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frankm
06-29-2011, 11:54 AM
I searched and couldn't find anything. I need some 10 rounders, maybe rebuild kits. I'm looking for as close to military reliabilty as possible. What are good mags out there or a good source fo ex-military mags?

evidens83
06-29-2011, 11:57 AM
PMAG

/thread

X-NewYawker
06-29-2011, 11:58 AM
Guns & Ammo's Book of the AR-15 magazine!

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p54/Fasanoland/Rifles/BookAR15COV.jpg

:)

for the mags try .44mag.com and brownells.

CK_32
06-29-2011, 12:10 PM
Military reliability and reliable are almost opposite haha that beig said.

You must have missed the MAGPUL obsession for the past 8 months lol that being said..

MAGPUL p mag is as reliable as they come.

prerunners4life
06-29-2011, 12:13 PM
Pmag or emag either one is great.. Never had any problems

THT
06-29-2011, 12:22 PM
I see parallax tactical has some magpul pmag 10/30's. How does that work, do they leave the full length spring in there and just put a bolt in, or do they block it and put in a short spring?

Depends on the method. I know some like to compress the spring while others, myself included, place a block inside the spring so you have the internal dynamics of a standard PMAG.

frankm
06-29-2011, 12:23 PM
Depends on the method. I know some like to compress the spring while others, myself included, place a block inside the spring so you have the internal dynamics of a standard PMAG.

I'd just rather get 10 rounders I think. Don't get in the way as much.

EvolutionGSR
06-29-2011, 12:27 PM
I personally think that the best ten rounders ever made were the bushmaster 10/20 mags. No longer available.

THT
06-29-2011, 12:27 PM
I'd just rather get 10 rounders I think. Don't get in the way as much.

Like this?

http://midwestpx.com/images/blkstubby556.jpg (http://midwestpx.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_68&products_id=299)

infernl
06-29-2011, 12:30 PM
PMAG

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Agreed with this.

Like this?

http://midwestpx.com/images/blkstubby556.jpg (http://midwestpx.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_68&products_id=299)

Aww... that's CUTE!
(Probably cost 3x as much too!)

motorwerks
06-29-2011, 12:36 PM
Check out the links at the bottom of his post. They aren't x3 as much.

I feel like I say this 9 times a day around here but P-Mags are the way to go.

tba02
06-29-2011, 12:42 PM
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Aww... that's CUTE!
(Probably cost 3x as much too!)

Perhaps marginally, but the piece of mind that the magazine obviously/visually only holds 10 rounds is worth it to me. They function great and I will buy more as needed for my CA shooting.

CHS
06-29-2011, 12:43 PM
PMAG's are great mags, but they don't make a 10rd'er.

C Products used to make, in my opinion, about the best 10rd basic mag there was.

Stay away from the Pro Mags.

These are fantastic magazines:
http://www.44mag.com/product/nhmtg_10_ar15_magazine/223_ar15_magazines

The really nice thing about those is the extended floor plate which makes magazine manipulation a little easier.

(Just found it, C Products is now known as ASC)
Here's the C Products/ASC design which is a fantastic, reliable, inexpensive magazine:
http://www.riflegear.com/p-995-asc-10-round-magazine-223556mm-with-anti-tilt-follower.aspx

D&H Actually makes USGI mags for the military. These 10rd'ers have Magpul followers in them making them super reliable as well as inexpensive:
http://www.riflegear.com/p-485-dh-10-round-magazine-223556mm-with-magpul-anti-tilt-follower.aspx

762.DEFENSE
06-29-2011, 12:52 PM
PMAGS all day, everyday.

motorwerks
06-29-2011, 12:53 PM
PMAG's are great mags, but they don't make a 10rd'er.


But there are plenty of products to make them into 10/20, and 10/30. I'm really in love with my 10/20's.

http://store.magpul.com/product/MAG281/22

http://www.sacramentoblackrifle.com/products/magblocks-pmag-10-30-magazine-block

http://www.sacramentoblackrifle.com/products/magblocks-pmag-10-20-magazine-block

There's others out there but these were off the top of my head.

CK_32
06-29-2011, 12:57 PM
Agreed with this.



Aww... that's CUTE!
(Probably cost 3x as much too!)

Yea 10 rounders on average of what I've seen are usually around $20 to $30 while the same 10/20 is like $10 to $20

I stick with rebuild kits because when I head out to the desert it's more fun and worth Gavin to take 2 seconds of my life to break down that 10 seconds trying to get a good grip on a 10 round mag to take out of the lower. And when you go out of state or "close to it" but well just say you did you can load up 30s and have at it.

Pmag or emag either one is great.. Never had any problems

E mags should be called u mags cause dey ugly!

CHS
06-29-2011, 1:01 PM
But there are plenty of products to make them into 10/20, and 10/30. I'm really in love with my 10/20's.


