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  1. Taylor Jarrell

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    Is there any standard color code for magazine tape to differentiate fmj, jhp, green tip etc? I'm planning on starting a thin strip of colored tape on all mine to tell at a glance
     
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    None that I have ever heard of ... have fun creating your own, though. :)
     
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    As another alternative to tape, if you're using Pmag Gen3's, Magpul sells "sandstone" magazine bases for them which can be dyed with polyester fabric dyes to any color you want.
     
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    Nope
     
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    They must be colored in order of deadliness. White being most deadly (Angel of Death) and Black least deadly (only scary like the dark).

    :)
     
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    We talking AR magazines? Hexmag is your friend. Or you could simply use a paint pen. That’s how I always marked mine.
     
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  7. Taylor Jarrell

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    I have duct tape in every color imaginable I just can't seem to think of a code that not only I could remember but any of my family would have a good guess just by the tape as to ammo type. Bare in mind I don't have any magazines in different calibers that look alike (ex. 223 and 300blk) only stamped akm mags and a few different kinds of AR 5.56 mags mainly steel factory and pmag windowless.
     
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    What colors make you think hollow point, soft point, ballistic tip, etc. So far fmj no tape, and m855 of course green tape. Any other colors are open
     
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    And don't forget Chartreuse the color of Zorro, the Gay Blade!
     
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    For informal use I use blue painters tape marked with sharpies for info on the mag. For serious use Pmags all with SD loads, no markings needed.
     
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    I know of no such thing as "magazine tape" for one.
    I'm not in the habit of loading mags "just in case" of various narrow needs, either. If a BMP rolls over the hill and starts shooting at me, I'm not pausing at the bottom of the ditch to scrabble through magazines. (5.56 not an optimal choice versus 30mm in the first place.)
     
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    The only mags I keep loaded contain my SD ammo of choice. The only ones that need to be IDed are .300BLK to differentiate from 5.56.

    I use those big rubberbands that go around the mag base. Easily IDed, even in the dark. Thought about putting them on 5.56 ready mags as well but that would somewhat defeat the purpose.
     
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    A question please? Are White magazines the dreaded automatic assault magazines that are banned by the Hague Conventions as unusually deadly? Aren't those banned in all 58 states besides Texas?
     
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    No. They were banned in the Prauge convention, as they clashed dreadfully with most uniforms. Many "conflicts" are fought after Labor day as well.:)
     
  15. Taylor Jarrell

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    I don't blame you haha. Only reasons I plan on doing it is 1.I have more magazines than secure ammo space and plenty of springs to replace if need be over time. And 2. 90% when I get to go to the range it's a spur of the moment thing and I'm in a rush. This has led me to on a few occasions either miss out on shooting or wind up accidentally firing a quarter mag of my expensive ammo before I notice.(I know my fault but I'd still rather avoid it)
     
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    Oh, I understand the reasons [:)]
    It's also why I keep the ammo in its boxes, and then stashed in range bags (have four--one pistols; one long arms; one AR; one range accessories, spotting scope, sand bags, etc). Before leaving, I'll cull the bags (and make sure I have magazines for what's leaving with me). This generally prevents uh-ohs. Generally.
     
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    Forget color coding. Get yourself a Brother pTouch or old fashioned Dymo label maker and actually label them. All my pistol mags have labels so I can tell them at a glance, but I have them marked by gun and not by the ammo they contain.

    gmag - 1.jpg
     
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    As noted above, P-touch labeling mags is a good idea... especially if you have multiple mags for same make but different caliber firearms.
     
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    I think the label maker is the route I'm gonna take plus it looks a lot more clean and specific than tape.
     
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    Ok, I admit if you don’t actually use your mags much then a label maker is a good way to go. But, if you use and abuse your stuff, not leaving it in a closet, then a paint pen is your friend.
     
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    Paint pens are your friend.
     
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    Except when you change your mind...
     
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    I use a silver Sharpie to mark my labels on the bottom of the base pad.
    I don’t write very neat usually but I can if going slow.
    Plus if they start to wear it’s easy to touch up.
    Also few know this but permanent markers can be “erased” using a dry erase marker.
     
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    Slightly OT, perhaps, but in the same vein ...

    When I got my Glock 42 (small 9x17) I acquired a collection of the factory mags with the pinky extension.

    This past January I bought a Glock 43 (small 9x19) and immediately realized that that G42 & G43 pinky-extension mags could (too) easily be mistaken ... so ...

    ... for the G43 I acquired factory flat-base mags and replaced the bases with Pachmayr pinky-extension bases.

    My G42 mags are all factory extensions & my G43 mags are all Pachmayr extensions. Completely different look & feel.

    Now, without having to see them, I can immediately differentiate the two types. :)
     
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    Then an old toothbrush and some carb cleaner become your next 2 friends.
     
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