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Posted: 9/1/2015 12:30:16 PM EDT
I think I'm pretty much set up with a lifetime supply of various 20 and 30 rounds mags. USGI mags with magpul followers, PMAGs, Lancer l5AWM mags, a good variety.


I have been wondering what you guys consider a lifetime supply of mags. By this I mean, for the AR15, X number of mags will get you through a lifetime of use at 5k rounds per year. (under normal use, not taking into account breaking or losing the mags)


So, what would you guys consider a lifetime supply?


Also, about how many rounds would a typical AR mag feed before it is considered "worn out?"



Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:31:14 PM EDT
All of them.
Until they don't work


Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:33:08 PM EDT
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How old are you? you'll stop shooting in your late 60s?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:34:40 PM EDT
I mean, I have probably 10 pmags and that has been more than enough for me so far

I'll keep buying more as I get more rifles, but I don't need a crazy amount like some of the guys on here have.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:34:58 PM EDT
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27. Probably won't stop shooting until I physically can't anymore.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:35:20 PM EDT
Lots.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:35:55 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Proto3:
I mean, I have probably 10 pmags and that has been more than enough for me so far

I'll keep buying more as I get more rifles, but I don't need a crazy amount like some of the guys on here have.
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Do you have one mag in particular that you use more than the others?


If so, how many rounds would you estimate it has fed in its lifetime?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:36:16 PM EDT
Wow, GD is slipping
87
is the correct answer
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:36:24 PM EDT
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27. Probably won't stop shooting until I physically can't anymore.
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:
Originally Posted By Silver_Surfer:
How old are you? you'll stop shooting in your late 60s?




27. Probably won't stop shooting until I physically can't anymore.

Perfect. So buy enough for you, your kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:36:36 PM EDT
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Quantify, please.


I want to be set long before any "high cap mag" ban bullshit starts up again.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:37:05 PM EDT
At 5k rounds/year? More than 50.


At my current round count? I could live with the 15 or so I currently have that aren't sealed in wrappers.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:37:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:




27. Probably won't stop shooting until I physically can't anymore.
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Originally Posted By Silver_Surfer:
How old are you? you'll stop shooting in your late 60s?




27. Probably won't stop shooting until I physically can't anymore.


You're young so I'd say 87mags
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:38:03 PM EDT
I don't go by a particular number.  I just buy 2-3 here and there.  They add up.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:38:29 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By savageoneseven:
At 5k rounds/year? More than 50.


At my current round count? I could live with the 15 or so I currently have that aren't sealed in wrappers.
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Interesting, thanks.



As an aside, why you do leave some of your mags sealed? Plan on selling them at some point?
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:38:38 PM EDT
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I will have enough mags, when you have to come to ME to buy your next one.


 
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:38:43 PM EDT
Too many variables: How are they stored? How often are the used? What climate are the used in?

The answer could be 7 if they are never used and stored in a climate controlled safe. It could be hundreds if you fire thousands of rounds every week and store them in the back of a pick up.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:39:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:



Do you have one mag in particular that you use more than the others?


If so, how many rounds would you estimate it has fed in its lifetime?

Thanks.
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:
Originally Posted By Proto3:
I mean, I have probably 10 pmags and that has been more than enough for me so far

I'll keep buying more as I get more rifles, but I don't need a crazy amount like some of the guys on here have.



Do you have one mag in particular that you use more than the others?


If so, how many rounds would you estimate it has fed in its lifetime?

Thanks.


My AR pistol has it's "Main" pmag, and my AR rifle doesn't.

I honestly have no idea how many rounds my magazines have fed. I only got into AR's a couple of years ago, so it can't be THAT many rounds.

But I'll randomly buy a pmag here and there when I'm at cabelas and feel like getting another one.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:39:38 PM EDT
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I don't go by a particular number.  I just buy 2-3 here and there.  They add up.
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This is what I do, pretty much.


But again, I don't want to be caught wishing I had more if some bullshit legislation passes. Or, even if people think it will pass and go crazy with the panic buying.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:40:07 PM EDT
I'm buying till they quit making them, think of the children of the future.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:40:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By markmars:
Too many variables: How are they stored? How often are the used? What climate are the used in?

