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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by akanotken, Dec 29, 2003.

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  1. akanotken

    akanotken Member

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    I'm contemplating buying 2 hi cap mags for a firearm I own. Had to gulp when the price was mentioned. Not that the mags are that expensive, but that the gun wasn't.

    If I buy 2 of these mags, I'd have spent $40 more than the firearm (I'm going in with someone else to get the group discount :( ).

    Maybe I just like this kind of thing, I was very close to closing a deal on a BDM a couple of years back where 3 mags would have been more than the price of the firearm.

    So, How many of yall have a firearm where just a few mags will set you back more than what you paid for the firearm?
     
  2. sturmruger

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    If I were you I would sit tight for the next 9 months and see if the Assualt Weapons Ban sunsets. If it does all of those mags that people are paying $75 a piece for are all going to be $20, and you will save a ton of money.;
     
  3. Mark Tyson

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    Regular capacity mags(which "no honest man needs") used to be a whole lot less before the Great Flash Suppressor Ban of 1994. Go look through the ads in an old gun rag and prepare to weep.

    While I think the ban will probably sunset, I'd snap a couple up now just in case it doesn't.
     
  4. 10-Ring

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    I might have just gotten use to the idea of expensive accessories :( I have HK's I have to keep fed ;) Really, as long as you use the mags, don't go overboard w/ what you're willing to pay & you buy QUALITY, you'll be okay!
     
  5. Andrew Rothman

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    I find it exceedingly strange that you don't mention the weapon, the mags, or any prices.

    I have a Ruger P95, and just picked up two brand-new Mec-Gar 15-round mags for $30 each. Sure, they might be $20 next year, but I wanted them NOW!!!

    :)
     
  6. Amish_Bill

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    Real mags for a Walther P99 or some Glocks... yes... I have more $$ in a few mags than the launcher cost. It sucks, but it's the current reality.
     
  7. Bob Locke

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    I have avoided buying standard capacity magazines for both of my Glocks for four years now. I just can't see paying $100-$125 for a couple of extra rounds (10 vs. 13 for my G21, or 10 vs. 15 for the G19).

    If the AWB sunsets and is not renewed, I'll be very happy to buy a handful of them for the same $20-$25 that I pay for the 10-rounders. But with all the money I've saved on magazines, I've been able to buy a couple of extra firearms! :D
     
  8. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    High Standard .22 caliber magazines in good condition typically sell for $75 to $125—when you can find them. The last Browning Medalist magazine I saw sported a $150 price tag.
     
  9. Detritus

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    and from what i am given to understand about even the top of the line High Standard .22s THAT'S with no guarantee as to how WELL that "new" mag will work in YOUR individual gun (due to the factory mags that come with the guns being at least somewhat hand-selected and possibly "tuned" to the gun).... i'm hoping to inherit (or have passed down, really) a Supermatic Citation from around 1966, and i hope to all the deities i can name that I never have to look for a spare/replacement mag for that thing, i've heard too many horror stories about it.

    and yes i have also paid as much or more for a given group of standard (Vs Neutered) -cap mags, as i did on the weapon they went with.
     
  10. vulcan

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    Standing Wolf,

    I know what you mean, I have a Medalist also. I was bidding on a magazine for it on ebay & gave up when it went over $85.00:(

    I have 2 mags now but always on the lookout for another.
     
  11. Orbital-Burn

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    try to find one ruger 10/22 50 rnd mag for less than even a stainless 10/22 costs........good luck!!
     
  12. BluesBear

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    Sure, when the inane AWB sunsets magazine prices will drop. But don't look for them to get anywhere as low as they used to be. We've already been conditioned to paying high prices which will continue to artificially inflate the market price.
     
  13. mini14jac

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    How much are you paying for the mags?
    If the price is more than $75 per mag, you're getting ripped off.
    (Not that $75 per mag is a fair price by any means.)
    What is the gun?
    You can get a lot of good advice and guidance here, but we need more information.
    Glock and Walther mags are some of the most expensive, but you would need to buy 5 or more of those to spend more than the gun cost.

    If you got the gun for $150, you either got a really good deal, or the gun is hot.
    I'm hoping you got a good deal.

    I believe hi-cap mags sales have levelled off, and may be declining.
    Everyone is waiting to see what happens to the Ban.
    Now is not the time to pay super-premium prices.
     
  14. Tamara

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    Worst I ever had?

    Beretta AR70 mags are insanely expensive (and nearly un-available), but it'd still take about fifteen of them to cost more than the gun. :uhoh:
     
  15. benEzra

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    And if it doesn't, you may never be allowed to buy one ever again.
     
