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How many mags per gun is sufficient?

5 %5 %5 %
5.26% (202)

35 %35 %35 %
35.44% (1360)

36 %36 %36 %
36.20% (1389)

16 %16 %16 %
16.47% (632)

1 %1 %1 %
1.46% (56)

5 %5 %5 %
5.16% (198)
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.

Comment made by John on 2017-04-22 23:10:52

Comment made by Larry on 2017-04-23 18:33:26
There should be no restriction on the number of firearms magazine just as long as it doesn't become a littering problem. Same goes for the amount of ammunition or the number or type of firearms.

Comment made by Fred on 2017-04-25 10:18:57
My rule is: as many as possible without affecting the household budget, and any other survival preps. The number of mags and ammo for your carry weapon should be as many as possible that you can carry concealed. Ammo is unlimited due to constant practicing. Buying ammo you can reload easily is important, too.

Comment made by nolan on 2017-05-03 01:16:17
Unless your a soldier in the field, then only 3-5 mags would be sufficient. Even police only carry 3-5, but thats not to say you shouldnt have more, but thats whats "sufficient"

Comment made by Michael on 2017-05-04 11:37:25
Seems like the same question as how many rounds/weapons/mags should you carry ? No more than your horse can comfortably carry, unless you also own a pack animal.

Comment made by ralph on 2017-05-05 06:17:33
It would depend on which State you live in because of Mag capacities.

Comment made by robert on 2017-05-06 21:54:53
3-5 is sufficient 10 or more guns and that is a minimum of 20-30 magazines , frankly if you cant hit your target with one mag then you should get more practice..

Comment made by Dwayne on 2017-05-11 10:35:34
I also think it is determined by the type of weapon and the Magazine capacity. My Glock 26 with a 33 round magazine should not need 10 magazine. My concealed carry is a Glock 43 which holds 6 per magazine so I carry 2 spare magazines which should be sufficient in most cases.

Comment made by Scott on 2017-05-11 12:44:18
If you believe this rocket scientist you better buy a ton! Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette drew national criticism Wednesday for remarks made at a public forum in which she said banning high-capacity in ammunition magazines would be effective in reducing gun violence because “the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available.” For years in Congress, DeGette has been the prime sponsor on a federal ban on high-capacity magazines. But despite the congresswoman’s claim, ammunition magazines can be reloaded with more bullets and can be reused hundreds of times. “These are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available,” she said at Tuesday’s forum, hosted by The Denver Post’s editorial board. DeGette spokeswoman Juliet Johnson on Wednesday said the senior congresswoman from Denver “misspoke” and then issued another erroneous statement about guns. “The congresswoman has been working on a high-capacity assault magazine ban for years and has been deeply involved in the issue; she simply misspoke in referring to ‘magazines’ when she should have referred to ‘clips,’ which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism,” Johnson said.

Comment made by on 2017-05-18 19:55:20
I have a 40rd mag in each of 10 AR-15's mounted on the den wall plus 2 with 100rd drums loaded, with a shoulder bag with 6 more PMag30's full hanging by each gun. In shelves under the guns I have 10 MTM AR-15 ammo boxes each with 570 rounds loaded in 19 PMags in each box. 4 other MTM ammo boxes each hold 1680 rounds loaded in 10rd stripper clips ready to reload. Stacked in the corner are usually 6-10 1000rd cases unopened, plus 4 cases of 50 each new, empty PMag 30's. In the bedroom I have 4 AR-15 pistols, two have 40rd mags loaded, and 2 have 100rd drums loaded - 2 carry bags hang underneath with 6 PMag 30's in each bag - all loaded. Also in the den are 2 AR-10s each with a 25rd mag of 7.62 loaded, a carry bag with 6 more mags underneath, and 4 MTM boxes loaded with 10 25rd PMag 25's each, plus 4 1000rd new cases of ammo, and a box of 30 empty PMag 25's for 7.63/308. Four 12 guage shotguns fully loaded 5 rds each, 6 more on the buttstock, 15 in the sling, and a belt of 50 hanging by each gun - 2 are full of slugs and 2 of 00 Buckshot. About 2000 more rds of each slug and buckshot in MTM boxes nearby. An AR-15 conversion and a M-4 both rigged for .22 long rifle, a Ruger 10/22 takedown, 10 25rd mags for each, both AR and M-4 have a 100rd drum installed. In MTM boxes have about 10,000 rds of .22LR. A .270 deer rifle with 500 rounds. A 9mm Glock magged AR-15 and a 9mm carbine - each with about 20 33rd mags and a 100rd drum in the AR-15. I keep 15-20,000 rounds of 9mm on hand (4000 hollow point, 12000 FMJ) because it also goes in our pistols - Glock 19, Glock 34, HiPoint 9mm, Taurus 709, 2 Ruger P-95's - all of the pistols have 20-30 mags each because we don't like to reload when we go to the range twice a month. Also have 2 Taurus .380 backup pistols (6 mags each) with about 500rds of .380 hollow point and 2500rds of FMJ. Plus there is a couple of pellet guns by the back door with 2000 pellets for the squirrels and skunks. I usually carry the G19 concealed with a 17rd mag installed and a spare in my pocket, with a .380 and one clip on my ankle - hollow points in all, plus at least 2 33rd mags in the truck console. Under the back seat is an AR-15 pistol with 4 40rd mags full. My daughter carries the G34 with 4 17rd mags wherever she goes, with 4 33rd mags in the car console. She drives to college every day and 300 miles round trip to Alabama at night every month for Army Reserves. Every two or three months she drives to St. Louis from here in Georgia to see her boyfriend in the Army there. I admit we may have overstocked a little last summer when it looked like Killery might be president and gun/ammo bans might exist in the future, but I am comfortable we are OK with our inventory. We shoot 2-3,000 rounds a month and keep restocked every time there is a sale on. I have started building "ghost gun" AR-15's at home - less paperwork and no transfer fees - but they work great. I manage one new one about every 2-4 weeks - something fun to do since I retired. Nothing like a sunny afternoon at a nice outdoor range with a couple of BumpStock AR-15's with 100rd mags full. You can go through some ammo - just keep changing guns so they don't get too hot. You can never have "too many guns" or "too much ammo".

Comment made by Stephen on 2017-05-22 11:03:06
It always depends on the situation. I carry 3 for concealed handgun carry with 2 spares in the car. My bug out bag has 6 30 rounders and one in the weapon. If I'm going to the range for rifle I carry 3 as I only shoot 5 round groups on paper. If the Zombie apocalypse comes we're all dead anyway.

Comment made by john on 2017-05-22 14:56:29
I keep 10 mags per gun.

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