How Many Magazines Should I Have?
If you are a pistol or rifle collector, you must have several magazines for your collection. When it comes to choosing magazines, there are a few factors you should consider. First, how many magazines do you want?
The number of magazines you should have depends on what kind of firearms you own and how often you use them. It is essential to know how many magazines you should have for your guns so that you don’t run out and need to purchase more when needed.
You can get one or two magazines that are high quality for a cheaper cost. If you have more than one gun, you might consider getting more than one magazine for each weapon.
If your budget is limited and you don’t have time to go out and buy a lot of different magazines, then it might be wise just to get one or two high-quality ones that will last longer and won’t need replacing as often.
How Many Magazines Should You Have?
Is there a magic number, then? What is the ideal number of magazines you should have on hand? Obviously, all of them.
There is plenty of capacity in six magazines-ideally 12-if; you plan on taking a couple of classes. So that’s what you should do.
Shooting competitions are a great way to improve your shooting skills, check your gear, and test your gear.
You’re paying for class time, not practice loading magazines – so you should have as many magazines loaded as possible ahead of time.
If you also practice at a public range where you pay by the hour, why not spend your time shooting instead of loading magazines?
A total of six allows you to rotate three firearms in your carry firearm and have three additional guns available for range practice. Practicing with your carry ammo occasionally is still a good idea, but not at the same frequency as you would with your regular exercise.
If we change the clocks, we should at least take photos of “the good stuff.”. Of course, you can rotate each set if you like, but there is little reason to do it.
Can You Have Too Many Magazines?
No, no, no. Make sure you test them with your defensive ammunition before depending on them to save you. Use a white or silver Sharpie to number them and test them with your defensive ammunition.
If you own a magazine-fed gun, you should have at least three magazines. Don’t forget to buy some spares as well. It will be a pleasure to look back on your decision in ten or twenty years. Perhaps even sooner.
Why Should I Worry About Magazines?
The magazine is a consumable item. But unfortunately, any magazine-fed firearm is at its weakest when it comes to magazines.
A magazine can be damaged or destroyed by all kinds of problems, including tension issues in springs, damage to the magazine body, problems with followers, and improper retention of rounds in feed lips.
Regular use can cause all of these problems. Life is like a magazine: it wears out over time and needs to be replaced periodically.
The most common cause of firearm reliability issues is damaged or worn-out magazines. You won’t be able to load single-shot rifles without magazines, no matter how good your rifles are.
A minimum baseline number should account for the possibility of magazines failing since magazines can and do wear out.
Multi-magazine requirements are statistically unlikely in a home defense scenario, which itself is statistically unlikely. A single magazine may be all you need (and you might not need more than one). But would you be able to reach additional magazines if you did?
Your choice of home defense firearm will determine which options are available to you. For example, magazine clamps or couplers can be used to keep multiple magazines together directly on a rifle or a magazine-fed shotgun.
You can also carry a chest rig or a belt with mag pouches to protect yourself at home. In addition to carrying as many spare magazines as your pouches can hold, you can reach your firearm quickly and wear your belt or rig in a manner that makes reaching your firearm easy.
Plinking And Training
To maintain efficiency at the range, bringing enough magazines to last you an entire shooting session is essential, so you won’t have to frequent the range to refill them. For this reason, doubling the number of magazines you established for your firearm will ensure you have enough ammunition to last a whole day at the range.
A minimum of 6 magazines may be your baseline if you own an AR-15. The standard magazine holds 30 rounds, so 180 rounds are available. 180 rounds may seem overwhelming, but they can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace.
You can shoot 360 rounds before you have to refill a magazine if you double that number and spend the day at the range. Additionally, you will be able to shoot more and sharpen your skills more effectively since you never have to worry about topping off at the range.
For starters, you should separate magazines for concealed carry from magazines for range practice. In a perfect world, you should only load self-defense ammunition into magazines like these.
There is much debate over whether concealed carry should include spare magazines. There are many different opinions about the subject; some think that one gun should suffice, others think carrying several is best, and there are many alternatives.
Even if your gun has a capacity of 20 rounds or more, you should carry no spare mags; it is not advisable to carry no spare mags at all. There is a possibility that magazines can fail.
A spare magazine can solve two problems at once if you have a problem with your loaded magazine: reloading and getting rid of an unreliable magazine with a newer one.
Whenever you carry concealed, you should have a spare magazine and a magazine for your gun. However, the likelihood of running out of ammo quickly is very high if your carry gun has a low capacity (less than 10 rounds, including one in the chamber).
Therefore, do not carry only one magazine if your gun has a low capacity. Instead, carry 3 or even 4 magazines, as you may quickly run out of ammo.
What About Bolt-Action Rifle Owners?
Make sure you have at least three removable box magazines if your bolt-action rifle uses them. There will likely be no legal restriction on the sale or ownership of bolt gun magazines.
For AR-15s and Modern Sporting Rifles
A semi-automatic rifle such as the AR-15, which is America’s favorite, should have three working magazines at a minimum. It would be better if there were six.
Mil-spec AR magazines and other semi-auto modern sporting rifle magazines are likely to become very expensive if the government bans magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Take advantage of the low prices and wide availability of spare magazines now. Buy them today, don’t wait.
For Semi-Auto Firearm
There should be three magazines for each semi-auto firearm owned by a semi-auto firearm owner. It’s a minimum requirement. With three reloads, you can load the gun for self-defense.
For recreational shooting, three magazines are an excellent addition. Shooting occasionally (or every five years for qualification) is enough if you don’t plan on doing it often.
It’s a good idea to buy three replacement magazines besides your three working ones if you shoot or train regularly.
A reputable after-market manufacturer or a factory magazine should also be used. As your first magazines fail due to abuse or usage over time, these will replace them.
About Owning A Lot Of Magazines
Magazines degrade with use, which many people are unaware of. After an infinite number of loads and unloads, feed lips become bent, and springs fail.
It’s worth noting that the military considers their AR-style aluminum magazines to have a service life of 4,000 rounds. In other words, that’s about 130 loadings. So, you should, too, consider them expended after that.
Semi-automatic firearms are most likely to malfunction due to defective magazines rather than ammunition issues. It is common for experienced shooters to number their magazines.
Using this method, they can quickly identify malfunctioning magazines and remove them from service if they notice them.
However, you should mark the defective magazine prominently to use it as a training tool. You can destroy it as well. You should not keep it among the other gear you rely on for serious competition or personal defense.
There is still a wide variety of magazines available on the shelves of your local dealer and on the internet, contrary to ammunition. At least for now. You won’t be able to do that forever. Ensure you have enough now.
The Bottom Line
People are wondering how many ammunition magazines they need when they buy a gun for the first time. Some new gun owners (or even old gun owners) think manufacturers will include extra magazines if you need more than one or two.
It’s not included in the package, but you need ammo, a good pistol holster, and a rifle sling. There are no hard and fast rules regarding numbers and magazine counts. So don’t be afraid to use or carry more than the recommended number of magazines if it works for you.
Larry, who is a family man and a gun enthusiast, enjoys keeping his collection in pristine condition. He also likes to take his kids shooting as often as possible.