ar-15 magazines


January 29, 2004, 01:38 PM
I have some 30 rounders that I was lead to believe are USGI magazines. They are the flat gray color with green followers, bottom of the magazine is black with
MFG. 6P199"

If you can....tell me who makes theres and if they are in fact USGI mags. TY


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January 29, 2004, 01:44 PM
i know pics blurry but its all i have right now

January 29, 2004, 01:56 PM
I can't read the floorplate but they look like all my GI magazines. Most of the cheap aftermarkets I have seen have been black or glossy gray not that flat teflon gray.


Bartholomew Roberts
January 29, 2004, 02:03 PM
Look like USGI mags to me...

January 29, 2004, 02:26 PM
Center Industries is the current contract supplier to the Military. I know the head sales guy there. He was in my office the other day and told me they were shipping 50,000 magazines to the military every month.

January 29, 2004, 02:54 PM
I hope no one minds me tagging along on this thread...
Are adventure line 20 and 30 rounders made for the US military?

January 29, 2004, 02:59 PM
They were.

One of my bigger laughs was some years back, when there was an ad in Shotgun News, that said "Buy our mags, not the cheap Adventure Line Mags." Later that day, my job took me to the small boat detachment at Cornado Naval Station (SEAL base). The gunners mate opened his mag locker, and guess what? They were all Adventure Line mags!

Jeff White
January 29, 2004, 03:00 PM
Yes, Adventure Line once had the contract for magazines. I don't know that they made a lot of 30 round mags, but they probably produced more 20s then any other manufacturer.


January 29, 2004, 03:20 PM
Heres the lowdown on all AR mag manufacturers....Click Here ( .....
The good the bad and the ugly.

January 29, 2004, 03:31 PM
Heres a little something from by Troy, he also did the work on the link above..........
Some very common questions in this forum are:

"What brands of magazines should I buy?"

"Is [insert brand here] brand of magazine any good?"

"Are [insert brand here] mags as good as [insert brand here] mags?"

So, I'm posting my rankings for mags. I've listed them in order from best to worst, and grouped them into reliability tiers.

No doubt there will be people who disagree, and that's okay. You can feel free to reply and give your opinion. I'm just tired of answering these questions over and over...

1st Tier

1. HK SA-80 mags (new, expensive, and currently restricted to LEOs)

2. Factory teflon-finished USGI-type mags made by La Belle for a number of OEMs

3. USGI aluminum mags (includes Colt mags)

4. FN FNC mags (steel)

5. Sterling AR180 mags

6. British steel SA-80 mags

7. FedOrd/PMI steel aftermarket mags


2nd Tier

8. Thermolds (USA made)

9. Thermolds (Canadian-made)

10. Orlites


Don't Waste Your Money

99. All of the other aftermarket crap mags, including USA, Triple K, Western Metal, Victor, Millet, ProMag, RamLine, and Eagle.


January 29, 2004, 03:43 PM
Gents, Wonder if anyone can tell me what these are worth...
Thanks I have 2 Okay 30's...3 adventureline 30's...1 center ind 30......3 dsl 30's 1 labelle 30.......and 2 adventire line 20's.....they all show some minor wear, and the four I have tried function flawlessly. I am tring to sell a bushmaster and these mags...and I guess my asking price is too hi....but I have not mentioned what type of mags they are. . I guess maybe I should.

January 29, 2004, 04:47 PM
I just paid $100 for five new in the wrap teflon 30 rd. LaBelle mags with free shipping. That or a few bucks more is the going price for new 30rd. USGI mags on the ar15 forum. I wouldn't pay more than $15 or so for good used ones.

January 29, 2004, 06:01 PM
coverdog is correct, used AR mags not more than $15 in the wrapper $20-25 depending on what they are. If your selling an AR you should mention how many mags and that they are USGI.

January 29, 2004, 06:05 PM
And once again Thanks!

rock jock
January 29, 2004, 06:59 PM
9. Thermolds (Canadian-made)

You place Canadian thermolds at No. 9 but neglect to even mention AdventureLines and Okays??!! :rolleyes:

In case you didn't know, the Canadian Thermolds were tossed by the Canadian military because they used cheap plastic and they WOULD MELT IN THE RIFLES! I don't think these should belong in anybody's top ten list, and not even in the top 100.

January 29, 2004, 07:26 PM
Can someone point me to a source of 10 round AR mags that have the same profile as the 20 rounder? I'm looking for very good quality only.



January 29, 2004, 07:38 PM
I own a half dozen Thermolds, and a half dozen Orolites.
They run fine in my guns, although I seldom use them anymore.
When I got seriously into ARs, I bought a bunch of different magazines and tried them all. The only ones I ever had a problem with were with civilian mags, I think they might have been triple K but I am not sure.
Eveuntually, I settled down to using a dozen USGI magazines for formal training and to keep a couple loaded for possible defensive use. And I practice with a dozen of the British SA80 steel mags. I feel more comfortable dropping them on the ground when doing speed reloads. Actually I do have a problem with the SA80 mags in that they usually don't lock the bolt back when empty, but for practice, they work fine.
I wouldn't pass up any of the magazines on that list if the price was right. By the same token, I would base my purchase price pretty much on that list. I would pay top dollar for USGI magazines. I would by Termolds, Orolites, SA80 mags or whatever, if they were significantly cheaper to use as practice mags.

January 29, 2004, 07:59 PM
Can someone point me to a source of 10 round AR mags that have the same profile as the 20 rounder? I'm looking for very good quality only.
Colt makes a twenty that is blocked to only allow 10 rounds. I'm not sure if they are still producing them or not. They had a piece of metal held in with a rivet in the floor plate that you could remove (drill out) if you desired and it would then hold 20. The mags were just the standard 20 rounders. I have three of them. One I removed the rivet to allow full capacity.

January 29, 2004, 11:27 PM
rock jock, that info is on the website like I said....I never said I wrote the article. The guy(troy) who did is the most knowlegable guy in the world when it comes to AR mags. Go to and take it up with him.
Go back and read my says right at the beginning the info is from the website. Also the the post above it I made gives all the info on everything before you try and jump someones ??? over your not reading the complete thread.

rock jock
January 30, 2004, 01:17 AM
Sorry, it wasn't clear what part of that post you wrote and what part you clipped from Troy's website.

January 30, 2004, 02:49 AM
Okay's and Adventure Line's fall under Tier 1: #3 - USGI aluminum Mags.

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