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How Many Extra Magazines For Your Handguns, Rifles, AR-15’s ?

April 25, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

For those of you who own semi-auto handguns, rifles, and/or AR’s, lets talk about the issue of how many extra magazines that you should have for each, the reasons as to why, and do you actually currently have enough extra magazines to feel comfortable…

Magazines (firearms)
A magazine is an ammunition storage / feeding device within or attached to a repeating firearm. Magazines can be removable (detachable) or integral to the firearm. The magazine functions by moving the cartridges stored in the magazine into a position where they may be loaded into the chamber by the action of the firearm. The detachable magazine is often (incorrectly) referred to as a clip, which is technically inaccurate.

Magazines come in many shapes and sizes, from those of bolt-action rifles that hold only a few rounds to drum magazines for self-loading rifles that can hold one hundred rounds or more. Various jurisdictions ban what they define as “high-capacity magazines”.

 
We ran a POLL while asking the following questions:

Select the number of extra magazines (in your opinion) that you should have for each:

Number of extra magazines for each of your handguns?
Number of extra magazines for each of your rifles or AR’s?

Here are the results:


 
The majority feel that 4 to 6 extra mags for a handgun is just about right.

 
The majority feel that 10 or more than 10 extra mags for one’s rifle and/or AR-15 is just about right.

 
Reasons why you might consider having extra magazines for your firearms:

-Potential for future “left” .gov ban attempts for so called “high capacity” magazines

-Magazine may eventually become damaged from usage

-Your semi-auto firearms become essentially useless without a magazine

-Attempts at gun control always cause shortages of supply

-SHTF collapse survival, maintain adequate supply for security operations

-Firearms magazines will become extremely valuable during SHTF

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Find the magazine you need…
I have purchased many of my extra mags from our advertiser,
GunMagWarehouse.com
They have factory mags,
and many others.

What’s your opinion on all this?

 
Note: I just weighed a few AR-15 mags out of curiosity, and to put in perspective the additional weight of carrying extra mags…

A fully loaded MAGPUL (PMAG 30) (5.56 X 45) weighs 17.5 oz, or slightly more than one pound each.

I also have a number of ASC stainless steel mags which surprisingly weigh only 1.25 oz more.