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Old 02-09-2015, 01:26 PM   #1
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Mag storage

I was down in the Gyro Cave this past weekend, straightening things up. Everything looked pretty good until I got to the cabinet where most of my spare mags are stored...ugh. What a jumbled mess.

Like most of you, my ratio of mags to guns is greater than one. Ever since I found myself with a couple of really nice guns for which mags had become unavailable, I make sure I've got a few backups for whatever I buy. (As a matter of fact, before I buy a new gun I check first for available mags.) And of course, I have my stash of hi-cap AR mags, set aside for the aftermath of the next school/theater/university mass shooting, or in case a single Supreme Court seat switches from Republican to Democrat.

Now, storing all this is quite a hassle. They're all different sizes, in different packaging, single stack, double-wide, short, long, straight, banana, (I was gonna say "ribbed" and "smooth" but that was starting to sound a little like condoms.)

So, how do you guys store these things? Have you found any clever solutions? Just throw 'em all in a big box? Bury 'em out in the yard? Dressed and covered in clever storage containers? Enlighten me.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:55 PM   #2
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I keep magazines stacked in my safe. AR mags stack nicely right on top of each other very well, same for M1 Carbine mags. AK mags will stack on top of each other, just not quite as well. I tend to go heel-toe-heel-toe with them to keep everything good and level. 1911 mags I lay on their spines since they don't stack well due to the bumpers, and the same can be said for most pistol magazines. I have more than enough magazines to keep me going, but in comparison to others, I don't really have a lot of magazines. If you have a ton that you want to keep in really great shape, military ammo cans are hard to beat for dry storage.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:16 PM   #3
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Yep, I've only got fifty or so assorted mags, they're all loaded one round light and stored in a safe.

Since they're all stored with other stuff behind that false wall in my sanctum sanctorum, they get checked weekly for corrosion... and just because seeing them comforts me.

I use plastic ammo cans stacked and labeled by weapon and caliber.

1 gallon zip locks are your friend.

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Old 02-09-2015, 06:10 PM   #4
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I have several "Rubbermaid Keepers" and each holds magazines for one make of gun. I only do that for guns which might be needed if SHITHTF: AR, Colt, S&W.

A few loaded mags are close to each gun.

In reality any firefight any of us might have is probably going to be over in minutes, if not seconds so loaded mags in the safe may not be important.

FWIW: the tales of magazine springs failing if left loaded a long time seem to be more myth than reality. I've got a couple of S&W .40 and 10mm mags that I know have been loaded for 20 years and I've shot them every few years with no issues.

I also got 2 1911 Magazines that were in the pouch that came with the gun. The ammo in them was dated 1918. Saved the ammo, but the mags worked fine,
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I recently acquired a bunch of these from an estate sale.

They'll probably find a job securing ammo, mags or somesuch.
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I have several "Rubbermaid Keepers" and each holds magazines for one make of gun. I only do that for guns which might be needed if SHITHTF: AR, Colt, S&W.

A few loaded mags are close to each gun.

In reality any firefight any of us might have is probably going to be over in minutes, if not seconds so loaded mags in the safe may not be important.

FWIW: the tales of magazine springs failing if left loaded a long time seem to be more myth than reality. I've got a couple of S&W .40 and 10mm mags that I know have been loaded for 20 years and I've shot them every few years with no issues.

I also got 2 1911 Magazines that were in the pouch that came with the gun. The ammo in them was dated 1918. Saved the ammo, but the mags worked fine,

It's the constant expansion<>contraction cycles that wear springs. Loaded mags from WW2 German MP-40s have been found in buildings that were in good condition and they still worked fine too.
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Isn't that the wrong kind of rod? Got a post hole digger?
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Tommy, I have had supposedly learned people take both sides of the spring story. I've been told that it is good to exercise them and other equally qualified (?) say it doesn't matter.

Problem is you can't prove either one
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:36 AM   #9
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Ammo cans, Rubbermaid containers, zip locks...these are some great ideas. Keep them coming.

As a matter of fact, I'll throw a solution into the mix. Midway USA has these on sale every once in a while, and you can pick them up for a few bucks. They're for double-stacks, but you can fit two 1911 mags into each sleeve. I remove the carrying straps and store them separately. As you will see if you click on the alternate pictures, these have a velcro flap that folds over and completely covers the mags:

MidwayUSA 6 Mag Pouch Double Stack Pistol

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Midway also has a fabric case that will hold the pistol and 5-6 magazines that could be a BOB or hung from a convenient nail or doorknob.
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I use the same usgi mag pouches I "acquired" in the service- but, aside from a savage 99, and a remmy 742, I have only 3 - the ar and the tavor take a common mag, and the m14 mags fit if you put them in sideways instead of fore
and aft.
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I have several "Rubbermaid Keepers" and each holds magazines for one make of gun. I only do that for guns which might be needed if SHITHTF: AR, Colt, S&W.

A few loaded mags are close to each gun.

In reality any firefight any of us might have is probably going to be over in minutes, if not seconds so loaded mags in the safe may not be important.

FWIW: the tales of magazine springs failing if left loaded a long time seem to be more myth than reality. I've got a couple of S&W .40 and 10mm mags that I know have been loaded for 20 years and I've shot them every few years with no issues.

I also got 2 1911 Magazines that were in the pouch that came with the gun. The ammo in them was dated 1918. Saved the ammo, but the mags worked fine,
Yep, the only thing that may happen is they may fail to hit the slide/bolt hold open on the last round, but the mag will work. I have a 30 round AR mag that's been loaded for a good 17 years, at year 20 I'll cycle it through a rifle and I have no doubt it will work just fine.

Even M1 Carbine magazines which have some of the worst quality springs I've ever seen in a magazine don't wear out when loaded for long periods of time. I have one 30 rounder that's been loaded for at least 5 years, and two 15 rounders that have been loaded for close to 20 years; they work fine.
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Just about every method of storage has been covered, and I have used them all. I had some stacked in my safe, but it isn't that large and I quickly ran out of room. Then there was an old set of bookshelves I appropriated for my "gun room", a place with my workbench and targets and cleaning gear (Deb never has come to appreciate the smell of Hoppe's #9). That soon became the storage place for my ammo when I decided to start getting ready for the Zombie Apocalypse, and I ran out of room there.

My wife, God Bless her, looked at the problem with her typical common sense and logic and came up with this...

Sterilite 3 Drawer Wide Cart- White - Walmart.com

Fits real nice against the wall in my "gun room", has plenty of storage space, and at least keeps the dust off of them. The only thing I don't keep in there are my Garand E-Blocs, which are loaded and kept in a .50 cal ammo can.
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Yep, I've only got fifty or so assorted mags, they're all loaded one round light and stored in a safe.
Nice to know I keep my M1 Carbine mags @10
and Charlie good to hear about the full mags quip for I keep the 45's @7
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