How many extra magazines do you take to the range?

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    How many extra magazines do you take to the range?

    When I go to the range to practice I have 7 magazines that I take in my range bag. I'd rather shoot more and spend less time reloading.

    However I've never see anyone there with more than one or two. With my extra magazines and Shoot-N-C targets I almost feel a bit over the top.


    Also I noticed for the first time they have signs up saying only load 5 rounds. Oops. I've been loading to capacity (10). The RSO never said anything to me but maybe thats because there usually aren't more than 2 or 3 people there, yesterday I was the only one. Either way I'll make sure I limit my loading now so I don't break the rules.

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    I have three for each weapon...but what ever floats your boat is correct...
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    6 mags for my 1911.

    2 came with the gun.
    2 are CMC shooting stars that I bought at my LGS.
    1 is a Tripp Cobra mag. (Primary carry mag that goes in the gun)
    1 is a Wilson Combat 47D mag. (Back-up mag that goes on my hip for EDC)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveJay View Post
    I have three for each weapon...but what ever floats your boat is correct...
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    I usually only bring one. This is for several reasons:

    First: At the indoor range I currently shoot at, you must buy their ammunition. Wolf is $17 for a box of 50 (Edit: for 9mm). By only having one magazine, I force myself to spend time reloading so that I don't go through a box in 5 minutes. I enjoy my time at the range and like to make it last.

    Second: I want recovery time. If I had 5 magazines of 15 each all loaded and ready to go, and I hammered through all of them as fast as I could shoot, there would be no recovery time and my accuracy would suffer. Furthermore, I think it could potentially lead to me developing bad shooting habits. I like to take my time, both shooting and recovering after shooting a few rounds. That's not to say that I don't like to rapid-fire through a magazine every now and then

    Third: On my EDC, I like to leave a magazine loaded with my SD ammo so that when I'm done at the range, all I have to do is insert the magazine and rack the slide. I don't want to have a bunch of bullets lying around loose somewhere.
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    I leave my SD ammo in the mags used to cc (2). I use other mags (4) at the range. I have six total. I try to take my time at the range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker543 View Post
    Second: I want recovery time. If I had 5 magazines of 15 each all loaded and ready to go, and I hammered through all of them as fast as I could shoot, there would be no recovery time and my accuracy would suffer. Furthermore, I think it could potentially lead to me developing bad shooting habits. I like to take my time, both shooting and recovering after shooting a few rounds. That's not to say that I don't like to rapid-fire through a magazine every now and then
    You probably wouldn't have much of a target left after 75 rounds either. ;)


    Even with 7 on hand I still change targets every 2, maybe 3, magazines to get that recovery. I'm essentially only reloading every 3rd target change.

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    Five for whatever I shoot, including loaders for wheelies. This is in addition to cc stuff that stays on me.

    Agree re the target changes.

    I also bring my own target stand so I can shoot whatever in between ranges i like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker543 View Post
    I usually only bring one. This is for several reasons:

    First: At the indoor range I currently shoot at, you must buy their ammunition. Wolf is $17 for a box of 50. By only having one magazine, I force myself to spend time reloading so that I don't go through a box in 5 minutes. I enjoy my time at the range and like to make it last.
    WOW...glad I can bring in my own ammo...picked up 150 rds of Federal for the range at Walmart for $41...

    Edit...bad math on my part...you really didn't pay much more than I did...

    Quote Originally Posted by Striker543 View Post
    Second: I want recovery time. If I had 5 magazines of 15 each all loaded and ready to go, and I hammered through all of them as fast as I could shoot, there would be no recovery time and my accuracy would suffer. Furthermore, I think it could potentially lead to me developing bad shooting habits. I like to take my time, both shooting and recovering after shooting a few rounds. That's not to say that I don't like to rapid-fire through a magazine every now and then
    Recovery time is good...I use my three to load various #'s of rounds, depending on what I'm working on...so if I shoot, for example, one magazine with 5 rounds, then another with 5 rds, I might be practicing reloading on the fly...then comes a target change and recovery time...

    Quote Originally Posted by Striker543 View Post
    Third: On my EDC, I like to leave a magazine loaded with my SD ammo so that when I'm done at the range, all I have to do is insert the magazine and rack the slide. I don't want to have a bunch of bullets lying around loose somewhere.
    I understand that...I purchased a plastic case to off-load my personal protection ammo when I shoot...stuff that into the range bag so it's out of sight, out of mind, until I'm getting ready to leave the range...
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    I take 6-8 mags for each of 4-6 guns...I usually have the wife with me and that covers both of us.
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    Keep the sd ammo in the mags and take 3 others. I use a speed loader so its no big deal to load up the mags.

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    I have two 15 round mags for EDC. I have three 10 round mags that I use at the range. There is no science behind that number for me, it's just what I happen to own. The three 10s were given to me with the gun. The two 15s I bought to carry.
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    Depends on what I'm doing at the range.

    I don't go to the range "to shoot" - I go to work on a specific skillset that involves live fire.

    For example, Shooting to slidelock, reloading and resuming shooting. For this I will use 3 magazines, loaded with 1 to 3 round each, and I will attempt to shoot a 4x6 index card at 7 yards keeping all rounds on target.

    The amount of mags is contingent on the drill.

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    my kimber Aegis? How ever many happen to be in the range bag... 3-6.
    my 22? 2, cuz its what I have.
    my XD(M)? 2. it comes with 2... and each hold 19. I dont think ill ever need much more than 2.

    edit: but for normal range trips i probably load up 1-2 mags at a time. (or half the mag for the XD(M))
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    I bring all the magazines I own for the particular gun that I will be shooting that day. I Like to make sure that ALL of my magazines work and feed reliably
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