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Katch
11-26-2012, 8:17 AM
How many magazines for one handgun is enough? I know this is probably personal preference and intended use, but I wanted to get your opinions...2, 3, 7? If you found some that were really inexpensive, does this change you number?

pdq_wizzard
11-26-2012, 8:23 AM
3 at the very minimum 8+ per is what I try to get

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ClarenceBoddicker
11-26-2012, 8:27 AM
My rule of thumb is at least 10 mags for each firearm. That may be a bit excessive for a pistol, depending on what capacity it has. I've got a big pre 2000 & 1994 ban magazine collection & even though I have high caps, I would still want as many mags as possible if I had to deal with a SHTF or EOTWAWKI situation. A good alternative is to have less standard mags & carry some extended ones. For me it's no big deal to carry 3 Glock G-18 mags & one or 2 G-17 mags to go with my G-19 or G-26. When you are not worried about CC, an extended mag is no big deal. When things go bad you can never have enough ammo in loaded mags.

ElDub1950
11-26-2012, 8:32 AM
I have 5. It's enough for competitions, but for general purposes I like 5 because there are 50 rnds in a box so 5 mags holds a box .. I don't like leftovers :)

I wouldn't buy cheap mags, but that's just me.

SB1964
11-26-2012, 8:39 AM
Minimum of 5, I like 8

-hanko
11-26-2012, 8:45 AM
How many magazines for one handgun is enough? I know this is probably personal preference and intended use, but I wanted to get your opinions...2, 3, 7? If you found some that were really inexpensive, does this change you number?
That's a decision you need to make.:rolleyes:

Obviously, the cheaper the magazine, the more you can buy with X amount of $$.

Weird post.

-hanko

stix213
11-26-2012, 8:48 AM
I'd say minimum of 3, but the more the better.

spetsnaz
11-26-2012, 8:56 AM
6+ depends on the gun

whipkiller
11-26-2012, 8:59 AM
How many threads asking "how many magazines?" is enough?:rolleyes:

Oceanbob
11-26-2012, 9:02 AM
10 minimum per handgun. Like ammo, magazines have value that doesn't go away.

Once you make up your mind what platforms you will be owning and shooting, stock up on ammo and magazines.

I have dozens of .45 auto magazines and an extremely large collection (since 1987) of Glock magazines. Add in Berettas, HK USPs, AR,AK and whatever else I own.

Also magazines need proper storage and care. For instance I use magazine pouches, like this one from GLOCKSTORE.COM


http://glockstore.com/pgroup_descrip/378_Magazine+Holsters/7834_In-Line+Magazines+Carriers/?return=%3ftpl%3Dindex%26category_id%3D378%26_Maga zine%2BHolsters%2F


It holds 5 magazines and is very handy to have 75 rounds of 10MM in a compact storage holster; I have one in my Get Home Bag.

Another good thing are extra spring and rebuild kits to keep magazines fresh.

I prefer Wolff Gunsprings in +10% power. They really help.

http://www.gunsprings.com/index.cfm?page=items&cID=1&mID=5#148


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Rorge Retson
11-26-2012, 9:08 AM
Just like Oceanbob to come in here and make everyone else's posts moot. :rolleyes:

But seriously, I agree with everyone who says 5+. Five at a minimum because it's easy with 10-round mags to load up a box of ammo and shoot it. For me, it's multiples of 5 after that.

Be careful, though - go to the range with 10 mags loaded and it's easy to blow through your entire week's ammo allowance in one sitting. Sometimes it's good to just take two mags to pace yourself. ;)

Katch
11-26-2012, 9:11 AM
Thanks, makes me feel like less of a nut wanting to buy a bunch of extra. Any concerns buying used if they're in good shape...is 30% less than retail price fair for used?

jbk
11-26-2012, 9:15 AM
I say 5 plus. I will usually grab them when i find a good deal on them. I also use them to sweeten the pot when selling a firearm. Sometime the extra mags help get what you want for the gun.

kcjr1125
11-26-2012, 9:19 AM
i agree with atleast 5.

sholling
11-26-2012, 9:20 AM
I like at least 3 for those I don't shoot much or don't consider primary defense weapons. At least 5-8 for my go-to self defense handguns.

reckoner
11-26-2012, 9:28 AM
For most of my handguns, I like 3 for HD only and 7 for IDPA/USPSA.

