AR15 Magazine Comparison Updated some on 12AUG13
Last Updated :: 1/18/2014 7:33:52 PM



OK, before you go any further, this is not complete I am still waiting on a few more pictures to add and when I get them I will add them to this thread

To the manufacturers, I am working on adding your magazines, please be patient or if you have any nice Hi Res pics that you can send me or email me that would be great

Thank you in advance I hope this helps everyone out
And thanks to those who have already contributed to this thread, it would have been impossible without your help

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Magpul

PMAG® 40 AR/M4 GEN M3, 5.56x45 Magazine





The next-generation PMAG 40 GEN M3 is a 40-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons. Along with expanded feature set and compatibility, the GEN M3 incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability to exceed rigorous military performance specifications.

Modified internal and external geometry also permits operation with a wide range of non Colt-spec platforms such as the HK
®416 and MR556A1, M27 IAR, British SA-80, FN®
SCAR™ MK 16/16S, and others. A redesigned bolt catch notch in the rear of the magazine provides increased bolt catch clearance, while an over-travel stop on the spine helps ensure the magazine will not over-insert on compatible weapons.

Similar to the MOE PMAG, the GEN M3 features a long-life stainless steel spring, four-way anti-tilt follower and constant-curve internal geometry for reliable feeding, and simple tool-less disassembly to ease cleaning. In addition, an included pop-off Impact/Dust Cover can optionally be used to minimize debris intrusion and protect against potential damage during storage and transit. Low profile ribs and new aggressive front and rear texture gives positive control of the GEN M3 in all environments, and a paint pen dot matrix has been added to the bottom panel of the body to allow easy marking by the end user for identification. The new, easy to disassemble flared floorplate aids extraction and handling of the magazine while providing improved drop protection, but is slightly slimmer than before for better compatibility with tight double and triple magazine pouches.

Made in U.S.A.





Magpul

PMAG® 30 AR/M4 GEN M3, 5.56x45 Magazine



The next-generation PMAG 30 GEN M3 is a 30-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons. Along with expanded feature set and compatibility, the GEN M3 incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability to exceed rigorous military performance specifications.

Modified internal and external geometry also permits operation with a wide range of non Colt-spec platforms such as the HK
®416 and MR556A1, M27 IAR, British SA-80, FN®
SCAR™ MK 16/16S, and others. A redesigned bolt catch notch in the rear of the magazine provides increased bolt catch clearance, while an over-travel stop on the spine helps ensure the magazine will not over-insert on compatible weapons.

Similar to the MOE PMAG, the GEN M3 features a long-life stainless steel spring, four-way anti-tilt follower and constant-curve internal geometry for reliable feeding, and simple tool-less disassembly to ease cleaning. In addition, an included pop-off Impact/Dust Cover can optionally be used to minimize debris intrusion and protect against potential damage during storage and transit. Low profile ribs and new aggressive front and rear texture gives positive control of the GEN M3 in all environments, and a paint pen dot matrix has been added to the bottom panel of the body to allow easy marking by the end user for identification. The new, easy to disassemble flared floorplate aids extraction and handling of the magazine while providing improved drop protection, but is slightly slimmer than before for better compatibility with tight double and triple magazine pouches.

Made in U.S.A.

PMAG® 30 AR/M4 Window GEN M3, 5.56x45 Magazine





The next-generation PMAG 30 Window GEN M3 is a 30-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible weapons that features transparent windows to allow rapid visual identification of approximate number of rounds remaining. Along with expanded feature set and compatibility, the GEN M3 Window incorporates new material technology and manufacturing processes for enhanced strength, durability, and reliability to exceed rigorous military performance specifications.

Modified internal and external geometry also permits operation with a wide range of non Colt®-spec platforms such as the HK® 416 and MR556A1, M27 IAR, British SA-80, FN® SCAR™ MK 16/16S, and others. A redesigned bolt catch notch in the rear of the magazine provides increased bolt catch clearance, while an over-travel stop on the spine helps ensure the magazine will not over-insert on compatible weapons.

