AR-15 mags... how do I...


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Steelharp
March 21, 2003, 01:39 AM
... take them apart to clean and oil them? I have two Colt and four SA80's... how do I get that dang bottom off? Or is that the wrong end?

Thanks... Mikey D...

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Nightcrawler
March 21, 2003, 01:50 AM
I believe you might simply have to rap the magazine against something in order to jar the floorplate loose. I can't quite recall; we almost never take our M16 mags apart on duty and I haven't had an AR-15 for a good while.

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.

Hawkeye755
March 21, 2003, 02:02 AM
Check out ar15.com. I got this link off there. It talks about refinishing the magazine, but the first part explains how to disassemble the magazine.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=17&t=82469

BigG
March 21, 2003, 02:44 PM
It's best not to take them apart unless you have to but the original Colt or GI mags have a small hole in the floorplate you push up thru it with a suitable object and can slide the floorplate off. Don't know about the aftermarket mags.

noklue3
March 21, 2003, 03:21 PM
Most have a small - 1/8th or so - hole in the baseplate. Use a small rod or screwdriver, insert it in the hole, depress and slide the baseplate one way or the other, whichever way it moves. BE CAREFULL - the spring along with the follower can go along way if you are not ready and hold on to everything. Clean and put back together in reverse although you will not need the rod to depress anything....baseplate should just slide across and lock. It is real simple once you have done it. Just like most other mags.

Art

AR-10
March 21, 2003, 06:00 PM
That method works for twenty round mags.

Thirty round mags have a different style floorplate. You have to take a small drill bit or similar shaped rigid tool, insert it in the hole on the floorplate, and gently pry to lift the end of the plate just a bit. While your are prizing the end of the plate up slightly, push it toward the edge of the mag. Once the little intents clear the edge of the mag, the plate will slide off.

Getting the follower in and out is a bit of a trick, too. You have to tip it sideways a bit to clear the tabs that hold the floorplate on. Do not bend the tabs, they will break off if you try to straighten them to "get them out of the way".

You shouldn't oil the inside of the magazine. Just wipe it clean and lightly oil the spring. Excess oil in the mag will collect dust and dirt.

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