Five Best AR-15 Magazine For Your Rifle ~ Review & VIDEOS

What are the Best AR-15 Magazine you ask?

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Best AR-15 Magazine

Unleaded Ink By Norman Gray

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Now that you have the AR-15 rifle of your dreams and you’ve spent enough on accessories to get a second rifle it’s time to think about the most important piece of gear for every rifle, it's the AR-15 magazine.

All rifles come with one or several factory OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) magazines that work reliably with that rifle and you have the option to purchase more if you choose.

Depending on what you plan to do with your rifle, a magazine cannot fail to feed and the best time to find this out is while you’re not being shot at. For some of you this is experience and for others it trial and error, but magazine selection is an important process.

How do ‘knowitall' gun writers know so much about things like this, well that’s easy, we made all these mistakes before you did, so our goal is to help you avoid them in the first place. So here are a few suggestions to help you choose a reliable magazine for your rifle.

First things first, find a brand or two that you may want and get one of each. You do not want to spend a $120.00 to find out that they won’t feed, some places won’t take them back. Then ask these simple questions, will they accept your magazine loader, will they easily insert in and drop free from your magazine well loaded and empty, will they hold thirty rounds and then chamber rounds easily and are they simple to take apart and clean?

Now load the AR-15 mags to full capacity and run them through your rifle, did they malfunction in any way or did they perform as expected? If it’s the later, then buy six or more and try them all out over time making sure they all work 100% reliably.

Seems like a lot of work but whether you are preparing for the zombie apocalypse or real war, it is a good feeling knowing they will work when called upon.

If you plan on modifying your magazines in any way, do your homework first and make sure the kit works with your brand of magazine and then put it thru its paces. Mechanical items usually work better after a break in period, but it’s still a machine and prone to failure. Inspect them often and make repairs or replace where needed and keep them as clean as conditions allow. One area to watch is the feed lips, on aluminum magazines they are prone to bend or break off and with polymer types they can distort out of shape if heated or break if very cold. Carry a few spares, they are not overly bulk and don’t weight much empty and when you need them you’ll be glad you have them close.

 My pick of the Best AR-15 magazine I use myself:

5.  Brownells AR-15 30Rd Magazine CS 223/5.56 (Most common AR15 magazine)

They are constructed of aluminum and are supplied with a fiberglass-filled plastic anti-tilt follower with self-lubricating composition. These followers are a step up from the old aluminum followers which were not the most reliable at the time. Now don’t get me wrong, for a cheaper magazine they will take some abuse and keep feeding rounds. I used this type in the military and they performed when I thought they shouldn’t. Depending on the type of use, if they get bent or dented the follower may jam rendering them inoperable. But for general use at the range, competition or hunting they are budget friendly and easily replaceable.

Brownells AR-15 30Rd Magazine CS 223/5.56
Brownells AR-15 30Rd Magazine CS 223/5.56

4. FNH USA – SCAR 16S 30RD 223/5.56 MAGAZINES

If aluminum magazines bring back bad memories and you demand something a bit more robust, the steel FNH USA – SCAR 16S 30RD 223/5.56 MAGAZINES will scratch that itch.

FNH (Fabrique Nationale Herstal) makes some of the finest firearms in the world and it would figure their magazines would reflect that heritage. These steel magazines were developed for the FNH SCAR 16S and come with their low friction polymer follower for reliable feeding. You can expect these to be a bit heavier than their aluminum counterparts but will also last longer with harder use. They function equally well in your AR-15 and come in black and flat earth finishes and are higher priced than standard aluminum magazines, but you already knew that right?

FNH USA - SCAR 16S 30RD 223/5.56 Magazine
FNH USA – SCAR 16S 30RD 223/5.56 Magazine

3. MAGPUL – AR-15/M16 PMAG 30-ROUND GEN M3 Magazines

Everything’s going polymer these days and rifle magazines are no exception. The MAGPUL – AR-15/M16 PMAG 30-ROUND GEN M3 MAGAZINES are used by our military and carry their own NSN, this is a testament to their reliability in combat.

