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Old 04-17-2019, 07:13 PM
Old Grey Hare Old Grey Hare is offline
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^ Good lordy lou. I really should start numbering mine, I suspect I have one bad one that hangs up at the last round, but sice it's a FTEject I think what I have is a less-than-rigid wrist. Still, i should number them. Always the last round, tho.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:19 AM
Craig Doherrty Craig Doherrty is offline
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All of them. Last count that was around 20. I like to load them all at home then I'm ready to go when I get to the gravel pit we shoot in. Usually take four or five pistols and shoot whatever I grab for a mag in whichever pistol I have in hand.
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Old 04-18-2019, 10:35 AM
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I have my own ranges so I am not under any time constraints. I usually take about two magazines per gun. I would imagine I would load up a bunch more if going to a paid range to max range time.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:40 PM
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I usually take all I have for each gun. I think I have 8 .45 acp 7 round mags and 3 9mm mags one of which holds 18 and the other 2 hold 15 apiece.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:04 PM
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When going with my minimalistic range bag, it's usually just one gun (1911) and two mags. Gun is lubed-up in advance, so I don't even bring along much in the way of lubricants.

It all depends. Sometimes I'll take along another larger bag in the car.

For someone planning to spend a full morning or afternoon and shoot hundreds of rounds through a variety of guns, obviously a lot more gear and mags are needed.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:42 PM
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I take all of them for any gun. I load them before I go to the range because Id rather shoot while Im there than reload. For me this is anywhere from 6 to 15 magazines.

Jeff


Exactly! Shooting is fun - reloading mags is not. Whats the remedy? Bring as many loaded mags as you can with you and a Maglula Uplula. My preference is at least 15 mags.


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Old 05-29-2019, 06:57 AM
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Can you ever really have enough . 23 magazines and I still could use more .
I shoot 400 rds or more each range trip .
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:00 AM
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ANY cheap ones (I have one 10 rd. Promag and a Korean made 8 rounder), and ALL the 7 rounders.
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Old 05-29-2019, 12:39 PM
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Most of my pistol bags have slots for 6 magazines and most have between 4-6 mags in them. I take whatever is in the bag for the guns I take to a range session. The indoor range I use and outdoor club I belong to don't charge by the hour, so I never load magazines until I take the pistol out to shoot.
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Old 05-31-2019, 02:10 AM
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Six works for me as I shoot Steel Challenge as well. Whats a Barney?
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Old 06-06-2019, 06:08 PM
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Late to the party, as per usual, but I take 11 every range trip. 1 in the gun and 10 spares, all preloaded and ready to go.
I'd like to pick up a couple more, but thus far I have 3 dedicated to carry and 8 for range playing.

As I said, they all make the trip.
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Old 06-06-2019, 07:52 PM
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A "Barney" is a mag you stick in your back pocket and use ONLY for jacking one in the chamber and then you remove and replace it with a full magazine when "making ready". (remember Barney Fife fromn Andy Griffith? Andy only allowed him to carry one round for his revolver buttoned up in his shirt pocket. If you do remember this - you are old as dirt......) My advice is number ALL of your mags and keep testing their reliability. As soon as one has a repeated malfunction - either respring it or toss it.

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Old 06-06-2019, 09:07 PM
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A "Barney" is a mag you stick in your back and use ONLY for jacking one in the chamber and then you remove and replace it with a full magazine when "amking ready". (remember Barney Fife fromn Andy Griffith? Andy only allowed him to carry one round for his revolver buttoned up in his shirt pocket. If you do remember this - you are old as dirt......) My advice is number ALL of your mags and keep testing their reliability. As soon as one has a repeated malfunction - either respring it or toss it.
Well my wife has been telling me I am old as dirt and I guess she was right. One bullet kept in a buttoned shirt pocket, very funny watching him try to get it out and load his pistol when he was in a panic lol
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:44 PM
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As long as there the right ones. I have five 1911, not one has interchangeable magazines.

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Old 06-07-2019, 11:21 AM
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Depends.
For match training, enough mags to see you through the course of fire is better than constantly having to recharge a lesser number of magazines.
For simply staying current, three extras work for me.
For mall ninjas, too many is never enough
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:12 PM
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The correct number is at least ONE for each gun. If you practice reloading you need at least 2.
Correct. 2 if you practice reloading. Otherwise at least 1. It pays to keep 1 magazine in the gun at all times or sooner or later you will end up at the range with no magazine. Same with rifles. Every year we had folks come in the store a few days before deer season to buy rifle magazines. Couldn't remember where they stashed their mags at the end of last season.
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Old 06-07-2019, 09:40 PM
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if i'm going to the indoor range, it's to work a skill, i bring 1 mag for each weapon. forces me to slow down a little
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:44 AM
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5 is the magic # for me
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:36 AM
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If I'm shooting at an indoor range, I want to spend time shooting, not reloading magazines.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:02 AM
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2 mags per gun, I dont have time limits at the ranges I go to, they dont charge by the hour

I like to take a break and load my magazine during a break, it also helps conserve ammo

I notice some people just blast through all their ammo in a short time and leave? I prefer to spend more time and making use of my range time, Im in no hurry.

Rapid fire is allowed at my indoor range, and sometimes I will empty a 24 rd Glock mag doing double taps, but I dont load it until Im at the range, I never bring in loaded mags

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Old 06-12-2019, 09:28 AM
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7 for me. 6 preloaded with target loads and my full mag of carry ammo. I prefer shooting to loading mags, so I would rather load as many as possible each time I have to load mags. Let’s me shoot longer strings of fire at a time
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:30 AM
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I also take enough that I don't have to reload while at the range. So for my 1911s, it is usually around 20 mags.
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:15 PM
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Range trips don't require more than 6-10 mags. You ought/need to take a break every now and then to reload and let the pistol cool off. I've burnt compensators off 1911's using no more than my recommended numbers.
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Old 06-16-2019, 01:46 PM
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I take all of them but have them marked according to the loads. I keep two out just for defensive loads..
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:03 PM
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another reason why I only use a couple magazines, is so I can do another inspection while loading ammo, sometimes you catch a defective round while loading

loading several mags and not inspecting could cause you to miss something like a defective live round, loading wrong caliber in mags, bullet set back, etc.

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