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Posted: 12/22/2020 11:24:39 PM EST
I may pad the stash with a few more aluminum mags.

How are the current commercial Brownells mags compared to the D&H that are everywhere?

Link Posted: 12/23/2020 12:51:22 AM EST
I personally have not had any issues with either and would not hesitate to buy either.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 2:59:25 AM EST
Both are GTG. I don't really purchase either since Okay's (which I think are a bit higher quality) are about the same $.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 7:04:15 AM EST
https://bravocompanyusa.com/ar-15-magazines/

The first two D&H would be my choice. At $10 a pop can't beat it.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 8:04:12 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Bravo_Six:
I personally have not had any issues with either and would not hesitate to buy either.
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This.

Link Posted: 12/23/2020 8:56:48 AM EST
D&H.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 9:13:21 AM EST
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Originally Posted By FALKommando:
Both are GTG. I don't really purchase either since Okay's (which I think are a bit higher quality) are about the same $.
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Maybe now, but Okay was hard to get for a while.

I don't own any Brownells magazines, but I have stacks of D&H and use them regularly.  No issues at all.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 9:21:12 AM EST
Who makes the mags for Brownells?
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 9:53:19 AM EST
There was a video on YT of the manufacturing facility for Brownell’s magazines at a small town in eastern Iowa.   I don’t remember the name of the sole source contractor for Brownell’s magazines.    As far as I know this company has never sold any magazines under their own name.


I have at least a dozen Brownell’s AR-15 mags and they have been gtg.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 10:20:12 AM EST
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Originally Posted By VASCAR2:
There was a video on YT of the manufacturing facility for Brownell’s magazines at a small town in eastern Iowa.   I don’t remember the name of the sole source contractor for Brownell’s magazines.    As far as I know this company has never sold any magazines under their own name.


I have at least a dozen Brownell’s AR-15 mags and they have been gtg.
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Co-Line Manufacturing was for a bit.


IIRC,  Brownells has/had the tooling and at one point manufactured them in house. (I may be mistaken).
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Originally Posted By osprey21:

No, you're correct - they were making mags on their own tooling back when they had the .gov contract.
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Originally Posted By osprey21:
Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:
IIRC,  Brownells has/had the tooling and at one point manufactured them in house. (I may be mistaken).

No, you're correct - they were making mags on their own tooling back when they had the .gov contract.

I thought so but wasn't 100%. Thanks.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 1:36:18 PM EST
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Originally Posted By T-TAC:
https://bravocompanyusa.com/ar-15-magazines/

The first two D&H would be my choice. At $10 a pop can't beat it.
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They kind of can be beat, because you can usually find them cheaper. BCM unfortunately isn't normally the cheapest place to shop, and $10 is at the high end of the price range for D&H mags. PSA used to put them on sale for $6, and they are normally $8-$9, but they seem to have raised the price to $11.49 right now (presenting them as on sale, marked down from $14.99). DSG has them (DSG branded) for $8.90, but that may be with my first responder discount. Their $7 2-day shipping always makes them a good place to order from. If I'm going to pay $10, I'd prefer to buy Okay mags, personally.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 1:58:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By PursuitSS:
As I understand it, Brownell’s purchased Co-Line lock, stock, & barrel.
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I was curious which direction things progressed.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 4:43:32 PM EST
Co-Line is the business which was manufacturing the AR-15 magazines but I couldn’t remember the name.  I looked for the video but couldn’t find it.   Checking the address it is the same location as the company in the video showing their manufacturing facility.   I think the video was released on an anniversary for ten years they had been manufacturing AR-15 magazines for government contracts.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 7:16:40 PM EST
Their gov contract mags are damn good, I have a pile of ‘em.  

Wasn’t sure if they were still the same since then.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 8:27:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By samuse:
Their gov contract mags are damn good, I have a pile of ‘em.  

Wasn’t sure if they were still the same since then.
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Most of mine are the contract mags with tan followers, I've got ~15 that have green followers also. Never had an issue with any.

IIRC, Brownells offered them with Magpul followers for a minute.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 9:28:16 PM EST
It's my guess (although I stand to be corrected) that you won't see $6 D&H mags for a while, if ever again.
Link Posted: 12/23/2020 11:29:46 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:
IIRC, Brownells offered them with Magpul followers for a minute.
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I bought one in July 2018 (checked my old orders) that came with a foliage green Magpul follower and was packaged in one of those clear plastic clamshells. I'd seen them in plastic bags with a Brownells label stapled to the top in stores a few years prior to that. They've been through a number of variations of their mags and seem to change the product number every couple years (the item number I purchased, 078-000-113MB, is no longer listed).
Link Posted: 12/24/2020 9:01:42 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 3ACR_Scout:

I bought one in July 2018 (checked my old orders) that came with a foliage green Magpul follower and was packaged in one of those clear plastic clamshells. I'd seen them in plastic bags with a Brownells label stapled to the top in stores a few years prior to that. They've been through a number of variations of their mags and seem to change the product number every couple years (the item number I purchased, 078-000-113MB, is no longer listed).
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Originally Posted By 3ACR_Scout:
Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:
IIRC, Brownells offered them with Magpul followers for a minute.