For my plinkers, 2 is good enough for me.

starsnuffer
11-26-2012, 9:31 AM
It depends on what you're using the weapon for.

The only "rule" you should follow is that you should never use your training/gaming magazines for duty, carry, or self defense use. Magazines that are dropped continuously during training can't be expected to perform flawlessly should need arise.

If you're just shooting at the range and not dropping your mags on the ground, then using the same mags for other uses is fine.

-W

wsmc27
11-26-2012, 9:33 AM
Another in the "min of 5" catagory.

Don't think we'd ever need that many to fight our way to the rifle ;) , but do like to go to some steel shoots or training days sometimes and more then 2 or 3 is better/needed imo.

How many threads asking "how many magazines?" is enough?:rolleyes:

5? :p

hundreddollarman
11-26-2012, 9:39 AM
Five is the minimum for what I keep with guns I use for home defense or carry. That's two devoted exclusively for HD/CCW and three to use at the range or in training. For all other guns that I only use at the range, three is just fine.

Of course, I'm always keeping my eyes open for good deals. Can't ever have enough mags handy.

db42
11-26-2012, 9:47 AM
I have six for each of my pistols because I keep 1 mag for each loaded with Hornady Critical Duty, and the others are for range use (50 to a box and all that).

Rorge Retson
11-26-2012, 10:10 AM
I have six for each of my pistols because I keep 1 mag for each loaded with Hornady Critical Duty, and the others are for range use (50 to a box and all that).

I like that idea and may copy it - except to have 7 total mags, 2 of them dedicated to HD. ;)

bohoki
11-26-2012, 10:15 AM
yea minimum 3 that is one in the gun and a dual mag pouch

i like 5 which is one in the gun and 2 dual mag pouches

BomarFab
11-26-2012, 10:15 AM
I have a minimum of 5 for each handgun that accepts a magazine.

TheThousands
11-26-2012, 10:20 AM
I have a minimum of 5. One in the gun + two in my mag holders and then two spares.

More is always better though! I also find it's helpful to put a number or letter on each magazine so you can keep track of which ones are getting worn out, have feed issues, etc.

Katch
11-26-2012, 10:27 AM
Any concerns buying used if they're in good shape...is 30% less than retail price fair for used?

Mutant
11-26-2012, 10:30 AM
2 or 3. I don't shoot competition and two is all I carry. They are expensive (it's relative) and I have lots of pistols so I try to keep it reasonable. I do have three for some cuz, over the years, they just appear. I know there are unlimited hypotheticals where more would appear necessary, but in my real world, I can't see where more than two high capacity would be needed. I do have three for my and my wife's Sig 230s.

far from tactical
11-26-2012, 10:43 AM
I have at least 4 per gun... But if I see them on sale then I will buy more

Bull's_eye
11-26-2012, 11:05 AM
I have 10 for my 1911

uhlan1
11-26-2012, 11:10 AM
6+, preferably 10+ for heavy use firearms.

uhlan1
11-26-2012, 11:10 AM
6+, preferably 10+ for heavy use firearms.

The Mad Mule
11-26-2012, 11:34 AM
Two is enough for me.

Raider888
11-26-2012, 12:13 PM
For a range gun, two.
For HD/SD minimum three.

the86d
11-26-2012, 12:21 PM
Depending on the firearm, mags can be hard to find for lesser owned firearms, or rare to find a "good one"... that isn't sold out everywhere but a gun-show.
(Compare Beretta 92fs/M9 mags to Ruger SR-9 prices, and availability, you will see.)

I like to have 4 minimum for each firearm lately, as it helps with dragging feet at the range with multiple people shooting... just a bit.

