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#1 Chris54326

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 04:53 PM

I've recently purchased my first AR15.  Know virtually nothing about the platform, but learning as quickly as I can.  One thing I am curious about is magazines.  You folks who shoot competitively run a lot of rounds through your rifles/magazines.  I'm trying to decide which magazines to purchase for my rifle.  I know a lot of people use Magpul and a lot use Lancer.  But I don't know what brand you competition shooters use or why you've chosen to use it.  I will mostly be storing these 30 round mags loaded with 28 rounds.

 

Any comments would be helpful to me.



#2 Matt Rigsby

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 05:37 PM

I have Magpul, troy, USGI and Hexmag. My go to mags that I always use are Magpul. I've never had a single issue out of any of them I've had.
The troy and USGI mags have always performed as well, but i always find myself reaching for the pmag.
Hex mags work great if you load 28 Instead of 30.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 05:49 PM

Magpul here as well.
I have some aluminum AR stoner mags as well that have never given me issues.

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:28 PM

Just a personal preference, but I'd like to stay away from metal magazines.  Not very stealth in their use...........too danged noisy. 

 

Okay, so far that's two of you who like Magpul.



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Posted 08 February 2018 - 06:59 PM

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Posted 08 February 2018 - 07:45 PM

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 02:19 AM

Not that it needs to be said again but in all the competitions I run, I only use magpul. 30, 40, and 60rd drums. No issues with any, I live in the desert and get alot of very fine sand and dust in the mags and it's never slowed them down

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 06:34 AM

Magpul. Never had a problem.


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 08:28 AM

Have any of you read this article:  https://www.military...rifle-mags.html



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:42 AM

Have any of you read this article: https://www.military...rifle-mags.html

I may be totally off base here, but to me it appears some politicians brother in law came up with an improved follower and is pushing the issue.
Magazine issues have been the bane of the service rifles since their introduction until magpul was introduced.
Buddies son was a SAW operator in Iraq during the worst actions. He was experiencing continual mag related issues. Buddy ordered up a case of Pmags and sent to his son that solved the issues.
It’s insane what’s going on to put them in harms way without the best and most reliable equipment available.

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Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:56 AM

I Have Lancer and Pmag’s. Both work great but I always go for the Lancer mags first...


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Posted 09 February 2018 - 01:33 PM

I can't help but agree, Dennis.  I was listening to Glen Beck's program the other day when a man called in to tell him that his son is being deployed soon and the rifle he's been issued won't hit the side of a barn.  The son grew up shooting and hunting with a lot of different firearms and the father claimed he was an excellent shot, so he believed him.  The man pleaded with Glen to try and generate some interest in the problem from his platform.  Sad that we send our boys into harms way ill prepared, when the general public thinks otherwise.

 

I keep being drawn back the the Lancer Smoke Warfighter mags, Eddie.  Just wish they weren't so expensive. 



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Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:55 PM

Lancer warfighters are good mags, just not commonly used for competition because of the lack of extensions, like PMags have.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 06:58 AM

Well, as I mentioned, I don't know much about this platform.  When it comes to mags, what is an extension?



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Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:24 AM

Well, as I mentioned, I don't know much about this platform.  When it comes to mags, what is an extension?


It adds rounds to the mag.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 02:09 PM

20,30, and 40rnd Pmags are all I have used for 3gun the last 5yrs. See with extensions and some not. Same 10 mags to BTW. I may replace my 30's soon since they get used the most but Pmags just work.

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Posted 10 February 2018 - 03:03 PM

It adds rounds to the mag.

 

Ah, thanks.  Got it.



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:04 AM

I'd go with the Magpul or Lancer. Both are great quality.



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 07:01 AM

Actually, I had to go with the ASC Stainless Steel magazine because I'm seating my bullets at a 2.314" OAL.  The ASC is the only mag that will hold a bullet that long.



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 09:33 PM

Actually, I had to go with the ASC Stainless Steel magazine because I'm seating my bullets at a 2.314" OAL.  The ASC is the only mag that will hold a bullet that long.


Holy crap, what a waste of time and effort. In a mag fed gun, of a standard platform, for a standard common cartridge, OAL simply has absolutely zero value. Use PMags. Your only goal is reliability and durability. You’re shooting an inherently accurate cartridge. OAL is meaningless.
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