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 Magpul followers in straight 20 round mags?
chapperjoe  [Team Member]
11/3/2006 1:05:37 AM EST
I've got some of the original colt 20 rounders, and getting more. all have the metal follower. neve had a problem with any, but finish is wearing, so I'm thinking about refinishing them and while I was at it, new springs and followers. I hear that the followers ont ehse are revered and consdiered 'the best' pre-magpul followers. a) are there magpul 20 round followers b) if there are, should I get them for these? I mean the followers on my colt mags are going on 40-45 years old now....
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Eric  [Team Member]
11/3/2006 2:57:09 AM EST
Magpul followers are for 30 round mags only (or newer curved body 20 round mags). The alloy followers in the 20 round USGI mags are good to go as is.
FMJ  [Team Member]
11/3/2006 4:44:23 AM EST
NEVER REPLACE YOUR METAL FOLLOWERS
there is nothing wrong with them.

Wich I learn from Chuck S. you know the 50IBZ

Combat_Jack  [Team Member]
11/3/2006 4:47:52 AM EST
You could, by cutting the legs down. But there is no need. 20s don't have tilting issues.
Black-Tiger  [Member]
11/3/2006 4:50:25 AM EST
THe old 20 round straight magazines made by Colt and other mfgs from the period are excellent. I have 11 and I have had absolutely no problem with either of them; I have a pair of the newer ones with the plastic followers and I am thinking about replacing the plastic followers with alloy ones (that is, if I can find some).
FMJ  [Team Member]
11/3/2006 12:48:53 PM EST
I know my OLD COLT mags with Metal followers Blow away my 12/05 Black Teflon LEO D&H 20 rounders
gaweidert  [Team Member]
11/4/2006 10:22:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By Black-Tiger:
THe old 20 round straight magazines made by Colt and other mfgs from the period are excellent. I have 11 and I have had absolutely no problem with either of them; I have a pair of the newer ones with the plastic followers and I am thinking about replacing the plastic followers with alloy ones (that is, if I can find some).


You can get metal 20 round mag followers from John Mason. They work good too. Here is the link

www.johnmasen.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=J&Product_Code=1509&Category_Code=AA
TBO49  [Member]
11/4/2006 7:27:30 PM EST
I have several Colt 20 rounders with the plastic follower and have zero issues with reliability.
FMJ  [Team Member]
11/5/2006 9:29:58 AM EST

Originally Posted By TBO49:
I have several Colt 20 rounders with the plastic follower and have zero issues with reliability.



Im very Glad they work for you!

Im just saying the metal ones are Better since they wont TILT like the Green Plastic types can
DrJekl  [Team Member]
11/11/2006 4:37:09 PM EST
The old Colt magazines have the metal tab on the spine of the magazine that holds the base plate on. If you modify the follower to fit you may possibly break this tab installing it then your base plate will not stay in place.

The Colt 20 was and still is well made. It is hard to improve on perfection! A weak spring can be replaced. The alloy followers were great and never wear out. If the body is bad, trash it. Too many good magazines out there reasonable prices!
KurtVF  [Member]
11/14/2006 2:59:57 PM EST
Those followers are way too old. They could fail at any time. You need Magpul followers. E-mail me and I will buy you Magpul followers and send me those old followers and I will properly dispose of them.
Magpul  [Member]
11/14/2006 3:32:52 PM EST
All my straight 20 rounders have the original alloy followers in them. That should tell you something.
chapperjoe  [Team Member]
11/14/2006 3:33:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Magpul:
All my straight 20 rounders have the original alloy followers in them. That should tell you something.


topic over, nuff said and that settles that

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