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Old 02-01-2013, 17:58   #1
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Mako E-Lander AR-15 (Tavor/FS2000/ect...) Steel Mag Review

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Lots of rumors swirling about these mags these days since they're readily available so I'll try to sum up what I've found with them to date......

Pros:
-Available
-In terms of reliability, they function flawlessly in all rifles they've been used in to date
-Come in 10, 20, 30, and 40 round capacity
-Nice even finish
-Anti-tilt follower
-Made out of steel. I'm not really a metal magazine AR fan but I think steel mitigates some of the issues the aluminum USGI mags are known for (spread feed lips, denting, ect...)
-Insert fully loaded and drop free in my Colt LE6920
-Cost. The 30 rounders are $18.70 and have free shipping if you order 6 or more.
-The overall construction seems pretty good. Nice welds, finish, ect...


Cons:
-Unmodified, they were difficult to insert on a closed bolt when fully loaded in several rifles. They were extremely difficult to release after insertion when fully loaded. All mags tested were fully loaded for over a week before testing.
-They're heavier than other competitor's mags (USGI/PMag/Lancer/ect...)

Once I took off about 1/16-1/8'' from the mag catch in the mags (see the end of the video below) they functioned just fine in every way in all the rifles I've tried them in. All in all---I'd be more concerned if they didn't work than the fact that they had to be slightly modified to drop free so that's a good thing but I'd prefer not having to tinker with mags to get them to function in my rifles...

If you just need to get a hold of some 30 rounders there's certainly worse mags out there (Promag for example--they're selling at the same price these days as well).

Here's the video showing a little shooting and demonstrating the things I talked about above:

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Old 02-01-2013, 18:34   #2
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Good job on the review! I was thinking about ordering some a few weeks ago. A buddy bought two for his Colt 6920 and had nothing but problems with those mags. I'd rather chamber each round by hand.
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Old 02-01-2013, 20:53   #3
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Thanks for the video review,

Btw, i really like your vids, gotta say your ar cleaning vid is fantasic and iam very glad you did them, Please keep it up.
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Old 02-01-2013, 23:22   #4
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I would shoot single shot before I'd give Mako any more of my money.
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I don't think it is appropriate to list "available" as a pro...let alone the first pro listed.

I have had "in stock" magazines backordered for over 3 weeks now.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:08   #6
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I would shoot single shot before I'd give Mako any more of my money.
If I had you're experience I'd probably say the same thing....


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Old 02-02-2013, 09:05   #7
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Having to "modify" a product to get it to work in a standard lower is unacceptable.
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Having to "modify" a product to get it to work in a standard lower is unacceptable.
If all it takes is a file and 1/16" removal to get perfect function, that doesn't sound all bad. Most people seem to be ordering these as 'range mags' anyway, and they are reported to feed very well, which is what I personally really care about.

The problem is that it's so freaking difficult to actually get any magazines right now. It's not like you can just go out and buy the gold-standard PMAGs for sane prices.

Although while we are on the topic of available mags that WORK...these guys are the best deal going right now. Fast shipping, new NHMTG 20 round, been in stock a long time...

http://www.buffertech.com/M16-20-rou...-new-P151.aspx
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I was going to ask if any of you guys had any experience with these magazines. I ordered ten of these on 01/09/2013. I was able to get several magazines from Brownells.

Thank you for posting this. Good information.
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Warp, you're correct but I still don't think anyone should have to "modify" magazines to fit standard lowers.

I ran up to a place that has a couple shops outside various military installations around the country to pick up a M&P9C. They had a large selection of Magpul products including PMags and other high quality gear and apparel.

The stuff is out there. You just have to be smart about it.

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The "problem" I have isn't that I'm going to have to modify the magazine I got to "work", it is the attitude of the Mako Defense rep on barfcom that the E-Lander mag is in spec and if you have a problem with it, that your rifle is out of spec.

"File here", "smack with hammer there", "sand the inside of the feedlips", ect. just doesn't cut it when I can take a fully loaded USGI, Lancer, PMag, TangoDown, HK, or any of the other assorted magazines that I have and be able to seat them with a "push-pull" and not a hard smack on the bottom.

Keep smacking the bottom of your mag on an open bolt and you are going to end up with rounds popping out when you don't want it.
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"smack with hammer there", "sand the inside of the feedlips", ect.
I don't recall reading those quotes.

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It's in the thread on barfcom
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