Quantcast
  1. Sign up now and join over 35,000 northwest gun owners. It's quick, easy, and 100% free!

How many mags is enough?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by blankman32k, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. blankman32k

    blankman32k Peoples Republic of PDX Member

    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    39
    Ok, so I am relatively new to all this and this question has probably been mulled over already.

    But in light of the current climate, how many mags is enough? I tend to keep the factory mags for when it counts and use aftermarkets for the range and Quarry.

    P229 40 S&W (my carry/home defense gun): I have 3 factory and 3 after market. 2 of the factory are routinely loaded with Corbon for HD.

    P226 9mm: I have 3 factory and 5 after market. Since this is more of a Range and Quarry gun, I just kept the original mags in the box and use the after markets.

    M&P 22: 3 x 12 round factory mags. What can I say, plink away.

    Should I be loading up on springs or any other spare parts? Any other acquisitions to think about?

    Thanks
     
  2. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,325
    Likes Received:
    1,232
    Probably only need one, can’t have too many though. If you’re in a gun fight, chances are you will never use a second mag statistically. Its funny how people assume they will live long enough to reload, my opinion is 3 mags and all the rest of your money should go towards ammo, shooting and training…..if you like to just shoot at the range and aren’t considering being party to a conflict…..load up on mags

    How much you shoot denotes spring wear, they last a longer then the springs of old........again spare parts never hurt. If you’re looking to prioritize , ammo/shooting, training, parts, mags IMO
     
    Sgt Nambu and (deleted member) like this.
  3. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

    Messages:
    5,969
    Likes Received:
    5,495
    4 mags for every pistol

    8 mags for each rifle

    Exception is for 10/22s - you can never have enough. I knew a guy in the 90s who had 300 10/22 mags. He would go out to the woods for the weekend and empty all of them. Cool guy.
     
  4. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,944
    Likes Received:
    1,778
    I would go with as many as you can afford. when I take one of my 1911s I take all 8 mags. I would rather be shooting then reloading anyday. For CC or open carry, id bring atleast 1 extra depending on the firearm.
    As a standard though, id go with what Burt posted 4 per pistol and 8 per rifle.
     
    Sgt Nambu and (deleted member) like this.
  5. shakazulu12

    shakazulu12 Portland, OR Member

    Messages:
    153
    Likes Received:
    9
    I've got 11 mags for the 1911. Just as backups really since they get dropped at the range a lot and during courses etc. If I'm just shooting at the range, I try to only use 3. Burn less ammo that way.

    I only carry 1 spare when I'm out and about, and frequently not even on my body.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    5,774
    Likes Received:
    4,953
    For my Star Model B in 9mm I have three factory mags they are now 60 years old for the last 25 years they have spent the majoity of their time loaded with all 8 rounds they will hold. They function perfectly.
     
    Sgt Nambu and (deleted member) like this.
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    10,379
    Likes Received:
    7,597
    This question is like the question about how many guns does it take to finish a collection


    Just one more

    I have at least 5 for every gun that takes them.
    It's easier to have plenty of mags already loaded when you go out to shoot or hunt
     
  8. OREGON FALER

    OREGON FALER Springfield, OR. Active Member

    Messages:
    210
    Likes Received:
    36
    I like 10 per rifle and 5 per pistol. Never hurts having more though. Mags wear out, feedlips get bent.
     
  9. blankman32k

    blankman32k Peoples Republic of PDX Member

    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    39
    Out of curiosity, what are you hunting with 5 full mags?

     
  10. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle Oregon Active Member

    Messages:
    494
    Likes Received:
    184
    I like to have at least five mags for every gun I own. Some guns I have a lot more than five :) My method has been if I go to a show or store and don't buy another gun, I like to buy a new mag and/or ammo. It helps spread the costs and keeps me well stocked. Lately though that's been a tough game to play.
     
  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    2,562
    Likes Received:
    4,290
    10 pistol

    30 rifle

    Drop a few mags in the rocks and you will see why extras are needed, just for spare parts!
     
  12. DSAPT9

    DSAPT9 North Idaho Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

    Messages:
    471
    Likes Received:
    988
    I am one of the strange ones.

    I personally believe in a minimum of 10 mags per firearm or at least main rifle and pistol and then what ever I can get for the 22lr.

    This allows 7 mags for main carry and 3 spare in case some go down for whatever reason.

    It is just a personal thing.
     
  13. glockman99

    glockman99 Hoquiam, WA. Active Member

    Messages:
    249
    Likes Received:
    94
    I have 6 factory 8-round mags for my S&W 4506....That seems to be enough.
     
  14. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

    Messages:
    1,904
    Likes Received:
    2,406
    4 per firearm. Any more than that just means I'm either a bad shot or seriously out-gunned.
     
    oli700 and (deleted member) like this.
  15. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,052
    Likes Received:
    970
    Most handguns I have 5+, rifles 10+. I do have a couple BLRs that I've got one mag per rifle.
     
  16. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

    Messages:
    3,360
    Likes Received:
    6,932
    ALL OF THEM!
     
  17. raindog

    raindog Portland, OR Active Member

    Messages:
    574
    Likes Received:
    145
    Sadly, I think the answer is "as many as you are going to need for the rest of your life".
     
  18. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,042
    Likes Received:
    1,043
    For a hunting rifle, two 5 rounders.
    Hunting revolver, cylinder full plus one speed loader.

    For defense carry, 1911 with 1 extra mag
    or
    FNP-45 with 1 mag

    For fighting tyrants, Sig556 with 15 mags, upgraded to a select fire Personal Defense Weapon the first time I see some government a$$hat carrying one.
     
    robertg and (deleted member) like this.
  19. 1stklass

    1stklass salem oregon Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    517
    Likes Received:
    335
    I kept 80 mags for my PTRs but i paid about 1.50 to 2 dollars each for them... i have two PTRs and would like a couple more.... 20 mags per rifle and now the fun part.... filling them with the little explosive pieces of GOLD we call Ammo :bawling:
     
  20. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

    Messages:
    7,546
    Likes Received:
    10,532
    I would be pretty satisfied with what you already have except that I like to have as many .22 mags as I can. The only additional advice that I have is, discounting current events, I will buy more if I run into an especially good deal on them. Probably don't have to worry about that just now! Good luck!

    PS: I notice that some of the other posters are adding rifles to the equation. If AR's and such, I get as many as I can find/afford. Been collecting them for years.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2013