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Posted: 12/26/2002 10:34:46 PM EDT
which ar-15 magazines are the best? how decent are the israeli orlite magazines? I'm looking for something that's VERY sturdy but at the same time can do well in the gun itself. Thermolds I've already ruled out because of lack of reinforcement on the top. "Ther-melts"
Link Posted: 12/26/2002 11:28:57 PM EDT
A lot of guys like the Orlites, but I stick to USGI, myself. The steel SA80 mags are supposed to be pretty good, too.
Link Posted: 12/26/2002 11:32:46 PM EDT
American thermolds wont melt, they are much higher quality than Orlites,

I have mostly USGI mags and a few Thermolds that I use as range mags, I have never had a problem with them.
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 3:49:11 AM EDT
even in full auto? also how prone are the steel magazines to bend and wear? the reason I like the polymer ones is because they can take a hell of a beating and I felt it best to get ar-15 magazines that can take the most abuse since high capacity mags are banned and these are all we get. stock up on since chance favors that the communists in washington will make the awb even worse.
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 4:09:05 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 4:23:50 AM EDT
i like the old US GI mags.
they sell for $12.00 and may take 3.00 worth of tweaking but once i get a bad one to run it stays running.
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 4:28:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 8:28:29 PM EDT
FYI, USGI mags are aluminum, not steel. steel mags are usa and triple K brand. all junk
Link Posted: 12/27/2002 9:05:14 PM EDT
I like to buy no finish USGI that do not have any damage and refinish them, put new springs, and a new green follower.  For a couple of bucks you have a brand new mag that will run like a champ.  You can pick up these ugly mags in EE or at a gunshow for just a couple of bucks.  
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 5:35:38 AM EDT
Troy has given good advice, heed it.

Link Posted: 12/28/2002 6:40:27 AM EDT
USGI's are good, but I also have to give a nod to the Thermolds. I've run many thousands of rounds in both my AR and HK 91, and have NEVER had a stoppage with them. They hold up well, and pretty indestructible. The Orlites are OK, but they sometimes get stuck on the mag-well, and they don't work in Bushmaster guns.
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 2:32:17 PM EDT
Read the Mag FAQs and trust Troy.  Stick with USGI.
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 3:18:50 PM EDT
can I get a custom magazine follower installed on thermolds to protect em from melting?
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 3:42:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By alligator:
can I get a custom magazine follower installed on thermolds to protect em from melting?

dude, your thermolds wont melt. that was a clever nickname, but its not a prectical problem. i have heard of meltage if useing constant full auto and blanks (they cause more heat than live rounds i guess).
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 3:50:23 PM EDT
oh yah, even though USGIs should suit you best, if your REALLY concerned about them getting beat up from prone ect... just get some 20 rounders. they are compact, dont hanh out so much, feed great, and you wont miss the 10 rounds in any normal circumstance.
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 7:27:12 PM EDT
well im just looking for the overall best magazines as far as use is concerned. ones that will hold up well in full auto, are extremely touch and can take a beating. I'm worried about getting usgi because they can bend easily and get dents. the reason I liked the thermolds was because they were polymer and can take a beating but the feed might not be so good. I'm trying to buy magazines I can consider an investment and not just a purchase.
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 7:34:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 7:39:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2002 8:24:29 PM EDT
a thermold would get damaged at about the same trama as it would take to bend a USGI. USGIs can be refinished to look better than new, not so for thermold or orlite.
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 4:15:28 AM EDT
hmmmmm ok. I guess I'll go with usgi when I get my first ar-15. maybe I'll get a plastic body cover for em to give em added protection. be a bit more weight and bulk but it might be worth it.
Link Posted: 12/29/2002 5:04:43 PM EDT
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