AR magazines....need help


May 21, 2013, 06:42 PM
Tell me, what are the names of manufacturers of quality AR 15 5.56 magazines? And give me the names of manufacturers to avoid.


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May 21, 2013, 07:21 PM
Being a CA resident I can only comment on 10-round mags. The AR Stoner mags from are excellent. Very solidly built.

C-Product mags also work well but are constructed of thinner metal and don't feel as well built as the AR Stoners.

The 10-round Thermold mags were total garbage. I had five of them and all had weak springs that would not feed the 9th or 10th rounds. I sent those back to CDNN for a refund.

I never tried blocked PMags due to their cost, but I now see that they're making actual 10-rd mags so I may pick some up when they become available.

May 21, 2013, 07:29 PM
PMAGs are great, C-products, Stoner and Brownells (USGI with tan followers) are also good. Troy and Lancer also make some good ones.

Pretty much the only magazines that I avoid are Tapco, Thermold, and Pro-Mag.

May 21, 2013, 08:37 PM
These should help you out:



May 21, 2013, 08:38 PM


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May 21, 2013, 08:40 PM
allaroundhunter said it all, P-Mags the ultimate in AR-15 mags, Lancer ain't bad, however stay clear of Promag.

May 22, 2013, 05:38 AM
I only have 2 mags currently 1 magpul pmag gen 3 1 troy battle mag im looking into getting a lancer L5AWM (Once I decide which one i prefer ill be buying 8 of them :p) I really like the Pmag the only complaint is it looks like the feed lips are stressed (white lines like it was bent) and they were I dropped the full mag from a height of about 4 feet. It still feeds perfectly fine. While I like the troy battle mag I would NOT buy another one for 25$ it just dosent feel as well built as the magpul (which id have no problem paying that much for it)

May 22, 2013, 02:05 PM

May 22, 2013, 03:47 PM
i have tried a bunch. i only use D&H aluminum and pmags.

October 9, 2013, 11:15 PM
I would never use anything other than a PMAG. Tried many others before, and have had them all fail. I really tried to make thermold work, but after a few double feeds and FTF I've gone back to old reliable.

October 9, 2013, 11:21 PM
Magpul makes great mags aka pmags

October 9, 2013, 11:52 PM
Only problem with pmags is they don't fit right in some mag pouches. Stupid ridges on the side create extra friction in tight double mag pouches making em hard to insert/pull out.

October 10, 2013, 12:07 AM
I would never use anything other than a PMAG. Tried many others before, and have had them all fail.

October 10, 2013, 12:42 AM
I also like the Pmags but, I still use my surplus mags. I function test them all and replace the followers with Magpul self-leveling followers, then function test them again with the new follower. The self leveling followers come in packs of three for about six dollars and gives older mags a new level of reliability that can only be beat by Pmags themselves.

Often you can get a good deal on surplus mags that you can't on Pmags. At a local Army surplus store, they have new GI mags still in the wrap for $10 each. That goes a long way when Pmags are $20 or more, expecially during a panic.

That said, if I were just starting out and Pmags were availble at a resonable price, I would buy only Pmags.

October 10, 2013, 02:50 AM
AR owners are fortunate to have a lot of low cost, quality mags to choose from. My personal favorites are the Lancer L5 AWM and the PMAG.

October 10, 2013, 07:05 PM
Pmags and lancer are top. Quality mil spec fromm d&h, ntmg, or okay are all also fine, but a magpul follower in them is nice. No reason to get anything else as these are all now widely available and low cost.

October 10, 2013, 11:13 PM
Pmags, Brownells, and proven surplus.

October 11, 2013, 01:41 PM
I have Pmags, Lancers, Troy battle mags and USGI. All are good to go in my experience.

October 12, 2013, 01:46 AM
I use the AR Stoner mags a lot, tough construction and all have been 100% reliable for me. Magpul Pmags are excellent magazines, but I'm not crazy about the plastic ridges on them. Mostly for silly reasons.

October 12, 2013, 02:15 AM
Pmags are great I prefer lancers but the steel feed lips can scratch the anodizing on the bottom of the mag well (my guns are for use not for show so it dosent bother me much)

I dont actually care for troy battle mags, I've had two broke one and bought a replacement. I started off liking them but compared to the pmags and lancers they are not even in the same ballpark the polymer just seems more brittle.

October 12, 2013, 03:43 AM
In my experience:

Best: Magpul PMAGs (Gen M2), Lancer, Colt, NHMTG. I would include the Gen M3 PMAG , but they do not drop free from any of my rifles.

Good: Okay, Center Ind, Brownells,

Bad: Tapco , Thermold , promag,

October 12, 2013, 11:47 AM
P-Mags are our favorite, and I also picked up a bunch of Troy Battle Mags. The Troys have worked fine, but don't seem to be quite as durable as the P-Mags, although we haven't experienced any problems with either brand so far. I also would avoid the Thermold mags.

October 12, 2013, 01:21 PM
PMAGS are the only ones I use.

Just my .02,

October 12, 2013, 01:36 PM

October 21, 2013, 11:46 AM
I'm stubborn. When Pmag's first came out and everyone was buying them, I stuck with my aluminum mags. A friend gave me a Pmag to try, and that was all it took for me to switch. Even though they're plastic, they feel more solid than most aluminum mags. They load easily, and I haven't had one jam. I don't see the need for the dust covers, so the basic M2 style is fine with me (and saves $$).

October 21, 2013, 02:09 PM
Gen M2 pmags on sale:

October 21, 2013, 02:16 PM
$12.30 plus $12 shipping (more if you order more than one) isn't that much of a sale.

Here's $10.24 for black, dark earth and OD green, plus $8 flat rate shipping no matter how many you buy:

October 30, 2013, 06:51 PM
Palmetto State armory had 30rd C-product mags for 5.99 and free shipping. I got me a couple.........:D

November 8, 2013, 08:44 PM
USGI for me thanks. I do handle them carefully and never allow them to drop to the ground, so that might make a difference. I have about 60 mags of varying makes all bought new (Brownells, Colt, Adventure Line, Center and maybe a couple others). I have never had a failure with any of these yet after probably 50,000 rounds and over 30 years. Am I lucky or careful?

November 9, 2013, 06:25 AM
Medal guy
Nope not lucky, you've seemed to pick some of the best out there. The spring and follower are the most important parts...........;-)

November 11, 2013, 12:26 PM
+1 To gen 2 Pmags. 3s are good, but they won't fit certain ARs in my experience. It's really just an issue with the lower, but still....

November 11, 2013, 04:10 PM
copes distributing

November 15, 2013, 09:25 PM
I love the pmags but also use magpul followers in many if my steel mags with great results

November 23, 2013, 05:39 PM
PMAGs are nice, but I don't like that they won't fit in the pouches as easily if at all. They are also slightly larger, so they don't drop free of the mag well the way my USGI mags do. So I have a few PMAGs, but mostly use surplus mags.

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