Similar to the MOE PMAG, the GEN M3 Window features a long-life stainless steel spring, four-way anti-tilt follower and constant-curve internal geometry for reliable feeding, and simple tool-less disassembly to ease cleaning. In addition, an included pop-off Impact/Dust Cover can optionally be used to minimize debris intrusion and protect against potential damage during storage and transit. Low profile ribs and new aggressive front and rear texture gives positive control of the GEN M3 in all environments, and a paint pen dot matrix has been added to the bottom panel of the body to allow easy marking by the end user for identification. The new, easy to disassemble flared floorplate aids extraction and handling of the magazine while providing improved drop protection, but is slightly slimmer than before for better compatibility with tight double and triple magazine pouches.

Durable dual-side transparent windows allow for quick determination of approximate number of rounds remaining in the magazine. Utilizing a high visibility indicator coil on the spring and numerical markers on the magazine body, the MagLevel™ system provides positive verification without affecting the durability or reliability of the magazine.









The PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M2 MOE is a 30-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) AR15/M4 compatible magazine that offers a cost competitive upgrade from the aluminum USGI. It features an impact resistant polymer construction, easy to disassemble design with a flared floorplate for positive magazine extraction, resilient stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance, and an anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability.

The GEN M2 MOE is identical in form and function to the older model PMAG except that the optional Impact/Dust Cover is now sold separately.

PMAG® 30 AR/M4 Window GEN M2 MOE®, 5.56x45 Magazine




The PMAG 30 AR/M4 Window GEN M2 MOE is a 30-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) AR15/M4 compatible magazine that offers a cost competitive upgrade from the aluminum USGI. It features an impact resistant polymer construction, easy to disassemble design with a flared floorplate for positive magazine extraction, resilient stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance, and an anti-tilt, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability.

In addition, durable dual-side transparent windows allow for quick determination of approximate number of rounds remaining in the magazine. Utilizing a high visibility indicator coil on the spring and numerical markers on the magazine body, the MagLevel™ system provides positive verification without affecting the durability or reliability of the magazine.
The GEN M2 MOE is identical in form and function to the older model PMAG except that the optional Impact/Dust Cover is now sold separately.




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Tango Down ARC 20 MkII



Troy Battle Magazine




Feed lips and anti-tilt follower are reinforced for strength. A bolstered floor plate is set flush so that it will not catch on other magazines when pulled from a pouch. The Troy magazine is as sleek as it is strong. Operators will save crucial seconds when executing magazine changes.

The specially designed spine eliminates the possibility of over insertion that is common with other polymer magazines.

The Troy BattleMag is engineered to function flawlessly with all M4, M16/AR15, HK416®and FN Scar® rifles and carbines. It comes with flush and shock absorbing extended floor plate.

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TAPCO


Our 30rd Gen II AR Magazine retains the rugged first gen body but features a re-engineered interior. The spring is formed from premium 17-7 Stainless Steel, and the redesigned shape makes it smoother, quieter, and easier to load all 30 rounds. Plus, changes to the spring tension reduce stress to the mag body when fully loaded. In addition, the proven anti-tilt follower allows more dirt and debris to pass through the magazine to prevent misfeeds."

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Lancer Advanced Warfighter Magazine








Images above courtesy of and used by permission of Lancer-Systems


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To meet the request for a robust, lightweight, reliable translucent magazine Lancer Systems has developed the L5 Advanced Warfighter Magazine (L5AWM).

The L5AWM fills the gap between the current metal and polymer magazine designs combing the best features from both designs into a unique hybrid magazine. L5AWM has the reliability of a steel magazine, the durability of a polymer magazine and the weight of an aluminum magazine.

Unique to the AWM is the one piece wrap-around hardened steel feed lip assembly that is permanently attached to an impact resistant polymer body. The hardened steel feed lips won’t bend, break or deform due to rough handling or long term storage.

An aggressive surface texture has been applied to the polymer body to improve gripping and retrieval from pouches. The combination of steel and polymer result in a lightweight, robust magazine tough enough for professional use.

Lancer L5 Translucent Magazine


The L5 is a translucent 30 round magazine developed for the 5.56mm M16/M4/AR15 rifle. It has an impact resistant translucent polymer body, corrosion resistant steel feed lips and a removable, patent pending, rubber coated bottom. The L5 was designed to be used with the existing magazine pouches and carriers.

