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If you have more than one pistol how do you differentiate the mags?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 41mag, Sep 18, 2004.

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  1. 41mag

    41mag Member

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    I have a couple of .45 1911s.No problem there.

    However,I have a CZ75 & a Beratta 92fs.If all my mags are in a pile I have to double check the mag bases to make sure what's what.I can only imagine the problems(potential) if I had more pistols.

    Those of you who have lots of similar magazines for different guns/calibers-How do you differentiate them?Paint marks?
     
  2. PMDW

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    Colored electrical tape.
     
  3. Graystar

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    The plastic ones are for the Glock, and the steel ones are for the 1911. :D
     
  4. 1911Ron

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    Maybe put them in seperate boxes or drawers of a small parts bin
     
  5. El Cid

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    Mark them with a paintstick available at some hardware stores.
     
  6. Valkman

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    Put them in different i-Shot magazine pouches. :)
     
  7. Greg L

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    Make a trip to the range. You can be fairly certain that what you thought would fit won't. That way when you get home you can sort them into the correct piles :D .
     
  8. BlkHawk73

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    The mags for a particular gun stay with that particualr gun. All the autos I have, have quite different mags anyways so confusing them isn't an easy thing to do anyways.
     
  9. Rembrandt

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    Had that same problem with a SA Omega 3 barrel set, (45acp, 38super, 10mm)....put diifferent colored pads on the magazines, then stamped them with corresponding caliber markings.

    Suggestion: drill a small indentation (3/16") in the mag base, don't go too deep...then fill the indentation with a different colored paint.

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  10. Chris Rhines

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    What Valkman said.

    Of course, if you go this route you'll have to buy all your magazines in quantities of six... :D

    - Chris
     
  11. Old Fuff

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    If you find this to be a problem go to almost any hardware store and buy an electric pencil. Then you can engrave part of a gun's serial number (or whatever you chose) on the side of each magazine that goes with that particular pistol.
     
  12. bigjim

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    I put hooks on the side of my gun safes.

    Then I hung bags from them. Each bag holds mags for one gun. The bags
    have the information about the gun written on them.

    I keep the mags all loaded and ready to go.

    I have bags for:
    1911 full size 60 ea mags
    1911 Compact 50 ea mags
    CZ 97 20 ea mags
    CZ 75 35 ea Mags
    HK p7M13 10 ea mags
    Hk P7M8 10 ea mags
    BHP 25 ea mags
    SW 625 Moon Clips 60 loaded ( many more unloaded)
    M1 Garand Clips 50 loaded ( many more unloaded)
    Beretta Tom cat 5 ea
    STI W/body 44SW 10 ea mags
    Ruger 22/45 10 ea mags
    Ruger 10/22 20 ea mags
    Walther P22 10 ea Mags
    Ciener 22 1911 conv. 10 each
    M1A 20 ea mags
    AR 15 type mags 30 ea mags

    About a half dozen more bags for Misc stuff /Junk

    I keep 3 "ready bags" as range kits with:
    Electronic hearing protection and extra ear plugs, sight adjustment tools
    band-aids, handi wipes, bottled water and a snack. One for my wife and I with extra for a guest.

    The hard part is keeping my promise to myself to keep the mags topped off, guns clean and properly stored, range bags ready.

    But the pay off is so worth it. I can go from zero to ready for all day at the range in about 60 secs. A long multi gun shooting session on Sat means
    1-3 hours on Sunday reloading, topping of my bags, and update my data base.

    I wrote a little MS Access Data base that keeps a lot of information about the guns and Ammo/reloading process. The data base form also includes pull down windows with commonly needed supplies and parts. It includes
    fields for status of guns and equipment. This way once a month or so I run reports that list round counts, issues encountered for each gun or piece of shooting related equipment. It generates orders with part numbers and quantities for my preferred vendors ( Brownells, Powder Valley inc, Bear Creek bullets, Dillon, etc)

    I keep very detailed records of each gun that list purchase price and where I bought the gun. Any gun smithing work/ modification is documented. I keep digital pictures with a eye for detail and documentation not art. This data is updated as needed and I archive it at two locations for insurance purposes.

    I know this seems excessive but the purpose is to SPEND TIME SHOOTING, not on upkeep of the hobby equipment. That is way I invested time upfront.

    Which brings us to cost. I shoot a lot..... I mean a LOT! So to keep the costs down I spent a lot upfront. I buy primers 25,000 per order minimum.
    Powder is purchased in 8Lb kegs 3 to 6 at a time. Bullets I buy in bulk orders drop shipped or picked up in my truck in huge amounts. ( depends on the vendor to get the VERY best prices)

    The only guys shooting cheaper than me are casting bullets or Factory sponsored. ( example 45 acp $2.25 cents for 50 rounds) I just don't have time to cast 2 to 4 thousand bullets a month. I don't shoot well enough or look good in a bathing suit so I am not getting factory sponsorship.

