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Which AR mags?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by unlimited4x4, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. unlimited4x4

    unlimited4x4 Well-Known Member

    I am beginning my 1st AR build and was wondering which mags are reliable? I see bulk packs of USGI that are definitely affordable. I know of magpull and they seem to have many positive comments. Are the USGI mags a compromise of cost and reliability?

  2. holdencm9

    holdencm9 Well-Known Member

    Magpul PMags


    Allegedly Lancer is better than PMag because of metal follower instead of plastic, but doesn't seem to be a problem in the PMags.
  3. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    New USGI real contract (Brownells, OKay) mags with the tan follower are great but a lot of people make "USGI" mags that are not always to spec. These also tend to be cheaper so be watch out. With P-Mags you know you will always get top notch ready to rock mags at a good price. Now I always see Brownells mags for about $10 at the shows and can get Pmags for 15 shipped online all day so its a toss up.
  4. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

  5. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    The lancer has a plastic follower. Its the metal feed lips that make it "better". They are every bit as good as any other mag and I would recomend them as much as pmags.
  6. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    Whatever kind you get take a marker and number them. That way if you consistently have a problem with the same mag you know it's junk.
  7. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Jerk, Thats great advice:D
  8. unlimited4x4

    unlimited4x4 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies. An extra 5 bucks a mag is nothing for added reliability.
  9. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Well-Known Member

    I haven't had any problems with USGI mags (all mine have the green follower). PMAGS may be better, I have a few of those and like how the cover can relieve the tension on the feed lips, but I have no problem running USGI mags.
    I'd say, if money is a concern, run USGI mags. If it's not, stock up on PMAGS. Both will serve you well.
  10. Aiko492

    Aiko492 Well-Known Member

    PMags for me, I have had numerous issues with USGI mags /green lips- follower.
  11. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    PMags for me. They're cheap and they work.
  12. crazysccrmd

    crazysccrmd Well-Known Member

    I've used real USGI mags in actual combat in crappy conditions and they haven't let me down. Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you.
  13. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    When I deployed recently, I stored my G.I. mags and carried Pmags.
  14. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

  15. kwelz

    kwelz Well-Known Member

    I use PMAGs, Lancers AWM, and Troy Battlemags. All have functioned well. Although some of the early Lancers had feedramp issues.
  16. ns66

    ns66 Well-Known Member

    i hope the new lancer L5 AWM with steel lips works well
  17. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

  18. wideym

    wideym Well-Known Member

    Pmags are the best for the price, although if you already have surplus mags you can increase their reliablity with the addition of a Magpul Self Leveling Follower.

    I've already replaced the followers on all fifty of my alloy mags and discarded any which seemed to bind or didn't feed properly, but I also have twenty Pmags. The only downside I can think of about the Pmag is that they are slightly wider and don't fit most ammo pouches very well.
  19. walking arsenal

    walking arsenal Well-Known Member

    Another for Pmags. Reliable and cheap.

    I have some of the aluminum AR mags and kind of have a love hate relationship with them.

    I got a new one today that fit tight in my rifle. Brand new. Doesn't fit the mag well. It's a Brownells.

    I had another aluminum one that I accidentally dropped while loaded and it came apart.

    Pmags won't do that.
  20. ns66

    ns66 Well-Known Member

    isn't pmag lip not as strong as steel/aluminum so they include mag cover? which is a bit odd

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