Are metal or polymer mags better?
The biggest advantage of metal mags is having metal feed lips. The feed lips are the most problematic area of polymer magazines and over time they have the ability to thin and crack from use. Some of the most popular metal magazines are HK’s steel magazines designed for the 416 and AR variants.
Are Gen 2 PMAGs any good?
The Gen 2 PMAG followers are still fantastic and ultra-reliable. The biggest difference between the followers won’t be noticed until your magazines are filthy dirty and caked with dirt, mud, carbon and whatever else the world throws at you.
Are PMAGs better than aluminum?
Polymers, with which PMAGs are made, fall into the category of materials with elastic deformation. Aluminum mags fall into the category of materials with plastic deformation. So, if you were to compare the two magazines on their reliability, PMAGs would score more than Aluminum USGI mags.
How long do polymer mags last?
The magazine was intended to be stored for only 10 years, however, Full Lead Taco forgot that it was in his gun safe for an additional 2 years before finally bringing it out of storage. The magazine was loaded and stored without the plastic dust/impact cover on top which many say will prevent feed lips from expanding.
What is the difference between gen2 and gen3 PMAGs?
The Gen 3 PMAGs are made of a stronger polymer (see below) that holds up better to wear and impact. They have a different follower that is grey in color compared to the brown follower on the Gen 2. Both generations of magazines are very reliable and last for thousands of rounds.
What’s the difference between gen2 and gen3 PMAGs?
The Gen 2 baseplate is a good bit wider than the Gen 3 P-MAGs. This slimmer baseplate of the Gen 3 magazines make it easier to fit mags in a double magazine pouch. The wider Gen 2 baseplate makes the magazine easier to grab in my opinion, especially from a belt mag pouch.
What is wrong with PMAGs?
Using PMAGs can actually do irreparable damage to an FN SCAR rifle. The mags cause the bolt catch to rise ever so slightly and drag on the bolt lugs, which results in significant damage over time.
Are steel or aluminum magazines better?
When dropped on the ground, steel magazines are able to stand up to the shock better than aluminum or polymer magazines. Because their feed lips are made from steel, they are less likely to break and cause jamming issues. Their increased durability can sometimes work against them, though.
What are AR 15 magazines made of?
The overwhelming majority of AR15/M16 magazines on the market today are made from either polymer or aluminum. There are a few exceptions though. Two major military arms makers produce steel STANAGs, as well as a few surplus options, for the savvy buyer.