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I maintain 3-4 magazines per semi-automatic Smith handgun. Is that enough? Does anyone have a rule for more magazines per gun?
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My personal rule is ten. I usually don't get them all at once though. Usually just two to four at a time until I hit my ten mag limit.
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For me it's no less than 6. I shoot uspsa & IDPA, so my mags to get used.
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Even my classic, out of production pistols I try to get at least three. When I buy a new pistol where the magazines are readily available I go for 8-10.
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That depends on other factors

Pistols used for investment, display or received as awards are just fine with one or two magazines


Pistols used for Personal/home defense or practice (providing the firearm is still in production), three to six are fine by me. You can always get a replacement if one fails or gets damaged


Pistols used for Personal/home defense or practice (that are no longer in production), as many as I can find at a reasonable price


Duty pistols, the minimum should be double whatever you carry on your duty belt


Competition pistols, I like a dozen at the very least


Pistols for the upcoming End of the World or Zombie Apocalypse, as many as I can get my hands on

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I have a minimum of 6 for each semi-auto that I own. That's not just S&W handguns. Sigs, Colts, Browning & Springfield. Most of my 1911 mags are interchangeable within the brands. I have over 30 mags for them.
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Somewhere between 1 and 12. Like the other posters it depends on the gun and how readily available the magazines are.
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As many as possible. This is a photo of my Sig 229 and SOME of the magazines I have for it. This photo was taken as I was preparing for a shooting class at TDI.

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Even my classic, out of production pistols I try to get at least three. When I buy a new pistol where the magazines are readily available I go for 8-10.
I agree. 3 is minimum. The guns that I carry. I want two spare. The guns that get range time I want 10 magazines to load. If it's a safe dweller 2-3 is good.
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I have three 15 round Mags for my 5906 and four 8 rounds for 9mm Shield. I pre load all before going to the range and just reload a couple of mags while shooting
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I have ten which I rotate between my M41 and M46. Fortunately they all fit both which is nice.
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...................................1 more is enough...........................
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My minimum is 5. For my #1 home defense and general purpose pistol, a Beretta 92FS, I have about 15 or 20 because I grabbed up some 15 rounders when I thought they might be banned forever.
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For me it's no less than 6. I shoot uspsa & IDPA, so my mags to get used.


I do allow myself to go over my ten mag limit for my IDPA guns. I hate loading magazines between stages so I always have enough loaded that I can get through a match.
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I only buy the reusable kind, so three.
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It depends on your needs/occupation. I'm retired and I go out to the range for general target shooting on a weekly basis. My "unwritten rule" is 3 per gun. I have 2 guns right now that I only have 2 mags for. When finances permit, I'll be adding another to those 2 guns.
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My minimum is 10, for any pistol that might even possibly used for carry.

I like to have a minimum of 6, for all of my other pistols.
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Except for competition I would agree that 3 is probably enough. For guns like the 10XX series, where mags are not readily obtainable, more is probably better. I have 2 of the 10XX and six mags. I'm ok with that, but if I found one or two more at a reasonable price I'd add a couple more.
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It's no wonder that you can't buy a used pistol with more than one magazine. Three is about right for me, unless it is a rifle or submachine gun.
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When our agency transitioned to the Glock we were issued three mags. I purchased a 33 round mag along w/an additional three to have w/me all the time when I was working.
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I usually want at least 7 to 8 for each pistol. I keep HP's in a few and use the others for FMJ's at my range.
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For a SD gun 5 minimum; for a competition gun - at least double that.
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I have no hard and fast rule. As much as possible! Some I have 20 mags, others 10 others 50. Always buying. Mags wear out, break, and laws are passed against them

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I maintain 3-4 magazines per semi-automatic Smith handgun. Is that enough? Does anyone have a rule for more magazines per gun?
Just one more . . .
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You can always get a replacement if one fails or gets damaged
Maybe. A magazine for my H7K P7 M8 is $149.95 from HKParts. They are allegedly in stock, but no longer in production. I own five original equipment magazines for this pistol. The price of those five magazines today is more than I paid for the pistol 30 years ago . . .

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Maybe. A single magazine for my H7K P7 M8 is $149.95 from HKParts. They are allegedly in stock, but no longer in production . . .
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i go with 5 for full size guns and at least 3 for small guns that i dont shoot a lot at the range. so i guess between 3 and 5.
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I never really thought of a hard and fast rule for this, but I'm probably wrong. I have a very nice Bersa Thunder 380CC that I use for pocket carry. It came with two magazines and I bought another one so I had three.

I think that's a hold over from my days as a part time police officer. When always had enough rounds to fire and reload three times. For revolvers that was 18, and when we went to semi autos it became three magazines, plus one in the chamber.

I don't carry three magazines, but I could if I needed to.

So, I guess my rule is three magazines minimum. For most of my 3rd Gens it's more since I try to keep range mags separate from carry mags.
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I have a very nice Bersa Thunder 380CC that I use for pocket carry. It came with two magazines and I bought another one so I had three.

I think that's a hold over from my days as a part time police officer. When always had enough rounds to fire and reload three times.


Not to be a stickler, but with three magazines you can technically only reload twice.
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I carry 3 extra loaded magazines for my pistol, a CS 45. Including the one in the pistol, that gives me 25 rounds of HydraShok. If that won't do it, I'll call for help.

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Well as a "Accumulator" of 3 Gen S&Ws, Beretta 92s , Sig P series .45s , Walthers and a couple of Browning HPs....I have "a lot" of magazines that will work in multiple guns.

