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AR mags for a noob?

Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by mhunter, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. mhunter

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    Finally just ordered my first AR. What magazines are "in" these days for a new AR shooter? I don't need über tough super warrior spec stuff. Just mags that are reliable (meaning stay loaded and still function without a weakened spring) and don't cost a fortune.
     

  2. Clint-M

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    You're going to fit it well here. Get some Pmags and be done with it.

    CM
     
  3. mvician

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    But PMags are uber tough super warrior spec stuff. :supergrin:
     
  4. mvician

    mvician Lifetime Member

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  5. mhunter

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    Good to know. :rofl:

    And, another ultimate noob AR mag question... :wow:

    Are .223 and 5.56 mags considered interchangeable? My AR is 5.56, but I expect to be shooting a lot of .223. I looked on Amazon and saw the .223 PMags and never even thought about the difference until I saw that.
     
  6. Disregarded9-side

    Disregarded9-side Armchair IPSCer

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    ^Yes they're the same size cartridge externally. 5.56 is the NATO term for .223; our military developed the 5.56 round around the pre-existing .223 Remington cartridge.

    The case of the 5.56x45mm has thicker walls than the .223 Remington. This is important to know if you reload.

    Buy PMags and only PMags. I really like the 20-rounders.
     
  7. boomhower

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    PMAGs rock. If you want a lot for cheap go over to dsgarms.com and get there 10/$85 GI mags. They are very good quality and for $8.50 a pop it's hard to beat.
     
  8. mhunter

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    Why over the preference over 30 round mags? Just easier to keep track of loading because it's a 20 rd box per mag?
     
  9. AK_Stick

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    P-mags are good.

    USGI mags are pretty good.


    I would avoid the H&K mags. Cost alot, benefit very little, short life.
     
  10. mhunter

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    Thanks to everyone for all the help! PMags it is. Just ordered 5 for $13.95/ea off Amazon.
     
  11. drizzle

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    I like 20 rounders, both because they match up to a box of ammo, and when you're shooting off of the bench, the 20 rounders fit a bit better.

    I'd been having some trouble lately with reliability (double feeds or no feed from the magazine), so i took all of my active mags to the range today. Of course, when my friends aren't trying to fire it, they all run fine, PMag or GI, 20 or 30 rounder.

    At the end of the day, though, they're expendable. If you have too much trouble with one, either throw it away or buy a new spring and follower for it.
     
  12. mhunter

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    Bench shooting... I didn't think of that. Thanks for bringing it up.

    With the HUGE potential of another POS President elected next year? I won't be throwing anything "hi-cap" away. I remember the AWB days of $90-100 G19 mags. :steamed:
     
  13. mvician

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    Buy 'em cheap....stack 'em deep




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  14. mhunter

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    Yup. I have a couple dozen G19 mags when they went down to $20/ea after Sep 2004. I have five 30 rd PMags on the way. Once they're "vetted", a bulk order will ensue. :cool:

    Now, what to do with all those 5.45 AK-74 mags and ammo tins? Oh yeah...they're already "stacked". :rofl:
     
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  15. MARSH1

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  16. halfmoonclip

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    Go GI or NHMTG. Can't beat 'em for the money; I've had some loaded for years, and they work just fine.
    Moon
     
  17. Spiffums

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    Best "noob" advise you can get is "Buy from reputable vendors!" Bravo, Primary Arms, Midway ect. You might have to pay 50 cents to a buck more for something but you know your not getting a ChiCom knockoff and that your stuff will show up.
     
  18. Kcolg

    Kcolg Millennium Member

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    44mag.com and JoeBobOutfitters are also good reputable vendors with good pricing.
     
  19. samuse

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    Best mags I've used (as in always feed and drop free)

    PMAGS and NHMTG with Magpul followers.