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Old 11-17-2017, 07:04 PM
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Marking magazines

Any time anyone posts a thread on malfunctions, one of the first questions asked is "Does it happen with the same magazines?" I have about 14 magazines of mostly the same type and I don't have a good way to distinguish between them. My question is- do people have a way of marking their magazines to tell if the malfunctions are occurring with a specific magazine. If so, please tell me how to mark magazines for identification.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:17 PM
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I simply number them!
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:19 PM
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:30 PM
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I used to write the number on them with those metal marking pens- it's like a Sharpie that dispenses a really sticky paint.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:11 PM
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I mark mine with the brand or model # using a Dremel and keep the same mags with the same gun. I also keep a round count on one of those mags using a Sharpie. If I have an issue with a mag, I mark it with a Sharpie and clean and check it before the next range trip. It makes things simple for me, a simple minded guy. I keep and use the original mags that came with the gun and have at least 5 47D's or ETM's.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:20 PM
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I number them with a Shaprie...Works on metal an polymer mags.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:13 PM
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I scribe mine. Each gun has their own set magazines numbered like I, II, III, IV, ect.
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Old 11-17-2017, 10:55 PM
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Sharpie. I have 20 mags. I go 1-10 then A-B-C. When they get wiped down I just redo the markings.
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Old 11-18-2017, 12:23 AM
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I Scribe Roman numerals on my mags


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Old 11-28-2017, 01:00 PM
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Wilson ETM mags have numbers that can be filled in with white out. Tripp mags have dots.
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Old 11-29-2017, 01:54 AM
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If you ever take a class you will likely need more than just a number on your mag. Imagine trying to find your Glock mag in a class where half the shooters are also shooting Glocks.

I use a Sharpie paint pen. They seem to hold up better than ink Sharpies, but still need to be touched up from time to time. I'd love to have my mags laser engraved one day but I suspect that ain't cheap.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:02 AM
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I use Dawson grip tape numbers for doublestack bases. For singlestack mags, I write my name + a number on the spine of each mag. Helps get them back to me after shooting a stage. There is no confusion.
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Old 11-29-2017, 10:01 PM
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Silver Sharpie seems to work for me
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Old 11-30-2017, 07:58 AM
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I use the little colored stick on price labels my wife used at garage sales (she still wonders what happened to them). I stick it on the back spine of the mag and number and initial each mag. They do not cause any interference and last a surprisingly long time before I need to redo one. And they are not permanent like engraving. Did that once years ago and couldn't give those mags away when I needed to sell that pistol.
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:47 AM
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Great advice here. I definitely plan on the silver sharpie method.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:40 AM
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A label maker (printing kind, not embossing kind) can be had for $20 and makes labels that really stick. I number mine and put the label low on the back of the mag. They have generally hold up just fine.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:48 AM
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I dot mine with finger nail polish.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:49 AM
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I've been marking mine with a "permanent" Sharpie, but they aren't so permanent. The markings rub off quite quickly and I'm constantly redoing them. I'm thinking of having the mags engraved with my marking "code" so that I don't have to keep remarking them. But the label machine might be a way to go too. Thanks for that tip!
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:13 PM
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I had a vibrating electric engraver that works well on magazines or stuff that might get stolen. But I lost it or one of my kids stole it.
It's 11 buck on amazon. useful for marking your name on stuff permanently.
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Old 11-30-2017, 02:12 PM
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I had a vibrating electric engraver that works well on magazines or stuff that might get stolen. But I lost it or one of my kids stole it.
It's 11 buck on amazon. useful for marking your name on stuff permanently.

Did you engrave your name on it?
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Old 11-30-2017, 03:52 PM
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Did you engrave your name on it?
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Hehehe, I figgered somebody might say that.
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Old 11-30-2017, 05:31 PM
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Paint dots on the base with different colors for calibers. When I experience a jamb or similar issue, that mag is set aside to attempt to duplicate the issue. After a few retries without issues, back to the stack.
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Old 11-30-2017, 08:47 PM
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By far the cleanest option is the label printer. Initials and a unique number on the back of each mag makes simple work of tracking. All of my AR mags are marked that way.
That reminds me, bring the labeler home to finish up the 47D mags
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Old 12-01-2017, 12:22 AM
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By far the cleanest option is the label printer. Initials and a unique number on the back of each mag makes simple work of tracking. All of my AR mags are marked that way.
That reminds me, bring the labeler home to finish up the 47D mags
How does it hold up? And do you place the label on the base pad or on the spine of the mag...or somewhere else?
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:05 AM
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How does it hold up? And do you place the label on the base pad or on the spine of the mag...or somewhere else?
Next time I relabel this is what I plan to do. I have used the label maker for many things and the plastic labels are very durable and waterproof. I used them on my boat extensively. The only issue is the sun tends to fade the printing. The paper labels dont last nearly as long. They are more delicate than the price tag labels I currently use.
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