Cheap Mag MADNESS!

From Amend2 to Xtech, and everything in-between.
Clear, Bright Red, Flat Dark Earth, it's a variable rainbow of options.
Italy to Indonesia, Bulgaria to Birmingham, Korea to Kissimmee, everyone is making them.
Pmags, Promags, Polymer 30s, it's an absolute bonanza with the number of companies and varying qualities in the magazine space alone.

do you buy and have a bunch cheap mags for any of your funs? Have you ever been burned by a particular brand? What are your general thoughts on cheap mags, love or hate em?

I just recently realized, I don't have any OEM mags for anything outside of the ones that came in the box. It's never truly been an issue from the range to competition, but it seems many swear them off, and there certainly are some duds out there.
Glawk, 1911, AK, AR, and 10/22 mags are probably what most anons have experience with, but there are plenty of manufacturers making cheap mags for a lot more other guns. Let's talk about the mags for the poors.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    yeah

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A pmag is like $7, I got usgi mags from fort Bragg for like $5 each, it literally cannot get any cheaper than that. Classic case of poors deserving to stay poor via shitty financial decisions. “I can’t afford the $10 mags, I’ll just buy a bunch of cheaper ones until I find one that works $50 later.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My "cheap mags" are old surplus/contractor mags. Been buying 20s and realized that I really don't have that many 30rd green follower mags as I'd want. Shit I almost have as many black follower mags as green as I've tried to save some as I see them cheap. Would like a couple more green follower 30rd mags but really don't need them and I know that. Also they're much more than they used to be; idk why surplus AR mags have gone up in price like they have. Swear they used to be like $5. Everyone wants ~$15 anymore for green follower mags when orange and fricking blue are out and greens mostly show up in 20-some year old beat to shit surplus. I do want the new clear Pmag eventually for some moronic reason, however, and I generally don't lean towards the "consoom new AR mag color" side.

      >I got usgi mags from fort Bragg for like $5 each
      How? Sounds familiar like something I heard years ago.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This past gun show season I've picked up NIW green follower mags for $10 each. 07-08 manufacture if I remember correctly. They're out there, you just need to get lucky and come across someone who sells em cheap

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yep and I just gotta get out and look. Broke ATM though so it'll wait until mid summer or so. If price hikes from elections happen too soon then oh well I can wait as I have the mags I really need and I can wait. I rarely use the 30s anyways so whatever. Having both Fall hunting and elections is going to be hell when I need .223 for coyotes though so I should start looking, buying the ammo I'll need now, and zeroing muh gun way before I normally would.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >how?
        This was years ago, idk someone stole a box of hundreds or saved them from the trash and was selling them.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Ah, I was more thinking of a pawn shop situation.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      My favorites in recent history were b grade yugo mags for $5 from sg ammo. Wire brush off the rust, pry out the dents with a wrench and they are the most solid ak mags short of slab sides ever made.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No because I like my guns to run reliably. If you're just a hoarder whatever you don't matter. If you go out to shoot with friends or compete and your shit be jamming it sucks in multiple ways and buying good magazines in this case 8 dollar gen 2 mags is the easiest way to prevent and immediately rule out most issues. Go back to farm karma.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I hate Pmags because every 10th or so mag from them is out of spec and doesn't fricking work in 3 of my rifles and my buddy's rifle. We just throw them away when we discover one with a bad follower or feed lip or whatever the frick. We try the broken ones in all 4 guns to make sure it's garbage first. They're too cheap, fine for practice but don't depend on them to save your life

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >I hate Pmags because every 10th or so mag from them is out of spec
      Really with actual Pmags? I've never gotten a bad one out of the odd 20 I own. My Colt AR15A4 came with a Pmag in the box, and that's what I've always run in it without issue. I've had issues with Promag waffle mags or Bulgarian aluminum ones, but never Pmags. I also wouldn't call them that cheap, Pmags cost more than most other polymer mags, some foreign aluminum mags, or surplus mags.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        There are Bulgarian aluminum AR-15 mags?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Nah, they're steel. I don't actually own any, but my brother got a bunch and has had some issues in with them. Just looked them up and texted him and they are steel

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have never encountered a bad out of the box pmag out of the hundreds I've used.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    theres no point in buying 'cheap' AR mags when pmags are plenty reasonable.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Most cheap mags are shit. I guess I'd frick with some Bulgarian mags maybe. I think I bought a 35 rounder but frankly the dimensions make it look weird. I stocked up big on pmags and Brownells mags so I'm kind of good on AR mags. I had considered buying a collection of odd AR mags as a goof but it adds up quick. Better to spend that money on ammo. Also the Korean steel mags I bought didn't work until I changed the follower, so my luck hasn't been great either

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Hexmags are trash, run like ass and have no flex in the spring so you need to load 28 or 29 in the mag to get it to fit in an AR with the bolt closed. Never buy that shit even to beat on

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/VuaA5I6.jpeg

      I buy mags any chance I get because what's another $7-$10 on my purchase at fleet farm.
      MFTs are not bad for what they are, I haven't had a misfeed yet and they feel robust. Texture is fine but not great
      Hexmags are terrible. I've had bolts catch on the lips and rounds failing to feed by getting jammed up.
      Global Ordinance is made by Korea but they know what they're doing. Haven't had an issue with this one yet.
      Lancer works as well as a pmag but for like $3 more? Cool steel feed lips but Magpul is just as dependable

      [...]
      Hexmags always shat the bed on me and I have steered many away. Felt guilty for a while bc my basis was purely anecdotal, but they always rubbed me wrong and now I feel validated. I have seen multiple Daniel Defense 32 rounders fail and will be avoiding those as well.