Features:

Translucent Polymer Body that is Impact Resistant through a wide range of temperatures.
Body and component materials that are corrosion and Chemical Resistant
Steel Feed Lips with a Corrosion Resistant Coating, permanently molded into the body.
Round Count Markers at 20 and 30 rounds
Body texture, contour and Rubber Coated Bottom are designed to provide positive gripping and improve retrieval from magazine pouches.
Body design incorporates a constant radius geometry that facilitates follower/spring travel.
Same basic design envelop as the USGI aluminum magazine, can be used with existing pouches and carriers.
Easy to Disassemble & Maintain.
100% Made In USA
Benefits:

Ability to visually inspect rounds:
• Reduces Pre & Post operation inspection time
• Increases overall operational tempo
• Increase safety for range operations
• Reduces maintenance time
Corrosion Resistant
Permanent color retention
Can be stored loaded for extended periods of time with no lip creep
Designed to maximize grip for quick access and loading
Durable - impact, drop and crush resistant
Reliable:
• Steel feed lips provide consistent, positive feeding
• Body and follower engineered for maximum reliability
• The magazine's readiness can be determined visually
• Tested and proved with over 30,000 rounds
Specification:

Weapon Type: AR15 / M4 / M16 Caliber: 5.56 x 45 mm NATO
Capacity: 30-rounds
Weight: Unloaded: 4.1 oz
Dimensions:
Total Height: 7.35”
Width, Body: .94”
Width, at support rib: 1.07”
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TANGO DOWN ARC




A basic problem for plastic magazines is that they have to have a constant curved interior to be molded in one piece. There is no other way. But the magazine well of the M16/AR-15 weapon system is straight. So much compromise has to be reached from a design standpoint to make the two work together. So side effects of magazines not dropping free, are often seen. The optimum solution would be a straight upper section to properly present cartridges through the magazine well, and a constant-radius lower section to accommodate remaining ammunition. However, this design has been impossible to produce in polymer… until now.
The patent pending two-piece modular construction allows us to create the ultimate magazine for many reasons. In addition to the proper magazine form, we are able to achieve maximum strength and integrity when the components are molded. Precision molding is achieved much easier on two small parts versus one large one. We can also mix materials, impossible with conventional plastic magazines. We can offer transparent-solid color lowers/high tensile strength upper sectioned magazines that avoid the brittle feed lip issue of all-single material construction. Modular construction makes perfect sense for the unprecedented strength- we eliminated the removable floor plate, so the magazine becomes a five-sided box. ARC Mag survives the impact that crushes metal magazines.

ARC Mag takes full advantage of the latest polymers available from the aerospace industry- materials impervious to the effects of solvents & lubricants. After molding, we permanently bond the two sections together with advanced adhesives during manufacturing, so no disassembly is possible, or required. ARC Mag has a unique low-friction semi-floating follower that is slotted to allow for easy magazine cleaning. Just dunk the ARC Mag in hot soapy water, rinse and invert to drain. That’s hassle-free maintenance. ARC Mag also features a premium stainless steel spring. Life expectancy for this spring is 100,000+ cycles.

Our design team created a magazine that could be handled by the operator in any condition- note the aggressive ridges front and rear. They allow a positive purchase when seating the ARC Mag. The deep waffle pattern on the magazine’s sides assist in rapid extraction from mag pouches. Every surface on the ARC Mag was given careful consideration to help out the operator

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Brownells® AR-15/M-16 20 & 30 ROUND MAGAZINES


The Most Up-To-Date & Reliable Civilian Magazine Available


A battle rifle is only as reliable as its magazine – make sure the one in your rifle is from Brownells. When the difference between a "bang” and a "click” is life and death, a magazine failure is more than inconvenient – it can be fatal. So when we decided to build our own AR-15/M16 magazines, reliability was our first priority. Some of us have sons and daughters serving overseas or in law enforcement, and we aimed to build the kind of magazine we’d trust their lives with. We started with a clean slate, then worked out the bugs on the drawing board and the test range before we offered a single mag for sale, so you get a magazine of uncompromising quality and reliability that’s built to last and ready to run hard. When failure is not an option, these magazines deliver on the range, in the field, in a tactical situation, under fire. Load these smooth-feeding magazines to maximum capacity and fire the full 30 rounds you expect. No jams, no misfeeds, no hangups.