Just keep in mind that the 20rd follower isn't anti-tilt, so they're not nearly as reliable as the 30's or 10/30's.

CHS
06-29-2011, 1:03 PM
Yea 10 rounders on average of what I've seen are usually around $20 to $30 while the same 10/20 is like $10 to $20


WHAT? I think you have this backwards.

Standard 10rd'ers are pretty cheap. 12-13$ on average.

Modified 30 and 20rd'ers to make 10/30's and 10/20's are usually $20 and up.


I stick with rebuild kits because when I head out to the desert it's more fun and worth Gavin to take 2 seconds of my life to break down that 10 seconds trying to get a good grip on a 10 round mag to take out of the lower. And when you go out of state or "close to it" but well just say you did you can load up 30s and have at it.


What the hell? Felony, anyone?

CK_32
06-29-2011, 1:04 PM
PMAGS all day, everyday.

+10000

motorwerks
06-29-2011, 1:27 PM
Just keep in mind that the 20rd follower isn't anti-tilt, so they're not nearly as reliable as the 30's or 10/30's.

I have thousands of rounds down range through my 10/20's with zero mag fed problems.

Speedpower
06-29-2011, 1:39 PM
This: http://www.calegalmags.com/Magpul-Pmag-1030-Standard_p_8.html

Best value :)

CK_32
06-29-2011, 1:41 PM
WHAT? I think you have this backwards.

Standard 10rd'ers are pretty cheap. 12-13$ on average.

Modified 30 and 20rd'ers to make 10/30's and 10/20's are usually $20 and up.



What the hell? Felony, anyone?



Maybe GI mags. Any polimer mag that runs for like $10 to $15 in 20/30 round forms 10 round counter part is always more expensive. And mag pup doesn't make 10 rounders so they are custom made and will cost you

rareair
06-29-2011, 1:51 PM
I just got several Troy BattleMags. I have to say, these things are tops! Much like the MagPul E-Mags, slick sides & just enough grip area for those that fight in the wet. Also, BattleMags come with 2 floor plates. One is flush fi. The other with a floor extension for pulling out of pouches, ala Ranger plates. And price ($15) is competitive with PMags, but with no need to purchase additional Ranger Plates- they are actually a better value
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s146/RareAirResto/Armory/DSC_2182Small-1.jpg

GMG
06-29-2011, 2:03 PM
D & H never had a problem with them.

http://palmettostatearmory.com/1808.php

LBDamned
06-29-2011, 2:06 PM
Lancer Systems L5.

They arent the cheapest - but absolutely the best of what I've used (including D&H, NHMTG, and stock S&W (whatever they use).

The NHMTG are decent - I dont like the D&H and whatever the stock S&W is sux...the only ones I'll be buying more of are L5.

As for PMAG - personally I dont see the point in wasting space with a blocked 20 or 30 mag. I can cram twice as many 10 rounders in my bag.

If I could find PMAG in regular 10 rd, I'd use some... but I cant imagine them being much (if any) better than the L5.

LBDamned
06-29-2011, 2:16 PM
I just got several Troy BattleMags. I have to say, these things are tops! Much like the MagPul E-Mags, slick sides & just enough grip area for those that fight in the wet. Also, BattleMags come with 2 floor plates. One is flush fi. The other with a floor extension for pulling out of pouches, ala Ranger plates. And price ($15) is competitive with PMags, but with no need to purchase additional Ranger Plates- they are actually a better value

I love Troy products! (recently purchased FF TRX battlerail and QD swivel)... the battlemags look great - I wish they had them in 10s...

Yemff
06-29-2011, 2:55 PM
Some more 10/20 Pmags

http://www.riflegear.com/p-351-magpul-pmag-10-round-20-body-magazine-223556mm.aspx

The Virus
06-29-2011, 3:03 PM
P MAG!
Period.

RONIN.
06-29-2011, 3:28 PM
Like this?

http://midwestpx.com/images/blkstubby556.jpg (http://midwestpx.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_68&products_id=299)

those are sweet, those will be perfect for my spr for rabbit hunts..

ronin.

SIGSHOOTR
06-29-2011, 3:53 PM
P-MAG here.

CHS
06-29-2011, 5:48 PM
I have thousands of rounds down range through my 10/20's with zero mag fed problems.

You are one person with only a few thousand rounds downrange.

I've sold thousands of 10/20's, and heard back from hundreds of people with tens of thousands if not millions of rounds down range.

20rd PMAG's aren't as reliable as 30rd PMAG's due to the lack of an anti-tilt follower. Period.

That doesn't mean that a 20rd PMAG won't work reliably for YOU in YOUR gun. Your anecdotal evidence proves absolutely nothing.

We had to have a PMAG block developed that sat underneath the follower, essentially creating an anti-tilt 10/20 PMAG.

