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Posted: 8/29/2004 3:39:24 PM EDT
Ok, with the inpending flood gates opening.

How many mags do I need for every day use (range) & how many do I need to stock pile away?

I have a bunch of old 20 rounders, but not that many 30's.

What is your take?

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 4:01:49 PM EDT
Well, if you're using Orlites you're gonna need a truckload.

But seriously, I used to figure a certain number per gun. How many? Who knows, but if you pick a number between 10 and 30 you'll be in good, if arbitrary, company.

Nowadays I look at mags in the context of likelihood of another ban (yeah, I believe this one will expire). My crapometer says we'll have another hi-cap mag ban all too soon. So when prices settle down I'll be buying more.

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 4:48:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 4:50:03 PM EDT by DOA]
I use a total of 6 mags (3 -20's and 3-30's) for range use only. I have another 3 NIW ones and a few dozen others that I will keep for future use if they stop the practice of having replacement mags.
I prefer the 20's for the range, especially when shooting prone. If they start to make the ban permanent Im "selling the farm" to buy as many 20's and 30's as I can.

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 6:56:49 PM EDT
I have 6 for range use 4 beaters a new labelle and a new brit steel.I have 24 for my own rifle and 15 a piece for my other 2 ARs.Im on my 4thy and I know Ill have a 5th AR so I need about 30 more..damn I should just round off at an even 100 that will give me plenty of spares.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:05:50 PM EDT
My normal load out is 14-20 mags. I have at least that many loaded at all times for training value if nothing else. I probably have about 35-40 mags total for use, plus another 10 or so 20 rounders and 4 30 rounders that are part of my Vietnam era collection of stuff.

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 7:14:00 PM EDT
Just get as many as you feel you need, there are days I wonder if I have too many magazines for the AR's
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 9:16:09 PM EDT
get more 30rdners.....also
as many as you can afford
as many as you can keep fully loaded
as many as you want
as many as you can get

i got 3 (wating for prices to go down some more, and saving some $$$ for another rifle)
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 7:22:57 AM EDT
Stuck with the Pataki Ban here in NY State, so I've jumped on as many pre-ban mags I can afford. They have to last me as long as I live here. I have:

10 SA80 mags (4 in use, 6 stored)
30 USGI Labelle Teflon mags (4 in use, 26 stored)

These mags are used both in my Bushy 16" carbine and my SU16, plus I'm considering jumping on a 20" A3 Bushy for the "arsenal". I may pick up another 10 Labelle Teflons - these mags are awesome. The steel SA80 take up the bulk of the cycles at the range, my thought is they will stand up to more use and abuse than the aluminum USGI mags.

My fear is that after the Clinton Ban expires, the ban in NY State on regular capacity (20 to 30rds) magazines will be virtually impossible to enforce and in a knee-jerk reaction the state's politicians will eventually ban the sale and shipping of all regular capacity mags to NYS or they will require "proof" that one has owned such mags prior to any future ban on the possession and purchase of such mags. The very worst scenario would see NYS mag whores like myself totally banned from the possession of such magazines for their EBRs.

In the meantime I have stocked up on ~20 metric mags for my FAL; 5 E. German 30rd steel mags, 5 20rd "Tanker" mags, 5 30rd Polish polymer mags, 10 Bulgarian 30rd steel mags, 15 Bulgarian 30rd polymer "waffle" mags for my SA M7(S), PLUS I have 15 "Type 57" magazines for a rifle I don't even own or have near term plans to purchase - M1A/M14 - I figure it at least gives me options in case I want to go with an M1A or even an Armalite AR10 in the future.

