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Posted: 3/25/2003 10:28:29 PM EDT
dumb question, but i'm short on cash and have 17 30rd mags and about 7 or 8 20rders. i'm thinking of selling a few of the 30rd mags but i'm not sure. i don't consider myself a magwhore but i always buy at least 1 at a gunshow. so should i sell a couple or keep them? the money would be used to fund a ARMS SIR#46.

i guess my real question is what is a decent amount to have in a shtf situation?
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 12:02:22 AM EDT
never sell them
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 3:46:37 AM EDT
inferno you don't have enough..... sell something else you'll need those mags to feed your new toy.
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 6:25:58 AM EDT
The amount is whatever your comfortable with/without. If you only have one gun, the amount you have is great as long as they're realible mags. You may want to use the money for more ammo, other gizmos or better yet save the money to attend a shooting school like Mid-Souths or Thunder Ranch.
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 8:02:55 AM EDT
Realistically, you are probably never going to carry more than 10-12 mags even in a SHTF scenario... Hard to carry other stuff you'll need if you weigh yourself down too much with ammo. However, unless the ban sunsets no new REGULAR(irks me when they refer to them as HI CAPS when a drum would be a HI CAP in my opinion) capacity mags are going to be availiable for sale to public. With this in mind, you can either sale some of them now for twice what they are really worth or hold on to them if you think the ban will stay. I would err on the side of caution and not be stuck with LOW capacity mags if you do ever decide that you need more and they are not available. Due to supply and demand if the ban is not lifted, they are only going to get more expensive. Look at how rediculous the cost is for 10/22 mags that hold a decent number of rounds... KEEP YOU MAGS, or send them to me... [:D]
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 2:08:37 PM EDT
You don't have enough until you're made to sleep on the couch for them one night![:D][:D][:D][:D]
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 3:47:36 PM EDT
You should be able to transfer the contents of a complete case of 5.56mm ammo to magazines. Why mess with clips? -- Chuck
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 5:36:42 PM EDT
Two rules to live by; never [i]sell[/i] guns, just buy them, and never [i]sell[/i] magazines either, just keep buying![:D]
Link Posted: 3/26/2003 8:30:48 PM EDT
still think i might sell one or two..i only buy mags with good finish on them so i'll have to purge the worst 2. of course, they're all (17) loaded right now and my upper is being worked on so i'll have to wait a while.
Link Posted: 3/27/2003 4:29:23 AM EDT
Refinishing your mags is very, very simple. Georgia Precisions sells cans of Perma Silk. You just remove the baseplate, spring and follower, clean the mag and spray it. You don't even need to stick it in the oven. I've refinished dozens of mags now - it works so well. SO keep those w/out a great finish and pick up a can of PermaSilk.
Link Posted: 3/27/2003 11:27:53 AM EDT
I try to never sell my mags. I just keep accumulating. I did sell a bunch of 20's once to fund a preban I needed the cash for immediately. I almost cried when I dropped them off at the post office. When I picked up my new preban though I felt better.
Link Posted: 3/28/2003 12:08:02 AM EDT
You can never have enough mags. I have 23 and I'm considering buying 10+ more. I also have 24 AK mags that I no longer have an AK to go with them. If you sell two mags with the least finish what'll you make of 'em? $40-50? Not enough to justify IMO. TS
Link Posted: 3/28/2003 2:37:09 PM EDT
I now have 24 30-round mags and 17 20-round mags. Oh, then there is the 10-round Bushy I've got. All except for 11 were purchased NIW. I can not pass by NIW mags without buying at least 1. My goal is to have about 100 total. I also have 31 FAL mags; 30 were NIW. I might stop buying those.
Link Posted: 3/28/2003 4:39:35 PM EDT
Sell plasma sell little doner cups never sell mags or guns
Link Posted: 3/28/2003 7:16:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lazyshooter: Two rules to live by; never [i]sell[/i] guns, just buy them, and never [i]sell[/i] magazines either, just keep buying![:D]
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AMEN!!! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER sell guns or mags. I just took inventory: 34 USGI 30's 9 Thermold 30's 3 Orlite 30's 12 USGI 20's 20 Thermold 20's 5 DPMS 10's (For the range)
Link Posted: 3/29/2003 12:11:02 AM EDT
already sold my thermold, and crappy bushmaster 10rd mag. i'm going to keep them and just charge the SIR on my visa when i pay it down enough. i don't need them but i just can't help buying more at the shows. thanks for all the replies!
