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russian_collector
01-07-2008, 8:34 PM
I read that you can tell the difference in mags by serial numbers printed on them. I was taking one of my friends 1911 preban mags apart and I saw no numbers on any of the parts anywhere.

So how do police tell if it is preban or not?

Spitfire75
01-07-2008, 8:35 PM
I don't have serial numbers on ANY of my magazines, preban or postban... The only thing I've ever seen on a magazine that might identify it is a cage code and/or date stamp with the month and year of manufacture.

AJAX22
01-07-2008, 8:45 PM
Preban magazines typically have no markings unless they are clinton era mags made between 94 and 2000. although some of the higher end specialty mags have date codes on them (like betamags)

Blue
01-07-2008, 9:38 PM
I've got a few preban mags that have date stamps on them from 1990/1991

ar15barrels
01-07-2008, 10:24 PM
I've got a few preban mags that have date stamps on them from 1990/1991

I have a bunch of military 30 round mags dated in the late 80's to early 90's.

Ah, the good old days of $7 mags...

soopafly
01-08-2008, 10:18 AM
So how do police tell if it is preban or not?It's impossible to tell because it is perfectly legal to repair any part of a legally owned large capacity magazine with a new part, up to and including every part.


I have a bunch of military 30 round mags dated in the late 80's to early 90's.

Ah, the good old days of $7 mags......and $20 100-round AK drums...I'm still kicking myself for not buying more:banghead:

ohsmily
01-08-2008, 10:26 AM
I read that you can tell the difference in mags by serial numbers printed on them. I was taking one of my friends 1911 preban mags apart and I saw no numbers on any of the parts anywhere.

So how do police tell if it is preban or not?

It doesn't matter when the body or any other part of the magazine was made. As long as you owned the "full capacity magazines" before Jan 1, 2000, then you can replace ANY and ALL parts of the magazine with new parts, even if those new parts are dated after the ban, provided that you don't create more magazines than you started with, and the magazine still functions in the gun that it was originally intended for at the time of the ban.

scootergmc
01-08-2008, 10:45 AM
Just go clean your closet/garage/under your bed and "find" some like a few people on here... :rolleyes::smilielol5:

MudCamper
01-08-2008, 11:21 AM
http://www.hoffmang.com/firearms/DOJ-large-cap-magazines-2005-11-10.pdf

Max-the-Silent
01-08-2008, 8:13 PM
I read that you can tell the difference in mags by serial numbers printed on them. I was taking one of my friends 1911 preban mags apart and I saw no numbers on any of the parts anywhere.

So how do police tell if it is preban or not?

I've seen mags that were electro-penciled w/ the serial number of the weapon they came with, but I've never seen modern rifle, pistol or SMG mags that had a unique serial #.

Max-the-Silent
01-08-2008, 8:19 PM
I have a bunch of military 30 round mags dated in the late 80's to early 90's.

Ah, the good old days of $7 mags...

Randall, I remember buying M14 mags for $6.00 in quantity, and never thinking twice about tossing one if it didn't perform...

At the same time, FAL mags went for 20-something bucks, so we didn't buy more than ten or so at a time.

The best deal we (my two partners in firearms excess) ever ran into was cardboard drums (approx. 55 gallon size) full of BAR mags, new. Each drum held 200-300 mags iirc, and we were getting a drum for $200.00.

Army
01-09-2008, 4:35 AM
Standard 1911 mags wouldn't be part of the dating game anyway. Only those that would/could by design, hold more than 10 rounds.

Which is why Limited 10 is so popular in IPSC, as we got to INCREASE our capacity, and make it more fair for us "normal gun" shooters to compete against the Race guns.