I figure better to buy mags (and EBRs) now while they are relatively inexpensive and available, rather than wait until NYS's ban is made even more draconian, or a new national AWB is passed upon a change of majority in the House of Representatives.
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 11:26:36 AM EDT
i have one hundred mags which are rotated on range trips

none are safe queens
Link Posted: 8/30/2004 11:31:09 AM EDT
If you have a range buddy all you really NEED is two.
they could load one as fast as you would what to shoot (most of the time)
But 5-6 would be good
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 7:56:32 PM EDT
15 GI Labelle 30s and 16 GI Colt 20s, probably pick up another 15 to 20 Labelle 30s if/when there is a price drop.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 10:41:12 PM EDT
I usually have 15 30s for each AR (1 in gun, 6 for LBV, 4 for a bandoX2). I try to keep a like "back" for each AR as spares. So 30 per AR is optimum for me.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 5:43:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 12:06:47 PM EDT
All I have are 30-rounders.

10 crappy unmarked mags which sometimes work and sometimes don't (got 'em dirt cheap).
3 thermolds which work great.
3 original colt mags, 2 of which work flawlessly.

So 16 total, only 5 of which I'd depend on.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:32:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/2/2004 2:33:13 PM EDT by JustL00king]

Originally Posted By markm:

Your $1,000 rifle will be an overpriced paperweight when you run out of ammo
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 2:55:51 PM EDT
10 30's loaded with BH 68 gr. OTM always available. I have another 20 or so for general/range use.
Link Posted: 9/2/2004 6:19:12 PM EDT
7 30's and 5 20s for one gun.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:08:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 11:10:22 AM EDT by IronSamVane]
5 USGI 30s loaded, 5 USGI 30s still in the wrap, and 10 Brit. steels loaded. Only one rifle so far. I need a job just to fund ARs and accessories alone.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:11:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JustL00king:

Originally Posted By markm:

Your $1,000 rifle will be an overpriced paperweight when you run out of ammo

Run out of ammo when? I have plenty of ammo, and all the dead guys around me will provide plenty.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:12:04 AM EDT
The million dollar question..........

That and how many licks.....

I have mags stashed in places I forgot about. If you are talking plinking, a dozen or so is fine. If you have foil, use it. TEOWAKI/SHTF you have to assume a non resupply. Now how many will you need to last you forever?
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 11:20:24 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/5/2004 3:47:54 PM EDT
I have one more than I can carry.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 7:20:57 AM EDT
I have more than I can count now.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 8:03:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 8:14:53 AM EDT
I have 8 - 30 rounders and 2 - 20 rounders for training/range time.

After that, its 10 mags per weapon in storage.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 8:24:30 AM EDT
I have sixteen 30 rd mags at present. I just take four to 3-gun matches. I plan on stocking up on more in the near future.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:41:19 PM EDT
So far I only have 2-10 rounders which came with my AR, 3-30 rounders & 1-20 rounder. I want alot more!

Link Posted: 9/9/2004 7:56:19 PM EDT
Two AR'S....... 30 refinshed 30rd mags, 16 refinshed 20 rd mags and just got 14 30 rd mags for $40.00. Will refinsh next week. refinsh = new springs, green follower and re-spray outside finsh.
Most mags cost $10- 12.50 All USGI. Also have 3 40 rd USA mags ( work like clockwork ).
Leave 30 rd USA mags alone, unless you need targets. LOL
Link Posted: 9/9/2004 10:41:25 PM EDT
So far, 4 30 round SA80s
and two 20 round colts.

but ive only had my rifle for a few months
Link Posted: 9/10/2004 6:44:18 AM EDT
I have 16 30 USGI mags, I try and use them all, I rotate the one I take to the range so I know that they all feed 100%. I don't like the idead of keeping some in the wrapper for use at a critical time. Just because it's in the wrapper does not mean it will workk 100%.

It could have been made out of spec or damaged in shipping, you don't know if you don't feed ammo through them.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 3:34:28 AM EDT
I have about 260 total, 50 of them being colt 20 rdrs. Monday I am ordering 100 new 30s to put up.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 1:53:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By badredfish:
Ok, with the inpending flood gates opening.

How many mags do I need for every day use (range) & how many do I need to stock pile away?

I have a bunch of old 20 rounders, but not that many 30's.

What is your take?


My take is, as many as you can possibly afford, and keep them all loaded. An empty magazine is as useless(not worthless....USEless) as teets on a bull. So is an unloaded gun, unless you want to use it for a club, or clean it.
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