The Gen M3 are the latest in a line of magazines that work and work well, I haven’t had any failures in a single Magpul magazine I own. They have improved upon the older models to make these more compatible with other rifles and strengthened the mag catch and feed lip areas and the polymer body is designed to flex to resist breaking and crushing. Included is a new four-way anti-tilt follower that performs better under high grit and dust conditions, and they still include the dust cover for storage of loaded magazines.

The thinner floor plate removes without tools and there is a dot matrix area for use with a sharpie to mark your magazines, and the price per mag won’t beat you up.

MAGPUL PMAG 30-ROUND GEN M3 Magazines
MAGPUL – AR-15/M16 PMAG 30-ROUND GEN M3 Magazines

2. SUREFIRE – AR-15/M16 60RD 223/5.56 Magazine

Our fathers and grandfathers fought wars with rifles that only held five rounds, hard to believe in today’s world dominated by 30 round magazines. Today 30 rounds are the norm but not the rule and Surefire has broken with tradition to give us 60 rounds in one magazine.

The SUREFIRE – AR-15/M16 60RD 223/5.56 MAGAZINE give you double the normal rounds in one magazine weighing in at 2 pounds and is less than the width of two normal magazines stacked together.

They meet NATO STANAG 4179 specifications and function in all rifles that accept AR-15/M16/M4 magazines. The Nesting nylon followers are lube free and fully support the rounds for reliable feeding. The springs have a cadmium coating to reduce friction and resists corrosion. They will fit in most carriers that hold two magazines and they sell a single magazine pouch that is M.O.L.E. compatible but keep in mind these magazines are pricey and not for the budget minded.

SUREFIRE - AR-15/M16 60RD 223/5.56 Magazine
SUREFIRE – AR-15/M16 60RD 223/5.56 Magazine

1. X PRODUCTS – AR-15/M16 50RD 223/5.56X15 DRUM Magazine

Higher capacity magazines are all the rage and anything that hold over 30 rounds is highly desired. X PRODUCTS – AR-15/M16 50RD 223/5.56X15 DRUM MAGAZINE is fairly new to the market but it meets the needs of the modern AR shooter, military and law enforcement. The steel and aluminum constructed X-Product drum holds 50 rounds of 5.56×45/.223 FMJ ammunition and 300 AAC Blackout. It is rated for full auto fire (1100 RPM) with rifles with a high cyclic rate and loading/un-loading is easy using the finger notched hand wheel with no tools.

All the critical components are Cerakote coated to reduce friction and make the need for lubrication unnecessary. It will function with many types of AR rifles, with some exceptions and is shorter than a standard 30 round magazine which aids in shooting in the prone position.

There is also a single and double carrying pouch available that are M.O.L.E. compatible and something I feel is very important is, (for the high price paid) it’s made in the USA and has a lifetime warranty.

X PRODUCTS - AR-15/M16 50RD 223/5.56X15 DRUM Magazine
X PRODUCTS – AR-15/M16 50RD 223/5.56X15 DRUM Magazine

Once you find the right combination of performance, durability and capacity. It is time to bit e the bullet and stock up. When SHTF you will thank me, because we all know reloading under fire is a bitch.

About Norman Gray:
Norman Gray has been involved in the shooting sports for well over 30 years. He has served in both active duty and reserve component of the United States Army as an Infantryman and was honorably discharged at the end of his service. Moving to Arizona, he began assisting his long time friend and mentor Bob Shell, an accomplished writer and author in his own right. Norman is freelance contributor with Handguns Magazine, Canadian Firearms Journal and Manzano Valley Outdoors. He is also a member of (POMA) The Professional Outdoor Media Association, the (NSSF) National Shooting Sports Foundation and a Life Member of the (NRA) National Rifle Association. Visit: http://www.unleaded-ink.blogspot.com/


AmmoLand Editor Comments:  This article was updated to reflect changes in product improvements / availability on 07/06/2017.

