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Posted: 7/19/2008 11:16:19 AM EDT
I need to buy some more mags for my carbine. I have one 30 rounder
that seems to fail quite a bit. Is that common with .30 high caps?

What is your preference?
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 11:31:10 AM EDT
It's been quite some time since i owned a 30 carbine.
But i owned quite a few diffrent ones back yrs ago.
Seems like the 30 rnd mags were always more troublesome although i had quite a few that worked fine i definetly got some bad ones.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 11:40:40 AM EDT
Stick with the 15 unless you can find true U.S. Military 30s
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:42:14 PM EDT
I use USGI 15 round magazines for most of my carbine shooting, but I have a number of 30 round USGI mags that are very reliable.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:50:58 PM EDT
For target shooting the 10 round mags is fine. However, in case the political climate changes and the new president pushes for some sort of ban, I'd rather have the larger magazines instead of wishing that I'd have bought them after such a law were put in place.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:52:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By alaman:
Stick with the 15 unless you can find true U.S. Military 30s


Huge +1
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 6:00:11 PM EDT
The 15 rounders are more reliable. People who shoot carbines and have good 30 rd mags will brag about them. Why because they are the exception to the rule. People just expect 15 round USGI mags to work because they all seem to with few exceptions. If I was going to shoot my carbine more I would stock up on the 15 round GI mags because I already see the price climing higher on those every time I check.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 6:32:28 PM EDT
There is a FAQ at survivalblog about M1 carbine mags. I tried to hotlink it but I could not get it to work.All of the thirty round mags that were GI I've seen worked fine. Whatacountry.com has fifteen and thirty round mags.I would call or e-mail about markings on the mags first.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 9:43:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By houstonmedic:
I need to buy some more mags for my carbine. I have one 30 rounder
that seems to fail quite a bit. Is that common with .30 high caps?

What is your preference?


I would go with usgi 15rd. mags. But if you do want to use 30's, replace your mag. catch with a type IV (4) mag. catch It was designed with an arm on the left side to add support for the 30rd. mag. It was an upgrade for the m2. It is marked M with a line under the M.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:43:46 AM EDT
You might want to check with Cproducts. i seem to recall reading that they were gearing up to do a run of new mags sometime soon.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:18:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By bnielsonak47:

Originally Posted By alaman:
Stick with the 15 unless you can find true U.S. Military 30s


Huge +1


+2

I like the 15rd mags because of their compactness, they fit great in pockets and pretty much any sort of pouch.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 4:29:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 9:11:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By alaman:
Stick with the 15 unless you can find true U.S. Military 30s


+1 on USGI 15 round mags -- real USGI 30 round mags are suposed to work, if you actual find them, I agree with getting the right mag catch either way
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 11:20:20 AM EDT
Two questions:

1. How do you recognize a genuine GI M1 Carbine Magazine? What marking etc do you look for?

2. Can anyone recommend a good source of springs followers, floor plates etc, for M1 Carbine Magazine rebuild?
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 12:12:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2008 2:25:23 PM EDT by raf]
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:21:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mannlicher:
I use USGI 15 round magazines for most of my carbine shooting, but I have a number of 30 round USGI mags that are very reliable.


+1
M
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:30:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bnielsonak47:

Originally Posted By alaman:
Stick with the 15 unless you can find true U.S. Military 30s


Huge +1


Another +1
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:40:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 3GeorgeMidnight:
You might want to check with Cproducts. i seem to recall reading that they were gearing up to do a run of new mags sometime soon.


Not for a while. I nag them about it from time to time but the have a couple projects like 1911 mags in the pipeline first.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 1:58:57 PM EDT
30 rounders are usually a pain in the ass
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:19:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:22:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JimWest:
There is a FAQ at survivalblog about M1 carbine mags. I tried to hotlink it but I could not get it to work.All of the thirty round mags that were GI I've seen worked fine. Whatacountry.com has fifteen and thirty round mags.I would call or e-mail about markings on the mags first.



Here it is

I have had my best luck with USGI 30's but I have also had some luck with the Taiwan mil mags as well.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 2:56:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
I've got a box of USGI 15-round magazines that have never failed me yet. Didn't know the .gov even made 30-round magazines.



Made them for the M2, which was an automatic version of the M1 carbine. A large portion of 30 carbines went to foreign countries, Taiwan and S. Korea come to mind. So did the magazine manufacturing equipment. I have a few 30 rounders that were made by the Taiwanese that function OK.

Link Posted: 7/20/2008 4:12:45 PM EDT
I find alot of the Asian military contracts.
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