All components are made of mil-spec materials and are manufactured under strict, ISO quality control standards. The heat-treated, welded aluminum body is hard-anodized for superior corrosion resistance, then given a tough, dry-lube coating to eliminate the need for additional lubricants that would attract dust, sand, or dirt. The latest military-type, glass-fiber reinforced composite follower further guarantees flawless feeding in the harshest tactical conditions. Choose from a mil-spec stainless steel spring or our new, high lubricity, dry-lube-coated chrome silicon spring that’s corrosion-resistant certified to 500 hour salt spray standards, and less prone to spring "set.” Updated material and design features like those in our 30-round magazine have been adapted to our straight-bodied, 20-round model. All models are available in two colors; standard military Gray and SOCOM Tan.


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Ammunition Storage Components Stainless Steel 30rd .223/5.56x45 caliber AR style magazines. Feature a black dry film finish and anti-tilt follower.




D&H Industries 30rd Aluminum AR15 magazines. These quality Military grade magazines feature a Black Teflon finish and green follower.





C Products 20rd .223/5.56 curved aluminum magazine for AR15/M16 type Rifles. Feature Chrome Silicon Springs, Grey teflon Finish, and C-Products Grey anti-tilt follower



Ammunition Storage Components Stainless Steel 30rd 7.62x39 caliber AR style magazines. Feature a dark grey finish and anti-tilt follower


Ammunition Storage Components Stainless Steel 30rd 5.45x39 caliber AR style magazines. Feature a black dry film finish and anti-tilt follower




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SureFire®

High-Capacity Magazine, 100-Round




(Unless noted Images and Info from the Surefire Website)

MAG5-100
The SureFire high-capacity magazine for 5.56x45 mm (.223 Remington) ammunition, also available in a
60-roundversion, is compatible with M4/M16/AR-15 variants and other firearms that accept standard STANAG 4179 magazines. Constructed from Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum, they feed smoothly and reliably due to optimal geometry, non-binding coil springs, and ingenious nesting polymer followers. They require no lubricants and can be easily disassembled without tools for cleaning.

SureFire high-capacity magazines provide distinct tactical advantages: increased initial firepower in ambush situations; fewer reloads overall, which means less downtime and target distraction in a firefight; fast and easy magazine insertion, even with a closed bolt; less bulk compared to drum mags, enabling a normal weapon grip. SureFire's 100-round magazine can be carried in an optional nylon pouch that attaches to a MOLLE system vest. Read more—
High-Capacity Magazines in Firefights.


High-Capacity Magazine, 60-Round



MAG5-60
The SureFire high-capacity magazine for 5.56x45 mm (.223 Remington) ammunition, also available in a
100-roundversion, is compatible with M4/M16/AR-15 variants and other firearms that accept standard STANAG 4179 magazines. Constructed from Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum, they feed smoothly and reliably due to optimal geometry, non-binding coil springs, and ingenious nesting polymer followers. They require no lubricants and can be easily disassembled without tools for cleaning.

SureFire High capacity magazines provide distinct tactical advantages: increased initial firepower in ambush situations; fewer reloads overall, which means less downtime and target distraction in a firefight; fast and easy magazine insertion, even with a closed bolt; less bulk compared to drum mags, enabling a normal weapon grip. The 60-round magazine—slightly thinner than two 30-round magazines clipped together and about the same overall length—fits in most dual magazine pouches, eliminating special carry pouches required for drum magazines. Read more—
High-Capacity Magazines in Firefights
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ARMATAC



The SAW-MAG™ was designed to have the lowest operating drag due to friction. The ammunition is contained individually inside the drums on sprockets, each cartridge gets its own separate space, the ammunition is picked off the sprockets when they spin, not a typical high friction convergence found on cheaper designs. This is why our system does not require graphite lubrication to work. Instead of funnelling the ammunition, the SAW-MAG™ uses a proprietary design that allows the ammunition to always be in a singular stream which results in a very low friction operation.