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DamonLee
DamonLee
2 years ago

My AR came with two CS 30 rnd mags, both performed well. I wanted a few more mags, so I purchased two Colt mags, a 30 rnd and a 15 rnd. The 15 rnd performed well, but the 30 rnd sucks.. Big waste, because the Colt mags are pricey. I caught some CAA Tactical on sale, and purchased two.. They also perform well, but add a little weight because they are composite, not steel.

VT Patriot
VT Patriot
2 years ago

I found the original DPMS mags that came with mine function flawlessy. I ordered a bunch of Brownells mags, expecting the same performance. All of them jammed at least once per load, and I was very disappointed. Not reliable at all. On a whim, I bought a supply of gen 3 magpul followers, the no tilt type, and so far so good. Time will tell when I get a chance to wring them out, but they seem to have solved the major issue, that of feeding the ammo at an angle from the follower tilting.

deirrick w. jackman
deirrick w. jackman
3 years ago

I just bought a moss berg mvp lr tactile .308 i like the gun, it will be used for hunting only so i have little use for the
11 round magazine that comes with it. tell me all about 3 or 4 round mags that will function in this rifle, please !!

Patrick
Patrick
3 years ago

Can someone be a help? I’m searing for an AR magazine manufacturers which are ITAR free. Thanks a ton!

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago

The Daniel Defense 32 round carbon fiber polymer mags are excellent

MedMarine64
MedMarine64
3 years ago

The guys I knew in Vietnam with the early M16’s had a lot of trouble with grit and mud jamming the guns and ehte mags as issued in 1967-68.

3rdRangerD
3rdRangerD
3 years ago

I like Hexmags, Tapco, Pmags, Amend 2’s, USGI’s, and Lancer L5 AWM’s! They are all equally good! USGI’s are the best with non-tilt followers!

3rdRangerD
3rdRangerD
3 years ago
Reply to  3rdRangerD

I now have 10 ETS magazines with coupling mechanisms built onto them. They work very well and come with storage caps. (Extreme Tactical Systems) I haven’t noticed any excess noise others have complained about, and they are very tough and chemical resistant. Also translucent so you can see the ammo count. May not work with some weapons systems when coupled, but great with AR-15.

Earl Hammer
Earl Hammer
3 years ago

After having an Ar15 for over 4 years, I have two types of Mags. 1st, Magpul Pmag M2 and M3 are wonderful, I use them almost interchangeably and have never had a problem with them after 4 years of shooting. I also buy those D&H mags that come with a DPMS. Palmettostatearmory.com sells them for usually from $5.99 up to $8.99 and these mags are very highly respected. Teflon coated aluminum mag, with self cleaning spring and anti-tilt follower… Great mag as well, I guess it would be considered a GI style Mag. I was just looking at Colt polymer… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
3 years ago
Reply to  Earl Hammer

‘Self cleaning spring’?

Earl Hammer
Earl Hammer
3 years ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

That’s how they advertise them dude.

Manolo
Manolo
3 years ago

I love this article about the AR magasines.
Do they work with the Ere systems mag conversion kit for sig540???

NoMar Bull
NoMar Bull
3 years ago

Way to many shills product reps in this thread that taint the credibility of the entire website. Overall the fact that there are so many magazine manufacturers many of whom, even the US gov, have endorsed junk magazines that have gotten soldiers killed, makes all endorsements suspect. We really need some manner to filter out the shills to only get creditable reporting. I personally have purchased many brands of mags but all have failed at some time for many different reasons. If you compare magazines side by side and even use a micrometer to measure the cautious features, you will… Read more »

3rdRangerD
3rdRangerD
3 years ago
Reply to  NoMar Bull

Sounds like NoMar Bull is full of bull. Obviously there are variations in manufacturing and slight variations in technical specifications from magazine to magazine, especially from brand to brand, but one has to possess, use and test each to know the functioning capabilities of each and must already have skills and knowledge of such things for it to do any good! I agree with one commentator about only using 20 or 30 round magazines; much less problematic and if you have to hit the ground and “get small” the 20 rounders are much better to allow accurate return fire without… Read more »

Willman
Willman
4 years ago

I guess I’m old school. I prefer aluminum mags over poly. Got several old surplus with scraps and scratches on the outside no dings or dents. They have a line green follower. Never a jam or misfeed.They add character to my kit. They will however cut your fingers to shreds if your not careful loading them.

