Let’s face facts. The .300 AAC Blackout is extremely popular and gaining momentum. It runs in the same magazines as the tried-and-true 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem., but that can be a the problem when you show up at the range with differently chambered guns. Toss in the wrong magazine and it leads to stoppages, cursing or worse.
Action-shooting-sports aside, I agree we should be going slow and deliberate at the range. However, sweat gets in your eyes, glasses have to go on to read the headstamps and things get messy on the bench and in the rifle case.
This sport’s safety is all about redundant backup systems, and Magazine Marker Bands from Faxon Firearms are perfect for shooters who change calibers often. Three versions are available, labeled 300 BLK, 5.56/.223 or 7.62x39. They are also color coded for quick ID—red, blue and yellow, respectively.
A 10-pack runs $9.99. I don’t own a Blackout yet, but these will certainly keep my shooting buddies from inadvertently claiming my mags. “What started off to be a simple safety precaution has turned into something that so many of our customers demanded,” said Nathan Schueth, director of operations for Faxon Firearms. “They are an inexpensive way to streamline your magazine storage and keep multiple-caliber platforms organized.”