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How many mags per gun is sufficient?

5 %5 %5 %
5.33% (77)

35 %35 %35 %
35.16% (508)

37 %37 %37 %
37.37% (540)

15 %15 %15 %
15.99% (231)

1 %1 %1 %
1.18% (17)

4 %4 %4 %
4.98% (72)
Comment made by James on 2017-04-12 02:31:40
I think it all depends on the type weapon we are talking about. Handgun(pistol) I think 5 total per weapon. Rifles, if high cap mags available then 5 to 10 each rifle. I was always taught your handgun(pistol) is used to get you to your rifle or shotgun depending on your weapons configuration. Concealed carry, one in the weapon, one either on me or nearby if needed.

Comment made by Paul on 2017-04-12 19:31:19
I don't need too many mags, but then I'm a casual shooter. I lose 10/22 mags like it's my job, so I have a few. Most of my stuff is C&R, and as such many of the guns have the magazine built into it. That's a good thing too; I forgot an Enfield mag at my range once; serious bummer.

Comment made by Chad on 2017-04-13 16:07:07
I agree with James on how "it depends," but I think there are a few things to consider before putting a cap on it and calling it good. The weapon's purpose probably matters most - yes, you might want half-a-dozen or so magazines for your pistol, and probably a dozen or so for your defensive rifle. Or, you may be fine with owning just a few magazines for weapons you don't shoot very often or weapons you don't put very many rounds through. Paul pointed out that 10/22 magazines can be misplaced easy enough to want to own more than just a couple - I get that. Fortunately for gun owners the political landscape has changed for the better, but before this past November I was recommending my friends and family members have twice as many magazines as they thought they would ever need - double what I listed above, on the chance there would not be any replacements available to buy if they lost/broke/traded any of the magazines they did have. Right now things look good, but what will the gun-friendly climate will be like in a few more years..?!?

Comment made by Donald on 2017-04-13 16:54:28
For work, 1 in the pistol, 2 on the service belt, and 1 at home. For rifles, the sky and pocketbook set the limit!

Comment made by Bruce on 2017-04-16 17:37:55
I think enough for an afternoon's shooting is fine, but unlmited for possible SHTF. I have 12 mags for my 2 AK74s, but my ex special forces buddy says 50 per gun!

Comment made by Michiel on 2017-04-17 14:54:14
I think that 5-10 magazines needs to be kept. Because if you were to put in a situation where you had to use your firearm for self defense you most certainly need enough ammo. I watched a training film that showed a police officer in a fire fight with a crook and the officer ran out of ammo. The crook murdered the officer before back up arrived. ENOUGH SAID

Comment made by David on 2017-04-18 09:56:21
I carry more then 1 pistol most always my Colt officers model with two extra mags in belt mag holder and a Radom P64 9x18 MAK in an ankle holster as my back up . I also have a NAA 32 auto in a pocket holster at times as well or for just around locally in our very small town .If you carry just 1 handgun i say 2 extra mags depending on how many rounds it will hold if over 10 1 should more then enough .

Comment made by David on 2017-04-18 09:58:29
Rifles whole new ball game as many as i can get in A SHTF scenario far as extra mags

Comment made by Andrew on 2017-04-18 14:35:16
Whatever number keeps you from spending range time loading mags.

Comment made by MARION on 2017-04-18 17:44:06
This Magazine Poll reminds me of a joke(more or less) back in the early 50's in Korea. While on the battle line, a crusty older Sgt ask the younger Soldier if he had brought those extra Bandoliers of ammo. The youngster said no sir they were too heavy. The action got hot and heavy and the ammo was running low. About 5 minutes later, the Sgt said "Fix Bayonets ", prepare for hand to hand Combat. That young soldier looked at the Sgt and said: Damn, I sure wish I had brought those extra Bandoliers. TSgt., USAF Retired.

Comment made by Stephen on 2017-04-20 17:22:35
one in the pistol, 2-3 on the belt. Rifle one in the gun and 6-10 on the vest. I used to carry 27 mags in my day but things are different now. I think the perfect loadout is as many as you need and not one more! sm

Comment made by Connor on 2017-04-21 15:14:55
Minimum 2 for a handgun, preferably 3, 10 for rifle.

Total votes cast = 1445
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