Link Posted: 3/29/2003 12:27:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Slash:
Originally Posted By Lazyshooter: Two rules to live by; never [i]sell[/i] guns, just buy them, and never [i]sell[/i] magazines either, just keep buying![:D]
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AMEN!!! NEVER, NEVER, NEVER sell guns or mags. I just took inventory: 34 USGI 30's 9 Thermold 30's 3 Orlite 30's 12 USGI 20's 20 Thermold 20's 5 DPMS 10's (For the range)
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How do you like the 20rd Thermolds?? TS
Link Posted: 3/29/2003 7:28:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2003 10:21:57 AM EDT by Slash]
Originally Posted By TigerStripe: How do you like the 20rd Thermolds??
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Never had any feed problems with any of them after I got them 'broken in'. When new, it takes about 30-40 rounds to get the feed lips cleaned up before they will feed correctly. My only objection is the way they made the floorplates. At the bottom, the mag is about 3/16" wider than the body. This makes it a little harder to use them in a USGI mag pouch. 3/16" X 4 mags side-by-side = 3/4" 'bulge at the top of the pouch. Otherwise, they are wonderful mags. I have one that has seen about 900-100 rounds, and it still looks/fits/works like a new one.
Link Posted: 3/29/2003 4:07:37 PM EDT
Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
Link Posted: 3/29/2003 5:46:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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I try to keep enough for all of my rifles( and some I don't own yet) so my 5 year old son won't have to be stuck with 10rd mags. Mark
Link Posted: 3/29/2003 8:46:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mark:
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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I try to keep enough for all of my rifles( and some I don't own yet) so my 5 year old son won't have to be stuck with 10rd mags. Mark
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Mark - You make another valid point. Granted, I, like most of us, probably own WAY more mags than I'll ever *need*. But here's something to think about: I once sold a pre-ban Mini-14 folder & 3 FACTORY hi-caps for $450 to raise funds for a new dirt-bike. Then there's the SPAS-12 I traded for a new stereo system. Anyways, my point is I've sold many weapons/mags that I'd love to have back today, but I can't think of a single one that I own today that I regret BUYING. I also tend to look at mags almost as an investment. When have you known mags to go DOWN in price? I know that the '94 ban is set to end next year, but don't think for a moment that the anti-gunners aren't looking forward to that date as well. Who knows what kind of 'Replacement Legislation' they are cooking up. I do know for certain that they won't let the AW ban die a silent death (as it should). With the volitile political environment, I shudder to think what *could* be imposed on us if we rest on out laurels. I realize that this is kinda off-topic, but I feel that it is something that we all need to be thinking about.
Link Posted: 3/30/2003 4:25:16 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mark:
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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I try to keep enough for all of my rifles( and some I don't own yet) so my 5 year old son won't have to be stuck with 10rd mags. Mark
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Mark, Maybe you should plan on setting up an IRA (Individual Restocking Account) for your 5 year old [;)] then he can "withdraw" from it as needed. Feel free to invest arms, mags, ammo, etc. but remember it is his "account" not to be withdrawn from except by him. Again, ten per person/rifle should last a lifetime.
Link Posted: 4/6/2003 9:23:50 PM EDT
Just counted my cache. 110-30rd mags, 15-20rd, 2-100 beta. I just sold 20, 20rd Colt mags to a friend of mine. You can never have enough.
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 4:31:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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Are you SURE on that? If they ban mags tommorrow, are you SURE you have enough? Mags weren't designed to last a lifetime. They were designed for a specific lifecycle. Now, treat them gently, don't lose them, don't drop them, don't step on them and don't drop them in a firefight and you have enough. But's that's a lot of "don'ts". I would never want to be in the position of being too fearful to use my magazines, simply because I don't have enough and I can't replace them.
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 9:35:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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Ten per rifle maybe, and only if you are already in your late 60's.... If they don't relax the restrictions, the supply will remain limited. Buy them now while they are cheap, or replace them later (when they wear out - mags DO wear out) at 10 times the price.
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 12:38:01 PM EDT
I have 34 30 round Okays, I've referbed them all with new springs and green followers. I buy more every chance I get, and infact am waiting on ten more to come in the mail. Like has been said already, there is no such thing as "too many", especially in this day and age. I would rather have a whole shelf in my gun room taken up with mags rather than someday need them and not have them. As far as the possible lifting of the ban next year, I can only say one thing: It is an election year, so dont hold your breath! Buy now, because someday, there wont be anymore!
