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Bug Tussell November 23, 2017 09:34

Marking Mags?
Very few mag manufacturers mark their mags as to make and model. Glock is great about this but not so much most others.
I have my mags segrated in bins.
How do you mark your mags?

fnogger November 23, 2017 09:49

Nothing I have is similar enough to get mags confused. Hard to confuse an AR15 mag with a FAL mag, or a 10/22 mag with any other kind, or a Glock 33 rounder with a CZ75 16 rounder. Even my Ruger Mk II and Browning Buckmarks are obviously different.

Mags that get taken to a match/shoot where there are others of its type (Buckmark, 10/22 and Ruger Mk II for me) all have my initials and a number in silver fine point sharpie marker on them. Just 'cause mags get loaned, piled up, moved by others, etc.

Mags that have given me issues get marked with a simple dot or two so I can keep an eye on them and test them more.

yovinny November 23, 2017 10:07

Electrical tape comes in a slew of colors.
A single stripe of a few raps around the bottom works well for me.

Bug Tussell November 23, 2017 11:57

As usual, I'm obtuse in my issue description. I have a buncha cz, hp, 92, mags that all look similar to my untrained eye. I'm wanting to mark each mag as to mfr and model. I'm careless in my range bag so mags get mixed in for an outing and/or left in from the last outing.
I want to mark CZ75, HP, 92 on mags for easy id.
Rifle mags are not a problem as they are easily identifiable in my limited collection.

My handwriting is atrocious but if that is the only thing available I'll have a go at it with a sharpie.

I was hoping there were some oil proof, cleaning fluid proof id stickers out there.

Invictus77 November 23, 2017 12:06

I've not done this but just "thinking out loud".

A dot of automotive touch-up paint or maybe finger nail polish on the bottom?

Red dot = CZ
White dot = HP
Blue dot = 92

Bawana jim November 23, 2017 12:13

I use a white pen that I get from staples that leaves an oil base mark that works well. Works good on ammo cans too.

the gman November 23, 2017 12:24

I use Krylon. Seriously. A little squirt of paint goes a long way and in the long term, mags are essentially disposable items so a bit of paint isn't going to reduce their value much. :D

plinker November 23, 2017 13:09

I use these to number my magazines (and for metal working), paint holds up well. You could use a different color for each type magazine to ID them, paint a small square, dot, ete...

longhair51 November 23, 2017 15:56

Each type of rifle magazine gets numbered on the left side with whatever color nail polish my wife has at the time. The pistol mags are marked on the bottom with dots.

Retired Bum November 23, 2017 16:45

I store my magazines in a couple of plastic bins with many drawers. Each drawer is labeled with the magazines it contains.

I agree that many magazines look virtually identical. Like my Walther P38, S&W Model 39, and Sig P210's. All are single column eight rounders. Before I go to the range I make sure that I do have the correct magazines for the pistols I am taking to shoot that trip. Ditto with my Sig P226, Browning HP, and Beretta 92/96 magazines.

Most of my magazines are factory OEM and are marked as such. But some after market magazines I own are sans markings of any kind. So these have a small adhesive label attached to the base plate identifying them.

The worst are all of the 1911 magazines I have. Got 'em in .45, 10mm, .38 Super, and 9mm. So these get the old Mark One Eyeball Inspection before I put them in my range bag.

And so it goes.

The Retired One

spider991 November 23, 2017 18:39

Silver sharpie

KoKodog November 23, 2017 19:21

try this .......

Wildcat November 23, 2017 21:38

Pistol magazines get put into a 6 or 8 pocket pistol mag pouch. I have several pouches so I had a local seamstress stitch an ID tag window onto the flap of all of them. I can slide in a label that indicates which gun/caliber the magazines fit.

The Beretta 92 magazines and the SIG P226 mags are indistinguishable by size. What I did there was to take Beretta magazines and modify them so they also work in a P226. The SIG mags went into storage and it no longer mattered which was what for those guns since the modified mags interchanged.

Magazines with stainless tubes can be marked with a tool etcher or a dremel. Then shade the area with a sharpie...wipe the excess away and the etching shows up quite well.

All magazines are numbered or lettered to ID any that misbehave. 'Jig paint' works well for mags that can't be effectively stamped or etched. At my old job, I had access to a set of number stamps and did all the mags I had at that time.

Elwarpo November 25, 2017 11:07

multi drawer cabinet, each drawer labeled. I have 7 look alike mags (HP, FEG HP version, CZ75...). Sig is also good, most newer mags have model and caliber stamped on them.

moonbat60 November 25, 2017 14:39


Originally Posted by spider991 (Post 4505048)
Silver sharpie


John A November 25, 2017 15:08

I typically use an electric engraver on metal mags, especially pistol mags.

Not only do I mark what gun they are for, I also number them so I can address problems coming from weak springs and such when I start getting failures from them after being used extensively.

On plastic mags (like Pmags and lancers) I often use paint pens or black sharpies depending on the base color of the mag with whatever stands out.

On my HD rifle mags that are loaded up, I have a piece of black tape wrapped around the bottom of the mag. That way I know to grab them instead of a mag that may be left over from the last range session that will probably have plinking/range fodder in it.

T.C. November 25, 2017 21:07

Brite-Mark Paint Marker

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