Metal or Polymer magazine (WHY?)

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  1. lambene

    lambene
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    SO I am wondering why some people go with Metal over Polymer or Polymer over Metal magazines.
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  2. Dyjital

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    Polymer can take more deflection and return back to shape.
     
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    They don't make plastic for the Browning Hi-Power.. so metal. lol
     
  4. JackFrost

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    Polymer doesn't rattle and make that "tinging" sound when empty and or dropped. I have both and prefer the polymer.
    Also when shooting in wet/cold conditions with gloves a stippled "PMAG" is hands down superior to the standard "STANAG"!;)
     
  5. Xaevian

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    The answer to this conundrum and many others is the same: personal preference.

    We need a mic drop "smiley". Lol. :p
     
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  6. ZA_Survivalist

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    Ive dropped enough polymer "wonder mags" to know I prefer metal.
     
  7. Howard1955

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    I'm old enough (just barely, of course) to remember the days before the word 'polymer' was popular. In those days, plastic was the word. Plastics have come a long way, but to me they're still 'plastic'.

    Plastic guns were toys - cap guns and squirt guns - and that association is still strong for me. When I pick up a plastic gun at the gun shop and dry fire the thing, it reminds me of a squirt gun. Completely different experience when handling an all-metal gun.

    I do have a plastic handgun, and love it now that I'm used to it. Fortunately, when it's fully loaded, the added weight gives it a different feel. Nice and solid.

    Same thing applies to the magazines. An empty plastic mag makes me think of the G.I. Joe toys that were around when I was a kid. Once they're loaded, it's better - but still not as good as a hunka iron in my fist.

    The other aspect of this is durability. If I take care of my 'wood and steel' guns, they'll be around for my great-grandchildren to use. But I don't have much confidence that a plastic gun will still be functioning after 100 years, even if it's well cared for.

    So I vote for steel. But I'll use plastic if need be.
     
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  8. Sgt Nambu

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    I prefer metal mags. Polyester makes my crotch sweat! :mad:


    Can I say sweat?
     
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  9. Heyjoe

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    Metal because they seem to fit better in my "battle rattle" plate carrier. And because, well, metal.
     
  10. AndyinEverson

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    What is this "Polymer" or "magazine" you all are speaking of?...:eek::p:D
    Just kidding... ( sort of )

    I too associate plastic ( polymer ) with toys and toy guns.
    I know , I know , the AR 15 design is 60 odd years old and you should never mistake a real gun for a toy gun.
    I also know that the plastic of today has come a long way from the plastic of my youth...
    But it just doesn't hold a near and dear place in my heart as does wood and steel. ( or brass )
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  11. Flopsweat

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    Forget a smiley. Do it right.
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  12. lambene

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    personal preference is correct.....that is why I am asking everyone there personal preference....SEE what I did there see
     
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    I have both I hear people say they would never use polymer OR pmags but I never had a problem with them I just buy what is on sale lol last I checked I had 60 Pmags and 20 metal ones and still looking for more also have 8 metal AK MAGS and and 20polymer AK mags
     
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  14. clearconscience

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    I use pmags. I know them and trust them.
    I know they won't fail or break through regular use.

    Metal to me means rust. Even though I doubt the metal mags will, I like the feel and use a the pmags.

    However, if I didn't have or could use pmags I would buy metal ones.
    Imve use other plastic/polymer mags and they were junk.
     
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  15. AndyinEverson

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    Metal of course...
    Black Sabbath
    Led Zeppelin
    Iron Maiden
    Metallica
    Krokus
    Fast Way
    Saxon
    Oh wait .... wrong metal... sorry. :eek::oops::D
    Andy
     
  16. EPS

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    Metal is easy to paint though
     
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  17. MrMillspecer

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    Nothing wrong with having both. Pmags and aluminum 30s and 20s from Brownells. My pistols are all steel. :rolleyes:

    Aluminum :)

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  18. mjbskwim

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    No we don't,since thebummer made it famous it can drift away
     
  19. mjbskwim

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    Any reason to show off that nice collection,huh Andy?
     
  20. AndyinEverson

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    Yep!....Or even no real reason. :cool::p:D
    Andy
     

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