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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by bratch, Feb 26, 2007.

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  1. bratch

    bratch Member

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    I'll be purchasing a few more AR mags and was looking at C Products. I am a little overwhelmed with all of the options. Can I get a run down on the finishes, springs, and followers? What combination represents the best reliability?
     
  2. rino451

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    Just be careful. The last batch of C-Products mags weren't that great. I have a bunch from about a year ago along with a couple from Bushmaster and D&H. They all looked about the same - nice welds and the stamping and cuts all pretty much matched and they all worked well with the Magpul followers. I bought 11 more recently in a group buy type of thing over on ARFCOM and this batch looks pretty poor. I've yet to really bang on them but they don't compare to my first batch or C-Products mags. There are threads over on AR15.com about them. I think it's just buyer beware. I'll probably skip C-Products in any volume in favor of Bushmaster or D&H until I can verify that their product improves. Also it doesn't appear to be QC considering the large volume with similar flaws/problems.
     
  3. bratch

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    I've been hearing this I may stick with Okay mags.
     
  4. thumper723

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    I have 4 mags coming in later this week from them. I will let you know how they are.
     
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    Stick with GI surplus for good mags at reasonable prices. Of course Colt, Bushmaster, etc are good magazines, but they're pricey!
     
  7. Gary G23

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    I'm not buying any more CP mags. Too many issues with them lately.

    But to answer your question:

    Finish type is a matter of personal preference. I would go with the gray teflon.

    The chrome silicon springs will last longer but the stainless steel springs are maintenance free. I always get the stainless springs myself. I have so many mags it's a lot easier to replace a stainless spring every 500 cycles than it is to take apart the mags with the CS springs and oil them every month.

    I always get the Magpul followers. Gray or orange is just a personal preference.

    At this stage of the game I would either get Okay/NHMTG mags or wait a week and get the new Magpul PMAGs. The only downside of the Okay mags is that you don't have any options on finish and they don't come with the Magpul followers but the upside is they always work.
     
  8. MechAg94

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    cheygriz, I have asked more times on this site than I can count: What the hell is GI SURPLUS with regard to AR mags? :) Who makes them? Who sells them? Where are they? I have never seen one that I remember. I think the Army buys from a number of difference manufacturers, but I don't know for sure.
     
  9. threefeathers

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    I just got my CProducts order and I really like the new gray teflon. I'll order 5 more SS in black mar-lube and 10 new gray alum. I replace all my green followers in all my mags with magpul orange. CProducts could have been gouging us for the past 3 months and didn't. I appreciate that and although I order good deals from EE on AR15.com I'll give Larry an apprecible amunt of my business.
     
  10. blackhawk2000

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    I personally would only buy Cproducts IF, and only IF Cproducts was offering to pay for my return shipping, if I needed replacement mags. At this time they are having too many problems for my tastes. Factor in return shipping costs, and your mag deal isn't a deal anymore.
     
  11. 10-Ring

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    I have had really good luck w/ the C Products mags...I currently have a mix of 20 & 30 rounders that have been reliable so far.
     
  12. Frog48

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    Government contract manufacture mags are the way to go. You're right, several manufacturers hold contracts to make them. Generally, the contracted firms are free to produce in excess of what the government contract stipulates, and sell the excess to the general public with the same markings. The advantage to these government surplus mags is very high consistency.

    I bought a bunch of these:

    www.cheaperthandirt.com/MAG065-1537-1885.html

    The picture on CTD's website isnt right, however the description is accurate. The bottom of the mags are stamped "Defense Solutions Group, Inc. Fort Worth, TX." They are a new DoD contractor, here's their website: www.DSGinc.com

    I've had absolutely no malfunctions while using them. I'm very pleased, and will definitely order more.
     
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  13. MechAg94

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    Thanks Grant.
     
  14. GunNut

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    I've never tried any of the Cproduct mags, but right now i'm waiting to get some of the Magpul Pmags.:D
     
  15. Lone_Gunman

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    Brownells mags are very good too.
     