Caliber-5.56mm/.223
Weight 3.9 lbs
(SAW-MAG™ loaded+ HK416 =16lbs (M249 Unloaded 17lbs)
Capacity-150 Rounds
Color-Black
Body Material- Hi-impact Glass Nylon
Tower-Heat Treated Steel to USGI specs
Dimensions- 13.5″L x 3.25″W x 6.5″H



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.308 (762x51mm) AR Magazines

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LaRue Tactical 20 Round 7.62 Magazines



Some say it's the finest 7.62 mag ever developed.
Even though these steel 7.62 mags were designed and produced as a factory magazine for the LaRue OBR 7.62 rifle, they'll fit just about any rifle that accepts M110-pattern magazines.

The cartridge guide rails along the side feature a unique horizontal-break near the feedlips. This design reduces cartridge drag as the extractor groove rides along the feedlips. The magazine seam is "hidden:" at the rear instead of being placed conventionally at the front, where it robs the magazine of precious internal capacity (very important if you intend on using handloads, or ammunition like M118LR with larger overall cartridge lengths). The seam is neatly laser-welded the entire length of the magazine to reduce build-up of grit and deposits that inhibit the magazine's ability to fall free. The slick, corrosion-resistant surface improves cartridge feeding, allows the magazine to drop free and makes cleanup and maintenance easier.

Our followers are made of glass-reinforced polymer, designed to reduce tilt, and effortlessly feeds cartridges into the chamber with perfect alignment. They are hi-vis red, to take the guess-work out of quickly eyeballing whether your mag is empty (especially helpful in low-light conditions).

The floor plates (also designed and manufactured in-house) keep the spring centered, and allow easy breakdown for cleaning and maintenance

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Magpul PMag® 20LR, 7.62x51 Magazine – SR25/M110



The 7.62x51 NATO (.308 Winchester) PMAG 20LR is a lightweight, cost effective, high reliability magazine for SR25/M110 pattern rifles* featuring true 20-round capacity, constant-curve body, and snap on Impact/Dust Cover. Designed specifically for military-issue MK11/M110 rifles and mil-spec ammunition (including M118LR), the PMAG 20LR is less than half the weight of standard issue steel magazines and maintains a service life round count approximately equal to the rifle barrel itself.

Made in U.S.A.



Features
  • Impact and crush resistant polymer construction
  • Constant-curve internal geometry for smooth feeding
  • Specially designed, self-lubricating follower for increased reliability
  • Multi-use Impact/Dust Cover keeps dust and dirt out of the magazine during storage and protects the feedlips from potential hard impact damage during transit
  • High-quality stainless steel spring for corrosion resistance
  • Textured gripping surface and flared floorplate for positive magazine handling
  • Robust floorplate for increased drop protection, easily removable for field maintenance and cleaning.
  • Optimized for use with 7.62x51 NATO (.308 Winchester) ammunition with an overall cartridge length less than 2.820", including M118LR.
  • Additional commercial rifle compatibility includes the KAC SR25, DPMS LR308, LWRCI REPR, LaRue Tactical OBR, Bushmaster .308 ORC, Lewis Machine & Tool .308 MWS*, Remington Model R-25, Patriot Ordnance Factory P-308, JP Enterprises LRP-07, and others
NOTE: NOT compatible with Armalite AR-10, Noveske N6, Rock River Arms LAR8, FN SCAR 17S or any other rifles that utilize M14 type, FN FAL, or HK 91/G3 magazines.


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BlackDog Machine

50 round Drum










Watch the AR Drum in full auto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiwzdC6sa6Y

Features: Built with an interchangeable feed tower. You can easily disassemble the drum, slide your AR-22 tower out and replace it with the new Black Dog 10-22 or S&W.22 feed towers.

Material: Polycarbonate

All Black Dog drums are plug and play for semi-auto use. We do not guarantee that the drum will work in full-auto setups. However, many customers report that with a little fine tuning they can get the drum to work in full-auto.
Recommended compatible conversion units :
  • Ciener/Atchisson
  • Model 1 Sales
  • Spikes Tactical
  • Tactical Solutions
  • Target Master
  • Kel-Tec PLR22
  • Sig Sauer 522
*Will also function in the CMMG conversion unit.

****This drum will not work in the 10.22, Puma/PPS50, M261, Colt/DPMS kits, Carbon 15, nor the S&W M&P 15.22.****


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