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
3 years ago
Reply to  Willman

I don’t believe the U.S. military has approved any plastic magazine for general issue. And you don’t have to be careful loading your aluminum or steel AR magazines if you purchase a loading tool.

Ward Barnes
Ward Barnes
1 year ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

There are many of us that our hands have become week either through injury or just age. A loader keeps us shooting.

Joshua C Gould
Joshua C Gould
2 years ago
Reply to  Willman

Get a deburring tool

Johnny
Johnny
4 years ago

I got AR15 i just got it. When I shoot It once in a while while the bullets get stuck between the barrel and the chamber. I already tried 5.56 bullets and I tried 2.23 bullets and it still gets stuck. What kind of bullets can I use? Email me back at [email protected]
Thank you

Michael
Michael
4 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

What caliber is engraved on the side of the lower receiver?

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago
Reply to  Michael

What vis stamped on the barrel?

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
3 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

Some rifles don’t have the M4 feed ramps . Your rifle might not. It also might need some oil in the bolt carrier group. The buffer/recoil spring might be broken or binding. Your magazine spring might not be pushing the next round up fast enough to be properly striped by the bolt. The gun could be over-gassed, might need a heavier buffer, It could just be too dirty. It probably isn’t an ammunition problem, on the barrel it should be stamped 5.56 or .223 or perhaps Wylde. A 5.56 or a Wylde gun can shoot either 5.56 or .223. A… Read more »

Karl
Karl
3 years ago
Reply to  Johnny

This looks like email fishing.
By replying via email you provide a guaranteed active email address that can be sold to the spam-mail companies.

Jay Andre
Jay Andre
4 years ago

I have the X-Products 50 round drum Magazine, and it’s fantastic!! So cool and ”Bad Ass” looking!! I use it in my completely skeletonized AR 7 1/2” pistol. The rest of my mags are 20 round Pmags. When I 1st got into AR’s, which is only about 2 years ago, I thought, ”I’m gonna get 40 round Pmags!” 1st off they’re very long and aesthetically, don’t go with the pistol. The drum magazine goes very well with it, as it’s shorter than a 30 round mag. And it too is skeletonized. Does anyone know of stainless steel polished 20 round… Read more »

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Very good article on magazines. I really expected hexmags to be in there though. Their pretty good magazines. All I use is hexmags and pmags.

NorthShotCdn
NorthShotCdn
4 years ago

Gentlemen, I would agree with all of you that the magazine is the heart of your rifle and must be be to spec with a good spring and follower. That being said l would suggest reasonable expectations. In my 30 years in the infantry the main issue with magazines we found were the result of bent feed lips from having being dropped, or plastic feed lips shaved away by the bolt from loading in light machine guns instead using of a belt. If cleaned and oiled properly I’ve never had any problems with issue aluminum mags that were not abused.… Read more »

MedMarine64
MedMarine64
3 years ago
Reply to  NorthShotCdn

In 1965 I was sent Plastic Canteens to issue; outfits refused them. Said they were not regulation? The USMC sent them to our supply center at USMC Marine Air Base at Cherry Point,N.C.. So, it is a fact that just because all troops do not get the memo that it is not used as the NEW issue.

Kevin
Kevin
4 years ago

I agree, I have old colt aluminum 20 round mags with the aluminum follower, I just checked with a magnet. Also, isn’t it M.O.L.L.E.? 😉

TonyM
TonyM
4 years ago

+1 on the NHMTG. They are all I use in Service Rifle competition and are excellent mags. I also own a number of P-Mags and are extremely happy with them, the I don’t think they are as reliable as the NHMTG’s.

