M1a magazines


November 5, 2010, 11:13 AM

Cdnn sells magazines 20 rounds for 17.99 and they say they are mil spec. Are they good? Any good magazines I could buy for my m1a that are the equivalent to the pmags for my ar?

Thank you

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November 5, 2010, 11:25 AM
Try www.44mag.com. They carry good magazines for the M1A.

November 5, 2010, 11:36 AM
I wish MagPul would make M14/M1A mags. I buy scores.

I have bought just about every make of magazine for the M1A and I've come to the conclusion that the only real way to know the mags are any good is to test them in your rifle. I've had GI mags that were unreliable and cheapo ones that worked great.

The general consensus is GI mags or Check Mate (CMI) are the best. I've had very good luck with the latter, as well a original military Taiwanese mags (made on US machinery to US specs). The Chinese made are very spotty, but cheap.

November 5, 2010, 11:37 AM
The best current production M1A mags, by far, are the USGI contractor CMI (Checkmate) mags. And 44mag.com has the best prices on them. They also make a stainless steel mag now that seems even more precisely made than the standard parkerized mags.

As for CDNN, it's your guess where they came from, but my bet would be they are Chinese; other possibilities include Taiwan T57 mags, and cheap US mags like Promag or Triple K. Some Chinese mags work, others don't. T57 mags are decent but USGI mags are better. I wouldn't take a chance on the CDNN mags.

BTW, I order from CDNN a lot and like them, but just like Sportsman's Guide, you have to take their product descriptions with several grains of salt - lots of stuff they describe as "GI" or "Mil spec" is only those in basic concept.

November 5, 2010, 11:41 AM
The stainless CMI intrigue me. Anyone tried them. Just how polished are they?

November 5, 2010, 01:06 PM
I have a stainless CMI, haven't shot it yet. The finish is very shiny, kinda a dull to fair mirror - like the mirrors you see in some rest areas. The follower is black teflon coated and really smooth. You would have to paint it for hunting use, but for range or competition use I would give it a try.

November 5, 2010, 07:54 PM
Blast and DuraCoat on that stainless steel, maybe?

November 5, 2010, 08:26 PM
I was just thinking beadblast, but moly or some other coating might be a thought.

November 6, 2010, 10:54 AM
All the mags I have are US GI manufacture. I'd say 75% are CMI. I bought a bunch of the light grey parkerized Chinese made mags a while ago. They were problematic so they have been relegated to training only, if I even use them. Gun Tech said it best, test the mag in your gun. If they work, regardless of manufacture, you're good to go.

I found this info a few years back: http://www.fulton-armory.com/M14Mags.htm
Hopefully it helps.

November 6, 2010, 11:05 AM
On stainless steel, brake cleaner followed by Krylon or wheel paint will be 99% adequate for any use I'm planning. If you already have a Duracoat setup, knock yourself out.

November 6, 2010, 11:34 AM
Believe it or not, I have had great results with BBQ paint and baking in a low heat oven for an hour (250 degrees). You need a rough, oil free surface to paint, but when you consider what the typical BBQ goes through all winter, that paint holds up rather well.

November 6, 2010, 11:43 AM
I've also used BBQ paint, but without baking, with pretty good results. However I think wheel paint, like Duplicolor brand, is better still for about the same price. It's only good up to 500 F. but if any part of your gun is exceeding that, paint is probably not your best option.

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