Originally Posted By SJK:
Someone, more educated than I, designed and engineered the magazine of the M16 and all its component parts. I read that the “New Green Followers” were designed to correct some feeding problems associated with the old style or styles. The design of the follower has a purpose and any modification of that design negates the overall design concept. Hack sawing off a piece of the follower as a solution to Bushmasters problem with 20 round magazines is not good design or engineering. Somewhere in the Bible it says that if your hand offends you cut it off. This might satisfy some short term moral dilemma but it is not very wise or beneficial for your body’s integrity. I own 5 Bushmaster magazines, 4, 10 round and 1, 5 round. All of them have an unmodified, as designed green follower. Why? The 20 round magazines that I am rebuilding worked with followers that have center posts. What is so different about Bushmasters rebuild kits?
Why should I care about how something looks if it is hidden? I care because it speaks volumes about the quality that Bushmaster says it is committed to. If you had a window installed in your house and the contractor used a fire axe to make the rough opening and then told you not to worry the trim will cover things up. Would you not worry and also question the person’s technique?
I own a Bushmaster rifle and it is a quality firearm. That is why I was disappointed and what I received from Bushmaster as a rebuild kit. I have returned the rebuild kits and want nothing more from Bushmaster than a refund.
There aren't any "new" 20rnd mag followers anymore. To rebuild an old 20rnd mag you have to scavenge a
still good follower from an old mag or modify a 30rnd mag follower.
You can use an unmodified 30rnd follower in a 20rnd mag, but you will not be able to load it to 20rnds anymore, the posts are too long.
Read the MAG FAQ. The feed problems that the "new" green followers were made to correct were in 30rnd mags, not the 20s.
Cutting the follower doesn't apply to it's corrective design in a 20rnd mag, it was made to correct the design flaw in a 30.
Get your clues together before you start ranting BS.
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