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  1. Archangel14

    Archangel14 Member

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    Tell me, what are the names of manufacturers of quality AR 15 5.56 magazines? And give me the names of manufacturers to avoid.

    Thanks!
     
  2. BHarada

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    Being a CA resident I can only comment on 10-round mags. The AR Stoner mags from Midwayusa.com 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.
     
  3. allaroundhunter

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    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.
     
  4. plouffedaddy

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    These should help you out:



     
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    allaroundhunter said it all, P-Mags the ultimate in AR-15 mags, Lancer ain't bad, however stay clear of Promag.
     
  7. Sentryau2

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    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)
     
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    i have tried a bunch. i only use D&H aluminum and pmags.
     
  10. WarEagleJP

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    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.
     
  11. horsemen61

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    Magpul makes great mags aka pmags
     
  12. Zardaia

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    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.
     
  13. Murcielago

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    Ditto.
     
  14. wideym

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    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.
     
  15. MaterDei

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    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.
     
  16. Elessar

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    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.
     
  17. X-Rap

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    Pmags, Brownells, and proven surplus.
     
  18. modifiedbrowning

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    I have Pmags, Lancers, Troy battle mags and USGI. All are good to go in my experience.
     
  19. Ifishsum

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    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.
     
  20. Sentryau2

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    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.
     
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    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,
     
  22. 2ndtimer

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    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.
     
  23. LeonCarr

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    PMAGS are the only ones I use.

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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    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 $$).
     
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