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20 round AR-15 magazine

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Brother in Arms, Dec 8, 2007.

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  1. Brother in Arms

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    Hey everyone I recently came into a few original 20 round AR-15/M16 magazines and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about them. I have already read Rawles articles on AR-15 magazines but I was wondering if there are any super AR-15 nerds here who can tell me more about these magazines.

    CAL 5.56mm
    Colt's Firearms Division
    Colt Industries
    Hartford. Conn.U.S.A
    (This mag has the rampant horse logo and a black plastic follower)

    COLT AR-15
    cal 5.56mm
    colt's PT.FA.MFG.CO.INC
    Hartford. Conn.U.S.A
    ( with rampant horse logo and alloy followers)

    ADVENTURE LINE MFG.CO.INC
    PARSONS,KS.U.S.A

    M16/M16A1 CAL 5.56mm
    Universal Inds. Div.
    Simmonds Prec. Prod. INC.
    West Haven. Conn. U.S.A


    one more thing of note...4 of the magazines ( marked Simmonds and 2 marked colt) have an unusual marking on the front of the magazine body. That looks like a capital letter I nestled into a capital letter U. I suspect this must stand for Universal Industries as none of the other colt magazines have this mark and the Colt magazine floor plates are probably on Simmonds/universal Made magazine bodies, but I can't substantiate that.

    Also I was told that these types of magazines could be desirable to collectors? I was telling my neighbor (an older gentleman) about how I am building an AR-15 and he said "hold on I got something for you then" he went into the hall closet and after a few minutes pulled out a brown paper bag with 9-20 round magazines in it and gave them to me.


    Thanks
    Brother in Arms
     
  2. aloharover

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    The alloy followers made some of the most reliable mags I have ever seen.
     
  3. Chipperman

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    How cool is that?

    Buy that man a nice bottle of wine, and invite him shooting. (Just don't drink and shoot at the same time. ;) )
     
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    I am betting the "older gentleman" is ex-military?

    Colt marked magazines with alloy followers do have collector interest and are sought after by builders of retro rifles.

    I am pretty sure I have seen all those markings on 20 round magazines while in service but cannot give you highlights on the finer details of the simmons/universal connection.

    I was far more interested in fast cars and pretty girls that what markings were on what magazines back then.:p
     
  6. Brother in Arms

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    Onmilo

    Your right the fellow was in the Army from the Mid 60's to the early 80's.

    Don't blame you for not remembering minutia like that from your military service.

    I myself have always Liked pretty girls and guns....and even better pretty girls who shoot guns.

    Brother in Arms
     
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    Also note that, in states that have a magazine ban, pre-'94 magazines are worth quite a bit more than in free states.
     
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