Brian Underwood
Brian Underwood
4 years ago

I have over 100 NHMTG magazines. They look a bit rough with the dry film finish even brand new. I’m a truck driver and have a gallon of Motorkote. It’s a diesel oil additive. Instead of just coating, Motorkote penetrates the microscopic pores of metal. It’s the best gun oil on the planet. NHMTG magazines clean up nicely with it. Where to buy: T/A or Petro truck stops.

KCshooter
KCshooter
4 years ago

Brownells is producing the highest quality milspec type mag out there right now. CProducts and most USGI producers are reliable in almost every built-to-spec gun. PMags are great if they run in your gun – they may not. Lancers are great and the HK mags are outstanding but priced like they followers are gold plated. The best mags I own, hangs down, out of 60+, are the Fusil USA mags I got about 6 years ago. Rare but buy every one you see. If anyone else has used these, they know exactly what I’m referring to. The mags that get… Read more »

HankB
HankB
4 years ago

I’ve had nothing but PERFECT function with Brownell’s Magazines. Brownell’s is a major player in this space, and yet isn’t mentioned.

I’ve seen both Surefire high caps and the X-Products drums malfunction in the hands of other shooters (note I said “shooters” – plural) at the range.

The author’s omissions and inclusions strongly undercut his credibility.

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
Admin
Reply to  HankB

HankB, we have updated our picks to include Brownells based on your feedback.

TEX
TEX
4 years ago

Pmags are all I run in my AR15’s,AR10’s !

Jack Patriot
Jack Patriot
4 years ago

I’ve run all kinds of magazines over the years: C-products, Lancer, Colt, HexMag, Magpul, Troy, etc. Traditional, (crap) follower, anti-tilt follower, etc. The one that stands out to me is the E-Lander 30 round magazines made in Israel from the Mako Group. They are mil-spec dimensions, heavy-duty steal construction, have an anti-tilt follower, and are fully marine-coated for corrosion resistance. The best part? They can be had for about $8 apiece! All of the ones I have run 100% of the time with no issues. For the money, you can’t go wrong. However, for durability, I’ll go with the magpul… Read more »

thomas donohue
thomas donohue
4 years ago

Mako E-Lander Steel .223/5.56 NATO AR-15 Magazine are the best in my opinion . Cheaper than dirt had them on sale for $10 per 40 round mag . I got 60 of them and now the sale is over and I found out they are $30 . The 30 rounders are only $16.60 .I have over 10 ar builds they run smooth in all of them. I have many different lowers and run 223/556,300blk sub & sonic,458 socom ,full auto and suppressed . I also like the SUREFIRE – AR-15/M16 60RD 223/5.56 Magazine I have never had any problems .… Read more »

eh
eh
4 years ago

lancer mags #1 hands down

DAN III
DAN III
4 years ago

This entire magazine article is bunk. The author denigrates the GI issue magazine stating it’s a good magazine for the “range” but, not of much value for serious shooting, i.e., combat. He remarks the “aluminum” followers….compared to MAGPUL followers….pure horse dung. There are not now, nor ever were aluminum followers in GI issue magazines. This clown wouldn’t know a pistol from a revolver. The coup de grace with this “expert” is his recommendation of the Surefire 60 round magazine. The Surefire mag is the biggest piece of junk to ever wear the Surefire name. The follower is not anti-tilt. There… Read more »

LocalHero
LocalHero
4 years ago
Reply to  DAN III

Couldn’t agree more. Lancer mags are the best around.

Wolfram
Wolfram
4 years ago
Reply to  LocalHero

Glad someone finally mentioned Lancer magazines. I was flabbergasted that the author didn’t include them, as they are the best out there.