      What are the best 20 rounders? I have some magpuls and might buy some lancers (enjoy the 30 rounders), but I blew out the spring in an 'AR-Stoner' brand USGI 20 rounder. That brand's gotta be dogshit to begin with anyways right??

      I have several hex mags I bought back in 2019 that run reliably. They're my beater range mags and have probably ran through at least 2k rounds between all of them. They even survived a carbine class.

      That said, I know I'm an outlier and I lucked out. I've heard to many bad things about them, and I don't trust them for my HD rifle.
      But I'm curious, do you anons have the gen1 or gen2 mags?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >gen1 or gen2 mags
        When were Gen 1s even around? I only have Gen 2s and I got mine in 2018 on a gun mag warehouse sale for $5.50

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ive met all the guys from Amend2 on multiple occasions and I love em all but HOLY FRICK their mags are ugly and feel cheap

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I miss tapco mags. The were thick, bulky fricker that worked.

      I got 2 amend mags from a friend. One was fine, other would take a lot of work to get into the magazine well. Threw the bad one on a shelf for a year empty and now it fits every AR I got. Does plastic usually reset itself?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Does plastic usually reset itself
        Yeah, but just after immediate drops and abuse. It shouldn't form back over an amount of time

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    all mags other than pmags are dog shit

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I buy mags any chance I get because what's another $7-$10 on my purchase at fleet farm.
    MFTs are not bad for what they are, I haven't had a misfeed yet and they feel robust. Texture is fine but not great
    Hexmags are terrible. I've had bolts catch on the lips and rounds failing to feed by getting jammed up.
    Global Ordinance is made by Korea but they know what they're doing. Haven't had an issue with this one yet.
    Lancer works as well as a pmag but for like $3 more? Cool steel feed lips but Magpul is just as dependable

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Hexmags are terrible. I've had bolts catch on the lips and rounds failing to feed by getting jammed up
      Try loading them to only 23 rounds. I don't know why, but I've not had any issues with mine after I did that. I would have double feeds a lot on my first through 5th round, so I just took that out of the equation and it worked. Not a good thing, but it will at least make the hunk of plastic you bought useable again.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Thats probably the best idea. Sounds like this

        Hexmags are trash, run like ass and have no flex in the spring so you need to load 28 or 29 in the mag to get it to fit in an AR with the bolt closed. Never buy that shit even to beat on

        guy has the same issue. I've already set it aside as my range mag for abuse

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Bro if you have to down load it 7 bullets for it to work, it means it's a hunk of plastic that belongs in the trash

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >it means it's a hunk of plastic that belongs in the trash
          Literally said it was "not a good thing," and it depends on your point of view. If you need all your mags "battle ready" or some shit, I guess, but if you need mags for a range trip and you can make them work, they still have use. I'd rather have a downloaded mag I can use instead of loading a mag at the range. Works perfectly well for sighting in some ammo, or handing to a friend who doesn't want to shoot that much.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Mags are so cheap (topic of this thread) that I can't imagine keeping a defective mag around. It's not even about being "battle ready" it's just like God damn throw that out and sight in with a pmag

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      hex mags for the ar15 are such dogshit. For some reason tho the 7.62x51 mags work fine.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/VuaA5I6.jpeg

        I buy mags any chance I get because what's another $7-$10 on my purchase at fleet farm.
        MFTs are not bad for what they are, I haven't had a misfeed yet and they feel robust. Texture is fine but not great
        Hexmags are terrible. I've had bolts catch on the lips and rounds failing to feed by getting jammed up.
        Global Ordinance is made by Korea but they know what they're doing. Haven't had an issue with this one yet.
        Lancer works as well as a pmag but for like $3 more? Cool steel feed lips but Magpul is just as dependable

        Hexmags always shat the bed on me and I have steered many away. Felt guilty for a while bc my basis was purely anecdotal, but they always rubbed me wrong and now I feel validated. I have seen multiple Daniel Defense 32 rounders fail and will be avoiding those as well.

        What are the best 20 rounders? I have some magpuls and might buy some lancers (enjoy the 30 rounders), but I blew out the spring in an 'AR-Stoner' brand USGI 20 rounder. That brand's gotta be dogshit to begin with anyways right??

