View Full Version : One of the reasons to buy extra magazines...?

September 19, 2011, 03:52 AM
"Keeping a few extra factory magazines around is never a bad idea; extra magazines save loading time at the range and also serve as a backup for those days when you simply cannot remember where you put your primary magazine."

Not exactly sure what the marketing folks are thinking with this one!

I mean, sure, I have "misplaced" many items over the years... but, my "primary mags" for my pistols are always either in the pistols or in the safe next to the pistols. And I can imagine possibly "forgetting" to take enough mags out to the range, but buying extra mags thinking that I might need them because I might have "one of those days"?

Has anyone ever bought magazines, just "for those days"...

September 19, 2011, 04:37 AM
AZAK; 100% agreed.

I also keep extra magazines just because and just case.

American Eagle
September 19, 2011, 04:40 AM
No...not really. I have never lost a magazine, so I don't have the need to buy extra magazines for those days when I loose one.

However, I do try to keep 4 magazines for each weapon I own for the sake of efficiency at the range. It is nice to be able to shoot a whole box of ammo without reloading magazines, and then load the magazines during the "cease fire" at the range while others are still checking and replacing their targets (I shoot at an outdoors range.)

September 19, 2011, 05:50 AM
I will never ever be without enough magazines. The 10 round ban found me spending often to much for mags. Never again!

If you find mags at a fair price there is no reason (NONE) not to get them, just in case.

I have never lost a mag but I have misplaced them and I have had some break over the years.

Nope Never Again!

September 19, 2011, 05:57 AM
I buy extras just because its annoying to reload so damn often at the range id rather reload 5-6 mags at a time than keep shooting the same mag or two over and over

September 19, 2011, 07:17 AM
Living through the ridiculous crime bill and AWB is reason enough to stock up.

September 19, 2011, 08:40 AM
^ What he said ++++++++++++++=


September 19, 2011, 08:48 AM
I always have a couple extra magazines....Just incase those Zombies do attack. LOL

September 19, 2011, 03:21 PM
Do I have extra mags: YES

Do I ever have one of those days: NO

I would hate having to stop after every mag to reload the same one over and over...

No reason to not have a bunch of extra's for your firearms :)

September 19, 2011, 03:39 PM
I tend to buy at least 4 mags - when I pick up a new gun ...

but I have a lot of similar platforms ( like 1911's ) where in 9mm ( I have about a dozen mags / same thing in .45acp ) .../ if a mag starts acting up, I mark it with a permanant marker - clean, inspect it - and if issues continue, I dump it, and order some replacements.

so far, I've never lost anything like a mag at the range....but I try to keep organized ( with mag pouches that hold 6 or 8 mags ) ...and keep just one caliber on the bench at once / and everything else in the range bag.

September 19, 2011, 03:54 PM
Pretty horrid prices, too.

September 19, 2011, 05:00 PM
Keeping with the topic, I looked in my safe and I find over 40 magazines for my handguns and more magazines for the M1A, LR308, and AR15.

Have any of you some advice about keeping them separated?

I have .45 magazines for Glock, S & W, CZ, Springer and SIG.
9mm mags for S&W, Glock,CZ and SIG.
.40 cal for SIG.
.380 for Walther
.22 for Buckmark.

I always keep a factory mag in the gun, but somehow, in the dark of night, the rest of them move around.

Do you guys keep an empty ammo dry storage box for each gun magazine?

Do you sort through them like I do?

I really did not realize just how many magazines I have until I started pulling them out of the safe.

Any ideas would be welcome. . .well maybe not ALL ideas but you get my drift.

I keep all the boxes my guns came in but it seems to be a pita to have to retrieve the box to get the magazines.

There has to be a better way.


September 19, 2011, 05:48 PM
In my office I keep one of the plastic drawer-type organizers you can buy for crafts, etc.

Each of my magazines has a drawer, and I have a minimum of 3 magazines for each of my guns that use them. I have never misplaced one yet! :rolleyes:

As time goes by, I'll add a few more of each type, especially the high-capacity ones in case the idiots in DC try to place limits on them. Magazines will sometimes wear out over time, don't want to run out.

September 19, 2011, 06:03 PM
I buy magazines when ever I can, good to have on hand. Some magazine ban comes, mine will only go up in value.

September 19, 2011, 06:33 PM
I store my extra mags in a "plastic storage bin" - a 20 gallon storage tub with a lid / and I use "quart" sized food storage bags - zip loc - freezer bags ....and drop them in the bags ( and you can write on the bags with a marker if you want ) ....and drop them in the bin.

I used to wrap them with rubber bands - but rubber bands seem to deteriorate or break all the time.

