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Thread: how mags are enough for troubled times?

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    Most surplus mags will last the life of a gun so you should not need to worrry about wearing one out. however I could see the need to ahve 3-4 four mag pouches loaded and ready to roll. they are easier to carry and no time needed to reload mags when the mag is empty.

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    SHTF, give me a Finnish M39 Mosin and a bunch of stripper clips... If you get close enough that I need something with mags, the answer is simple... Saiga 12. For that, I believe that 4 mags is enough.

    Seriously though, you should, for your one go to semi-auto SHTF rifle have 10 mags for it... Why? Because you never know... I'd rather have a few too many mags than too few.

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    If one is assured of future availability of mags ( when they become damaged or lost an affordable source of re-supply exists) then probably 10 mags per rifle is adequate. 200-300 rds typically, reloading during a lull in firing should be possible in anything but an all out Zombie Apocolypse.

    OTOH, if you figure in a "lifetime" supply of mags (lifetime of the gun) because the future availabilty of the magazines is in doubt, well an AR15 without a mag makes a lousy club after you fire the single chambered round. Stock up accordingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kernelkrink View Post
    If one is assured of future availability of mags ( when they become damaged or lost an affordable source of re-supply exists) then probably 10 mags per rifle is adequate. 200-300 rds typically, reloading during a lull in firing should be possible in anything but an all out Zombie Apocolypse.
    Most of us should face up to the fact that either you get the fight over in the first half of your first mag [maybe even the first 5-10 rounds of deliberate semiauto fire], or just run like hell in a situation like that. Sure, you may be able to get back on target in a hurry, and maybe reload pretty quick, but not as quickly as a mutant zombie biker can line his sights up on you.

    If something like that happened I know I'd be doing more running from others than fighting them.

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    I'm like 4th. I don't even make the 100 foot trek to the mail box unless I'm pretty sure there's something good out there. Not hiking or running anywhere. If things go downhill....I'll start mining my perimeter, dig a hole & sit with my 1919 & crankfire.
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    Mags remain affordable implements.
    Needs generally exceed expectations.
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    I always figured you should have enough mags for a lifetime. AK's and AR's hardly ever die. 1911 mags are a different story. The feed lips crack eventually, rendering it useless.
    I figure a dozen for each caliber should be fine even if a shortage came along.

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    Postak I PRAY WE NEVER NEED THIS STUFF!!!

    I hope like HELL, that it NEVER comes to a point where I may need to use any of this stuff I have!!!!! This stuff is FUN at the range. GOD please help us if it ever requires us to use these things to survive here on our HOME front!?!?!

    M U S I B I K E

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    Quote Originally Posted by kernelkrink View Post
    If one is assured of future availability of mags ( when they become damaged or lost an affordable source of re-supply exists) then probably 10 mags per rifle is adequate. 200-300 rds typically, reloading during a lull in firing should be possible in anything but an all out Zombie Apocolypse.

    OTOH, if you figure in a "lifetime" supply of mags (lifetime of the gun) because the future availabilty of the magazines is in doubt, well an AR15 without a mag makes a lousy club after you fire the single chambered round. Stock up accordingly.

    AMEN OH LEARNED SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I had to go 8 years without resupply due to my westerly location.

    AR Mags were toast. Needed springs, some bodies just wore out. Locations that fail? Mag Catch, bodies become too flexible and swell when loaded, causing an insertion issue (wish they made viagra for THAT!).

    Let's be honest. At $7.00 to $12.00 per mag for "good" AR or AK mags; buy a couple of extras.

    Here is my simple formula:

    AR or AK:
    19 Mags per rifle.

    M1A or FN-FAL:
    13 Mags per rifle.

    Pistols:
    5 mags per.

    Shotgun:
    It's an 870 or a Moss. 590....Lots of 00.

    1000 rounds per weapon is good. 4000 per weapon is better. 10,000 is really cool.

    Take your time, invest in simple reloading gear. SIMPLE is the OPERATIVE word.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bellson View Post
    I had to go 8 years without resupply due to my westerly location.
    I'd like to hear your story, if it wouldn't bother you to share it.

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