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Good NEW M1 Carbine mags

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by shotgunjoel, Jul 18, 2009.

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  1. shotgunjoel

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    Are these the Korean mags that come in the brown wrappers? My limited experience is that they seem OK in my gun.
     
  3. shotgunjoel

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    What is 'OK'? Like 'they kinda work OK' or 'they work OK, never had a problem with them.' And yes, they are the Korean ones.
     
  4. Quiet

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    They work.

    IMO, the KCI brand magazines are currently the best source of new magazines for the M-1 Carbine.
    KCI is using the same machinery/tooling that was used to make M-1 Carbine magazines for the South Korean military. The M-1 & M-2 Carbines were in service with the South Korean military from the 1950s-70s.
     
  5. shotgunjoel

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    Thanks Quiet.
     
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    When you guys say they work OK, does this include the 30rd mags or just the 15s?
     
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    Both 15rd and 30rd Korean mags work great in my Inland. The Korean 30s seem like the best 30rd carbine mags I have seen. Though it may not be absolutely necessary, I put an M2 mag catch on my Inland to use the 30's.
     
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    What the heck, I just picked up a pack of five. I don't have any thirty rounders for my Carbine.

    Now if I can just find some Carbine ammo...
     
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    Both the 15 and 30 round mags are fantastic. Very high quality mags. I doubt you will be disappointed with them.

    Plus 1 on the carbine ammo. I pine for the days when I bought Wolf 1,000 round cases of .30 carbine for 140.00

    And that was in 2007... :scrutiny:
     
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    No kidding, the only place I can find it is on Gunbroker at at least 100% markup.
     
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    Ammoengine.com is pretty helpful for finding most ammunition. It doesn't cover all the ammo-carrying sites, but it does get quite a few of them.

    As for mags, yes, the KCI mags will work decently well for informal shooting or plinking.
     
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    shotgunjoel- Good luck in your future endeavors.
     
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    Thanks Saxon.
     
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    Check out Bass Pro, if there is one in your area. Ours here (PA) usually has UMC carbine ammo for around $24 per 50. It works very well in my Inland.
     
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    Thanks, but what I'm looking for is new magazines. CMP is backordered to Doomsday, along with everybody else. So if I'm going to wait that long I'll buy it from some place where it is cheaper for the same stuff.
     
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    I just bought 4 of these magazines and was rather disappointed that they wouldn't stay in my IBM-made M1 Carbine.

    It slides nicely in the welll; no friction or anything like that (read a few reviews stating that) but they just wouldn't lock into place. And when I thought they were, after firing one round, the second would never chamber, and the magazine usually fell out of the gun. :(

    Makes me wonder if I need to modify them at all, because I'm sure my M1's fine because GI mags work well (as do some 10rd magazines I have that are aftermarket, but I don't know who made them)
     
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    The korean 30-rounders lock in my NPM just fine and seem to function perfectly.
     
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    Makes me wonder if my mag catch isn't what it used to be; I also heard elsewhere that these mags were designed for the mag catch from the M2? Maybe I'm doing it wrong.
     
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    Try locking them in with the bolt open. They should work either way but try locking the bolt to the rear and then inserting the mags.
     
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    After playing around with that a bit... it just turns out I need to slap the mags in pretty hard and then it's fine. Which is funny, because I thought I was slapping them in pretty good yesterday! Thanks for the help!
     
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    My Inland came with the M2 magazine catch and all I know who are really up on carbine stuff, say that's the catch one needs to use 30 rounders without any problems. They're also fond of the Korean import 15 round mags in the brown paper packages. All the ones they ordered this spring, are as-new and work fine.

    I added the heads up on Bass Pro, for those who mentioned they were looking for good ammo at a reasonable price. CMP is out of GI mags and ammo orders are now into such a backlog, that I wouldn't bother with it.

    Besides, mine doesn't particularly like Aguila ammo, so I'll stick with the UMC. My carbine savvy friends shared some of their CMP Aguila stash, which is how I came to find out my Inland doesn't much like it.

    :)
     
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    For what it's worth, the Aguila ammo works pretty well in my carbine -- but I've NEVER had a problem with Sellier & Bellot.
     
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    They work great in my Saginaw.. I have 5 of the 15 round mags and 5 of the 30 rounds mags.
     
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