  16. akanotken

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    Sorry, I'm paranoid

    I'm intentionally not mentioning the name of the firearm as there still is some debate as to the legality of the magazines. I'm convinced they are good to go, but I'm not ready to talk about it on the net.

    This ordeal just got me to thinking how odd it was to pay more for 2 mags than to pay for the whole gun.

    I've got P99, but I got my hi caps cheap ($75). Got an hipower, love those hicap prices!

    Not quite the same, but I'm thinking about building up a mossberg for 3-gun comp. Would use the Knoxx system and when I'm done, I'd have more in the Knoxx coffers than Mossy's:)

    Hints -

    Gun is readily available for < $200 to all

    Mags are not for sale here, hence the cost to have someone go get some for me:cool:


    AWB thoughts - I'm hoping that the ban sets cleanly. Last thing I want is to have manufactures afraid to tool up for production because it might get reincarnated. I'm guessing that hi caps are priced a bit low on the market today, as many await to see what unfolds. If the ban is renewed/strengthened prices will head for the moon.
     
  17. 4v50 Gary

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    I'd wait too for the sunset.
     
  18. MrPink

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    So let me see, your buying some POS tech9mm or some such and you live in a state like NJ or HI or CA that doesn't allow hicaps. So not only are you paying a premium but - if my supposition is true - committing a crime to get the hicaps......

    Sounds pretty stupid to me - that's what I'd be "paranoid" about.
     
  19. fastbolt

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    Well, I'd really like to be surprised ... but I don't expect the law to "sunset" without it being renewed.

    Also, I live in CA, and I don't expect our state to wake up one day, even if the national law sunsets, and decide to change our laws to allow the purchase of high capacity feeding devices again ...

    I'd like to be wrong, but I won't hold my breath ...

    I also went out and legally purchased some increasingly expensive (supply & demand economics) magazines before the state law took effect, just like I bought a Colt Match Target rifle before the state law took effect here ... and yes, I properly registered it with the state as required by the law.

    I'll say one thing about some "pre-ban" magazines, though, and that is that a crap magazine is still a crap magazine, regardless of how many rounds it may legally accept. I've always avoided the purchase of magazines which appeared to offer anything other than perfectly reliable functioning in my firearms, although I made an exception for some magazines I was buying in the months before the local laws took effect. Fortunately, I had a chance to test fire many of them and learned the error of my ways, and had sufficient time to return them and get a refund.

    Nowadays, I'd worry more about whether or not my magazines were high quality and 100% functional ... and LEGAL ... than how many less rounds they accepted than "pre-ban" or "L/E" magazines. There are just too many pre-ban, after-market magazines that are "less than optimally reliable", you know?

    And you know, what always seems to be "forgotten" is that misses are still misses, and since you just can't miss fast enough to "win" a deadly force encounter, I'm still far more concerned about MY skills and accuracy than I am about the number of rounds in my magazines. I get to see a lot of folks qualify with high capacity magazines in my job, and for a lot of them, having more rounds in their magazines only gives them the opportunity to miss more ...

    It's always been a funny thing, but it's not uncommon to see the older, veteran cops who started their careers using 6-shot revolvers, and who still complain about the new-fangled semiauto pistols ... who often shoot more accurately, and miss less often, than the younger wunderkind who consider revolvers as something used by "has-been", antiquated cops ... I guess only having 6 rounds available may have had some small influence on the older cop's consideration of accuracy and aiming, maybe? It certainly did with me ...

    If I decide to retire out of state ... and I'm seeing more and more cops leave California when they retire ... then I'll probably take the opportunity to legally buy some additional pre-ban magazines for my rifles and one of my semiauto pistols, and maybe a couple of pistols that use the older, pre-ban magazines, as well ...

    But I sure wouldn't spend an arm & a leg to legally buy a pre-ban magazine at several times its original cost. That's just ridiculous. Especially when we're only talking about a grand total increase in capacity of only 1-5 rounds, for the most part ...

    I mean, I used to feel comfortably armed carrying a M66, and later a M686, first with a couple of 6-round dump pouches, and then with 2 speedloaders, on my duty belt ... and if I worked one of the more "active" or even more rural, beats ... with another couple of speedloaders or speedstrips in my jacket pocket. Somehow, I managed to survive all those times when I was carrying a grand total of only 18-30 rounds on my person ... not to mention a standard Remington 870 with a 4-round magazine.;)
     
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