I bought one in July 2018 (checked my old orders) that came with a foliage green Magpul follower and was packaged in one of those clear plastic clamshells. I'd seen them in plastic bags with a Brownells label stapled to the top in stores a few years prior to that. They've been through a number of variations of their mags and seem to change the product number every couple years (the item number I purchased, 078-000-113MB, is no longer listed).

So I'm not crazy. Good to know.  

Thanks Scout.
Link Posted: 12/24/2020 9:28:27 AM EST
They’re showing to have stainless springs and Magpul followers.
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They’re showing to have stainless springs and Magpul followers.
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Hey Sam, you finding these in stock somewhere? If so, I'd be interested in the details.  
Link Posted: 12/24/2020 2:55:18 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:

Hey Sam, you finding these in stock somewhere? If so, I'd be interested in the details.  
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Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:
Originally Posted By samuse:
They’re showing to have stainless springs and Magpul followers.

Hey Sam, you finding these in stock somewhere? If so, I'd be interested in the details.  



Last time I looked Brownells had FDE teflon in stock but not dry film.
Link Posted: 12/24/2020 3:05:43 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:

Most of mine are the contract mags with tan followers, I've got ~15 that have green followers also. Never had an issue with any.

IIRC, Brownells offered them with Magpul followers for a minute.
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I've got a few 30rd Brownells date of production 3-09 that have a grey magpul follower.
Link Posted: 12/24/2020 4:25:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By samuse:



Last time I looked Brownells had FDE teflon in stock but not dry film.
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Originally Posted By samuse:
Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:
Originally Posted By samuse:
They’re showing to have stainless springs and Magpul followers.

Hey Sam, you finding these in stock somewhere? If so, I'd be interested in the details.  



Last time I looked Brownells had FDE teflon in stock but not dry film.

Hell, I had no idea they offered anything other than gray/dry film. Thanks.
Link Posted: 12/25/2020 12:31:56 AM EST
I've been tempted a few times to order a couple of the tan Brownells mags to check them out, but when they're $14-$16 and Okay's are $11-$12...
Link Posted: 12/25/2020 7:37:56 AM EST
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Getting ready to change into someone more comfortable. Name changes coming.
Link Posted: 12/25/2020 11:59:17 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 3ACR_Scout:
I've been tempted a few times to order a couple of the tan Brownells mags to check them out, but when they're $14-$16 and Okay's are $11-$12...
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Exactly.
Link Posted: 12/25/2020 12:00:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By j3_:
The mag bodies on the last Brownells magazines I bought looked more like Okay mag bodies than they did the older Brownells ones I got marked 08. Even the name location on the side was relocated to where Okay starts theirs and the cage code and dating line up where Okays are at. Few other similarities to the Okay also on the newer body compared to the older ones I have.
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A lot of speculation that the bodies are Okay. I haven't seen any confirmation.
Link Posted: 12/28/2020 1:57:53 PM EST
Brownells mags are the best USGI AR15 magazines available, IMHO.  With their $10 off coupon codes, you can usually get them for around $10 a mag, and they are currently only offered with USGI followers.
Link Posted: 12/28/2020 4:24:01 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Blain:
Brownells mags are the best USGI AR15 magazines available, IMHO.  With their $10 off coupon codes, you can usually get them for around $10 a mag, and they are currently only offered with USGI followers.
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Plainly stated on their page:
"Includes Magpul anti-tilt follower"


Milspec grey in stock now. LINK
Link Posted: 12/28/2020 9:30:14 PM EST
If you are registered for the military/LEO/1st responder discount you can get the Brownell's mags a bit cheaper.

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Link Posted: 12/31/2020 9:58:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:


Plainly stated on their page:
"Includes Magpul anti-tilt follower"


Milspec grey in stock now. LINK
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Originally Posted By Tigwelder1971:
Originally Posted By Blain:
Brownells mags are the best USGI AR15 magazines available, IMHO.  With their $10 off coupon codes, you can usually get them for around $10 a mag, and they are currently only offered with USGI followers.


Plainly stated on their page:
"Includes Magpul anti-tilt follower"


Milspec grey in stock now. LINK


Was a typo, I meant to put Magpul but had USGI on the brain I guess!
Link Posted: 1/9/2021 4:45:57 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 3ACR_Scout:

They kind of can be beat, because you can usually find them cheaper. BCM unfortunately isn't normally the cheapest place to shop, and $10 is at the high end of the price range for D&H mags. PSA used to put them on sale for $6, and they are normally $8-$9, but they seem to have raised the price to $11.49 right now (presenting them as on sale, marked down from $14.99). DSG has them (DSG branded) for $8.90, but that may be with my first responder discount. Their $7 2-day shipping always makes them a good place to order from. If I'm going to pay $10, I'd prefer to buy Okay mags, personally.
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Those $6 psa D&H mags were definitely a great deal they are only $1 cheaper than BCM labeled d&h now. I actually think BCM went down a bit. I was going to order a 10 pack from PSA with free shipped but came across this thread and seen the BCM for a dollar more no free shipping but I been needing some BCM rail panels so I got 10 BCM versions.