WDE91
06-29-2011, 6:02 PM
^^^
If that is the case about reliability would it be possible to retrofit the 20rd magazine to accept/use the follower from the 30rd magazine?

Vinrx7
06-29-2011, 6:04 PM
Magpul Pmag!
I get em for like 16 bucks. 10/20

Matthew_S
06-29-2011, 6:06 PM
I would think or California something like this would be good.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=388400

Its a true 10 round magazine not a fake one for looks.

MUKAK
06-29-2011, 6:25 PM
NM...

CHS
06-29-2011, 6:44 PM
^^^
If that is the case about reliability would it be possible to retrofit the 20rd magazine to accept/use the follower from the 30rd magazine?

Yup. The 30rd follower works fine in the 20rd mag. It's also like 3 times longer, so you would have to re-engineer any 10rd blocks you might be using. When using it as a large-capacity magazine the capacity was reduced to 17 or 18 rounds. I don't remember which.

Thomas1190
06-29-2011, 7:02 PM
Magpul Pmag!
I get em for like 16 bucks. 10/20


Where are you getting 10/20 Pmags for 16 bucks? Do tell please :D

LBDamned
06-29-2011, 7:51 PM
I would think or California something like this would be good.

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/default.aspx?productNumber=388400

Its a true 10 round magazine not a fake one for looks.

I agree with the "true 10 rd"... I prefer these (and just ordered more): http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=974923

sniper4usmc
06-29-2011, 7:59 PM
IMO Aluminium mag>Steel/SS body mag

American Insurgent
06-29-2011, 8:00 PM
Agreed with this.



Aww... that's CUTE!
(Probably cost 3x as much too!)

serious **** what it with smaller mags costing so much?

CHS
06-29-2011, 8:02 PM
IMO Aluminium mag>Steel/SS body mag

Until you step on one.

Then you'll be wishing you had a SS body mag :)

xxINKxx
06-29-2011, 8:33 PM
serious **** what it with smaller mags costing so much?


Because of the time and labor, and whatever extra parts mods needing to turn it into a 10 rounder. They charge more for the service you get since nobody makes a 10 rnd pmag body mag. If that's what people are seeking then they gotta pay for it. Same with 10/30s.. In CA they are like around 25$... Out of state un-modded 30rnd like they came from the factory you can get them all day long for 17$, even cheaper or no tax if you buy multiples

Vinrx7
06-30-2011, 12:43 AM
Where are you getting 10/20 Pmags for 16 bucks? Do tell please :D

http://westernsportonline.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2&zenid=9pk2ervbaie0ddq6oui66cvor0

Predator
06-30-2011, 3:43 PM
Get some P-Mags from Ty @ MidwestPX ! He's a great person to deal with, fast shipping. Worth every penny :clap:

Abra Philippines
06-30-2011, 5:20 PM
The ones that work! All AR magazines wear out. Internals need replacing like followers and springs to decrepit magazine bodies and baseplates.
Sorry guys. PMAGS go out, too! Especially the feed lips bow out if you don't place back the dust cover.

Smoothshifter41
06-30-2011, 5:42 PM
I paid $22.00 per 10/30 pmag with a bullet button tool screwed on the mag from John at Calegalmags.com http://www.calegalmags.com/Magpul-Pmag-1030-Standard_p_8.html I actually picked them up in the store and he was real nice and knowledgeable. IMO this is the way to go. I used these mags (without the stopper of course) for the last three years I was in the Marines and these were far more reliable than the standard issue mags.

nismobishi
06-30-2011, 7:17 PM
I stocked up on thermold mags 20rd kits. they work great and their only 9.99 at PRK arms right now. cant go wrong with that price.

Javi
06-30-2011, 10:40 PM
I stocked up on thermold mags 20rd kits. they work great and their only 9.99 at PRK arms right now. cant go wrong with that price.

Can they ship? Their site isn't done or something.

frankm
06-30-2011, 11:30 PM
Lots of good info. One other thing to consider. If the laws change, I'd like to keep my mags and take out the blocks or whatever. I'm not planning on doing it unless the law changes. No need. I got a ton of Chinese AK 30 rounders for SHTF from long ago. I'm not sure I like the "permanently modified" 10/20 10/30 mags. Any recommendations on which mags would be able to be easily put back to normal if things change?

jdouglas
07-01-2011, 6:16 PM
I like the ASC 10 round magazines. I have two and although they have only been used for a couple hundred rounds downrange they are very good quality in my opinion. The followers move very smoothly and have been 100% reliable for me.

If you want a 10/30 magazine the Stag Arms ones from RifleGear are good enough. I have one and it has worked fine, although the follower isn't quite as smooth as the ASC ones. Although now that I have it modded back to a full 30 rounder (since I'm in a free state right now) it seems to be a lot more smooth. I think the spring wasn't attached to the follower correctly and it of course couldn't be corrected until the tabs that blocked the follower were drilled out.