Tapco gen 2 mini 14 mags....what the hell?

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by JRM_115, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. JRM_115

    JRM_115 New Member

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    I just got three new Tapco gen 2 mags for my mini 14 tactical. I was looking for an alliterative to the factory mags. I figured I could get three of these for the price of one factory mag. I had great luck with Tapco magazines in my AK. The Tapco gen 2s had great reviews but after checking them out I disagree with all of them.

    The first thing I noticed was the fact the the outside diameter is greater on the tapco's. So much so they hardly fit in my condor mag pouch. It's not a big deal but kinda lame.

    The next issue came up when I tried to put one in the gun. It took a lot of force to get it to seat right. It also did not drop free when I hit the mag release.

    After that I loaded one up and tried putting it in the gun. It did not go in at all. I guess the rounds put pressure on the magazine walls causing it to not want to go in. I finally got it to seat after working it in for a bit.

    I have not gone to the range with them yet but they fed all the rounds through when I cycled it manually.

    Has anyone else had issues with these? Is this a case of you get what you pay for? Is there a decent alliterative to factory magazines?
     
  2. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Some places have mags arounds $25 for factory, I have had hit and miss with Promag 20's. They work fine in my mini 14 but the 6.8 20's give me feed problems, may need a factory spring replacement.
     

  3. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    most mini owners will advise you to skip aftermarket mags.

    imo 2-3 mags that work perfectly is better than 10 mags that are "iffy."

    idk why there isn't a solid, reliable aftermarket mag, but as far as i can tell...there just isn't.

    i understand $ being tight. but no one should have to buy 5-6 mags at once. maybe purchase 1 mag per month until you get the amount you feel you need. in most cases, the price difference is only about $10.

    but the price of factory mags never bothered me much...mostly cause i have never felt the need to have more than a few mags.
     
  4. JRM_115

    JRM_115 New Member

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    Good point. I plan on doing just that. Every month I am planning on picking up a mag and 200 rounds of 556. Sometimes I just don't want to give ruger any more money. I just forked over a boat load of cash for the rifle. To hell with giving them more. I would feel differently if their customer service was better.

    But then again they are the only one with a solid mag so what choice do I have.
     
  5. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    It's a conspiracy!
     
  6. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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  7. JRM_115

    JRM_115 New Member

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    Thanks Hawk! I love Buds for their customer service so I will defiantly hit those up. I found factory 30's at a shop in Seattle for $30. I like the feel of the 20 rounders for over all usage. I want to find a multicam kangaroo pouch for the vest.
     
  8. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    no problem! i personally think the 30 rounders look awkward unless your mini is a tactical set up. they don't seem ideal for bench shooting either. my mini is more traditional, so i have never even bought a 30. imo the 20's and 10's are best for the mini.
     
  9. GrimeyGoose

    GrimeyGoose New Member

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    Just got an email from Stacy at Tapco about the 30 round mags. I had the same problems as you and they were eager to work with me and will be shipping a new version of the mag that fits the Tacticals next month. I'm looking forward to hearing back when they are ready so I can get mine swapped out! :)
     
  10. JRM_115

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    I will give them a call. I really like Tapco or at least I did be for this last issue. Maybe they can change my mind back to positive.
     
  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I hope you guys know that if you record any new Ruger firearm purchase with the factory, you get a 20% off coupon for accessories bought direct from Ruger..