Big Daddy
Big Daddy
4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfram

Lancer Mags are probably the best. PMAGs are fine, never had an issue with either. Same for the GI mags with the Magpul followers as long as the feed lips are in spec. And that includes the 40 round PMAG. Those are the only mags I would bet my life on. I’m waiting for the reports on the 60 round PMAG drum before I buy. The other drums and especially the Surefire ones are a no go. The Surefire mags are problematic. Way to many issues with the Sufefires to bet my life on them. This article is bogus on… Read more »

Mike English
Mike English
4 years ago
Reply to  Big Daddy

Agreed. Not having Lancers at #1, let alone not even including them in a top 5, to me, tells me the author and most of those commenting haven’t a clue.

OK Gun Doc
OK Gun Doc
4 years ago
Reply to  DAN III

Dan III –

The original 20 round magazines we had in Vietnam had aluminum followers, so your assertion otherwise indicates you were not there. I was, the Colt manufactured magazines were 20 rounds, straight bodied, aluminum follower and body magazines. The only plastic in that weapon – M-16 and M-16 A1 was the furniture.

Sgagger
Sgagger
3 years ago
Reply to  DAN III

You don’t know what you are talking about. I own 3 Surefire 60 round mags. Thousands of rounds downrange between the 3. Not 1 single failure of any kind. You are correct, the follower is not anti-tilt but who cares if it works. You may want to check your gun.

Stephen Lyons
Stephen Lyons
4 years ago

What about Amend 2 30 round AR-15 .223/5.56 vs magpul

charles
charles
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephen Lyons

I think Amend 2 is a little bit better than magpul or at least the 4 that I have.

Cary M.
Cary M.
4 years ago

I have a dozen TROY Battlemags and they not only look great but work flawlessly . Give them a try .

Mac Ten
Mac Ten
4 years ago

My Extar came with a Pmag and it is flawless. I have always used surplus magazines ( with the green plastic followers} and have never had a feeding problem in my CAR. home built shorty in more than 20 years. Can anyone recommend a good 40 round mag?

james wewerka
james wewerka
4 years ago

Hk maritime mags are the best,…pricey but worth it

chad parker
chad parker
4 years ago

I have same issue

Jo
Jo
4 years ago

“Magpul followers are a step up from the old aluminum followers which were not the most reliable at the time.”

It is my understanding the original 30 round USGI mags had black plastic followers, not aluminum. USGI 20 round mags, which predate 30 rounders, had aluminum followers and worked flawlessly.

OK Gun Doc
OK Gun Doc
4 years ago
Reply to  Jo

The original GI 20 round magazines we had during Vietnam were aluminum followers in a straight aluminum magazine body. That was what you got issued fron the quartermasters in the Army.

OK Gun Doc
OK Gun Doc
4 years ago
Reply to  Jo

Absolutely correct, Jo!

solostyle10210@hotmail.com
4 years ago

What weapon system are you running,I ask because i recently purchased a (BCM.) And the new M3 P-MAGS loaded full 5,10,20 and 30 round will not secure in my weapon ,I have not tried the older M2 style but i will, I am concerned if the mags wont secure on bolt closed then thats not a reliable product for me.My weapon system is believed to be in the top 3 for quality,So i hope and dont think that is my issue.

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

I have a Daniel Defense MK18 and have also had some trouble seating Pmags. I did find some info tho that helped and thought I would pass it along. The majority of issues with mags not seating smoothly comes from rifle lower design or an issue with the mag release. Usually tho it’s just how tight the magwell was constructed. Sometimes downloading a few rounds works but in your case seems to not have worked? I can almost guarantee its not the magazine tho. And a good rule of thumb is to always give a good slap to the bottom… Read more »

James
James
4 years ago

My favorite mag currently is Amend2 mags, they have a superior follower and flawless feeding down to the last round. It fits well and is extremely durable! I bought one at Shot Show last year and ordered desert tan and OD green from Crows. They are coming out with 10 & 20 round magazines soon and I plan to stock up.

