Mags for FN 15...

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  1. Glock21sf-miami

    Glock21sf-miami

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    Fellow GTers,

    Just got an FN 15 Tactical II in 5.56 as my first AR. Trying to get some mags for it before it arrives and there are so many options that I figured I would start by getting some input here. I understand that all metal mags tend to get bent when dropped and maybe plastic on metal are more durable. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. BC42

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    Congrats on the new rifle!

    Magpul Pmags would be my first choice. If you want metal feed lips, Lancer.
     
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    I've got some M3 Pmags I keep loaded with the dust covers which, I read, help keep the feed lip area from opening up. I also have a couple of M2 PMags for the range.
     
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    Lancer
    USGI mags
    HK
     
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    In all the years I’ve been shooting ARs, and millions of rounds fired or around for I suspect I’ve seen less than 50 ruined by dropping.


    Yes, metal can bend. Poly can break or get weak. Springs will wear out, feedlips will wear.

    All magazines are a wear item. They will go bad with enough use.
     
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    If I were you I'd buy a 10 pack of Magpul Gen 3 PMAGs and a 10 pack of D&H GI mags from BCM or PSA. Then when you need more mags someday pick up more of the one you like. Or pick up just a couple of each to try out. You can throw Lancer in the mix too, since they're some of my favorite mags. But I can't really say they do anything better.
     
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    Not your run of the mill mags, but in addition to the previously mentioned, i got a dozen Beretta AR mags. They are sturdier than any others, but somewhat pricey.
     
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    I’m a big fan of the Pmag. Preference to the M3, but M2 is still good and great for training.
     
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    USGI metal mags are still the most durable and most trouble free. Look for mags from Okay industries... There are other manufacturers as well. When things get back to normal you can pick these up for less than $10/10 on sale. They are far more durable than many here think. The downside is they are not the most tacticool option.

    PMAGs suck IMO. Load one, stick it in a drawer and get back to me in year....the lips will spread apart and make the magazine worthless. I have a couple dozen and the longer I own them the more I hate them. PMAGs can have fit issues in some manufacturers receivers. (tight)

    The Lancer mags are exceptionally good hybrid metal/polymer mags that eliminate the problems of the PMAGs but they are relatively expensive to USGI in comparison.

    I agree with AK....magazines are an expendable wear item.
     
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    Interesting, I thought PMAGS were at the top of the pile, since the FN is shipped with one of those magazines from the factory...

    I'll check out Lancer and USGI...
     
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    There several magazines that I would recommend.

    MAGPUL PMAGs
    Lancer L5s
    Troy Industries Battlemags
    USGI type metal magazines (D&H and BCM are good ones and priced very reasonably)

    You cannot go wrong with any of these.
     
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    Do a search on Youtube...you'll find multiple vids like this which matches my experience as well.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QNQ7IOl5s
     
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    I’m waaaaaaay over a year on any of my Pmags. Infact I have mags from deployment in 2010 that are still going strong. So I can’t really agree with the whole get back to you in a year bit.

    But aluminum mags work fine too.
     
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    Pmags are my go too. Duty ones stay loaded for a year in my patrol car. Never had any issues with them
     
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    USGI or Pmags are both your best choice for the $. Unless you want to spend more money for the Beretta or HK mags.
     
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    The reason I recommended gen 3 PMAGs is because they have changed the polymer they use over the years. Although now that I think about it I believe I read they switched their gen 2 mags to the new polymer as well.

    Gen 3 PMAGs have also proven to be the most reliable in military testing under all conditions. But that's not really a factor to me because I'm not worried about shooting in subzero temperatures or anything, and a lot of mags have a reputation for reliability. Lancer mags, for example, supposedly didn't do great in some of the testing, but they're still some of my favorite mags and generally have a great reputation for reliability.

    This is based on info on m4carbine.net, BTW. A Magupl rep used to post there a lot and sometimes would provide links to testing, etc.