Although I do try to keep each pistol with a fair amount of mags in a case. Each gun has its own case .

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