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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.

What is your favorite AR magazine for 5.56?
 
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Make it simple. Go Pmag and be done with it.
 
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Gen M3 Pmags

Lancer L5AWM (black or smoke)

Surefeed Aluminum

Depending on who has the best deals and cash allows, I add a 10-12 every once in a while.


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Lancer, pmag,daniel defense


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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.

For me, they work.


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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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Diversity is good.

M3 PMAGs and NHMTG/Okay/D&H aluminum.

Hate Lancers, too slick and hard to seat on a closed bolt.
 
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Do you know if DD actually makes their own magazines?
 
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Diversity is good.

M3 PMAGs and NHMTG/Okay/D&H aluminum.

Hate Lancers, too slick and hard to seat on a closed bolt.


Apparently NHMTG has discontinued their magazines.
 
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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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Okay Surefeed magazines. A bit more expensive than Pmags, but IMO the best magazine available. If you keep an eye out they can be found for the same price as a Gen3 Pmag.

My next choice is the D&H Industries aluminiums. You can get them for the same or cheaper than Gen2 Pmags. I think the last price I paid was $7.84 shipped per mag in bulk purchases from Palemtto.
 
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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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Do you know if DD actually makes their own magazines?


Wouldn't surprise me. they try to make most everything else themselves, but I havent been able to find who actually makes em.


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I like Lancers and Okays.
 
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Apparently NHMTG has discontinued their magazines.
Okay made NHMTG, so they are one and the same (essentially).

As I understand DD mags, they make them.
 
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NHMTG, OKay, and FN.
 
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Hate Lancers, too slick and hard to seat on a closed bolt.


If you modify the tab on the floorplate they're easier to seat. Lancer has a note posted about it.
 
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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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Hate Lancers, too slick and hard to seat on a closed bolt.


Modify the follower stop at the bottom of the mag, and they will seat perfect.


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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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