View Full Version : Can you convert Ruger magazines to extra capacity?

January 10, 2005, 12:30 AM
My wife has a Ruger 9mm. Both her magazines are post ban 10 rounders.

Is there a spacer or something that can be legally taken out now and make them into high cap magazines?

Are there any severe precautions about trying this?

Thanks, and may God bless,

January 10, 2005, 01:29 AM
Putting legalities aside, the Clinton ban stipulated that 10-rounders could not be manufactured to "easily" be converted to high-capacity. Every Ban magazine I've seen I would call impossible to convert by the average enthusiast.

Once you factor in potential reliability problems, cost of a new spring, etc., you're looking at a new magazine minus the hassle!

mill hunky
January 10, 2005, 08:45 PM
on my factory mags, all i would have to do is mill out the pressed indentions on the bottom of the mag. it would make them the same as the law enforcement mags. which are now legal , being sold on the internet. i know i`ll get replys on this but i only load 9 rounds in the mags. anyway. there are only 6 in a wheelgun, and i only put 5 in the cyl., even on the range. rich

January 15, 2005, 09:03 AM
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January 16, 2005, 05:22 PM
When those dam socialest passed the 10 round restriction Bill ruger went for it. He mad a plastic 10 rounder so that you could not add rounds to his magazines. If and when Ruger decides to up their capacity...you will get Ruger brand high capacity magazines.

January 16, 2005, 10:13 PM
Ruger is making 15 rounders. I just bought 2 new ones for my KP95 from local gun shop who ordered them for me.

Harry Bonar
March 4, 2005, 08:12 PM
:confused: Dear shooter
Mag capacity never bothered me.
Ken Hackathorn, my weapons trainer, told us, "If you have five bad guys in a room, what are you going to take,? A high capacity 9mm, or, a 1911, 45acp single stack with one up the stack and seven in the magazine? Kenny says, "Take the 45, shoot each one once, recover your area (if you're still alive), engage any moving targets, or, if calm do a tactical mag change and be ready to engage with a fully loaded gun."
The Germans had the right idea about guns, "let alot of blood out and lots of air in." Penetrate both sides of your game animal with a medium velocity round and a heavy bullet." I also know that few 45acp bullets penetrate a man!
Of course I realize that in competition shooting this won't hold true! But, in the 1.2 seconds of a real gunfight clip capacity isn't important.
That's just my experience and how I've been trained.
P.S. I'm sorry to get so carried away - you had a simple question. :confused:

James K
March 4, 2005, 08:28 PM
I realize that "that was then, this is now" but for a long time I carried an S&W Model 36 with 5 rounds and a speed loader, and never felt unarmed. Those movie shootouts with hundreds of highly trained and disciplined drug dealers, using automatic weapons, armed helicopters, and guided missiles, just don't happen in the real world, not even to DEA agents.

Realistically, ten rounds is plenty for any likely encounter by an armed citizen. If anyone here, LEO or armed citizen, has had to kill more than ten bad guys and ran out of ammo, I would really appreciate hearing about it, but only if it really happened to YOU.


March 4, 2005, 08:39 PM
Not to try and shoot you down (pardon the pun). Hi caps may not be necessary, but definatly benificial. I won't stop at one round, hell probably not at 4 or five. I would think six well placed shots are better than one. If you think about the time it takes to pull the trigger, before you know it you have gone through 7 or eight rounds. I went through a Simunitions course where we entered trying to find the BG. Obviously he jumps out and starts blazing. In two separate scenarios I along with my partner shot more than six times each, this was only one person mind you. One scenario I scored six hits out of seven shots (from the knee walking up to the chest). Another scenario scored 3 out of 8 (kinda ashamed of that one). We were shooting 92F's with the 15 round mags. I there were 3 people it might have turned out a little different...

March 6, 2005, 08:26 PM
I love hi-caps for shooting paper. Why assume when someone wants them they are for carry? Shooting 90rds from 3 mags is easier than 90 outta 9 mags if loaded ahead of time. And if you get carried away emptying them quicklt your just helping support the ammunition industry that much more!