Cost me exactly $20 more but I killed 2 birds on another need and in the long run the BCM roll mark is cooler so it's all good plus fast shipping.

Just wish I could of snagged the grey ones that were oos. I would recommend everyone grab 10 to 20 to tuck away at these prices.
Link Posted: 1/9/2021 4:58:59 PM EST
I buy aluminum mag 10 packs from DSG. 99% sure they are D&H
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I buy aluminum mag 10 packs from DSG. 99% sure they are D&H
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Yes, DSG branded are made by D&H.
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Yes, DSG branded are made by D&H.
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Originally Posted By Shagowski:
Originally Posted By laxman09:
I buy aluminum mag 10 packs from DSG. 99% sure they are D&H


Yes, DSG branded are made by D&H.

D&H mags are sold branded specifically for a few vendors, DSG/PSA/BCM to name a few.
Link Posted: 1/14/2021 10:19:32 PM EST
Both D&H and Brownell are good to go....

....but I prefer the slick Teflon coating of the D&H mags.
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Originally Posted By Two-dogs:
Both D&H and Brownell are good to go....

....but I prefer the slick Teflon coating of the D&H mags.
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How does it hold up?  I’ve never had a teflon coated mag.  I’ve redone a few GI mags with Perma-Slik and they’re easily made to look like new if you’re into that sort of thing.
Link Posted: 1/15/2021 8:53:20 AM EST
The thing I don't like about D&H magazines is that they seem to have softer aluminum bodies.  I have done a fully loaded drop test from 3 feet onto carpet and it deformed the mag to where it wouldn't drop free.  I can drop a brownells mag from 5 feet onto concrete and get almost no deformation.  Brownells has the toughest USGI mag bodies I've tested.
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How does it hold up?  I’ve never had a teflon coated mag.  I’ve redone a few GI mags with Perma-Slik and they’re easily made to look like new if you’re into that sort of thing.
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Originally Posted By samuse:
Originally Posted By Two-dogs:
Both D&H and Brownell are good to go....

....but I prefer the slick Teflon coating of the D&H mags.



How does it hold up?  I’ve never had a teflon coated mag.  I’ve redone a few GI mags with Perma-Slik and they’re easily made to look like new if you’re into that sort of thing.


In my experience the slick Teflon coating on the D&H mags holds up really well.  Better than the dry film type of the Brownells.

YMMV
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Originally Posted By Two-dogs:


In my experience the slick Teflon coating on the D&H mags holds up really well.  Better than the dry film type of the Brownells.

YMMV
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Originally Posted By Two-dogs:
Originally Posted By samuse:
Originally Posted By Two-dogs:
Both D&H and Brownell are good to go....

....but I prefer the slick Teflon coating of the D&H mags.



How does it hold up?  I’ve never had a teflon coated mag.  I’ve redone a few GI mags with Perma-Slik and they’re easily made to look like new if you’re into that sort of thing.


In my experience the slick Teflon coating on the D&H mags holds up really well.  Better than the dry film type of the Brownells.

YMMV


When newly opened, the dri film lube rubs off rather easily.  However, once exposed to the air for an extended period of time, the dry lube almost solidifies and becomes a teflon like slick grey coating that is very durable, and not nearly as easy to rub off.
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Originally Posted By Blain:
The thing I don't like about D&H magazines is that they seem to have softer aluminum bodies.  I have done a fully loaded drop test from 3 feet onto carpet and it deformed the mag to where it wouldn't drop free.  I can drop a brownells mag from 5 feet onto concrete and get almost no deformation.  Brownells has the toughest USGI mag bodies I've tested.
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Same here, I prefer them for aluminum magazines, but they are also about the price of a Lancer and more expensive than Pmags so I don't have many.
Link Posted: 1/23/2021 11:50:13 AM EST
Remember Brownell’s mags are satisfaction guaranteed for life....
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Originally Posted By samuse:
I may pad the stash with a few more aluminum mags.

How are the current commercial Brownells mags compared to the D&H that are everywhere?

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I just bought some PSA labeled D&H.  I have an inherent mistrust of anything made in Iowa.


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Maybe now, but Okay was hard to get for a while.

I don't own any Brownells magazines, but I have stacks of D&H and use them regularly.  No issues at all.
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Okay is still hard to find.  Everywhere seems to be sold out.  I bought some PSA labeled D&H recently because I couldn't find any Okay except the much more expensive variants.
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I just bought some PSA labeled D&H.  I have an inherent mistrust of anything made in Iowa.


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You need to get out more often.
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You need to get out more often.
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I spent over 30 years in Iowa, been there, done that.
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 I have an inherent mistrust of anything made in Iowa.


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Originally Posted By SoftwareJanitor:

 I have an inherent mistrust of anything made in Iowa.




Originally Posted By SoftwareJanitor:


I spent over 30 years in Iowa, been there, done that.





But we make the good shit.


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