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Every time the dims would do something that pissed me off, I'd buy two or three. I'm up to 60 30-rounders and 2 20-rounders. Of course, they're all loaded. Trying to decide if I should purchase more.


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Posts: 5125 | Location: Pottstown, PA | Registered: April 26, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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honestly, I don't have any,


but I do have a shload of GI mags, (not sure of the number, but I do recall that I can get 32 20rounders in a 50 cal can,, and I have a couple cans full, + more in cabinets and bags

some loaded, most not,



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Of course, they're all loaded.
I hope you have the magazine cover on those mags, to take pressure off the feed lips. Aluminum mags, steel mags, and hybrid mags with metal feed lips (like the Lancer) are not susceptible to feed lip spreading when loaded longterm, but, in my experience, PMags are. You can avoid this by keeping the cover on the mags until you are ready to use them.

A PMag locked into a rifle does not have any pressure on the feed lips, so, you can keep one in your rifle forever.

My preference is for USGI (specifically, the Okay mags) and Lancers.
 
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I’m good on P-mags. I think I’ve got a dozen or so. I don’t think one can own too many USGI mags. The D&H Palmetto mags are a good value.


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You can avoid this by keeping the cover on the mags until you are ready to use them.


I agree with this. I have witnessed a PMAG with tired feed lips just spit rounds out when shaken only somewhat vigorously.

I prefer USGI mags as well.
 
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I have a case of 100 BMC/D&H USGI mags I bought early in 2020 when the State of Virginia was trying to pass mag bans. Pmags are fine but zero use for them as they don't fit all my guns.
 
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That’s my other issue. My one “expensive” 5.56 rifle is an FS2000 and it won’t do PMAGS without permanent modification to the gun that I’m not willing to do. Lowest common denominator is a USGI mag for it, and the AR’s.


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Of course, they're all loaded.
I hope you have the magazine cover on those mags, to take pressure off the feed lips. Aluminum mags, steel mags, and hybrid mags with metal feed lips (like the Lancer) are not susceptible to feed lip spreading when loaded longterm, but, in my experience, PMags are. You can avoid this by keeping the cover on the mags until you are ready to use them.

A PMag locked into a rifle does not have any pressure on the feed lips, so, you can keep one in your rifle forever.

My preference is for USGI (specifically, the Okay mags) and Lancers.


Thank you, Para, for that valuable information.


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Wait until you start buying a half dozen because you "don't have that color yet" (OD green got me).

OTOH, in my experience it doesn't hurt to have more than a couple of 20-rounders on hand. The dang things make life easier on the bench, and they can make a rifle a lot handier where that's more valuable to you than having an another ten rounds on tap.
 
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Lifetime supply for myself, family, and some for friends and neighbors.
 
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1994-2004 assault weapons ban taught me a lesson I will never soon repeat. Buy it cheap, stack it deep, in the good times.

No need to store your mags full. In fact, I recommend the opposite. It DOES put wear and tear on your spring, and in the case of polymer mags, your feed lips (spreading).

You'll never need 100 mags unless going to war. Don't load 100 mags. Maybe load 5-10 for around the house and range.


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I with Bubba in that keeping 5-10 loaded and the rest unloaded. We have two boys that load like you have never seen. As far as the number of pmags go...probably around 50ish...never really counted. I do have a plethora of HK maritime mags that I really like but they dont stay loaded. And know I didnt pay anywhere near full price so I could be sitting on a gold mine if the right customer came along. Smile
 
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I know I've got a good sized box full of pmags and another full of Lancers. That doesn't count a drawer full I can't find space for and about 10 that are loaded with Gold Dots. They are hard to resist buying.


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1994-2004 assault weapons ban taught me a lesson I will never soon repeat. Buy it cheap, stack it deep, in the good times.

No need to store your mags full. In fact, I recommend the opposite. It DOES put wear and tear on your spring, and in the case of polymer mags, your feed lips (spreading).

You'll never need 100 mags unless going to war. Don't load 100 mags. Maybe load 5-10 for around the house and range.


I completely agree.


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Of course, they're all loaded.
I hope you have the magazine cover on those mags, to take pressure off the feed lips. Aluminum mags, steel mags, and hybrid mags with metal feed lips (like the Lancer) are not susceptible to feed lip spreading when loaded longterm, but, in my experience, PMags are. You can avoid this by keeping the cover on the mags until you are ready to use them.

A PMag locked into a rifle does not have any pressure on the feed lips, so, you can keep one in your rifle forever.

My preference is for USGI (specifically, the Okay mags) and Lancers.


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1994-2004 assault weapons ban taught me a lesson I will never soon repeat. Buy it cheap, stack it deep, in the good times.

No need to store your mags full. In fact, I recommend the opposite. It DOES put wear and tear on your spring, and in the case of polymer mags, your feed lips (spreading).

You'll never need 100 mags unless going to war. Don't load 100 mags. Maybe load 5-10 for around the house and range.


I agree with you on everything but the spring set myth. I would not keep PMAGs loaded because of the feed lips, as para stated, but I would have no concern with the springs.


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Trying to decide if I should purchase more.

The number of mags is your choice. What is a treasure for some, might be woefully inadequate for others.

I have more pmags (and other brands) than I will ever need or use. It was part of a panic buying frenzy that hit many gun owners in Colorado, when magazine capacity laws went into effect. We were allowed to grandfather ownership of anything prior to the date the law went into effect.

I suspect I have around 20 AR mags in some level of active use, with the rest sitting in their original packaging in storage boxes. Of these 20, probably 10 see the most consistent use. After some 25k rounds fired in ARs, IIRC I've thrown away only 3 pmags. A 20 round Gen 3 that double fed a handful of times, and two 30 round Gen 2s that didn't drop from from the mag well. I have way more magazines than I will ever retire due to malfunctions during my life.

I only keep a couple of mags loaded -- the rest are empty. I store my ammo in original boxes, managed in larger boxes, in basement storage racks. Even with the all the AR magazines I own, I have more ammo than magazine capacity.

My ARs tend to like certain types of ammo, but each rifle's barrel has its own quirks when it comes to accuracy. I match ammo to rifle for a given day of shooting -- whether it be training or competition. Furthermore, I've tested ammo enough to know that different manufacturing lots for a given ammo type can perform differently. Thus, I don't mix ammo lots, unless I'm very comfortable that changing lots won't affect accuracy or muzzle velocity. Of course this is all done for high accuracy at distances of hundreds of yards. Close in shooting doesn't require this.

I don't see a reason to have 1800 rounds in magazines.
 
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Thank you, I am somewhat inexperienced with AR mags so this problem with P Mags is new to me.
 
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1994-2004 assault weapons ban taught me a lesson I will never soon repeat

This is me also. If you have to actually think about it and question it, you don't have anywhere near enough. Me personally because Pmags don't run well in lots of stuff I use GI mags for the vast majority of my supply.


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I have more mags than I need yes.

But I continue to buy more. They take up little space and it may sound dumb but I want my kids and grandkids to have plenty as well.

If for nothing else than maybe they can make a decent buck or two during another temporary or permanent ban.





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