I guess I have about 19 different types of mags in there .../ so yes, it does all add up - and a lot of them look the same - so its aggravating to get to the range with mags for a .40S&W when you brought a 9mm gun with you ...( sig 239's 9mm, Sig 239's .40S&W, Sig 226's 9mm, Sig 226's .40S&W / 1911 9mm 9 round mags, 1911 9mm 10 rd mags / 1911 .45 acp mags for Brown / 1911 mags from Baer / 1911 mags from Kimber / 1911 mags from Wilson / .22 Buckmark mags / .22 conversion kit Sig mags / .22 conversion kit Wilson mags / .22 conversion kit kimber mags / .22 High standard mags / speed loaders for K frame, for L frame, for N frame , .22 speed loaders for .22 revolver....

September 19, 2011, 06:33 PM
I'll have to admit losing track of particular 1911 mags. I have several 1911s and have bought a number of extra mags. Between range bags, pistols, safes, and nightstands, I occasionally can't lay my hands on a particular mag without some searching.

September 19, 2011, 06:43 PM
Pretty horrid prices, too.

an extra 12rd mag for my USP .45 is about $50 :eek:

gotta pay if you wanna play i guess

September 19, 2011, 06:56 PM

That's HK for you...

September 19, 2011, 07:02 PM
I paid $22+tax at the LGS for a CZ-75B 17 round mag that they have for 29.99 plus shipping.

So much for the local guy always being higher. :eek:

September 19, 2011, 07:08 PM

That's HK for you...

a small price to pay for an exceptional handgun IMO

September 19, 2011, 07:14 PM
How in the name of fried green tomatoes can someone lose their primary magazine? Pistol storead loaded or empty has magazine inserted, always. Spare EMPTY mag goes to the range to use for load testing, etc, primary/secondary/tertiary defensive magazines remain loaded and accessable until replaced at the end of the range session in the correct locations.

September 19, 2011, 07:38 PM
I looked in my safe and I find over 40 magazines for my handguns and more magazines for the M1A, LR308, and AR15.

I've got somewhere around 500 magazines...well over 100 for my .45ACP 1911's alone.



Why? Not for any particular reason...only because I can...

September 19, 2011, 07:39 PM
I've misplaced magazines before which forced me to buy extras...after several military moves, it happens. Good news is my spare mags always turn up and now I have plenty...but you can never have enough :D

It is pretty stupid advertising and I hope it was done in jest. Spare magazines do speed up range training and they are prudent insurance as a bad magazine can turn your semi-auto into a single shot...and if your semi-auto has the magazine disconnect a single, bad magazine can make your pistol an awkward, unsharpened, one-time throwing star.


September 19, 2011, 07:54 PM
Good God, varoadking, I hope you reload!

September 20, 2011, 01:48 AM
How in the name of fried green tomatoes can someone lose their primary magazine?

Almost word for word what went through my mind! And reading the description for the magazine makes it sound like this is a normal and expected event! And we should all be prepared right now.

Dang, now where did I park?

September 20, 2011, 03:13 AM
Keeping with the topic, I looked in my safe and I find over 40 magazines for my handguns and more magazines for the M1A, LR308, and AR15.

Have any of you some advice about keeping them separated?

I have .45 magazines for Glock, S & W, CZ, Springer and SIG.
9mm mags for S&W, Glock,CZ and SIG.
.40 cal for SIG.
.380 for Walther
.22 for Buckmark.

I always keep a factory mag in the gun, but somehow, in the dark of night, the rest of them move around.

Hang one on each side of your gun safe, tied to each other (think along the idea of a saddlebag, with the safe being the "horse"). Organize by row, in whatever manner you wish. I had one row stuffed full of G20 mags at one point. I had it hanging on the inside of the closet I used for gun storage, hard to have a safe and PCS every couple of years. I had G20, G22, SP2022, Buckmark, AR-15, BAR MkII Safari, 10/22, and P22 mags all stored neatly and readily accessible. I also had a couple pockets I used for slings, shotgun plugs, choke tubes, etc

September 20, 2011, 04:49 AM
can you have too many magazines ?:cool: personally I have 5 for my pistol
my rifles don't have loose magazines , If and when I finally buy me an AR I will buy at least one mag a month untill TSHTF :D

September 20, 2011, 05:26 AM
Regarding organizing spare mags:

- For all guns I keep at least two mags with each gun, one inserted (whether empty or loaded) and one next to it

- All my "primary" firearms have a "Go" bag nearby with several loaded mags

- For guns with more mags than that, I also have one or more .50 cal ammo cans per caliber for ammo. I usually have at least a "Reserve" can and a "Range" can of ammo and I will put appropriate mags in each if there is room. Some calibers have a can each for Reserve, Ready, Practice, Target, and Components and spare mags could be in one or more of them as needed. These are usually loaded to save space by combining ammo and mags (and placed in labeled gallon Ziplocs so I know what ammo is in them)

- For a few guns like the AR15s, AKs, PTR91, and Glocks I still have more mags then fit in the Go bags and ammo cans. These go into the plastic tubs (10 gal or 20 gal).