Derek
Derek
4 years ago

For the price the best mag out there is made by CAA Polymer AR-15 .223/5.56 NATO 30 Round Magazine
they fit better in a Standard AR then the gen 3 Pmag. DE Guns has the best price on them for 7.99 each on there deal of the day page. I do like Magpul products and think the gen 3 works good in my HK MR 5.56 but not in my standard ARs

Woody
Woody
5 years ago

I bought a 50 round drum magazine from X-Products for my M1A. Got the cartridges into the magazine okay, but the cartridges would then not feed into the chamber from the magazine. What a bogus buy. I’m out $300 bucks, but am looking for help from the State Attorney Generals Office of Consumer Protection. There should be lemon laws for lousy magazines also. Save your buck$ and DO NOT BUY! The company doesn’t want to give me a refund on it. This was the first time the magazine was used. Another bad after market product.

QUIZKID
QUIZKID
5 years ago

We have three preferences that have always worked very well for us. Our first choice has always been the C-Products/C-Products Defense stainless steel 30 rd mags. Never had slightest issue with them. Next is the fine Brownells offering. Again, never a problem. Third is ASC. We also run Magpul, MSAR, Ruger, and even PROMAG. The only mags we have had big issues with have been the PROMAG 40 rounders. Feeding Issues. Now is the time to stretch and stock up on all brands of AR mags. One of the best suppliers is CDNN. Cannot beat the service and prices. Look… Read more »

TEX
TEX
5 years ago

Pmag’s is all I run in my AR15’s and AR10’s ! I have never had a feeding issue with Pmags.

Brokedickcombatvet
Brokedickcombatvet
4 years ago
Reply to  TEX

What TEX said. Pmags are the only mags I will spend money on. I have a some USGI mags that look like he** but have had springs and followers replaced that I “Took” as a retirement gift from the Army. I think the High capacity mags are a novelty item, IMO. They throw of the balance of the rifle and greatly reduce the speed and efficiency of reloads and other drills, unless you are training with them. Just my $0.02.

Lonewolf
Lonewolf
4 years ago

FWIW, the X Products drums won’t work on an IWI Tavor and others…

David Rayman
David Rayman
4 years ago

I have had pmags fail the feed lips have cracked on 3 of the 10 that i own

The Hangman 59
The Hangman 59
3 years ago
Reply to  David Rayman

So for 12 bucks or so, replace them- how many rounds at fail? Gen 2 or the newest?

The Hangman 59
The Hangman 59
3 years ago

What they said, I goto when solving feed issues because I know they hit the ramp right with them. Never once had a feed issue.

Michael
Michael
4 years ago
Reply to  TEX

What exact model of Pmag do you use for your Armalite AR10?

Mike
Mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Michael

I’ve had one page that wouldn’t feed properly, one with the window. I’ve talked to a few others with the same problem, but only on the windowed ones.p mags don’t work on ar-10.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago
Reply to  Michael

The LR/SR mags are designed for the AR-10 series. They fit my DPMS and an Armalite equally well. Mine are the 20-round version, no windows. Hope this helps.

TEX
TEX
4 years ago
Reply to  Michael

,my 308’s are DPMS not Armalite. Armalite is the true AR10 and DPMS is LR308. It’s just that all 308 AR platform rifles are mostly referred to as AR10’s. It’s kind of become synonymous for all AR10’s.That’s one of the reason I went with DPMS because the LR308 accepts Pmags. Take care.

Denny
Denny
4 years ago
Reply to  TEX

The Palmetto PA-10 used DPMS mags or magpul SRA-35s.

Robert Robertson
Robert Robertson
3 years ago
Reply to  TEX

Quick question is there a difference in the magazines for the AR 15, not the ArmaLite but a standard AR. I received six mags that are supposedly for the AR their the right caliber anyway but they seem to be just a trifle bit thinner than the magazine well.
Any ideas
thanks a lot
RCHGUNS

Mark
Mark
5 years ago

Excellent article, Mr. Gray. You did make one error, however: “Now load them to full capacity and run them through your rifle, did they malfunction in any way or did they perform as expected? If it’s the FORMER, then buy six or more and try them all out over time making sure they all work 100% reliably.” Looks like the word “former” should be replaced with “latter.”

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
Admin
Reply to  Mark

Mark; Good catch, FIXED. Thanks for having our backs.