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 3:21:40 PM EDT
Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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Are you SURE on that? If they ban mags tommorrow, are you SURE you have enough? Mags weren't designed to last a lifetime. They were designed for a specific lifecycle. Now, treat them gently, don't lose them, don't drop them, don't step on them and don't drop them in a firefight and you have enough. But's that's a lot of "don'ts". I would never want to be in the position of being too fearful to use my magazines, simply because I don't have enough and I can't replace them.
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I would find it hard for MOST people to wear out a magazine in NEW condition let alone ten in a lifetime. In my military life I did not. Those "don'ts" you mention aren't a factor for magazine life unless your training is pretty poor and even then magazines are pretty "GOMMER" proof. You would be well advised to stock parts for your weapon that are prone to failure rather than buy excesses of magazines. Reminds me of a green recuit in the eighties who asked for a resupply of mags that were issued a couple days before........when asked why he said he didn't have any. Why? Because he had thrown them all away in the field because he thought they were all EXPENDABLE. Military conditions are MUCH harder than most of you will see and even then they will last a long time. Collect them if you want, but you donn't "NEED" them.
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 3:26:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gus:
Originally Posted By M199: Ten of each should last you a lifetime.
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Ten per rifle maybe, and only if you are already in your late 60's.... If they don't relax the restrictions, the supply will remain limited. Buy them now while they are cheap, or replace them later (when they wear out - mags DO wear out) at 10 times the price.
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Yes they do wear out but given most civilian's lifetime, they will not wear them out. If you are that worried stock some springs and followers, nothing wrong with that but those bodies will go the distance.
Link Posted: 4/7/2003 10:07:28 PM EDT
Like money, you can never have enough... think of them as investments
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 12:11:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Lazyshooter: Two rules to live by; never [i]sell[/i] guns, just buy them, and never [i]sell[/i] magazines either, just keep buying![:D]
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Amen,Brother.The only weapon I ever sold was a Hk91 10 yrs ago,I still regret it.
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 12:18:19 PM EDT
I have 3 AR's and 90 mags and 1 Beta C. 70 USGI 30's 15 USGI 20's 5 Thermolds I think I can stop at that but it's still hard when you are a magoholic.I've decided it's time to concentrate on M1A and AR10 mags now.I've got 10 of each and that just doesn't seem enough.20 each sounds like a good number.
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 1:16:18 PM EDT
lol, that is the whole reason i havent bought a DSA .308 yet..it isnt the rifle cost that is the problem, its the starting from scratch with new mags and new ammo..im jus now comfy with my AR situation. 2 ARs., 3 ammo cans full of 30s & 20s, and bout 7 cans of actual ammo.
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 1:49:39 PM EDT
9 NIW USGI mags 6 Used USGI mags-range 7 NIB Thermold 30's 2 Used(by me) Thermold 30's-range 1 20 rd Colt That's only 25 and 2/3 mags.
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 2:21:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/13/2003 2:22:22 PM EDT by Shadowblade]
50 USGI 30 rounders 26 Colt 20 rounders 1 Beta C-mag 30 FAL mags 30(ish) AK mags with a drum on the way. Not to mention all the pistol mags and non-black-rifle mags... I need to buy more when I get some cash...
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 4:12:21 PM EDT
I keep collecting mags. My son recently gave me 6 almost new Adventure Line 20 round mags, and 6 of the OK Industries 30 round mags. They are in good shape, but need to be refinished. I bought some old mags from a guy last week. They are marked Sanchez Ent. on the bottom.
