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teleblaster
11-10-2012, 19:32
I numbered my Glock magazines about a year ago with red permanent marker; not very easy to read on the black mags but I could see it. I just got another batch of mags and I found I could no longer see the numbers on the old ones.

What is best product and location for marking magazines?

SJ 40
11-10-2012, 19:37
I numbered my Glock magazines about a year ago with red permanent marker; not very easy to read on the black mags but I could see it. I just got another batch of mags and I found I could no longer see the numbers on the old ones.

What is best product and location for marking magazines?I tried the Sharpie permeant markers back five tears ago,just doesn't last long.
So at work we had a Brother P touch label maker,problem solved and the hold up very well. SJ 40

mongo356
11-10-2012, 19:46
I take an awl and scratch Roman numerals on the base plate. They won't come off very easy and they are replaceable if you decide to sell or traade the mags etc.

dhgeyer
11-10-2012, 19:46
Here's an idea: take a small drill bit and, by hand, put 1, 2, or 3 small indents down at the very back bottom of the mag body. Not all the way through, of course. Just indents. If you wanted to make them really stand out, you could fill the indents with white model airplane dope. I wouldn't use a drill bit any bigger than 1/16".

I just use a black Sharpie. Even harder to see, but quite durable.

roguedaddy
11-10-2012, 19:49
I use my wife's fingernail polish on the floor plate. Last a very long time.


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Genin
11-10-2012, 19:56
I use a soldering iron to put numbers on the baseplates. That's how I keep track.

SC_Dave
11-10-2012, 20:03
I use a paint pen.
David

kodiakpb
11-10-2012, 20:12
^^^ paint pen

kaech
11-10-2012, 20:15
I use a paint pen.
David

^^yep silver paint pen

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W4CNG
11-10-2012, 20:18
Soldering iron but not too hot and too deep and small bit in the iron. Buff off the removed plastic and you are good to go. My brother bought me 8 mag bottoms with my name printed on them and numbers from 1 to 8 for Christmas. That was really nice.

mt920
11-10-2012, 20:48
Address labels on the side of the mag for me.

DannyR
11-10-2012, 21:28
I use a Silver Sharpie and code the mags per pistol model, example:

17-1, 17-2, ect.
19-1, 19-2
26-1, 26-2

You get the idea,:wavey:

Richardh
11-10-2012, 21:37
I just put dots of fingernail polish on the bottom.

jtull7
11-10-2012, 21:42
On my 1911's, I use a simple approach. The little colored dots you get from the office supply store, I place one on the pistol and one on each of the mags that go with that pistol. They stay attached fairly well, are many different colors, and are very useful to me.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t107/jtull8/d.jpg

HKLovingIT
11-10-2012, 22:09
I use a Sharpie white paint pen. Works good. Holds up. Get it at Staples.

Paint pen. Not marker. Get the finest point one they have. Get it started flowing on some cardboard or something first.

JW1178
11-11-2012, 03:25
An Engraver works great, they are cheap too.

http://www.harborfreight.com/electric-engraver-46099.html

Jake Starr
11-11-2012, 07:03
I just scratch my initials in mine with the tip of my knife. On my Glock mags, bottom back underneath witness holes. They are just mags.

Orive 8
11-11-2012, 07:46
Silver Sharpie

teleblaster
11-11-2012, 07:49
Thanks. I think the paint pen seems like the best option for me. I have other stuff I can mark with it too, so it doesn't just get used once and left to dry out.

rdstrain49
11-11-2012, 08:58
I have magazines that were marked with Dyno labels in the mid 60s. I'll let you know if they last.

ejes
11-11-2012, 09:22
Metallic Sharpie marker. I use silver, but they come gold and bronze, too. Used to use paint markers, but the Sharpie metallic works just as well and you don't have to shake it to mix the paint.

MikeG36
11-11-2012, 09:43
I've used a scribe on some and a sharpie on others. Both work well but the sharpie is prolly the better way to go.

Gallium
11-11-2012, 11:09
Any marker, then clear coat on top of that.

dakrat
11-11-2012, 11:18
Metallic Sharpie marker. I use silver, but they come gold and bronze, too. Used to use paint markers, but the Sharpie metallic works just as well and you don't have to shake it to mix the paint.

they work great!

for even more permanent solution, engrave the base pad then fill in with these.

Tornado_Racing
11-11-2012, 11:23
I use the Vickers baseplates as they have dips for numbering. I have an FDE Gen4 so the Vickers FDE baseplates match nicely and marked with a black sharpee. My black Vickers are marked with a silver sharpee.

Before installing the Vickers plates I used a soldering iron and marked them the same way.

CrackerKen
11-11-2012, 12:11
I used a thin file, and make slim marks on the rear edge of the Glock floor plates, such as: 1 11 111 1111 . Fast, easy, and the don't come off.

janice6
11-11-2012, 12:21
I marked mine about 5 years ago with a Testors Acrylic Paint Marker in slate Gray.

They look like the day I first marked them. yes, I use them a lot.

The paint markers were cheap and I got them at the home improvement store.

wingspar
11-11-2012, 14:57
I etch them with a engraving tip on a Dremel, and brighten them up with a silver sharpie. Lasts a long time. I also have paint pens in black and silver.

ADK_40GLKr
11-11-2012, 17:27
White Out!

ithaca_deerslayer
11-11-2012, 17:48
Knife to plastic. Number my mags.

flysubcompact
11-11-2012, 17:53
My wife and I were at the range and I almost ran one of her 9mm mags in my .40. Wanted a non-marring way (in case I later sell the mags) to easily see which is which. I used one layer of colored electical tape. Here is a little YT video I made.

