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How many mag's is ''enough''!!??

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by P95Carry, Jul 1, 2003.

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  1. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    I sometimes see guys with a fistful of mags .. may be 1911, HP, AK, whatever .... but it makes me wonder, how many is in fact ''enough'' ...... leaving aside shtf paranoia where we may think there could never be enough!:p

    Let's say things are essentially ''normal'' ....... whatever that means! I have four mags for AK (excluding the small 10 rnd one) ..... 5 for my L1A1, a fixed 20 in old SKS and 2 30 rounders for Norinco SKS ........ three for P97, three for P95 and four for my FEG HP clone. My HP-22 has the two it came with and Ruger 22/45 likewise ... just the two.

    Guess speedloaders are ''mags'' too in a way .... only have 2 for my M85 snub and 2 for my ''N'' frame M27-2.

    So ... what is ''enough''?? I consider i have enough for carry and general ''duty'' ... only plus to me having more is at a shoot, when I can have gotten em all loaded in advance and then enjoy more shooting time.
     
  2. FJC

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    Well, in my carry guns, I like to have two spare magazines with me. So, I suppose the minimum would be three.

    I like to have plenty more, though, so that I don't have to do so many reloads at the range. :) Also, I like to have plenty so that I can cycle through them and pick the 'best of the best' for my carry mags.

    On average I probably have about 5-8 magazines per pistol.
     
  3. Tamara

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    I dunno.

    I have, like, 15 or so for my HK91 and more for my 1911's.

    I have two for my AR70 and one for my HSc.

    Probably somewhere between those two extremes should be okay. :)
     
  4. BerettaNut92

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    5 for handguns, 10 for long guns.
     
  5. BlkHawk73

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    I'm content having 3 or 4 myself. I see people at the range and online saying they need lots of them so they don't need to reload as often. Well, you still need to load them. If it's at the range or elsewhere, they still need the same amount of time to load them. Are we getting that lazy?

    no offense FJC, I didn't read yours until afterI typed mine out.
     
  6. TheFrontRange

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    I like at least five and am moving toward ten per firearm. I carry at least one spare mag with any CCW handgun I'm packing and I really prefer two spares at a time.

    I have five Wilson mags and one factory mag for my Kimber and am going to pick up more Wilsons soon. I've had my SIG P239 a short time and have only three mags for it currently. I have five mags for my SAR1, a mix of 30- and 40-rounders.

    When I carried a revolver I kept at least two speedloaders on me and would do so again...I'd probably even pack along some speed-strips or something for even more on-board ammo.

    I like to periodically rotate carry mags, too, as mentioned by FJC.
     
  7. 10-Ring

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    I asked the same question a few months ago. Since then, I've collected 5 for each of my pistols.
     
  8. para.2

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    I agree with Skunkabilly!?!?:scrutiny: :what:
     
  9. P95Carry

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    Interesting the mention of ''pick the best'' ..... sorta deal. True when i think about it .... hmmm ... maybe i need a ''few'' more!

    Mind you, when you total up expense on mags .. sometimes you can finish up spending half the value of the piece they are for! So, do I lash out on more mags or ..... get that ''next gun'' first!

    Oh decisions .... decisions ......... :p
     
  10. Soap

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    5 mags for toys
    30+ for serious guns that you train with. They break, they get lost, etc., have replacements.
     
  11. BerettaNut92

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    Wait...didn't **I** ask? You thunder thief!
     
  12. Mastrogiacomo

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    There's never enough!!:evil:
     
  13. cool45auto

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    I carry 2 with my Beretta. I have another 5 for range trips. I only have the 2 that came with my Neos but plan on adding more. With the stripper clips I only have one magazine for my SKS.
     
  14. GhostShooter

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    It is better to have and not need than need and not have.


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    At least 4 for each gun. Double that if you shoot any competition. That way you cut down on the wear & tear on each. My only exception is my SMLE (only 2 for it) b/c the mag doesn't play as big a part in feed reliability as it would on a semi-auto.

    For carry, at least 1 spare mag on your person & at least 1 spare in the car.
     
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    I usually go by the max number I can carry (LBE/holster's spare pouch), plus a couple or so for spares.

    That translates to about a baker's dozen for rifles and 3 for pistols. Anything on top of that is gravy.
     
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    For handguns I like to have at least 5 mags for each and 10 for semi-auto rifles. Of course, I never hesitate to pick up many more than that when I find good deals on them. I am of the opinion, however, that most of my toys will far outlast me given the proper care. In 17 years only one of the original 5 mags I bought with my G17 has gone 'bad', but is still good enough for range work.
     
  18. VaughnT

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    I like to have about five per pistol, though that's just a random pick. I happen to have six for my .45, but that's just to allow me a standard 50rnd loadout (5-8r +1-10r).

    My rifles don't use detachable magazines.
     
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    "I'm out of ammunition! That's never happened to me before!" - Burt Gummer in Tremors:D
     
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    Never "enough", I always "want" at least two more .

    The least # I own is 4 (speedloaders) for a revo, and 5 mags for a semi that fills a niche.

    I took twenty five 1911 mags to the range to break in a new gun, gunsmith brought 10 more...I still wanted more...

    Three 5 gal buckets of 45 ACP shot in one day, and had to quit shooting to fill mags up...life ain't fair...all that wasted time...:D
     
  21. chetrogers

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    I have a 40round mag and 2 30 round mags for my ak..

    And 2 clips for my hand gun..

    Other then that my .22 rifle only has one mag

    and double barrel shotgun doesn't need mag..

    Im so broke that id rather spend the money i do have on ammo and not clips
     
  22. Dr.Rob

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    Never enough.

    Esp if you shoot competition. I've got 10 or so for my FEG, and i might get a few more while they are still cheap. Springs wear out, bodies get bent, these things happen.

    Granted I only have 2 for my Savage 30-06, but $40 for a 4 shot mag is pretty steep.
     
  23. six 4 sure

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    Seven.

    One in the gun, two back ups, two to rotate in to extend spring life, and two left NIW as back ups when one breaks.

    I like to have more for those extended range sessions.

    six
     
  24. WhoKnowsWho

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    I have four for my Sig 225, I wish I had at least that many for everything else, just don't get around to spending for mags when I want more ammo or another firearm instead.

    Strangely, I have the least number of mags for my carry pieces, one 7 round and one 10 round for the P32 and the original 2 with the Kahr. :confused:

    3 1911 mags, 3 AR mags, 2 for everything else I think... only one USP mag though... boo hoo... :(
     
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    I like to have AT LEAST 8 or so really nice factory quality prebans for carry or defensive purposes per pistol and about 15 good quality preban capacity range mags per gun.

    For example I have quite a few factory 13 rounders for my Hi-Power and several more hi-quality aftermarket 15 rounders. And I have about 15 of the 17 round KRD preban mags and one 15 round Promag that I use at the range. Actually, I've never had a problem with any of the cheaper mags either. I wouldn't feel uncomfortable using the KRD's or the Promag for carry or home defense, but of course would rather use the factory or Mec-Gars for that duty.

    I like to load the range mags before hand that way I don't have to mess around so much loading mags at the range. No I don't consider it laziness. And it all fits in the duffle bag much better that way.
     
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