AR mags

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by blucoondawg, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I'm starting my first AR build and have been looking around for magazines, I want to get some 20 or 30 rounders before theres another ban and the prices skyrocket, can you guys give me advice on what ones are good at a decent price? I was planing on staying away from the polymer. So far I have found some made by Brownells for $10 each, can anyone tell me if these are good mags? These are cheapest I have found so far. Also what do you guys prefer, 20 or 30? 30s stick out farther so Im not sure if I'd like that. Thanks.
     
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  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    $10 is a good price if they are decent mags. Most shops have mil-surp in stock. All of mine are military so I can't be of much more help.
     

  3. mjkeat

    mjkeat New Member

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    They stick out further? Are you shooting from a bipod?

    DSG has good mags.
     
  4. fsted2a

    fsted2a Active Member

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    I personnaly prefer the 30's myself-they don't stick out that much. I only fill them with 20 rounds, as I prefer not to max the capacity on them. Polymers have been maligned a lot lately, and that isn't fair as many of them are quite good. It is about the only DPMS product I will attest to regarding quality. Had one for several years and a lot of rounds with nary a hiccup.
     
  5. Quentin

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    I mostly buy 30rd GI and PMAGs, from $10-15 usually and have stocked up over the years. I also have about ten 20rd mags too since they are handy for prone/bench without a bipod and I like the retro look of the GI version.

    If you really, really want cheap, I've had good luck with the Thermold/Master Molder 20rd mags you often see for $4. Great range mags but I've heard bad things about their 10 and 30rd versions. The 20s work well and I can't remember a bad review. I've seen them for that price at CDNN, Cheaper Than Dirt and even my local Sportsman's Warehouse.
     
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    I mainly use 30s but when I use my bipod I like to use a 20 rd especially if your shooting on a decline the mag does hit and gets in the way . for that reason I keep 4- 20 rd mags loaded in the case
     
  7. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    i could use some advice regarding mags as well. just got my first AR, and i am green to say the least.

    why are the polymer considered bad? is a polymer pmag considered bad?

    any advice on the best mag at the best price would be appreciated. but i normally don't buy a ton of mags, i just want them to work flawlessly. so function is more important than cheap when it comes to mags imo.

    any advice appreciated.
     
  8. orangello

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    http://www.44mag.com/category/cproducts

    I ordered some of the Cproducts mags for my nephew that he has been happy with. I bleve i ordered the twenty rounders with yellow followers. That place shipped pretty fast.

    A shooting buddy of mine with an AR LOVES this polymer mag he has with a clear window; i think it is a Pmag.
     
  9. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Really, it depends a lot on what you're using it for. If you're going to be out in the woods banging in trees and such, you want something that isn't going to crack, and if you crack steel, I'm taking over as your manager and putting you in MMA.
    Poly are reliable (as long as you order from reliable vendors, like Magpul).
    Listen to Quentin, Dog, Mjkeat and AgentTikki on the issue of mags and other important facts on here. They can inform you of other folks who know what they are doing with it.
    Depends, though, on what you're wanting it for. SFTF and range time are entirely different areas, and could require something entirely different.
     
  10. hawkguy

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    pmags seems to be amoung the best poly.....

    who makes the best steel mags?
     
  11. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    HK for steel but way too heavy and too expensive. If you mean aluminum then there are many great GI mags. Hard to beat Colt.
     
  12. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    Ya I wasn't talking that cheap ($4), I wouldn't assume the quality on those to be very high, lol. Below is the link to the ones I'm looking at. They have a CS spring only bad thing I can see is they don't have no tilt followers but I could put some in if it is a problem. They seem to get good reviews.

    http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=21225/Product/AR-15-M16-20-30-ROUND-MAGAZINES
     
  13. mjkeat

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    They aren't by those who know what they are talking about.

    One of the best magazines available is the PMag. Go to www.m4carbine.net and browse their AR picture thread.
     
  14. ryguy00

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    brownells mags are great. no problems here after thousands of rounds through them. $10/each is a steal. I think I paid around double that and they were worth every penny
     
  15. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    Good to know. A gun dealer my buddy deals with told him the same thing, he said if you can get them for 10 bucks order them. I put my order in today and they shipped out within a couple hours, so far so good, it's my first time buying anything through Brownells
     
  16. hawkguy

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    yeah, after i looked up pmags at midway, i noticed they have like 100+ reviews and an almost perfect 5 star rating by customers.

    still wouldn't mind having some aluminum/steel ones. why not?
     
  17. dog2000tj

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    for poly mags the Pmags are very good, one drawback is that the rounds can pop out when the mag is dropped or banged around. The plastic lips just don't have the rigidity to keep the rounds in. As for metal - aluminum is the way to go, steel are just too damned heavy when compared.

    One thing about mag shopping is never be content - one day you will see mags for $20, the next day the same mag may be $10. Always keep shopping and aquiring, this way in a year or two you will have the appropriate amount of mags ..... more ;)
     
  18. mjkeat

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    I have both but the aluminum mags have Magpul internals.
     
  19. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg New Member

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    I think this is what I will do with mine
     
  20. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've used Colt and MilSurp "Adventure Line" for over 30 years without a single complaint.

    When I bought my first AR-15, A Colt SP-1 I traded some an old scope for about a bushel basket of mags, all used, and none have ever failed me.

    About ten years ago, I upgraded half of them to the green followers, but that's all I've ever done to them. (BTW, I keep them clean!)

    I'm totally sold on Colt and Milsurp. That's not to say there's anything wrong with the others, but I don't have personal experience with them, so can't comment.