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Is it too much to ask handgun companies to label their magazines

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by leadcounsel, Feb 8, 2010.

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  1. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

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    Rant warning...:fire:

    I have many magazines to different guns... the magazines are similar in appearance, but proprietary for certain guns. Is it too much to ask gun makers to punch a stamp on the magazine stating gun and caliber? :cuss:
     
  2. BullfrogKen

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    Get a handheld engraver and do it yourself. I numbered all my mags so if I had a problem with one I'd set it aside for practice only.


    Guys that have been shooting the gun games have been labeling their magazines since they started coming together to shoot in groups larger than pairs. Be creative.
     
  3. stangfan93

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    An engraver works pretty well. A little practice and you can do a very good job.

    I numbered all my magazines for my different guns granted I only have 3
    auto loaders with 3+ magazines each so it is easier for me
    to visually know which goes to which gun.

    But I do think SW does mark their Sigma magazines. I know there is a SW stamp on the sides.

    Oh by the way I borrowed an engraver from work and had to get it back the next day so I didn't practice. My numbers look like crap but I know what they are.
     
  4. LibertySympathizer

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    Agree it is pretty lame.

    I use a sharpy and hope that if I ever have to sell, it won't be a big turnoff.
     
  5. Double Naught Spy

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    Is it too much to ask gun owners to be more familiar with their own gear?
     
  6. Just One Shot

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    All my XD mags are clearly marked.
    :neener:

    Might I ask what brand you are ranting about?
     
  7. The Bushmaster

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    I just checked all my magazines. All from my Colt woodsman, both 9mmX19, .25 FIE, Kimber .45 ACP, Colt .45 ACP and even my WWII .45 ACP magazines are marked by the factory.

    Which ones are you talking about?

    And I have to agree with Double Naught Spy on this one...
     
  8. easyg

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    Maybe you should get a Glock....

    Glock magazines have the word/logo "Glock" and the caliber on the magazine.
    They even have numbered holes indicating how many rounds are in the magazine. :)
     
  9. Stumper

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    Is it too little to ask that the industry standardize on perhaps 3 different magazine designs per calibre instead of 50 slightly dimensionally different designs that perform the exact same function? (Fat chance I know) God bless Keltec for choosing to design their carbines around good existing mags.
     
  10. DancesWithSquirrels

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    All of my magazines which came from the manufacturer have the manufacturer's name or logo on them somewhere. Since I only shoot 3 calibers, .22, 9MM and .45, telling them apart is not a problem.

    It does seem like an easy problem to solve with only a little effort.

    DWS
     
  11. M2 Carbine

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    Works for me.
    I have so many pistol magazines that I've taken to putting labels on the bottom of them.

    I have many magazines that you can't tell the difference without trying them in the gun. Some will even fit in a different gun but won't function.
     
  12. leadcounsel

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    +1

    If you can identify your unmarked magazines you don't have enough guns! HA!

    Kudos to Glock and a few others that label them, but many don't.
     
  13. CWL

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    I use a silver ink sharpie to number my mags.

    While I do occasionally mix-up the SiG and Beretta mags, the great majority of my Pistola mags are M1911 and are interchangeable.
     
  14. stangfan93

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    CZ's don't mark their magazines. I know that.
     
  15. GEM

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    For my Glock mags, I used a whiteout pen to fill in the number imprints, so with multiple digits used, easy to mark them. Works on the black base pads of other mag types.

    I haven't had trouble confusing my other semi mags. For example, my AR mags didn't fit into my 1911. :D
     
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    My problems aren't so much with mags I own and keeping thems straight, but with mags owned by friends that are for the same platform and keeping straight what mags go with what person.
     
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    This seems like a problem for people with many auto-loaders. I only have 3 handguns, and they're all different calibers; Beretta 92fs 9mm, Glock 22 .40, and an EAA witness Elite Match in .45, and I don't have any trouble at all distinguishing between which mags go where.
     
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    you could always get a piece of tape and put it on if your so concerned.
     
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    I have magazines that I have gotten at yardsales/fleamarkets usually in a box of miscellaneous gun stuff that I have no idea what they go to, I've tried matching them to catalog pictures but I'm never 100% sure i get it right.
    At the moment I've got about a dozen that I would like to get rid of if I new what they went to.
     
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    I'm not sure what makers or calibers you are having trouble with, but I can make out the differences in ALL the 1911 mags, of all makes, for my guns, which include 9mm, .38 Super, 10mm, and .45. The .38 Super and 10mm are close, but I can still discern the differences. I think the cartridge holes or numbers on Glock mags would give away whether it was a 9mm or .357/.40 mag, for whatever model you have. I do not get my CZ mags confused with my Browning mags, and the CZ AND Browning HP mags are not marked.
     
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    It would also benefit the use if ALL models that it is compatible would be stamped on the magazine (for instance, CZ 75, compact, and P-01), again to aid the user.
     
  22. M2 Carbine

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    What can add even more to the confusion is like the Makarov and CZ 83 .380 and 9x18. It's the same magazine. The 9x18 will jam feeding in the .380 but the .380 will feed into the 9x18 chamber.

    Don't ask.:D
     
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