The answer could be 7 if they are never used and stored in a climate controlled safe. It could be hundreds if you fire thousands of rounds every week and store them in the back of a pick up.
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Assume 5k rounds per year.


Assume that one would use a single mag until is it worn out, then toss it.


How many mags? How many rounds will a typical mag feed before it is worn out?


Thanks. Just your best guesses based on experience.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:41:13 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:



Quantify, please.


I want to be set long before any "high cap mag" ban bullshit starts up again.
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:
Originally Posted By DontBuryMe:
Lots.



Quantify, please.


I want to be set long before any "high cap mag" ban bullshit starts up again.


I have ~20 for each AR I own, now that I think about it. Many are still NIW. I don't foresee needing more than that.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:41:30 PM EDT
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When I came across USGI mags for $4 each brand new, I bought somewhere around 50 per AR. None have worn out, nor do I ever expect more than a couple to break or otherwise stop working reliably. It's just like keeping other cheap parts around, you never know what you'll need or what might be hard to find in the future.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:42:31 PM EDT
I bought 87 mags at the advice of this website. Really odd since they also told me I only need 87 rounds of ammo.

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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:42:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:



This is what I do, pretty much.


But again, I don't want to be caught wishing I had more if some bullshit legislation passes. Or, even if people think it will pass and go crazy with the panic buying.
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:
Originally Posted By lospeed_hidrag2:
I don't go by a particular number.  I just buy 2-3 here and there.  They add up.



This is what I do, pretty much.


But again, I don't want to be caught wishing I had more if some bullshit legislation passes. Or, even if people think it will pass and go crazy with the panic buying.


Yeah that's true, I don't wanna get caught with my pants down either.  I've put most money in ammunition and reloading lately though.

Thinking about trading my Henry .30/30 for a beretta 92 compact INOX, might be better served selling something and stocking up on parts that can wear out.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:43:05 PM EDT
I've never had a USGI stop working.  

Honestly, I can't see anything stopping them from working other than running one over.  

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:43:58 PM EDT
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What I do. May have to barder at some point

When money is no good it's good to have something others want. I did trade some of my 22LR for primmers. In this case both me and my buddy would not have sold for cash. Primmers and GOOD 22LR are still kinda hard to find here.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:46:08 PM EDT
10 per firearm is more than comfortable for me.

Have a few more Pmags than that for the next neckbeard event. If it doesn't happen, oh well, I have a bunch of extra mags.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:51:36 PM EDT
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10 per firearm is more than comfortable for me.

Have a few more Pmags than that for the next neckbeard event. If it doesn't happen, oh well, I have a bunch of extra mags.
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To clarify, 10 per firearm each, or per platform?


So if you had 4 ARs, are you saying you'd be happy with 40 mags, or 10? I'm assuming you mean 10 per weapon, each.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:55:11 PM EDT
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I've never had a USGI stop working.  

Honestly, I can't see anything stopping them from working other than running one over.  

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Cool. About how many rounds would you say one of your mags has fed, at most?


Just trying to get an idea. "Under heavy use, a typical mag will last XXXX rounds."


Whether that is 2k, 10k, or 100k. That's what I'm trying to find out.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 12:58:15 PM EDT
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Cool. About how many rounds would you say one of your mags has fed, at most?


Just trying to get an idea. "Under heavy use, a typical mag will last XXXX rounds."


Whether that is 2k, 10k, or 100k. That's what I'm trying to find out.
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:
Originally Posted By Justa_TXguy:
I've never had a USGI stop working.  

Honestly, I can't see anything stopping them from working other than running one over.  




Cool. About how many rounds would you say one of your mags has fed, at most?


Just trying to get an idea. "Under heavy use, a typical mag will last XXXX rounds."


Whether that is 2k, 10k, or 100k. That's what I'm trying to find out.


I used some USGI mags that were well over 20 years old, beat to hell, had probably never had a spring replaced and still functioned fine. No telling how many rounds they had fed.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:00:43 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CrimsonTideShooter:



Interesting, thanks.



As an aside, why you do leave some of your mags sealed? Plan on selling them at some point?
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Originally Posted By savageoneseven:
At 5k rounds/year? More than 50.


