This question is pondered just about as much as “How much ammunition should I store?“. Over the past several years I have changed my mind on this and much of that changing I directly attribute to readers who have disagreed with me. I listened to other peoples opinions and came to the conclusion that the number I had determined was a good one wasn’t.
We are talking about survival and preparedness guns. Guns that are bought with a purpose in mind that some day if necessary they will be called upon to protect family, friends, supplies, and properties. Magazines- although very durable – wear out. These magazines can also easily be lost when doing tactical reloads or reloads on the run.
Another thought is if you have “X” number of magazines for your AK-47 and your buddy(who owns an AK as well) shows up on your doorstep but failed to grab all of his magazines. Now you have your AK with “X” magazines and he has his AK with two. Is that enough? Maybe – depending on how many “X” is.
Here are my recommendations on magazine supply:
semi-auto fighting rifle 20 magazines for each rifle/carbine
semi-auto pistol 10 magazines for each magazine fed pistol
In today’s world magazines – especially for AK’s and AR’s – are very inexpensive. I strongly urge you to build your stockpile now because it is just a matter of time before a shortage occurs again for one reason or another. It was just a couple years ago that PMAG’s were selling for $50 – now available for $9.95 with free shipping. Wanted a 25-rd factory magazine for your M&P15-22 .22LR rimfire? $50 bucks for those as well. Glock 17 magazines? Now available for $25 with free shipping.
Next time there is a run on magazines and people are freaking out wondering if they will ever be able to buy any again feel secure knowing that you did your homework and are sitting on a sufficient quantity.
Yeah – that will put a smile on your face.
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