If you have just a few spare mags per caliber I would oil them lightly, put them in labeled Ziploc bags and then put those into one or more ammo cans. The ammo cans are not necessary, but I like them because they are uniform size, fit on shelving easy, you can stack them, they are totally element proof in case of roof leak, flooding, etc adn they are crush proof. A plastic tub is good too.

Ziplocs, Sharpie, ammo cans and plastic tubs!

ETA: As far as how many mags--I also lived through the AWB and various "droughts" initially with only a couple of mags! When the AWB expired I decided that neither I, my children or grandchildren would ever be short mags again. A firearm without its magazine is a single shot. Magazines are the most common cause of feed failures. Magazines are basically semi-disposable parts.

When you buy in good times at low prices you will be glad for it when the prices double or triple later on. I have new AK mags I bought for $3. 1911 GI mags I bought for $7. AR15 mags I bought for $5. Glock factory mags for $12. I've added a lot more at current prices, but in another 20 years $12 AR15 mags may look very cheap.

September 20, 2011, 05:45 AM
I usually have four to seven spares per pistol. I hate spending all my time at the range loading mags when I could be shooting. There is always the chance of a mag "going bad" and who knows if we'll ever have another hi-cap mag ban? I store my mags in those little fanny packs (butt packs) that they sell at Walmart for a few dollars and add a cardboard shipping tag with the model number of the pistol. On some I just cut the waist straps off. They make a nice durable package and the zippered side pouches are often large enough to hold a mag loader too.

September 20, 2011, 11:59 AM
Typically I have three or four magazines, but with some exceptions:

If my wife and I have two guns with the same magazine. She's got a Ruger Mk 3 Hunter, and I have a Mk 3 Competition. We have 11 magazines (yes, we fight over the last one), and a McFadden speed loader.
We have the Beretta Px4, Px4SC, and Cx4 Storms in 9mm; we have a total of 9 full size mags, and 3 shorter ones for the SC.
For my P99 I have 4 full size mags as well as 3 extended factory magazines.

For magazine storage, I stock up on MidwayUSA's tactical pistol cases (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=939160870) when they go on sale ($10 with C&R) and dedicate one to each pistol I own. They each hold 7 magazines under the flap, and have two zippered compartments for magazine loaders and other accessories. I use luggage tags and index cards to indicate which case is for which gun, and attach them with zip ties through the nylon webbing of the handles. Much easier to keep track of magazines and such at the range that way.

September 20, 2011, 12:18 PM
I keep it pretty simple. Enough mags for each firearm that I could reasonably carry them, plus a few more.

All are discretely and uniquely numbered to track issues, should they arise.

No fancy storage, just an ammo can with a large dessecant package I refresh every few months. I'm not planning for the situation where I need 1000+ rounds to fight off an invasion. I live in a relatively small place, and don't keep so much ammo on hand that I need to get super-organized about storage. I order fresh every few months, shoot out what I have, and replace on a rolling basis.

When I go to the range, I don't have a fancy range bag. Basic black Galls bag, or a small Pelican or surplus tool sachel, depending on what I bring. If I need to separate items, I'll use a towel or a smaller bag within the larger one. I never bring more than two firearms to a range session anyway, I keep my practice short and focused.

September 20, 2011, 01:10 PM
All are discretely and uniquely numbered to track issues, should they arise.
I had to keep track of magazines while diagnosing my Solo issues, but for some reason actually numbering them as a general practice never occurred to me; good idea!

September 20, 2011, 01:26 PM
I have about four magzines for each weapon and initially use each magazine at least twice to make sure they don't have any obvious problems.
After that however, I normally use only one magazine at a time.

If magazines actually wear out - I want it to happen to one-at-time, not to three or four within a short time frame

The range I normally shoot at is all Bulls Eye targets.
They prohibit 'rapid fire' - which is obviously a vague statement but per at least a hundred visits, the traditional Bullseye target shooting rates of Slow fire, Time Fire, and Rapid fire are all OK.
I usually shoot five-round strings and I don't find reloading after every five rounds a problem - I use that time to refill the magzine and use my scope to check the target.

I've noticed other folks at that range with 14-15 round magazines shooting in one long string, but never saw an advantage when shooting at a single stationary target.

September 21, 2011, 02:37 AM
Keeping with the topic, I looked in my safe and I find over 40 magazines for my handguns and more magazines for the M1A, LR308, and AR15.

Have any of you some advice about keeping them separated

For those who have a number of different magazines for different handguns, Walmart sells a clear plastic case that releases anticorrosive gas complete with dividers in the tackle-box section. Lets you separate them and see what's in the case at the same time.

September 21, 2011, 06:49 AM
^ Thanks!!!

I will have to check that out.


September 21, 2011, 07:18 AM
Different places sell vci vapor tabs to throw into boxes and tool chests. I buy a large package once a year and replace the old ones.