At my current round count? I could live with the 15 or so I currently have that aren't sealed in wrappers.



Interesting, thanks.



As an aside, why you do leave some of your mags sealed? Plan on selling them at some point?


I only keep about 10 mags loaded. There are a few laying around empty in the range bag, etc.  The rest (less than 50) are stashed in a box, still in wrappers. No reason to unwrap if I won't be using them. Panic sale is a possibility, but not the plan.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:04:47 PM EDT
<-had a 30 round USGI mag paracorded to our barracks fridge for a bottle opener-after opening swimming pool amounts of Beck's bottles it was still fully functional.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:08:23 PM EDT
I'm not sure why, but I've always thought that 30 AR mags would last me a life time. I've probably got double that, but I'm not ruling out selling some when the price jumps up again.

I once shot 2,000 rounds through 3 magazines without any significant wear on the mags. Otherwise, I've never paid attention to individual magazine usage.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:19:14 PM EDT
As cheap as mags are right now, I would be happy to die with some still in the wrapper, buy cheap and stack deep.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:32:48 PM EDT
i think i have 6 or 7 total

I don't really foresee needing any more than that but I'll probably get a few more at some point
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:41:50 PM EDT
I currently only have 69 (that's a weird coincidence).  I'll feel more comfortable when I get over the 100 mark.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:53:52 PM EDT
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i think i have 6 or 7 total

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Holy shit I'd be panicked if I only had 7.  
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:54:27 PM EDT
1000 would be a good start
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 1:59:31 PM EDT
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I bought 87 mags at the advice of this website. Really odd since they also told me I only need 87 rounds cases of ammo.

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FIFY
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:01:49 PM EDT
I have personally worn out about a dozen or more of them to the point of being somewhat unreliable in the last 20 years. They still work and often go as range mags, but they are marked as such.

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:02:04 PM EDT
I have about 50. I'd like to get more pistol mags, though.
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Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:04:37 PM EDT
One is none, fifty is one.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:05:33 PM EDT
Probably could get by with 30 or 40.  If your careful with them they'll last a long time.



If you beat the crap out of them training you will loose and destroy some.  I wouldn't want to drop below 100 or so.  I expect mag bodies to get crushed and feed lips bent during training.  I'm sure if we had another ban I would be much more careful with them.



If your ever forced to use them don't expect to put them in your dump pouch every time you swap mags or have time to go back and pick them up later.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:05:36 PM EDT
I have owned and shot ARs all my adult life and never had a mag go bad.
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I can dig that:

Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:14:09 PM EDT
I shoot about 100-200 rds. every weekend and use the same 3 magazines but I keep three more in the range bag. I have a dozen loaded magazines in the safe and a large box full of brand new D&H and Pmags. I have never actually worn out a mag or kept track of the round count so I cant tell you how long they last or if what I have is enough to last a lifetime.


You should definitely read this thread if you havent already:





Owner of Battlefield Vegas and probably has more insite into how things hold up than your average weekend shooter like myself. He touched on magazines a bit. He preferred the contract mags(brownells I think), said they lasted longer than pmags but he didnt give a specific round count. It has been a while since I looked at the thread so maybe he added some more posts since then.






Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:18:08 PM EDT

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10 per firearm is more than comfortable for me.



Have a few more Pmags than that for the next neckbeard event. If it doesn't happen, oh well, I have a bunch of extra mags.
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10 per firearm was my rule of thumb back when I started buying guns in the 80's before anyone had thought up the concept of a mag ban.  (2 of the same firearm means 20 mags.)




Since then I've upped my number to 20 for mags with a capacity over 10 rounds.  Unfortunately I've only met that number on some of the guns (like the AR-15) as mags for some of the guns have gotten quite expensive or have been discontinued.  






Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:18:37 PM EDT
I have a handful of Okay mags from 92 or so that are my go to mags.



Clueless how many thousands of rounds.










For 99% of folks, the pleasure of spending a few bucks on yet another mag and knowing they have it >>>>>> the actual need for another mag.
Link Posted: 9/1/2015 2:19:03 PM EDT
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