It doesn't much matter at this point as legally I can't buy any more AR magazines with a capacity exceeding 10 rounds.
However, I'm curious what you have found to be the "best" standard capacity magazine for your AR; 20, 30 or 40 rounds. I have this "thing" about OEM magazines which really makes little sense, but obviously they are not always the best even though they come with the firearm.
For example, I recently picked up a DD AR, an M4V5, comes with one magazine, would normally like more than one OEM mag, but I have quite a few Magpul P-mags, so it seems unnecessary.
Best in terms of what passed what tests when, or what mags do you prefer?
Me, I prefer standard GI mags from NHMTG with Magpul followers. Why? I have used them forever and never had a problem. Can they get damaged and malfunction? Of course. Anything can. I own Lancers and PMags but I prefer GI because that is what I have the most experience with. They are in my "magazine comfort zone". I just don't have enough experience with anything else no matter what tests they passed.
Have Colt Al (Grey) 30 rounders & HK Steel (Black) 30 rounders.
The HK magazines are without question the magazines I am prepared to use and would have the most confidence with in terms of performance. In my opinion they have no weakness in either material or design.
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Gen 3 Pmag and Lancer AWM is all I need in polymer. Don’t see the need to try any others as I can’t see them being much better, especially if they are more expensive. Not bothering with the DD mag as it won’t fit in my MR556. Guess DD didn’t learn what Magpul did when they went from Gen 2/MOE to Gen 3.
Probably best all around mag for compatibility is a good quality USGI mag.
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When I needed to buy mags for mine, I asked an E7 SEAL I know who is now in the reserves, for advice. His recommendation was P-Mag, and when I asked why, he said because they don't break, and they don't bend. You can drive a vehicle over them, and they will still function. You bend, drop or crush a metal magazine, and it is done.
This made sense to me, so I have stocked up on P-mags.
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Originally posted by WARPIG602: Lancer, pmag,daniel defense
Do you know if DD actually makes their own magazines?
That I don't know. I guess I have assumed so as they make almost everything in house but I don't if they invested in injection molding equipment. I have about 2k rounds through 5 mags so its not really conclusive. I like the texture, followers and they seem rigid, especially compared to Lancers but I imagine time will tell on long term performance. I dingy think I would pay the going rate for them over other mags, mine were free or cheap.
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Originally posted by SIGWolf: Apparently NHMTG has discontinued their magazines.
They discontinued that name, but Okay makes them now. They recently did a RADICAL design change on their most recent mags, and I haven't seen much about the new mags yet. The older (well proven) Okay mags are generally considered the best mil-spec style AR mag you can buy.
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