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AR mag question

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Panther, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    If u were looking to pick up 10-20 mags for your ar which brand or supplier would you look at? Reliability would be first then budget.
     
  2. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Magpul...no question.
     
  3. ron

    ron Vancouver, Washington Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I agree Magpul BETTER than GI mags. !00% reliable. Some aftermarket mags are junk. I like the anti tilt follower
    of the Magpul.
     
  4. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    I like the Lancer LW AWM mags, particularly the translucent smoke versions: durable polymer body, steel feedlips, and the translucent plastic means you don't have to rely on just a window to see your round count.
     
  5. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    I'm used to the GI mags and they fit into my LBEs but I have MP mags as well.
    I hear that the new MP mags fit into pouches and don't hang-up like the earlier models
    You will want 1 20 rnd mag for shooting off a bench!
     
  6. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Okay, Colt or Brownells original type GI magazines.

    For Colt and Okay, look for the "33710" cage code imprinted on the magazine body.
     
  7. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I've never had an issue with any quality later generation GI type mag.. look for the Mag Pul tan followers and save some $$
     
  8. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    My buddy told me to go brownells. But I have always read magpul gen2 for price and reliability. Just tired if wasting money on junk. Brownells has their mags for 10.00 with 10 off of 150.00. Magpul on brownells are 13-15
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Most mag bodies are made by just a few manufacturers.. what matters is the springs and follower
     
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  10. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It was USGI (made by D&H or Labelle) but with the cheaper Magpuls I may start going with them. Never had any problem with USGI or Magpul.
    44mag.com has good prices and are local (brookings Oregon) 44MAG.com - .223/5.56mm AR15 Magazines
     
  11. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I got a magpul gen3 20 round mag from AIMsurplus for $13.25 with free s&h. I think magpul is great quality I stick with them.
     
  12. samuelm16

    samuelm16 se pdx Well-Known Member

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    I love my magpuls but im also liking my gi mags with magpul followers, they sell 3 packs for 6 bucks at most places and they are a big upgrade over the green issue followers
     
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  13. pyromancer

    pyromancer Portland Freelance Graphic Designer Bronze Supporter

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  14. Papercidal

    Papercidal Vancouver ,Wa Active Member

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    magpul 20rd I don't like the new m3 as well as the old ones though (they function fine they just take a little more to lock into place on a closed bolt). The 30s are great to I just prefer the size of the 2 rd (fits in a pocket better).
     
  15. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Brownells USGI mags.
    $8-10 per mag and darn tough.

    I wouldnt get the D&H mags (black with orange follower)
    ALL of the ones I had and left loaded could not retain their floor plates and they bulged out quite far, enough to snag on gear and pop off. Junk.

    But brownells mags, Pmags, Lancer (better of the two) or TSD.
     
  16. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    Thanks to all. I went magpul from above.
     
  17. geometro

    geometro PDX Active Member

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    In order of personal preference, price no object: HK polymer, Lancer AWM, Magpul Gen 3, HK Steel, USGI + anti-tilt follower. Between those 5, it's practically splitting hairs.

    If the magazines are being used: they are consumables. That being said, they will have an expected service life so one should be planning to replace them with use on a regular basis. The polymer magazines have the added benefit of being able to visually see how many rounds are left.

    The HK polymer to me is the tipping point of the performance/cost curve. Probably the pinnacle of polymer magazines.

    The Lancer L5 AWM is about the same price as the HK and offers Steel feed lips if that matters.

    Magpul Gen 3 windowed is cheaper still, and may be an even better value.

    The HK steel magazine is the one to get if it's for absolute durability and reliability: the only penalty is cost and weight by being the most expensive and the heaviest.

    The USGI magazines are the cheapest, and fairly reliable with the anti-tilt follower.
     
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  18. 808hondacrguy

    808hondacrguy Eugene,OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I am brand loyal when I find something that works and is dependable, Honda for my motorcycles, Toyota for my trucks, and Magpul for my magazines.
     
  19. tacticalgunner

    tacticalgunner Wilsonville The Man, The Myth, The Legend Bronze Supporter

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    I have 14 Magpuls, 2 10 rnd magpuls and about 5 GI's with original followers, I never use the GI's, and they would be last resort if I needed 570 rnds to get the job done. Magpul is the better option in my opinion
     
  20. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Here was a random thought of mine I had while in a crawlspace and i came accross various aged plastics, how well does the polymer of the Pmags hold their age?

    After seeing how brittle the aged plastics were left in that crawlspace after 5-10 years.. I can only imagine the same for the Pmags if left to the elements in a SHTF scenario..
    So it only reaffirmed my faith in USGI mags. I know over time theyll hold up.

    Just a thought.