It just so happens that the more mags you have with you at the range... the quicker the allocated ammo goes down range. :)

Tripper
11-26-2012, 12:25 PM
Be careful, though - go to the range with 10 mags loaded and it's easy to blow through your entire week's ammo allowance in one sitting. Sometimes it's good to just take two mags to pace yourself. ;)

That's my problem, then the wife hands me a bunch of really light range bags

Not so bad for just the glock 23, but when you add a glock 22, a 27, a 30, a 36, then a colt 1991, that's minimum 100 round for each gun, rounding down to 350+ 40, 200+ .45, good think I only have 2 mags for the 1991.
Most of my glock mags are normal capacity, plus maybe 10 total 10 rounder, then add the 9mm conversion and there goes about 200 9mm
Plus I keep one bag of 2 loaded mags for each gun that never goes to the range

Takes me an hour or so just to reload mags

ROCKETW19
11-26-2012, 12:29 PM
Just like Oceanbob to come in here and make everyone else's posts moot. :rolleyes:

But seriously, I agree with everyone who says 5+. Five at a minimum because it's easy with 10-round mags to load up a box of ammo and shoot it. For me, it's multiples of 5 after that.

Be careful, though - go to the range with 10 mags loaded and it's easy to blow through your entire week's ammo allowance in one sitting. Sometimes it's good to just take two mags to pace yourself. ;)

lol that is me I only bring 2 mags per gun and usaually only two guns. still blow threw 300-400 rounds in my pistol no problem. If i had all my mags loaded I would need 1000 rounds every weekend and go broke fast.

raddogz
11-26-2012, 12:53 PM
Granted I don't go every week to the range and go a few times a month.

My gun came with two mags, bought another one. Saw a deal for three brand new ones and jumped on it. So now I have six =) - I like to load up my mags before I go to the range and having 5+ mags is sweet.

bsg
11-26-2012, 7:01 PM
initial number is 8 for each semi auto, and i pick up more as deals come up.

fullspeed1
11-26-2012, 7:08 PM
Just like Oceanbob to come in here and make everyone else's posts moot. :rolleyes:

But seriously, I agree with everyone who says 5+. Five at a minimum because it's easy with 10-round mags to load up a box of ammo and shoot it. For me, it's multiples of 5 after that.

Be careful, though - go to the range with 10 mags loaded and it's easy to blow through your entire week's ammo allowance in one sitting. Sometimes it's good to just take two mags to pace yourself. ;)

Ammo allowance? What's that???:rolleyes:

MA2
11-26-2012, 7:36 PM
some of my my handguns only have 1 :o

CSACANNONEER
11-26-2012, 7:47 PM
Anyone who has the same number of mags for all their firearms doesn't have enough. 15-20 for a main competition gun. One for a collectible gun. Two or more for a plinker. 4-6 for a HD gun that you actually practise with.

KIDRR
11-26-2012, 9:56 PM
Depends:

-How much ammo do you have? If you have 1000+ rounds for each gun and only have 2-3 mags then something is off there. Likewise if you have 100 rounds and 15 mags something is off there too.
-Do you have pre ban mags? Having (5) 17 round mags is a lot different than having (5) 10 round magazines.
-Do you have multiple guns that can take the same mags like the Glock 34, 17, 19, and 26?

foxtrotuniformlima
11-26-2012, 10:02 PM
However many it takes to hold 100 rounds

Red Devil
11-26-2012, 10:03 PM
SD/HD Pistol?

Large cap mag (G23): 3 (Carry Two)
Small cap mag (G36): 4 (Carry Three)

morfeeis
11-27-2012, 6:11 AM
If my damn magazines didn't cost $45 each i'd have ten but i have 4 now for my pistol. due to me having prebans the wife has access to way to many G19/G17 magazines, I often get magazine envy.....

uhlan1
11-27-2012, 7:07 AM
Another reason to like Glocks. Have at least 20+ that will fit my 17/34 and 22/35.
fit my 19 and 23 for that matter.