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 4:28:50 PM EDT
12 mags for each wepon is my rule. [:D]
Link Posted: 4/13/2003 11:46:54 PM EDT
15 Mags Minimun per Rifle, but with all the talk about the ban not being lifted I think I will increase to 20.[:D]
Link Posted: 4/16/2003 5:33:55 PM EDT
I think I'll stop around fifty (50) for the AR, maybe. [}:D] TS
Link Posted: 4/18/2003 3:31:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/18/2003 3:35:30 AM EDT by M4A2_L073754]
My name is Markus Nurmi and I´m Mag Whore / Addict. My addiction occured few years ago when I started reading threads like "There´s no such thing as enough mags" or "My mag collection is 200 magazines" @AR15.com At the moment I have 5 DPMS back teflon 12 Center Ind. 5 Bushmaster 2 Parsons 1 Sanchez 1 Colt 2 Okay (marked also Colt Pt. Mfg.) 1 LaBelle 3 Royal Ordnance These are new 30 rounders. Last month bought 20 brand new 20 rounders marked as Colt/ Universal Ind. These were in original cardboard box made early 70s. Two months ago I bought 60+ used excellent condition USGI mags from Germany Surplus store. Tuesday I got shipment from England containing 60 NIW Royal Ordnance mags. These mags I delivered for shooters all over Finland. I´m afraid I can´t stop this... BTW, does any of you have mags for sale?? [:)] Edited to add, last weekend I was in Gun Show and kept telling myself "concentrate only for new stuff" but realized I was buying 3 used USGI and 2 Swedish AK5 mags from Norwegian guy.. Have to test them today. MN
Link Posted: 4/18/2003 1:35:38 PM EDT
MAGS! [:P]
Link Posted: 4/18/2003 3:06:37 PM EDT
My mag stash is small, but growing: 30 USGI 30's 1 USGI 20 3 30rnd US Thermolds 2 Bushmaster 10's 2 32rnd Colt 9mm 1 20rnd Colt 9mm 2 25rnd IMI Uzi 9mm (AR converted) 5 15rnd Sig Sauer 226 2 10rnd Mecgar 226 And the 6 "Mags Of Shame" USA 20's. (They're for sale too! [:D]) ~ s0ulzer0
Link Posted: 4/18/2003 5:06:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/28/2003 9:56:42 AM EDT by tony_k]
Let's see..... 14 NIW USGI 30s 36 used USGI 30s 6 Orlites 2 USGI 20s 3 PMI 40s 1 Beta C-Mag 10 Colt 9mm 32-rounders 2 72-round Suomi drum conversions ...all for one little ol' assault rifle. And I'm still buying USGI 30s and Suomi conversion drums. Fortunately, I've got 62 STEn mags plus six 50-round Lancasters for the M11/9, in case I empty the first list too quickly.
Link Posted: 4/18/2003 7:11:42 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M199: I would find it hard for MOST people to wear out a magazine in NEW condition let alone ten in a lifetime.
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Agreed, but never say never. A AR-15 w/out a magazine is a very expensive club.
Link Posted: 4/18/2003 7:30:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2003 4:15:57 PM EDT by WaMag]
Lets see... Less then some and more then most. 49 USGI 30 23 USGI 20 8 Orlite 1 Bushmaster 5 5 USGI M1a 20 5 NIW FAL 20 3 AK-47 Hungarian 20 New 10 AK-74 Bulgarian 30 New 5 AK-47 Eastern Bloc 30 Used 26 AK-74 Buglarian #10 30 New 13 AK .223 Waffle 30 New 30 Sten Mags New BTW: on th other board some guy has like 400 ak mags.
Link Posted: 4/20/2003 1:32:39 AM EDT
I have near 100 for the FAL and M14, 95 GI 30's, 36 Thermold 30's and 13 GI 20 M16 mags. A couple of Beta C's too. 100 is a good figure to last for the kids and (someday)grandkids. I have been "collecting" for quite a while.
Link Posted: 4/20/2003 7:18:30 PM EDT
You can never have enough completed a count today. 26) 20rd Teflon DPMS Mags 18) 30rd Teflon DPMS Mags 26) 20rd Colt Mags 14) Colt 30rd Mags 12) Colt 20rd Beater Mags 6) 30rd Various Brand Beater Mags That just AR Mags and still buying.[:D]
Link Posted: 4/20/2003 11:00:02 PM EDT
34 30 mag, its time for a dillon xl650 you need ammo for them, I got 20 but I heve 20K in 223 ammo ps dont sell them
Link Posted: 4/22/2003 1:05:12 PM EDT
I only have 4. 2 GI 30s 1 USA aluminium 30 1 USA steel 40 ( I know, I know, USA mags are junk, but they were free, what can I say?) Oh, and did I mention that all I have is a stripped lower? I guess Im addicted already
Link Posted: 4/22/2003 5:26:36 PM EDT
If you think you have enough, ask Ed Sr about the mag load that LRRPs carried. And how fast the ammo ran out. Also, regarding ten will be enough, why does one need to check feedlips, floor plate tabs, etc. Yes, if you treat them gingerly they will last. If you have to treat them roughly, they won't. JMO. No flame intended, especially with a vet. TS
Link Posted: 4/23/2003 10:01:46 AM EDT
Wow, you guys are making me feel pretty inadequete. :) I've got : 6 USGI 30's 2 US Thermold 30's 1 Bushmaster 10rd 1 generic 5rd hunting mag 2 Sig P228 10rd 4 Sig P228 13rd 2 MecGar P228 13rd 2 Promag P226 15rd (these are junk)
Link Posted: 4/24/2003 1:13:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TigerStripe: I think I'll stop around fifty (50) for the AR, maybe. [}:D] TS
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You have got the fever TS, but hey I am looking at a 100 round drum.[}:D]
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