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Old 11-19-2012, 17:39   #21
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I fired the M16 for the first time in 1985. Bought my 1st AR in
1989. Been there,.....dealt with that.
M16 in '84 courtesy of some "polite gentlemen" on Parris Island, SC.

First AR in '91-92 when my LGS had ALL of 3 flavors; Colt, Bushmaster, and possibly Olympic Arms (?)

I went with a Colt "LW Sporter" for about $519 + Kentucky sales tax.

Wow. That said, I feel really old.
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Old 11-19-2012, 17:51   #22
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Yep,......old school, old dirt.
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Old 11-19-2012, 17:55   #23
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My guns don't really prefer one contractor over another, as I have never had a problem with any of them.
Agreed. Back in the day, the WWW was scant with reviews so I was always keen to look for items that DoD trashed (i.e. Sanchez brand M16 mags and some companies for the M9 9mm mags).

Prior to anything synthetic, Labelle was known as the "King" of reliable AR15/M16 mags and were not more expensive (if at all) than some other so-so contractor's offerings.

As for PMags, they are constructed quite well and possibly over-engineered like true AK steel mags, which suits me just fine.

And being less than low-drag-high-speed, the LAST thing I need is to have a defective AR mag when my 200-meter paper target decides to go all rogue on me at the range!
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Old 11-19-2012, 17:56   #24
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Yep,......old school, old dirt.

Roger that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 18:00   #25
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I think we can all agree that quality AR mags (metal or synthetic) are out there and available for a reasonable price. I think $10-12 bucks for a quality GI mag magazine is still a bargain.

I don't know how many of you guys lived thru Clinton's AWB (Sept 94/Sept 2004) but prices were insane and I will NEVER be held hostage like that again!
All of the magazines I picked up today were marked 09/04.
I presume they were all made as the ban expired, but they are still marked Gov't/LE use only.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:19   #26
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Depends on how used they are. GIs are really good at breaking things. It also depends on how you are planning on using them. For range work? Sure, why not. Personally, I think PMAGs are cheap and a quality product so its what I buy.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:53   #27
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What are your guys thoughts on used surplus GI magazines? For those of you who don't like them, at what price would you consider buying some? And for those who love them, what do you usually pay for them?


Just bought a 3 pack for $20 at one of the copious local military surplus shops, and i figured at 7 bucks a piece including taxes, it can't hurt to stock up. Not a great deal, but better than spending twice as much online for new aluminum/steel mags.
The last new "GI" mags I bought were $90/10 shipped(currently OOS), and DSG has PMags for $100/10 +shipping this week. Just sayin'.
http://dsgarms.com/ProductInfo/DSGHOLIDAYPK1.aspx

ETA: Copes has $90/10 D&H w/ MagPul followers Free ship this week http://www.copesdistributing.net/bla...ck-p-5733.html
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Old 11-20-2012, 13:04   #28
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All of the magazines I picked up today were marked 09/04.
I presume they were all made as the ban expired, but they are still marked Gov't/LE use only.
I stand corrected, 2 of the 3 mags i picked up are marked 07/04, but all 3 are marked Gov't/LE use only

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Depends on how used they are. GIs are really good at breaking things. It also depends on how you are planning on using them. For range work? Sure, why not. Personally, I think PMAGs are cheap and a quality product so its what I buy.
The GI mags are for range use only

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The last new "GI" mags I bought were $90/10 shipped(currently OOS), and DSG has PMags for $100/10 +shipping this week. Just sayin'.
http://dsgarms.com/ProductInfo/DSGHOLIDAYPK1.aspx
I've been looking around and have seen the 10 pack on dsgarms.com, but I'd rather just pay the $12 for pmags than the $10 for GI mags. That's just a personal preference. But at $7 a piece for the used GI mags I found, it's about half the price of shipped PMAGs and they are all in good shape.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:55   #29
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I have about 70 GI surplus mags. Most of them were used and just given to me. I changed all the springs and followers with new ones and have yet to have a problem with any of them.

That being said, I am very impressed with the Pmags and Troy battle mags. I think they are a vast improvement in design and function. I will probably pick up a few, 20 or so, of them to add to my stash. Im kind of a magazine horder.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:24   #30
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Well I have no doubt that the old GI mags will function fine.

The pre-ban I got from my parents functioned fine on sunday and i'm about to head out to the range again and I shall test the ones I got on monday. If they function fine then i'm good to go, if not, i'll change out the followers and then run them.
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