    Any way that is how I do it. YMMV
     
  13. James Bondrock

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    I have found that the magazines for my different pistols are distinctive enough in appearance from each other that I almost ;) never mix them up.
     
  14. cratz2

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    At the same time, I've owned 1911s, CZ, EAAs, SIGs, a Glock and Taurus PT99 etc... and have never really had a hard time distinguishing which mags went with which guns.

    Of course, I'm an obsessive compulsive bastido and can tell which magazines are which even in a particular model based on incidental markings on most of them.
     
  15. MikeK

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    I put the spare pistol mags in a ziplock baggie marked with the gun name. Some are distinct enough that I don't need to. The baggies go in a cardboard box in the safe.
     
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    This is what I do. I highly recomend the i-shot mag pouches.
     
  17. denfoote

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    Ever hear of a Zip-Loc bag, Bub???? :banghead:
     
  18. 41mag

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    Pmdw?That could work.I'll have to try it to see if the tape hangs up in the magwell.Thanks!

    Graystar?LOL!I knew I could count on someone here for something like that.:)

    1911ron?That's kinda what I "thought"I was doing.oops!;)

    Ecid?That was my original plan.I was just fishing for a better mousetrap.Thanks.

    MikeK,Valkman,ddj8052,& chris rhines? Believe it or not I'd never seen those before.If nothing else they rank up high on the nifty scale.A different color/gun.Good idea!

    GregL?Exactly!:D

    BlkHawk73?I try but I'm not that organized.I do have some,my various .22s for example which are distinctive enough to not be a problem.
    I'll aspire to do better.:)

    Rembrandt?THAT's a kool idea!

    Old Fuff?Your idea may work(well obviously it will work)but used w/a paint marker to add relief I think it's the best long term solution.That or get rid of all but one doublestack gun.[Not bloody likely-that one.lol!]

    Big Jim?Uh,my problem isn't even close to being on your scale.WOW!

    James Bondrock?"Mostly"I'd agree. ;)

    Cratz22?Um...o.k.:)

    denfoote?The names jeff,the handle's 41mag.I don't know any "Bub".
    As far as the zip-locs go though?I first tried those for mags.They aren't very durable & last only 1 or 2 trips to the range.I still use them for small parts.
     
  19. goalie

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    I have the orange baseplates on my G17 10-round range/class magazines. It makes them instantly identifiable, as well as making it easy for range safety officers to see that I have a magazine inserted in my handgun.
     
  20. bigjim

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    Maybe not yet. :D
     
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    I love the I-Shot mag pouches. They come on 4 different colors and are a good way to carry loaded mags - I like to load mags the night before a range trip and the pouches are very sturdy and keep the range bag and safe organized.
     
  22. QB

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    I had mag pouches and 2 different size bags made for all my mags. I used Upland USA because they have 10 different colors and will also make the mag carriers and/or bag any size you want. They are very nice people to work with and I ended up getting exactly what I needed, made to my specifications at a very moderate price. All I did was email them and then we traded emails back and forth until I got my range bags, mag carriers, etc designed the way I wanted it


    Color coding has helped me immensely. Since I only take about 4 guns to the range at a time now I can just grab "all the red" or "all the blue" etc....and I KNOW I'll have the gun with the correct mags. Hey....I loved to color as a child.....OK?????!!!!!! :D
     
  23. Trebor

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    Sounds like the "Geranimals" theory of gun management to me.
     
  24. P95Carry

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    I nearly posted on this recently!

    I rummage thru the plastic tub in the bottom of the safe and often think ... '' oh heck - what belongs to what''?

    I have a bundle of BHP mags ... OK they are double stack - and the catch cut-out position gives em away. But then I have mags for Camp 9 ... they are similar! Then mags for P series ... then mags for 1911's .. well, they are single stack so not too bad. but then ...... mags that fit CZ-52 .... Mak - Bersa ....... Hi_point carbine ..... Storm ..... para P12 .... and so on .....

    Shucks .. guess I better get to the colored electrical tape!:D
     
  25. P95Carry

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    I nearly posted on this recently!

    I rummage thru the plastic tub in the bottom of the safe and often think ... '' oh heck - what belongs to what''?

    I have a bundle of BHP mags ... OK they are double stack - and the catch cut-out position gives em away. But then I have mags for Camp 9 ... they are similar! Then mags for P series ... then mags for 1911's .. well, they are single stack so not too bad. but then ...... mags that fit CZ-52 .... Mak - Bersa ....... Hi_point carbine ..... Storm ..... para P12 .... and so on .....

    Shucks .. guess I better get to the colored electrical tape!:D
     
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