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Discussion in 'Black Rifle Forum' started by PhoneCop, Jan 11, 2009.
Seeking insight and feedback.
I like the magpul pmags.....but the Lancer L5's are reliable, more importantly AVAILABLE, and still only $20.
My pmags just came in. No feeding problems so far from round 1 to 30 with my plinking.
Pmags are only $15-$17, and why restrict yourself to polymer mags when aluminum and steel are abundant.
Didn't intent to restrict myself- those were just the two names that showed up frequently on gunbroker. Feel free to offer thoughts on aluminum and steel mags as well.
I'm a little biased here because I've only used PMAGs and USGI mags, given the choice I would go with PMAGs hands down.
pmags are great but if you spend over 20 bucks on a 15 dollar item you are crazy.
Pmags work great in my Colt and RRA. My buddy has a Cmmg and a SOG and they work great in them also.
I just received a dozen PMAGS last night and I paid $13.99 per mag and they were only backordered for two weeks. I would never pay over $15 for a PMAG. The Lancer L5 is the next best one IMO but there about $4 more. I think I paid $18 or $19 apiece for Midway when they were in stock.
Thermolds were abandoned for serious use by every army that ever used them (Canada and Israel, among others I believe).
PMags have held up to the test though.
Canada especially - they coined the term "Thermelt". Apparaently they do not hold up well under sustained fire.
Thermolds were designed by a U.S company called Master Molder. The original design was a great mag. The Canadians tested them and found them more desirable than USGI, and so decided to make them issue mags. They bought a license for the tooling then cheaped out and didn't license the Zytel polymer formula. They ended up with an overly brittle plastic sensitive to heat and UV- the end result was melting on sustained full auto fire, cracked feed lips, even mag bodies separating at the mold line.
Mags stamped 'Wilson NC' and 'MM' are the good factory mags. They're comparable to PMAGs, a high honor IMHO. Before PMAGs, Master Molders were the only reliable polymer 20rd mags.
Thermolds and Orlites make great range mags. I have not had any problems with either in 4 different AR platforms and many types of steel and brass cased ammo. I bought a bunch of new ones for about 10 bucks.
Pmags are the best out there. If you can't find them, standard USGI mags with Magpul followers are your next best bet. Anything more expensive and you are wasting your money.
Just got my pmags in last week. Paid 16 bucks apiece. Now that they are catching up to the post election rush, company's supplies are replinishing.
The USA made Zytel Thermolds are great. I like them better than any metal mag. Feeding from the Thermold mag lips is smooth, and it doesn't shave or etch the case brass like metal mags do. I haven't tried the PMAG yet, but it looks pretty good.
Magpul, no question.
I have a lot of Magpuls and like them a lot. I also put 12 Lancers and have to say they are holding up just as well and I like the fact you can see how many rounds you have left. Great feature.
But do you think that the Lancers could take half the abuse that the PMAG could? They don't seem extremely robust to me, although they do seem to be decent mags.
I try to buy Pmags when they are on sale, they have worked great for me. 100% reliable. I only have a couple of Thermold mags, got in a box o' stuff I bought, and they have worked ok, but dont drop free from any of my rifles. I have tons of USGI mags, and have upgraded the followers and replaced springs on some of the older ones, they seem to work fine too.
CDNN sells Pmags for 13.99 each, and they have Thermold 20 rounders for 6.99.
Another mag they sell, that Ive gotten excellent results from is the C products Teflon coated 30 round aluminum, with orange no tilt follower for 7.99.