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Best Mags for an AR
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I have been an AK junkie for a long time. I recently decided to add an AR to the collection. I know that there are a lot of mags for AK's. Lots of them. Some are good and some are bad. Whats up with AR mags?

My question is this... Which mags are best to purchase? Which ones to stay away from?

Everyone recommends P-Mags. What makes them so great.

I have heard of "tilted ramps" or something like that. What purpose do they serve?

Are windows a good thing or not? Just a gimmick?

Are the metal mags as good or better than the plastic P-mags?

Any metal mags that you want to stay away from? Any that are highly recommended.

And lastly.... What is the normal price for an AR magazine.
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mtbkski;103359 Wrote:I have heard of "tilted ramps" or something like that. What purpose do they serve?
-You want anti-tilt followers. When a follower titls in a mag, it usually moves forward or backward inside the mag, and fails to push the rounds up into the receiver of the firearm. (below is a picture where the follower has tilted)
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Are windows a good thing or not? Just a gimmick?
-It's personal preference. Personally I do not like windows, but it's up to you. Windows are only used on plastic mags (I have not seen a metal mag w/ a window)

Are the metal mags as good or better than the plastic P-mags?
Yes, depending on who makes them. This is like asking are polymer firearms better than all steel firearms? A Glock is probably better than an old school russian pistol, but a Kimber is probably better than a Hi Point.

Any metal mags that you want to stay away from? Any that are highly recommended.
-Thermold mags aren't great. I have them, and they function fine at the range, but wouldn't trust them for combat. PMags are great, Tapco can be hit or miss, US GI mags (all metal, US government issue mags - like colt mags, etc.) are good too.

And lastly.... What is the normal price for an AR magazine.
-This has changed after Obama's re-election and Sandy Hook. I wouldn't pay any more than $18 for a GOOD QUALITY ar mag. I consider this to be an okay deal. Click Here
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I beat the @#$$ out of my mags and I do NOT prefer P-mags. Honestly, I've seen them poop the bed more than anything in competition. I know I may incur the wrath of the internet gods.....but the truth hurts.

Decent GI 30 round mags just tend to work if your gun is right. I have Labelle mags from DPMS that have never malfed in 8 years.
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#4
All I have are pmags. The first two I bought had windows, every one since then has not. They are kind of nice for guessing round counts in a hurry but I found I just don't use them so it wasn't really worth the extra $$ in bulk buys. The pmags have served me well but I certainly don't use them hard enough to hash out any issues. When I drop them I'm always on dirt or grass.

My bro-in-law is active military and will only use GI mags. The last time I shot with him he was dishing out dirty looks at my mags.
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#5
I see nothing special about pmags.

The $10 tapco ultracheap mags work just al well from my experience.
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http://ineedmoregear.com/featured-manufa...-magazines

pmags on sale for 10.49
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#7
Just my 2 cents but I am a huge fan of the Lancer mags. They have never failed me in comp and they come highly endorsed by the 3 gun community.
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#8
I like Command Arms Accessories. Very well made poly mags, great price. They seem to fall free on mag changes. Pmags are very good too, as are Tapco mags. Brownells makes a very good GI aluminum magazine as does the company that makes DPMSs. All have anti tilt followers. I own a few of each. All made in US except Commabd Arms which is made in Israel.

Thermolds are junk. Most are remainders from the 1994 AWB. They flex, warp, just plain junk. Stay away from them.

ProMags can be made good. The few that I own tended to not feed rounds properly. Turned out to be the rear of the mag had excess flash. I trimmed it back, made it as open as PMags, havent had issues since.
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#9
P-Mags are good, because they are usually very reliable.

I personally don't see the point in the window. It's fine and maybe a nice to have, but I doubt you're gonna use it in a 3gun competition or a real world fire fight. Handle loaded mags enough and you'll get a "feel" for how many rounds approximately are in the mag anyway just from the weight and balance of it in your hand.

There are lots of good mags out there, but the P-Mags are usually pretty affordable, and personally I've never had any problems that I can remember running them. Surplus GI mags are fine too, but I've had those cause malfunctions, where as I can honestly say I don't think I've ever had a mag related malfunction with a P-Mag, not that it can't happen, they just seem to work out of the box (bag?) ;-) You can usually do some maintenance or rebuild a mag if its causing issues too, so keep that in mind and if you find some really cheap ones somewhere pick them up. You can never have too many mags!

I've heard the troy mags are good too, and I'm sure there are many others out there that may be lesser known, but work well.
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#10
I personally have all Pmags for my AR. Nothing against metal mags. I was actually planning on going with the Brownells before I started building my AR. Ended up working a couple of gun shows for my last job and picked up the Pmags for like $8 before the show started. I haven't used my Pmags enough to have a 100% opinion on them but so far I've had zero problems with any Magpul product. I'm still considering picking up some Brownells mags once I move for school and renew my C&R license.
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