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          20rnd pmag or lancer but usually pmags are cheaper so...yeah

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They work best with 300AAC for some reason. I use them in my 300AAC pistol now, and I haven't had any issues.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bought a shitload of some pretty alright metal Mags when they were $10

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I like the Okay Industries surefeed mags. They discontinued production 2 years ago but I can still find them new in the packaging so I pick up a couple more every now and again. After the current supply dries up I guess I'll try brownells mags, duramags are too expensive to have such god awful spot welds.
    For 1911's I swear by the checkmate mags, almost every other manufacturer has fricked with the mag design of the 1911 and all it does is cause reliability issues, assuming your 1911 is even remotely in spec to begin with. Imagine spending $40 for a wilson combat mag just to have issues feeding the last round, I can't believe they are so widely recommended.
    For pretty much everything else I use OEM mags.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I still feel like a moron for not picking up some Okay mags when I had the chance. I even got a tip from a guy at Rainier that they had one of the last shipments of them. Now scalpers are selling them for a premium

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Okays suck pmags are better

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >more fragile
          >heavier
          >better
          lmao

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            One still exists and the other doesn't. Hmmm, wonder why?

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Okay Industries main product is medical equipment. The discontinuation of surefeed mags was an internal decision at Okay Industries and not related to them being unpopular.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Must've not been making them enough money.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                They had the DOD contract for the GI mags. I read somewhere it had something to do with the optics of producing shit for the military looking bad for their main medical products or some bullshit.

                >>more fragile
                The okays are fricking steel they will bend, the bottom plate on one of mine snapped off

                ? by what 3 oz?

                Yep, zero feeding issues at all. Had multiple issues with my Okays, the feed lips specifically, the way metal mags are manufactured they stamp 2 sheets of metal together, if the top part of the front facing part of the mag doesn't have cut outs to allow the bullets to feed properly you get FTFs, for example especially heavier brain projectiles. Look at the SCAR mags you will see they provide cut outs for the ammo to feed properly for their metal mags.

                Not all metal mags are made the same, my Brownells and D&H mags don't have this problem.

                They're made of aluminum I have yet to have a single issue with any mag, just about the only issue I have heard of is that overtime the aluminum feed lips can spread. I have also heard that 220gr 300blk ammo has a hard time feeding because of the placement of the front rib but I have yet to see that either.
                I have noticed that polymer is always lighter even when it is actually heavier, everyone says pmags are lighter but in reality they are heavier. I have a few pmags and I don't actually see what the benefit is, once the feed lips get chewed up they're worthless
                and you can't just bend them back into spec and they aren't stronger or more reliable than gi mags with antitilt followers. They're bulkier too.
                You're right about not all metal mags being the same though duramags are hot fricking garbage.

                Does Okay still make Surefeeds and where's a good place to get them?

                How does D&H compare?

                Okay stopped producing them unfortunately. You can still find them for the time being on gun broker for ~$15 each. I have heard D&H is comparable.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >>more fragile
            The okays are fricking steel they will bend, the bottom plate on one of mine snapped off

            ? by what 3 oz?

            Yep, zero feeding issues at all. Had multiple issues with my Okays, the feed lips specifically, the way metal mags are manufactured they stamp 2 sheets of metal together, if the top part of the front facing part of the mag doesn't have cut outs to allow the bullets to feed properly you get FTFs, for example especially heavier brain projectiles. Look at the SCAR mags you will see they provide cut outs for the ammo to feed properly for their metal mags.

            Not all metal mags are made the same, my Brownells and D&H mags don't have this problem.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I've had good luck with KCI 1911 7 rounder mags. The 8 rounder I got was too tight, even though the only thing that should be different is the baseplate. I got 5 of them for $8 a pop and all of them work well, never had a feeding issue or anything.

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous
  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Does Okay still make Surefeeds and where's a good place to get them?

    How does D&H compare?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      D&H and Brownells are the best metal ones you can get right now that are actually in stock, but I would avoid metal mags personally there's a reason the military went with PMAGS

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >there's a reason the military went with PMAGS
        Cost?

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          And efficiency and low effort of troubleshooting. If a steel mag lip bends or warps and causes misfeeds, a troop or armorer would probably some time trying to figure out what's wrong with their gun.
          A pmag doesn't bend when abused, it either cracks or its flexible enough to take it. Once it's broken, you know for sure it's the mag and you just throw it away for a new one

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    anyone else have issues with lancers? i have six and they fail to feed more often than i'd like, maybe one jam per mag every 60 rounds or so. they've been banished to the bottom of my ammo can for the time being, i use okays and magpuls instead

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Never had issues with my bright green lancers.

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have never bought a bunch of magazines for any of my guns. The most I have ever owned for any one gun is five, and I've been using the same two for my P1 for about 15 years now. Magazines are pretty durable if you don't beat the shit out of them and stomp them into the dirt with constant reload drills.

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any STANAG 35 round or 32 round aluminium magazines? Steel is fine too I guess.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't know of any steel ones but Daniel Defense has a polymer 32 rounder and of course your 40 round Pmags.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think so outside of metal drums

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Look at all the clips!!

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