View Full Version : Thermold mags...Yeah or nay?
I noticed CDNN has Thermold 20 rnd mag on sale this weekend really cheap. Anybody use them? Would they be good for range mags or are they junk?
I use my 1 for the range on occasion and only for that reason, when it has a problem I'll get rid of it... I prefer PMAGS or the Brownell's USGI mags.
I have read Thermold is so/so....
Range only for me, tho I have never had any problems with them.
I've used them in the past and for range mags they were ok. Although i once left one loaded in my range bag for a few weeks and when i went to shoot it off i had feed problems. at the time i was sure that the feed lips had spread on me later i thought the spring might have gone bad. Anyway once i started having problems i got rid off it. life is to short to deal with bad mags.
this was at least 10 years ago, i haven't played with them since then. so i can't really say if the new ones are good or bad.
I got some 20rnd magazines after a CDNN special and they work well for range use , I've had them for 1-2 years now
Used them for the purpose you suggest and no problems at all .
I had some issues with the ones I left fully loaded between range sessions. If I didnt leave them loaded for any extended length of time, they were 100%. I wouldnt bet my life on them but they are plenty good.
$3/each and $5 flat rate shipping is hard to beat.
And crap is still crap, even if it’s free! I’ve seen lots of problems with Thermold. They might work for a while but they don’t last. Crap magazines are the cause of most malfunctions in semi-auto rifles and pistols. With so many good choices right now, I wouldn’t touch a Thermold or Orlite.
BCM has mags for $8.99 ea. Yeah, it’s more up front but their service life will probably be three times as long.
Just my .02
Buy quality, it is cheaper in the long run.
PMags are GI issue now for a reason, they are what everyone is trying to beat.
Thermolds have had varied quality over the years. I have no use for them.
And crap is still crap, even if itís free! Iíve seen lots of problems with Thermold. They might work for a while but they donít last. Crap magazines are the cause of most malfunctions in semi-auto rifles and pistols. With so many good choices right now, I wouldnít touch a Thermold or Orlite.
BCM has mags for $8.99 ea. Yeah, itís more up front but their service life will probably be three times as long.
Just my .02
Which is why I was asking. While I like top shelf stuff, sometimes good enough is good enough. If I can buy something at a bargain for limited use it is sometimes good enough. And, of course one never knows until someone tries. I've been happy with mil-spec mags up to this point, haven't had any reason to buy PMags.
I wouldn't spend money on anything but PMags or mil-spec aluminum mags...though CAA is making a PMag knockoff that looks tempting if it was priced right.
The cliche "penny-wise, pound-foolish" comes to mind.
I vote trash.
I bought 2 from CtD, and the feed lips where so bad that the bullet tips chewed up my feed ramps.
thermolds were called thermelts by our canadian allies who adopted them initially, and now the canadian armed forces use aluminum mags- that should be a clue. Unless you live in a ban state like mine where I can't buy new ar mags by law, stepping up to the 10 or so dollar each usgi aluminum mags or 14 or so buck p-mags is the way to go. no part in a semi auto is more critical to feeding than the mag-not the place to skip on quality
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