Originally Posted by orangello
I was talking single mags; those AK drum mags aren't light or pocket-friendly, nor are the extended pistol mags.
I use standard capacity mags (about ten 16 & 17 rounders for the CZ75b & about ten or twelve 13 rounders for the XD45 & a few each for the others with a short stack for the SKS and some strippers ready to go in some Chinese ammo vest thing).
Imagine how freaking hot and heavy a black rifle would be in that heat. I wonder if the AK is available in all stainless or chrome for those people.
The good thing about 5.56x45 is that you can carry more individual rounds, in terms of weight, since they way less, obviously.
Another good thing about it is the very light recoil.
The bad thing is that it has only nominal stopping power. It is not a crushing round. So by the time you put 2 to 3 rounds into a moving target, you are back to the 308 issue with ammo weight.
I have found the 10 round Ruger mags to be somewhat ideal actually. They are very similar to the M-1 Garand clips. They fit perfectly in the M-1 Garand bandoleers. And 10 of them loaded -- the bandoleer capacity -- is a perfect weight. Two of the bandoleers is not impossible either, just a bit heavier.
I can see why the magazine vests have become popular with the military now. When you move the ammo weight to your chest away from your hips, it is easier to carry.
Back in the day, we did not have ammo vests. We used mag pouches on our cartridge belts, albeit with deuce gear suspenders, but still cumbersome when worn on your belt.