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Hi-Cap Mags in NY

Discussion in 'Legal' started by archigos, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. archigos

    archigos Well-Known Member

    High capacity magazines are illegal in New York - excluding pre-ban mags.
    I've been thinking of trying to get my hands on some pre-ban mags for an AK or AR-15. However, somebody mentioned something to me the other day that I figure is worth considering - there's usually no way to tell a pre-ban mag from a banned magazine. (Obviously, you could buy a banned magazine without anybody ever figuring it out - but that's not what I'm getting at.) If I go and legally obtain pre-ban high capacity magazines, if law enforcement finds them, am I going to wind up having problems with them because they can't tell if they're legal?
  2. green-grizzly

    green-grizzly Well-Known Member

    That is a tough situation. Regarding preban M16 magazines, I had some that had the date stamped on the mag body. I can't recall off hand what manufacturer that was. I already sold those to people in NY.

    The few prebans I still own have the date on the packaging, but once you open the package that is not going to do anybody much good.

    I think black followers would be a good indication that the mag is a preban.
  3. Dorryn

    Dorryn Well-Known Member

    I wanted to buy one of the new GSG-5's that came out recently. I decided not to. It will look stupid with the max-capacity 10-round mag instead of the 22-round mag its supposed to be with, and theres no pre-ban mags in existence since it's a new gun.

    Very frustrating.
  4. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    In general:

    *All metal AK mags are pre-ban (ie, they were manufactured in the 1970s-1980s).

    *Chinese drums are ALL pre-ban. Some Russian and Romanian drums are pre-ban as well.

    *There were very few PLASTIC mags imported before the ban. So avoid those.

    *For AK-74s, the orange bake-lite mags are almost all pre-ban (they were often converted into .223 AK mags during the ban with the addition of a new follower).
  5. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    Your conscience will haunt you, if you don't tell the truth.

    Yes you will have legal problems, because you've purchased/obtained them in a banned era.
  6. ckay

    ckay Well-Known Member

    None of my prebans are date stamped. I haven't had issues yet at any ranges where LEO were present.
  7. archigos

    archigos Well-Known Member

    Prince Yamato and ckay, thanks for the very informative posts.
    CountGlockula, you can still purchase/obtain them - they just must have been manufactured before they were banned. I was just worried about LEOs claiming that magazines that actually are legal are not.
  8. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member


    Personally, I wouldn't push the envelope. Do what I do: just pick up 30+ 10 round mags.
  9. CNYCacher

    CNYCacher Well-Known Member

    Are you near Syracuse?

    Camillus Gun and Bait has them in stock usually.
  10. shield20

    shield20 Well-Known Member

    Look for mags in the govt wrappers - I bought a 1/2 doz AR15s & M92 mags that were wrapper dated pre-94 (on-line). I SAVED the wrappers of those I opened just in case. Look around - they are out there.

    AKs as already mentioned should not be an issue - my "new" WASR came with 2 of them, buying more was no concern.

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