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mduran916
09-03-2012, 11:50 PM
I know some people think they look tacky but I find it alot more convenient when I'm shooting out of state to use them and not have to reload after each mag..

But my question is what other manufacturers (BESIDES GLOCK) make factory 30 round ++ mags for pistols/handguns?? and does anyone have any compliants or experience with the promag 30+ rounders??

my list so far that I know exist is

Factory
Glock 33rd 9mm,
HK USP 32rd 9mm/40 S&W (Works flawless in 40S&W but pretty costy)
Beretta 30rd 9mm

I've seen PROMAG makes them for
Beretta 9mm 32rd
Sig P226 9mm 32rd
CZ75/Jericho 9mm 32rd
Ruger P90 9mm 32rd
Browning Hi Power 9mm 32rd
Springfield 9mm 32rd
Taurus PT-90 9mm 32rd
Kel Tec P-11 9mm 32rd
Walter P99 9mm 32rd

I hear and read alot of mixed reviews about the promag mag's but I'd like to hear everybodys input on them.. Thanks

Oceanbob
09-04-2012, 8:10 AM
My experience in real life is most (not all) of the after market magazine manufactures have problems with 30 round capacity mags. While they look cool, the springs are weak or the follower hang up creating feeding problems.

Stick with known mags that work: like GLOCK. (Or other factory purpose built mags from HK for example; expensive yes, but they work.)

Or decide to spend money on Wolff spring upgrades to rework those after market mags.

jessegpresley
09-04-2012, 8:54 AM
http://www.scaar.at/rs/fiveseven/f5.jpg

pontiacpratt
09-04-2012, 9:00 AM
I think there is a 50(?) Round drum for 1911s. It might be less.

smird
09-04-2012, 9:01 AM
Not sure if you are looking for current models but the S&W model 59 and variant mags, 459, 659, 59 and such have 30 rounders.

I just know about them cause they work in my camp 9

With a mod I think those mags will work in a XD9

ap3572001
09-04-2012, 9:18 AM
The only reliable extra capacity magazines I had exlerience with are: Glock 9mm 33rd and Glock 40 22rd magazines. Sig 9mm 20 rd magazines. Beretta 20 and 30 rd magazines, Browning Hi Power 20 rd magazines.( These are ALL factory original magazines) Also ALL Mecgar magazines work very well. Currently I carry Glock factory 22rd magazines on duty with my Glock 22. No problems with them at all.

r1ghtw1ng
09-04-2012, 9:31 AM
Mac 11's feed factory 32 rd mags pretty consistently.

ClarenceBoddicker
09-04-2012, 10:04 AM
Glock G-18 factory mags work great as is. On most of mine I've removed the +2 bottoms, as IMO they look better without them.

Glock G-18 Scherer mags work good to OK. Their weak area is the spring. Factory G-18 mag parts like springs are cheap. The factory or quality aftermarket springs are better than the Scherer ones.

Browning High Power aftermarket 30+ round mags can be made reliable, if you spend enough time working on them & replace a few parts like the spring. As stated before factory or quality aftermarket springs are way better then the cheap ones in most aftermarket extended mags. I've got a bunch of KRD 17rd mags that I'm going to weld together to make some extended mags. I have a bunch of KP-31 Suomi 72rd drums that I tack welded cheap BHP mags onto before the end of 1999. At some point I will build some reliable drums & double drums for the BHP.

I've got a bunch of 50rd 9mm Neuhausen mags I modified before the end of 1999 to fit my semi-auto detachable Mauser C-96 Schnellfeuer 9mm M-711 clone. I can't use them in CA unless I block them to 10rds because the M-711 needs a bullet button to be legal.

JeremyS
09-04-2012, 11:43 AM
I know for a fact that the ProMag 32-rounders for the CZ work flawlessly with an OEM CZ follower. They DO NOT function correctly with the follower that comes in the magazine. I believe this is the case with the vast majority of the ProMag 32-round mags. BUT... for $3 or so for an OEM follower, you now have a very reliable magazine that probably cost $20-$30 and it holds a ridiculous amount of rounds.

I've put a few hundred through mine, including as-rapid-as-possible full mag dumps and it has not had one single glitch since swapping the OEM follower in. When I first got the mag, I decided to try it unmodified and it would jam every few rounds. Factory follower is a must!

32-rounder inserted all the way in an SP-01


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-P0HK7lgtUeY/UASfjwmB9aI/AAAAAAAABrw/29Aa07atcqc/s720/20120716_135939.jpg

wash
09-04-2012, 11:54 AM
The Kel Tec PMR30 looks neat, 30 rounds of .22mag in a standard size package and quite light weight also.

I don't know if it feeds reliably...

mduran916
09-05-2012, 1:58 AM
My experience in real life is most (not all) of the after market magazine manufactures have problems with 30 round capacity mags. While they look cool, the springs are weak or the follower hang up creating feeding problems.

Stick with known mags that work: like GLOCK. (Or other factory purpose built mags from HK for example; expensive yes, but they work.)

Or decide to spend money on Wolff spring upgrades to rework those after market mags.

good idea I never thought about just replacing the aftermarket spring with a wolf spring and maybe the follower? that is a great idea and should improve it thanks..

mduran916
09-05-2012, 1:59 AM
I think there is a 50(?) Round drum for 1911s. It might be less.