Color Code Your Glock Magazines....for safety - YouTube

Patchman
11-11-2012, 19:52
Silver sharpie.

Pimp gun
11-11-2012, 20:05
I use a white paint pencil and it works great and not bad on price and Lowes and stores like that sell them.:tongueout:

t1tan
11-11-2012, 20:26
How I do it for my mags, once single dots are taken up I started with two dots. Simple paint pen, stayed put for years being recessed.

http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg456/t1tan19/1c8d4086.jpg

Recalcitrant
11-11-2012, 21:36
Other than the example of inadvertently loading the wrong magazine, why would one mark the magazine?

mongo356
11-11-2012, 22:50
If you start having jams and think it may be related to a weak mag spring or a problem mag etc. It's just easier to keep track of since the mags all look the same.

Some jams may happen on a rare occasion, but if they keep happening with the #14 mag then it may be the mag.

t1tan- that's a cool idea I like it!!!!

Angry Fist
11-11-2012, 23:10
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz13/MO_FUGGAZ/100_2946.jpg?t=1348524778

jack76590
11-12-2012, 00:28
I take an awl and scratch Roman numerals on the base plate. They won't come off very easy and they are replaceable if you decide to sell or traade the mags etc.

That is what I do, except use regular numbers, 1,2,3,12, etc. Never really look at numbers unless have problem mag then note number. I really don't worry about numbers if sell/trade, it is a used mag anyhow.

NYresq
11-12-2012, 00:38
silver sharpie on the side of the mag body, 1,2,3 etc... I also color in the caliber markings on the back side with the sharpie while I am doing it. Makes it easier to grab the right mags so I dont get to the range with a 40 and have a bag full of 9mm mags...

Tx-SIG229
11-12-2012, 20:40
because i carry a G19 at work and a G23 at home, i also use a silver sharpie and write the caliber in big letters on the side of the mags. might have to use some of these other ideas since silver sharpie wears off

Walk Soft
11-12-2012, 20:53
[QUOTE=t1tan;19621054]How I do it for my mags, once single dots are taken up I started with two dots. Simple paint pen, stayed put for years being recessed.

I do the same,except I do the numbers instead of the holes.:cool:

burttrans
11-16-2012, 10:53
I am going to start marking my magazines thanks for all the good ideas!

Sid Nitzerglobin
11-16-2012, 10:55
Silver paint pen on the baseplate here. I'll have to look for some of those Sharpie Metallic ones.

I marked mine both for ID so they didn't get mixed up w/ someone else's, so that I could more easily keep track of which ones I was rotating through keeping loaded, and to help track any potential problems I might have w/ them down road.

TxGlock9
11-16-2012, 11:31
Silver sharpie.. I used to mark them on the basepad but of course that doesn't last long.. I now mark on the back numbered part of the magazine. Works just fine.

sciolist
11-16-2012, 14:29
I use silver sharpie too. If you wanted something more permanent, you could get a set of numerical key stamps for $20 or so, and melt the numbers into the mag body.

ZO6Vettever
11-16-2012, 14:32
Silver sharpie

Mudshark100
11-16-2012, 16:09
In the past, I used a silver Sharpie to mark my magazines but found that the numbers rubbed off easily. I recently started using a white paint pen and, so far, the numbers appear to be durable.

Jim
11-16-2012, 16:39
How I do it for my mags, once single dots are taken up I started with two dots. Simple paint pen, stayed put for years being recessed.

http://i543.photobucket.com/albums/gg456/t1tan19/1c8d4086.jpg

Similar for me, except I use a Sharpie in the witness holes.

Black Sharpie for practice mags.
Blue Sharpie for duty mags.

misunderestimated
11-16-2012, 16:59
If you start having jams and think it may be related to a weak mag spring or a problem mag etc. It's just easier to keep track of since the mags all look the same.

Some jams may happen on a rare occasion, but if they keep happening with the #14 mag then it may be the mag.

t1tan- that's a cool idea I like it!!!!

this is my reason also
.

misunderestimated
11-16-2012, 17:06
Address labels on the side of the mag for me.


I would be careful with the labels as once they get wet they start to peel off and the magazine doesn't drop free on a reload

Ask me how I know

I was using a friends Gun and magazines in a IPSC match in the rain and the label got wet and were getting the magazines stuck in the gun I had to pull them out to reload.

I also feel this is the best reason to compete as you learn how your gear will work in real life as compared to just sending rounds down range at paper

I use paint sticks/Paint pens and I use different colors for different calibers

federali
11-16-2012, 20:41
I use an electric engraving tool. Works fine on either metal or polymer.

hsprincipal
11-16-2012, 21:11
http://i809.photobucket.com/albums/zz13/MO_FUGGAZ/100_2946.jpg?t=1348524778


What did you use to color these mags?

kodiakpb
11-16-2012, 21:12
Nail polish then wipe with non acetone nail polish remover.

Not what the OP was asking about though.

hsprincipal
11-16-2012, 21:19
Thanks

jedi573
11-17-2012, 08:31
Sharpie paint pens; get the oil-based ones. (They're marked as such.)

Andy

RLE
11-17-2012, 14:31
Metallic Sharpie marker. I use silver, but they come gold and bronze, too.
Silver for my G17 mags, gold for my g26 mags. Looks like I need a third 9mm to use the bronze marker that came in the package?

cphilip
11-17-2012, 14:58
I use a paint pen.
David

:wavey: