View Full Version : How Many Mags?

04-27-2005, 9:04 PM
I've just acquired a couple of new semi-autos with another on the way and I'm gearing up with accessories. A big item being magazines.

On average, how many magazines do you all have for your pistols? Just taking an opinion poll.

I'm trying to get to 5 for each, then I'm thinking about getting to 10. Unfortunately, some are a bit expensive. I'm not into any competitve shooting, just generally plinking/target shooting without having to reload magazine too often.

04-27-2005, 9:21 PM
I have 2 that came with the handgun and 2 additional mags that I bought separately.

04-27-2005, 10:00 PM
I usually have 6+ for each pistol

04-27-2005, 10:33 PM
Back in 1999 I got at least 4-5 quality hicap mags (factory/ OEM or MecGar) per pistol that I currently own or might possibly own in future.

That same mentality made me get 85+ USGI mags for AR15s, 40 mags for FALs, and 12 ea for M1A and AR10.

Paranoia is expensive, but it's nice to know I beat the ban.

Bill Wiese
San Jose

04-27-2005, 10:51 PM
4 for my High Power, and 12 for my 1911.

Overkill? maybe....

04-28-2005, 6:15 AM
6 for my Makarov and 7 for my CZ75B.

04-28-2005, 11:57 AM
I like to have at least three mags for each of my pistols.


04-28-2005, 12:02 PM
At least five. After than, any time that there's a good deal, I will usually buy more. Mags are like ammunition - you can never have too many. Plus, you can always sell them off later if you need the $.

04-28-2005, 12:02 PM
At least enough to hold a box of ammo for pistols. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

04-28-2005, 4:42 PM
Originally posted by ShorePaul:
I like to have at least three mags for each of my pistols.

I vote for 3 as well for pistols. Any more than that, and they're just extras. 3 is good because if you did competition, such as IDPA, you have 1 in the mag-well and 2 in your mag pouches. Another as a spare wouldn't be a bad idea.


04-28-2005, 5:08 PM
My 1911 mags are all numbered. Right now I'm at #14, and I also have 8 old competition mags that still work fine but are not in the normal circulation. Oh, and I also have 2, new in the wrapper CMC Powermags that aren't numbered. Let's see, that equals, um, about 24?

04-28-2005, 5:43 PM
For 1911s I have around 35 magazines.

Don't ask me, they just started popping up everywhere...

04-28-2005, 9:21 PM
As many as you can afford and store!! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

04-28-2005, 9:36 PM
I got 5 for the Sig Pro. Any more than that, and I think I'd blow through ammo waaaaaay too quickly, and my college budget doesn't allow me to do that http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

04-29-2005, 6:37 AM
Initially, I thought (4) mags would be enough. The more I thought about them, the more I wanted. Right now, I'm trying to get about (10) mags per pistol, unless I have mags that will work in (2) pistols, then I try to have (15). No real reason, it's just the way my goofy mind works.

04-30-2005, 5:09 PM
At least 5 per firearm. I think I have 20+ for my 1911s. Buy them when you see them on sale

05-04-2005, 10:49 PM
more than my wife knows about.

05-06-2005, 7:33 PM
I buy for the intent of the gun. For my USPSA guns (SVI's, AR's, Glocks, and Para's) I have 5-6 for each gun, they get used alot, and you may need them for the stage. For the other large caliber guns 2-3 seems to be fine. For 22's I usually have 5 because 22 rounds go through the guns faster no matter who's shooting them and that means more time on the line between loadings.

05-10-2005, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by ivanimal:
more than my wife knows about.

That is the key to a long and successful marriage.

...a secret cache of "magazines"!

05-11-2005, 6:30 AM
5 is a great plenty, even if you DO compete, especially if you have several different types of handguns. What matters is what you can do with the first magful of ammo, anyway. Steel practice gongs, a .22lr conversion unit and an electronic shooting timer will be of far greater benefit than more than 5 mags.

05-19-2005, 8:34 AM
Hey leswift, when I start an IPSC stage, I have six loaded on my belt, and another "charging mag" (to put the 'one' in the chamber)in my back pocket.

5 would not feel like "plenty" for me. This is for Ltd-10 class.

It depends on how the targets are arrayed within a stage. For example, sometimes you need to dump a magazine even with 6 bullets still in it, because you're running to the next shooting position and when you get there you'll need 10 or 11 rounds.

It's funny, some of the Open guys with hi-caps that hold 32 rounds don't even have to reload at all on the stage.

05-19-2005, 10:21 AM
I'm in the same situation as bear.

Six 10 rd mags keeps me happy (Four on the belt, one in the pocket which I top off from, and one in the gun). You never know when you are going to run into a high round count stage, or a stage that will be faster to run if you reload often during your transitions.

For nearly every stage I use 2-3 mags +1 to load/top off with which only leaves me with 2 extras "just in case" something happens, like one gets stepped on hard and bends the feed lips.

05-20-2005, 12:27 PM
Originally posted by ivanimal:
more than my wife knows about.

I think he was talking about gun magazines..

05-25-2005, 10:08 AM
Ten 8 round, and ten 10 round for IPSC. I don't use the 8 rounders any more, other than plinking. But my daughter likes them as they are a little easier to load up.

Sportsman Guide deals on Chip McCormick mags sometimes really pay off ($18.50ea)!

05-26-2005, 1:43 PM
Originally posted by ivanimal:
more than my wife knows about.

I think he was talking about gun magazines..

My MISTAKE............ http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

06-01-2005, 9:50 AM
I always like to have 6 mags per weapon. That way I can rotate the ones that are always loaded and the empties that I take to the range. I've heard some horror stories about ftf's using full mags. That is, when the time came to use the gun, it jammed because the spring had been compressed for too long.