Bunsen
11-27-2012, 7:14 AM
I go with 6 for each gun and have 12 for my primany weapon (Springfield XD). This is really the same as the folks going for 5 I just have a 6th spare one to keep loaded with hallow point ammo so I am not loading and unloading it every week for my range trip. Every year my new year ritual is to replace the springs in that mag then rotate in a fresh one. Maintance and keeping them fresh is a big thing when you start getting into it and should not be overlooked. I have known people that can keep mags loaded for years and they still work but for me it is not worth taking the chance.

db42
12-18-2012, 9:59 AM
Ammo allowance? What's that???:rolleyes:

I think he means "Munitions Budget"

However many it takes to hold 100 rounds

How did you arrive at that number?
100 rounds is a lot for a pistol.

bluzman
12-18-2012, 10:15 AM
At least six for every gun that I own...handguns and longguns.

LMTluvr
12-18-2012, 10:34 AM
Never mind.

stilly
12-18-2012, 10:38 AM
How many magazines for one handgun is enough? I know this is probably personal preference and intended use, but I wanted to get your opinions...2, 3, 7? If you found some that were really inexpensive, does this change you number?

Typically I taper my mag consumption based on the useage of the gun.

I use my DE 44 mag all the time at the range but it is really only a range gun. I have 3 mags for it.

My WORK guns IE 1911s, glocks, whatever I have over 15 mags each. Personally though I think if you have at least 5 mags per gun then that is good for the range and real life. If they are 10 rounders then get a few more. I have 5 mags for a G20 that I do not even own, 12+ mags for my G17, 5 mags for my buckmark, and 5 mags for my G21.

Oh, and since they are cheap, I have about 25 mags for my 1911s, all various quality, but the Wilson 47D mags I only have 4 of.

I think if you can jam 100-150 rounds in your mags then you are prolly okay. Else just buy one here and there and soon you will have a lot of them.

Rorge Retson
12-18-2012, 10:47 AM
How did you arrive at that number?
100 rounds is a lot for a pistol.

Are you saying that "a lot" is worse than "not enough"?

For me, I'd rather err on the side of "Oops, guess I had more than I needed!" than "Oh, ****, I'm out!!" :eek:

Just got five 9mm mags for my XD40, bringing my total to 10 for the gun (five x .40 SW/.357 Sig mags, and five x 9mm mags).

That makes one gun with 3 barrels and 10 mags. To me this is an absolute minimum. ;)

ENTHUSIAST
12-18-2012, 10:51 AM
8-10+ per at least.

decepticon6551
12-18-2012, 10:54 AM
4 Mags
One loaded in the magwell, one loaded as a backup, and two for fun at the range

Virus55
12-18-2012, 11:39 AM
Depends on what you use the gun for. 2 Per gun unless you shoot it a bunch like my Glock 22 i have 4 and my AR i have like 8. all the rest of my guns two or less

scglock
12-18-2012, 1:52 PM
Competition gun - 10+ magazines. Range guns - 3+ magazines. HD gun - 6+

Kodachrome
12-18-2012, 7:33 PM
Used magazines are fine by me. Buy reputable brands. As long as the magazine body is ok all other parts can be bought.
Magazines vary from 2 to 10+

GRP17
12-18-2012, 7:48 PM
I guess it would depend on the gun, some people have enough mags left over to buy a bunch of other guns. I have about 8 for the G19 but only 3 for my XD.

This is not me in the video but I would enjoy that kind of fun if I had that many mags :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXKQdzttY4w

fanof1911forlife
12-18-2012, 8:10 PM
for me personally: 100x30-rds of .223, 20x8-rds of .45acp; 20x12-rds of .40s&w. i only keep them half loaded to prevent springs failure.

drifts1
12-19-2012, 7:47 PM
As many as you want. I have 3 for each pistol except for my main HD, i have 6. Truth is i've never needed more than 2 for normal range use. And have never even used 1 in a HD situation(thank god).

Saym14
12-19-2012, 7:59 PM
for me 6 to 8 or more.

iloveyourmom562
12-19-2012, 8:57 PM
I have at least 4.. The most is 11 for me..

unusedusername
12-20-2012, 1:07 AM
How many magazines for one handgun is enough?

Yes. Magazines.

You need enough so that you don't wish you had more. They aren't that expensive so getting "enough" usually isn't that hard.

fullspeed1
12-20-2012, 7:05 PM
Yes. Magazines.

You need enough so that you don't wish you had more. They aren't that expensive so getting "enough" usually isn't that hard.

Usually.....