Need help with choosing extra mags for my AR


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gearchecker
January 13, 2011, 09:46 PM
I'm looking to get a few extra 20 & 30 round mags for my DPMS AR-15 .223 rifle.
Are their any brands to avoid, or any that are high on the should buy list?
I'm thinking about Magpul, Pro-Mag or Tapco. Opinions on these brands?
Are there any other brands I should strongly consider?
Links to quality mags would be appreciated also.

Appreciate the help on this.
gearchecker

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Techsan
January 13, 2011, 09:48 PM
I only own one AR and rarely shoot it, but when I bought it I researched mags and it seemed liked everyone Magpul P-mags. I bought some and have had zero problems with them.

Jackal1
January 13, 2011, 09:51 PM
Buy yourself some Magpul P-mags and be done with it.

kwelz
January 13, 2011, 10:16 PM
Yep. PMAGs or real USGI mags. Avoid Tapco, C-Products, etc.

DougW
January 13, 2011, 10:21 PM
Magpul. All I use now.

Welding Rod
January 13, 2011, 10:49 PM
NHMTG 20s and Magpul are my favorites.

txhoghunter
January 13, 2011, 10:51 PM
magpul. enough said

but some like standard GI mags.

I avoid promag and tapco mags, too many problems with both for me to trust them

CTW
January 13, 2011, 10:52 PM
Stay away from tapco. Magpul are great. I like the brownells mags also, but for the money would rather get the magpuls.

Steve in PA
January 14, 2011, 12:32 AM
Nothing wrong with C-Products. I have about a dozen of their 30-round magazines and about six of their 20-round magazines, never had a problem.

Never jumped on the P-mag bandwagon.

Quentin
January 14, 2011, 01:07 AM
I also like 30rd PMAGs and USGI. And like Welding Rod I'm quite fond of NHMTG and Colt 20rders. No trouble with an of those.

madcratebuilder
January 14, 2011, 07:08 AM
P mags seem to be the current fan boy favorite. I have a few ad they are OK. I prefer gi mags with current anti tilt followers.

Flintknapper
January 14, 2011, 07:15 AM
C-Products stainless steel mags are what I have settled on.

NEVER had a problem with any of them.

MMcfpd
January 14, 2011, 07:49 AM
NHMTG 20s (same thing as Colt 20s) are what I use most often; my second favorites are D&H mags. PMags are OK, but less desirable for me while ProMags are not satisfactory.

modifiedbrowning
January 14, 2011, 03:05 PM
I like USGI and Lancer mags.

W.E.G.
January 14, 2011, 03:12 PM
Before you believe everybody who says Magpul mags are teh shizziz, I want you to do the following test.

Pick up your unloaded AR.

Make sure the bolt is CLOSED.

Lie down on your belly.

Support the forearm of the rifle with your left hand.

Let the butt of the rifle rest against the ground.

The rifle will be in roughly a 45-degree relationship to the ground (muzzle pointing 45-degrees upward).

Insert a magazine containing 8 rounds on the CLOSED BOLT.

Pull the charging handle all the way to the rear.

Let go of the charging handle so that the bolt/carrier is allowed to "fly forward."

Did the bolt pick up a round from the MAGPUL magazine correctly? :rolleyes:

Now try the same test with OEM aluminum mags. :cool:

Z-Michigan
January 14, 2011, 03:16 PM
Consistently good mags:
Magpul Pmags
Tangodown ARC
Lancer L5 (most reliable of any in my use)

Usually good:
USGI aluminum mags from D&H or NHMTG or Brownells
Cammenga Easymags
Fusil USA steel mags (30rd)

Sometimes good, not always:
C-Products stainless steel mags (these seem to be better made than their aluminum mags)

Inconsistent, can't recommend:
C-Products aluminum mags
TAPCO polymer mags
Korean-made stainless steel mags copying the HK "high reliability maritime" mag

Basically junk:
Promag
USA mag
Triple-K

You won't go wrong with Pmags or Lancers.

kwelz
January 14, 2011, 03:16 PM
W.E.G.
What is the point of your post? I have never tried that particular combination of events but I have run PMAGs exclusively in my courses and never had any problems with feeding. I did have one damaged but that can happen with any magazine.