  16. nico

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    Not to hijack the thread, but is there any functional difference between straight and curved 20 round mags, or is it just a cosmetic difference? I understand that the springs and followers are different, but, based on what I've read, there's no need for "upgraded" followers, like there is with curved mags. Can anyone share some firsthand experience with either type? If straight mags worked fine (which seems to be the case), why did they come out with curved ones?
     
  17. Glockfan.45

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    The curved 20 round mags exist so they can use the same green follower as the 30 round mags. It is a cost cutting measure and nothing more. I like the old straight 20 rounders to be honest. They just seem to lock into place better and quicker.

    Yes they are. I just bought 6 of their 30 round mags and may buy a few more later.
     
  18. Trempel

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    Ahem, I believe that Brownells mags are just marked up C-products mags with a different floorplate. :) I think that C-P also makes re-stamped mags for Midwayusa and maybe others.
    Rino451, what kind of issues have you had with that latest batch of mags? Was your first batch of mags teflon or marlube coated and the ones you got in the group buy, are they moly coated? If they're really messed up, and the bodies are out of spec, they don't run, etc., then give C-products a call. I believe they replace defective mags, no questions asked. If you could post some pictures, I'd like to see the defects.

    FWIW, I haven't had any issues with their mags. I have a few stainless steel ones with marlube and magpul followers as well as the regular aluminum, with green followers and moly coating. Moly coating does look like crap after you use the mags, but that's how it is on all my other moly coated mags. They still run every time. Teflon coating doesn't rub off and looks great, but those cost more money.
     
  19. blackhawk2000

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    Cporducts no longer makes Brownells mags. Supposedly they are built in house by Brownell.
     
  20. Glockfan.45

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    That is correct.
     
  21. Trempel

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    I stand corrected then. When did brownells start rolling their own? I remember that as late as the middle of last year their mags were made by CP.
     
  22. Inner Monkey

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    I have 12 CP magazines & all in all I do not think they were worth the wait. From now on I will purchase D&H magazines & install MagPul followers myself. The cost is almost the same more or less. I am suiting on about 80 magazines now & have 20 more D&H magazines on order. Once I have 100 I am stopping. That should get me & my kids through the next ban if there is one.
     
  23. rino451

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    My old CP mags are great and almost indestinguishable from my Bushmaster and D&H mags. The group buy CP mags are atrocious. The welds are for crap as are the cutouts in the front and rear on the top of the mag. The two halves of the mags don't line up well either. My mags are matte grey with I think green followers - no teflon, no black and I'm not worried about the marks in the finish anyway. Mine look just like the CP mags pictured in this post:

    http://www.jobrelatedstuff.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=17&t=313491

    I'll post again after I run a few through a carbine course this weekend to see whether they'll work ok. If they do, no harm/no foul - function before fashion for all I care. However, with the geometry off as bad as it appears, I'm doubtful that they'll all work ok. I'm glad I only spent just over $100 on them as I can write that off and wait on mags or bodies from somewhere else.

    I'm sticking with D&H, Buhmaster, and maybe Brownell's and the PMAG unless I have a similar experience with any of them.

    ETA If they don't work I'll call Larry, but I already marked them so I didn't confuse them for the older CP mags and so I could distinguish between the ones that work and those that don't.
     
  24. RTFM

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    Best resource is ar15.com

    Here is the base link to the Magazine area:

    http://www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=3&f=17

    Here is the run down on manufactures.
    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=17&t=163158

    here is a link to followers.
    http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=17&t=103570


    The info is out there.

    A BIG Thank has to go to Troy at AR15.com for all his work. He is a well of great information associated with the evil black gun.


    RTFM
     
  25. jthuang

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    I have 10 of the curved 20rd mags from CProducts (from a while back) and they work great.

    That said, I am part of the ARFCOM group buy (in for about 17 mags) but I have not received my mags yet.

    Personally if the CP mags are subpar I will not buy from them in the future. I have also had issues with certain recent D&H mags so I will not buy those either.

    I am thinking sticking with NHMTG or Center mags from here on out. I got a pack of ten Center mags from Talon Arms and they have been great. My first mags for my Bushmaster (during the ban) were four beat-up Center mags and they have worked great since 1997.
     
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