I think your referring to the 40 round promag drum that promag makes.. I think they make it for 1911's and ruger p90's..

mduran916
09-05-2012, 2:01 AM
I know for a fact that the ProMag 32-rounders for the CZ work flawlessly with an OEM CZ follower. They DO NOT function correctly with the follower that comes in the magazine. I believe this is the case with the vast majority of the ProMag 32-round mags. BUT... for $3 or so for an OEM follower, you now have a very reliable magazine that probably cost $20-$30 and it holds a ridiculous amount of rounds.

I've put a few hundred through mine, including as-rapid-as-possible full mag dumps and it has not had one single glitch since swapping the OEM follower in. When I first got the mag, I decided to try it unmodified and it would jam every few rounds. Factory follower is a must!

32-rounder inserted all the way in an SP-01


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-P0HK7lgtUeY/UASfjwmB9aI/AAAAAAAABrw/29Aa07atcqc/s720/20120716_135939.jpg

thats a nice gun ya got.. if im correct I think it's the same mag that will fit in the jericho baby eagle too..

mduran916
09-05-2012, 2:06 AM
The only reliable extra capacity magazines I had exlerience with are: Glock 9mm 33rd and Glock 40 22rd magazines. Sig 9mm 20 rd magazines. Beretta 20 and 30 rd magazines, Browning Hi Power 20 rd magazines.( These are ALL factory original magazines) Also ALL Mecgar magazines work very well. Currently I carry Glock factory 22rd magazines on duty with my Glock 22. No problems with them at all.

thanks for the reply.. I've heard good things about mecgar making it seem as if there one of the best aftermarket mags.. do you by chance know anywhere that sells them as rebuild kits? available to CA residents? thanks

cindynles
09-05-2012, 2:51 PM
My RAW AB-10 (Tec-9 variant) 32 round mags work well.

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General
09-05-2012, 3:01 PM
they gotta be kiddin

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mduran916
09-05-2012, 6:40 PM
^ yep thats them.. Ive seen alot of complaints on youtube about them.. people say they jam alot and promag was asking people to take down there videos that were bashing them..

jessegpresley
09-05-2012, 9:19 PM
Anything Promag makes is junk.

pyromensch
09-05-2012, 9:29 PM
and btw, you "always" have to reload, after each mag..., some just take longer than others

RugerNo1
09-05-2012, 9:33 PM
The magazines for these can hold a lot of rounds...

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc297/blankpointdale/1_614172665l.jpg

https://www.speedshooter.com/images/SV28170.jpg

pyromensch
09-05-2012, 9:46 PM
The magazines for these can hold a lot of rounds...

http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc297/blankpointdale/1_614172665l.jpg

https://www.speedshooter.com/images/SV28170.jpg

looks like a 38 super...? (looking at the seams in the mag). how many can it hold it 45 acp?

kozumasbullitt
09-05-2012, 9:49 PM
Draco or AR pistol.

SDM44
09-05-2012, 9:53 PM
My personal experience with 9mm 'happy sticks' in my Glock.....

1) I waste ammo much faster

2) It's more awkward to 'wield' around during a course, compared to using 15 rd mags or some standard cap mags with extensions on them (like a +6 Arredondo extension)

troysland
09-05-2012, 9:56 PM
Anyone ever customize an SKS pistol?
50 rds.
http://www.germanguns.de/export/magazin/magazine/sks50.jpg
Or a Draco AK-47 100 rds
http://www.hyattgunstore.com/images/D/49146-D-01.jpg

RugerNo1
09-05-2012, 10:00 PM
looks like a 38 super...? (looking at the seams in the mag). how many can it hold it 45 acp?

I have no clue, I just Googled "SVI Open Gun." I shoot Limited...

The SVI website claims the 170mm tubes can hold about 18 with a standard baseplate.

myusername
09-05-2012, 10:53 PM
LOL - I have a Draco, but I stick to the 40 rd mags. One of these days I might buy a drum but that's going to be heavy. I'll try to get a picture for you guys so you can see what you can't have in CA. LOL (I live in AZ but have a house in CA.)

mduran916
09-05-2012, 11:05 PM
and btw, you "always" have to reload, after each mag..., some just take longer than others

actually technically "NO".. not if all I want to do is shoot 30-rounds fyi.... thanks alot for your helpful input though..

iano1
09-09-2012, 6:04 PM
Anything Promag makes is junk.

I disagree. The 30+ rounders they make for my SIG 522 work well

nick
09-09-2012, 6:08 PM
Promag also makes .40 Ruger mags; I believe they're 25 rnds.

holasrmateo
09-09-2012, 10:03 PM
http://www.scaar.at/rs/fiveseven/f5.jpg

Have this setup. The only downsides are wondering when you are going to run out (30 rounds in a pistol is a lot... especially when it costs as much as say .45 ACP or 5.7x28mm) and that the Five-Seven weighs so little that 30 rounds of ammo comprises a significant ratio of the overall weight and thus significantly changing the balance.

Really though there is a reason extended magazines aren't standard. Yeah its cool to have a Glock 17/19/26 with 33rd extended magazines but everything for the Five-Seven is even worse with a slightly heavier gun and ammo and neither the Glock or 9mm are considered "heavy".

SilverTauron
09-09-2012, 10:14 PM
I used a 32 round National magazine with my PT92 Taurus, and in all honesty it actually damaged my range sessions more than it helped. Loading a 32 round mag to the brim and letting the slide go not only burns up a 50 round box disconcertingly fast, it ruins your focus on proper shooting fundamentals. After about round 19 you start suffering from "once you pop you can't stop" syndrome and end up rapid firing the last 13 rounds. Did I mention after one mag you only have 18 rounds left?

Its one reason why IMO its a good thing full auto is so hard to get. I have enough trouble feeding my guns without burning 32 rounds in 3 seconds.