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How do you mark your magazines?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by breakingcontact, Aug 31, 2013.

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  1. stressed

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    I do something similar for my 9mm Sterling SMG, like Taliv, except for when hunting coyote and such. I have various 34 round magazines, and have blue tape around the bottom for hunting hollowpoints, red tape on the bottom for hot (+P+ or so) FN-FMJ's and no tape on standard target ball ammunition. It's just so I can identify quick in low light and such.
     
  2. JimM

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    A silver sharpie works for me. Having them marked helps identify and quickly fix problems such as not locking the slide back on the last shot (solved by replacement of a fatigued magazine spring), or returning the mags to the owner at an IDPA/USPSA match (which is appreciated given the high cost of pistol magazines these days).
     
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    I use paint markers. I use different colors for each mag. its not very obvious or obnoxious. I just draw a line down the entire length of the mag.
     
  4. TonyDedo

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    I paint the base plates of my range magazines (usually bright orange), then number them with a Sharpie - helps keep track of them at training classes, competitions and other events where there are a lot of shooters about.

    Duty/home defense mags stay black.
     
  5. breakingcontact

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    I've found a short term solution. I've got various rolls of colored tape around the house. I've just been sticking small pieces on the bottom of the mags. Have a wide enough variety that I can indicate what ammo is in them too. Temporary I'm sure but its cheap and works. Will grab some paint pens eventually.
     
  6. MErl

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    blue masking tape and a sharpie
     
  7. rgwalt

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    I've started keeping a black sharpie in my range back... think I will look for one of those paint pens the next time at Wally World. I haven't gotten to the point of marking every single mag, keeping records, etc. However, I do mark mags that give me trouble. Sometimes a "troubled" magazine simply needs a cleaning, or needs fresh springs. Sometimes it needs to be chucked. When I'm in the middle of a range session and I start having problems, I want to be able to mark a mag to "quarantine" it. I will prove the gun with other magazines & ammo, and then go back to the problem mag to try and replicate the failure. It helps me answer the question "is it the mag or is it the gun?".
     
  8. OpticsPlanet

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    If I'm shooting with a bunch of buddies, I wrap colored tape at the base to identify my own mags. If I have one I suspect, I mark it with a Krylon pen on the floorplate.

    Not to sound like a fanboy, but I can't remember the last time I had a malfunctioning Pmag.

    Mark H.
     
  9. taliv

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    i've broken several PMAGs but none lately.

    that statement probably says more about slacking off on training than improvements in PMAG quality
     
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