W.E.G.
January 14, 2011, 03:33 PM
CMP competition rules require EXACTLY that sequence of events.
(ETA - must load TWO rounds on closed bolt for CMP match - not eight)

MAGPUL mags seem to work fine, especially when loaded from an open bolt, or when loaded with the muzzle pointing downward.

Otherwise, you're on your own.

1911austin
January 14, 2011, 03:35 PM
I'm thinking about Magpul, Pro-Mag or Tapco.

Yes!! No!!! No!!

Magpul P-mags. I bought some and have had zero problems with them.

Buy yourself some Magpul P-mags and be done with it.

Yep. PMAGs or real USGI mags. Avoid Tapco, C-Products, etc.

magpul. enough said

I also like 30rd PMAGs and USGI

I have a lot of PMAGs and they have never failed me.

Zerodefect
January 14, 2011, 04:07 PM
Before you believe everybody who says Magpul mags are teh shizziz, I want you to do the following test.

Pick up your unloaded AR.

Make sure the bolt is CLOSED.

Lie down on your belly.

Support the forearm of the rifle with your left hand.

Let the butt of the rifle rest against the ground.

The rifle will be in roughly a 45-degree relationship to the ground (muzzle pointing 45-degrees upward).

Insert a magazine containing 8 rounds on the CLOSED BOLT.

Pull the charging handle all the way to the rear.

Let go of the charging handle so that the bolt/carrier is allowed to "fly forward."

Did the bolt pick up a round from the MAGPUL magazine correctly? :rolleyes:

Now try the same test with OEM aluminum mags. :cool:

Just tried it.
Mine Work fine. What's wrong with your rifle/ammo? M4 feedramps?

All my mags are Pmags now. I sold my GI mags.

451 Detonics
January 14, 2011, 04:08 PM
I use nothing but 20 round and use either Brownells or Stoners...never a mag related problem. The 20 rounders allow me to assume a proper prone position.

W.E.G.
January 14, 2011, 04:32 PM
What's wrong with your rifle/ammo?

See http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=9&f=14&t=229353

mgregg85
January 14, 2011, 04:48 PM
Magpul PMags have never failed me and they tend to be the cheapest option too.

1911austin
January 14, 2011, 04:58 PM
Magpul PMags have never failed me and they tend to be the cheapest option too.

I agree. I sold of all of my steel HK mags once I got hooked on the PMAGs. Cheap and they just run.

onebigelf
January 14, 2011, 05:06 PM
I have a mix of P-mags and the Stainless C-products mags that I have upgraded with CMMG's braided wire springs. I've never had a problem with P-mags, but I don't think they've been around long enough to bet on completely either. There were some reports of one of the earlier evolutions cracking at the top. I really like the stainless C-products mags. I've never had a single failure and I personally think they are as good as anything else you can get.

John

newb
January 14, 2011, 05:11 PM
I have a dpms as well, found magpul is top notch. I orderd right form there site, same price as everyone else and cheaper then the stores in my area.

deputy tom
January 14, 2011, 05:31 PM
I prefer USGI mags and the 20 rd. Adventure Line mags from the old days still work.No plastic/poly mags for me.YMMV.tom.:cool:

ETA C-Product aluminum bodied mags seem to work well too.

porscheboy
January 14, 2011, 05:56 PM
Magpul Pmag. Not convinced? Go to Youtube and search "Pmag torture test"

jbh13
January 14, 2011, 09:33 PM
Magpul +1
Own almost 100 of them. 0 fail.

spartan00054
January 14, 2011, 10:56 PM
+1 for CProducts Stainless Steel
+1 for Magpul PMAGs

STAY AWAY FROM PROMAG! I am baffled as to how those people manage to stay in business. Awful products, worse customer service. Just thinking about them makes my gut tighten.

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