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Old 12-01-2018, 11:49 PM
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Default Lancer L5 AWM ranger plates/tabs?

So I've recently started running Lancer L5 AWM mags. The majority of the reviews I've read/watched are positive to the verge of being fanatical. Steel lips, non-tilting, visible round count, cool colors, can take a beating better than Tina Turner, what's not to love, right? So, I went ahead and bought a few, plus a couple more. I love the dark earth translucent version, or as I call it: "Dirty Tranny". Mostly because they're dirt colored and transparent, but also because I use them for both 5.56 and .300 BO. Get it? Two different things in one package, like a .....whatever.

My only gripe so far is the lack of an upgradable baseplate. All of my Pmags and most of my GI mags have Magpul ranger-plates installed. I really, really like ranger plates. Not just as a pull assist but as a shock absorber for when they get dropped on hard surfaces as well. I'm currently using some of the original Magpul rubber assists on my Lancers until something better comes along(if ever). They work well enough, but I'd like a more integral component to the magazines construction and similar in overall profile/orientation to the ranger plate. Not just a rubber jock-strap slipped over the mags *** like a diaper.

Now, before I get brow-beaten and ridiculed with the typical barrage of gun-forum abuse for asking a question, I'll go ahead and get some of these out of the way:
Q:"Hey noob, ever hear of Google?"
A: I tried Google, with several search phrase variations. I even tried Googles nerdy cousin Bing to no avail.
Q: "Hey bro, why you need cock-ring on yo mag? Just go without it, dog".
A: Because cock-ring mags make me shoot better and give me more stamina on the range, that's why.
Q: "Hey boot, just use riggers tape and 550 cord like I did in Grenada!".
A: It's 2018 and this is Trump's America, If I finally get the chance to shoot at commies I want to do it with an engineer designed, mass produced grabby-thingy that click-snaps on my L5's instead of just using tape and string like a contra.
Q:"Hey dude, have you tried epoxying a tab or, you know, something like a tab, in place?"
A: I'm not going to risk gluing my hand to my dick again, period.

Anyways. It seems there's no after market anything for this magazine which seems weird in that it's been around for awhile now and enough people like running ranger plates. Is there something out there I haven't seen yet?
Or can some industrious 3D printer capable shooter maybe take a break from printing liberators and make some Lancer compatible tabs?
Has anyone come up with their own specific hack for this that they're proud of and want to share?
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Old 12-02-2018, 4:26 PM
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Just buy Magpul. Inrange made a good point about metal feed lips vs. polymer in their mag video.

I like lancer a lot, but they should go full polymer and drop the price a bit.
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Old 12-03-2018, 9:16 PM
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Just buy Magpul. Inrange made a good point about metal feed lips vs. polymer in their mag video.

I like lancer a lot, but they should go full polymer and drop the price a bit.
No. No they shouldn't.

And here's a little secret by the way... https://www.magcommander.com/collect...nslucent-smoke ...don't tell anyone.

OP, funny post, cracked me up. Did you try contacting Lancer directly? They have really good people over there. I recently reached out to them via email asking (more like trying to convince them) if they have any plans on making AK-47 magazines and I got response the very next day.
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I started buying Lancers recently as well, really like their product. I tend to be pretty rough on my gear and theyve help up really well. Im not a ranger plate guy, so I have no dog in the fight. But I agree, theyve been around for a bit and youd think maybe there would be something available to use as a cock ring for those long days at the range...

I get mine for about $15 a pop, so Im not sure why the price needs to come down anymore. Its a good value for a well built magazine. And yes, the Dirty Tranny color is a good one.
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I recently reached out to them via email asking (more like trying to convince them) if they have any plans on making AK-47 magazines and I got response the very next day.
And?
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Old 12-04-2018, 9:36 AM
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And?
Directly from Lancer:


Hi John,

Thank you for contacting us.

We had looked at AK mags in the past but decided to not move forward with development.

However, we do revisit the idea from time to time.

Please, let us know if you have any other questions.

Best Regards,

Daniel Wolfgang

Small Arms Customer Service Technical Specialist

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^^^Bummer... I’m always game for some good US made AKM/AK74 mags. Not a big fan of the Pmags, but they work. US Palms were solid as well.
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Old 12-04-2018, 9:59 AM
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^^^Bummer... Im always game for some good US made AKM/AK74 mags. Not a big fan of the Pmags, but they work. US Palms were solid as well.
Tell me about it. I explained to Lancer how the AK market is starving for good quality affordable magazines. Circle10 mags are great but not at 45 dollars a pop. I mostly run the gen3 Pmags just not too fond of polymer feed lips in an AK.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:04 AM
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Oh, and speaking of US Palm...here is some good news... http://www.uspalm.com/

And a photo from their Facebook page...

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Update. I decided to just make my own ranger plates for my L5 mags. There clearly isn't anything commercially available for this sort of upgrade so....
I just took some gen2 pmag ranger plates and trimmed off the retaining flanges, drilled a hole to access the L5 disassembly button, epoxied them with Loktite plastic bond to the L5 plate (after roughing up the two contact surfaces with a dremel to give the glue better adhesion). Let cure, then dremeled off the edges. They're not factory pretty but who gives a ****? As long as they're strong I'm happy.Attachment 759527

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I love it. Good job sir!
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