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Posted: 10/18/2002 7:58:50 PM EDT
I picked up seven Colt 30rd magazines from a friend of mine some time ago, but they are a little different then most mags you see. I was wondering if someone could tell me a little bit about them.


The floorplates are marked:

COLT AR-15
CAL. 5.56 MM
COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. INC.
HARTFORD, CONN U.S.A.

What is really different about them is:

The magazines are a kind of silvery-gray color like the older 20rd mags, not a flat gray color like most 30 rd mags.

The right sides of the magazines have what appears to be a part number stamped into them. The number is 62667.

The followers are a smooth & shiny dark green color and also appear to have a part number stenciled on them in white paint. The number is 62665A.
Link Posted: 10/18/2002 8:01:26 PM EDT
Never mind. I should have read the magazine FAQ's first. It had a descrpition of these mags in there.
Link Posted: 10/19/2002 6:23:24 AM EDT
Then you now know that Colt's never made any magazines and paying extra for the floor plate isn't going to get you anything......

-- Chuck
Link Posted: 10/19/2002 9:26:49 AM EDT
It might. These mags are the FIRST 30 round mags issued so they are somewhat sought out by collectors. In practical terms they are no diffrent than any other USGI 30 but to some people they are worth more. Colts DO fetch more in price as probably less than .001% of mag buyers know Colt didn't make them. Even if they did know they would probably still pay more for that "Colt" stamped on the floor plate.
Link Posted: 10/19/2002 5:56:37 PM EDT
If they're the original 1960s 30 round magazines for the XM177E2 don't trust 'em, the folowers will hang up and just stop moving leaving the rifle full of loose cartridges. It's the design.

Save 'em for the collectors at eBay.

-- Chuck
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