The issue has been compounded by Mec-Gar introducing 17 ,18 and 20 round magazines for many of of the guns in my Accumulation....... that's has added to the total number..................... and I'm always on the lookout for deals; new or used.

If I only had one gun........say a 6906 or 915 ....... I'd want 6 to 10..

"one in the gun..... two on the belt". X2 with a couple of spares.

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For a gun I intend to use, that's what I consider bare minimum. I'm more comfortable if I have 6 or 8. I use all of my magazines. They get numbered 1 (odd) or 2 (even), and they get used (i.e., are kept loaded) accordingly in odd and even numbered years. I don't keep track of how old the springs are, but if a mag spring starts feeling a little too mushy I replace it.

I've had very little trouble with good quality magazines and learned a long time ago not to buy anything else. S&W magazines are generally very good. Over the years, the only problems with their magazines that I have had have been with Shield 9mm magazines.
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Having enough extra magazines is only part of the question for me. The other and maybe most important part is organizing and storing them where I can find them when I want to go shooting.

I like to use these nylon storage pouches from MidwayUSA. The have six individual pouches that will hold either 6 double stack or twelve single stack (1911) magazines. As they come in different colors so I use a different color for each different type of pistol. Best of all is they are inexpensive at only $9.99 each on sale. So for my full-size pistols I have at least two pouches each which means 12 magazines.

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Did someone mention Beretta 92?

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Yes I did.............LOL.....IMHO leftovers and storing mags is the best use for "Tupperware".

Beretta 92 magazines are tough; with two versions of the 13round compact magazines then 15,17,18,20 and now 30 round factory and Mec-gar magazines ................ then there's the 92 Compact Type-M single stack w/8 round mags.


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I have 70+ magazines for my Colt 1911's. I test each new magazine to be sure it functions in ALL my Colts: not all will. Those that won't, I discard.

As for other autos: two or three is enough although I have more for a few ( e.g. Colt Woodsman).
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Like others have said, it depends on the intended use of the firearm.

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How much ammo do you keep on hand, 50, 500 or 5000 rounds? The more ammo on hand the more mags you should have on hand IMHO.

I like to have at least 4 mags for each pistol but generally 10, but since I have 5 pistols that use the same mags I have a butt load of mags for them in various sizes 15,17 & 20rd.

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If the pistol is a double stack for concealed carry, you may want too have one spare mag. If single stack, at least two. If a revolver, two or more speed loaders. These also have to be concealed somewhere on your body, so you bulk up quickly. Remember, the typical gunfight will be at close range and over on seconds. Reloading may be the least of your worries. Practice drawing the weapon and accurate shooting under pressure.
If the weapon is for sporting use, get as many mags/speed loaders as you need for the activity.



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I hoard my pennies until I can have at least three - but no more. More than that is a waste for me since I really only fire a few of my autos. And, I waited until too late for my SIG P230 and P232 - I only have three mags for the two pistols (mine only came with one each). And, I hate to spend too much for mags when I can watch, locally, and pick up a reasonably priced auto. I picked up a Beretta 21a in .25 last year for $250 - I'd rather have another (albeit scratched, a little) auto than 8 to 10 mags for something else ...

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Not to be a stickler, but with three magazines you can technically only reload twice.
But as Clint Smith would say "the only purpose for a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should have never laid down"
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If I find them at a good price I'll keep buying. One of these days i will have 50gal drums filled with various mags.

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Minimum of 3 per weapon. More if it's used for competitions. Carry pistols have 3-6. I accumulate them as they are on sale. Just picked up 3 M&P 357/40 magazines for $42 shipped and they look brand new (newer model too).
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This question is just for range guns, HD and SD are much higher number of magazines. Thank you!
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I like to have enough mags to keep approx 50 rounds (a full box) loaded for range duty. So, my CZ PCR (14 rounds) I have 4 mags (56). My 1911 I have 6 mags (8 count) for 48 total. My 10 round mags I have 5, etc. I try to keep it close to 50 because it works for me.
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Maybe. A magazine for my H7K P7 M8 is $149.95 from HKParts. They are allegedly in stock, but no longer in production. I own five original equipment magazines for this pistol. The price of those five magazines today is more than I paid for the pistol 30 years ago . . .
Taking me a little out of context aren't you.

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Pistols used for Personal/home defense or practice (providing the firearm is still in production), three to six are fine by me. You can always get a replacement if one fails or gets damaged

Pistols used for Personal/home defense or practice (that are no longer in production), as many as I can find at a reasonable price
Your P7 is by no means a current production firearm.
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This question is just for range guns, HD and SD are much higher number of magazines. Thank you!
You also asked very specifically about "Smith & Wesson semi-auto pistols" but you have gotten answers for everything else under the sun. That's what happens in a "How many magazines is enough?" kind of thread no matter how you try to phrase or contain it. It always turns into a forum free for all!

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You also asked very specifically about "Smith & Wesson semi-auto pistols" but you have gotten answers for everything else under the sun. That's what happens in a "How many magazines is enough?" kind of thread no matter how you try to phrase or contain it. It always turns into a forum free for all!


OK..... How many "preban, 10 round magazines are enough for your 3rd Gen Smith & Wesson auto if you live in Mass.?"

Answer: all you can find!
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Your P7 is by no means a current production firearm.
Yeah, my bad. I like to color outside the lines . . .
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This question is just for range guns, HD and SD are much higher number of magazines. Thank you!
My answer is still the same. No set number. 5, 10, 20, 40, ....as many as possible. Aside from a few exceptions I don't see a difference between range guns and SD guns

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