TSA Rules for Magazines

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    TSA Rules for Magazines

    Hope this is the right place to ask this.

    I have been all over the TSA's site looking for the answer to my question: "Can I have an unloaded magazine in my carry weapon, or does it have to be out?" I have a pelican case that I will be using.
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    The various requirements simply state the weapon must be unloaded.

    But - put yourself in the position of an average TSA agent whose knowledge of firearms is probably limited by what's been seen on TV. Given that 'extensive' firearms knowledge, how would you react?

    Keep it simple, minimize the decisions the TSA has to make. Leave the mag out of the gun.
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    I leave the mag out when I travel, just to be on the safe side
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    The various requirements simply state the weapon must be unloaded.

    But - put yourself in the position of an average TSA agent whose knowledge of firearms is probably limited by what's been seen on TV. Given that 'extensive' firearms knowledge, how would you react?

    Keep it simple, minimize the decisions the TSA has to make. Leave the mag out of the gun.
    Exactly. The people in this world who seem to never have problems are, not coincidentally, the ones who plan ahead, exercise due diligence, and don't leave things to chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaSig View Post
    Exactly. The people in this world who seem to never have problems are, not coincidentally, the ones who plan ahead, exercise due diligence, and don't leave things to chance.
    ....thank you, all of you. The very reason I was asking. That's the route I was going to take, just need to adjust my foam cut-out pattern to accommodate another mag!

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    ...just ONE???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    ...just ONE???
    I like to have just one in my checked pistol case too but it's a 33 rounder.

    Ya ought to see the looks on the TSA agents face when they verify clear with that one sitting there.
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    They seem to be getting a bit more relaxed about firearm transportation. A couple of years ago each magazine had to be secured individually within the case. I guess they were afraid a cartridge might get loose and hurt the inside of the case? Now it sounds like you can just have the mags secured in the case, without the individual restraint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    ...just ONE???
    Not one, just another ONE. This case will hold my G19 and my wife's G26. All done after adjusting my template. Here are a few pictures of the finished product.

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    I just flew back in from Vail yesterday (life is rough) and left the mag in on both legs of the trip. The Delta agent in ATL was the first ever to verify my gun was unloaded... had me take out the mag and rack the slide. Every other airline rep and TSA employee has never asked me to even unlock the case.
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    ...nice job!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by georgiacarry View Post
    not one, just another one. This case will hold my g19 and my wife's g26. All done after adjusting my template. Here are a few pictures of the finished product.

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    I flew twice last month and left the mags in both times.

    None of the airline agents asked to verify if they were empty.

    Southwest looked at the open case, USAirways acted like they didn't really want to know, and American almost had me take an oath that they were unloaded.

    You will find that although each airline states their firearms policy on their websites, reality is that the procedure will vary from city to city.

    In all counts, though, no problems getting my blasters from one galaxy to the next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    The various requirements simply state the weapon must be unloaded.

    But - put yourself in the position of an average TSA agent whose knowledge of firearms is probably limited by what's been seen on TV. Given that 'extensive' firearms knowledge, how would you react?

    Keep it simple, minimize the decisions the TSA has to make. Leave the mag out of the gun.
    Best advice I could give on this topic is right there in bold.
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    My Pelican Case (with a custom insert) only has space for two mags and my G17.. When I travel, I always bring a third mag, and leave that one inside the gun. Haven't had any problems at multiple airports with AA or UA.

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