When it comes down to it, magazines are arguably the simplest mechanism in any firearm; a box with a spring and a follower that feeds bullets into the chamber. But as AR-15-pattern rifles became the standard for military, law enforcement, and civilian shooters alike, the world of AR-15 mags got a little more complicated. Today, not only are there numerous aftermarket magazines for the AR-15, but also a whole host of modifications and accessories for the mags themselves.
Undoubtedly the biggest name when it comes to aftermarket magazines and their components is Magpul Industries. Magpul is today best known for its PMAG series, widely considered the best AR-15 magazines available in terms of reliability and durability. But the product that provided the company namesake is the Magpul itself. It’s a simple but durable rubber loop based off improvised duct-tape and paracord pull tabs devised by shooters looking for a faster way to fish magazines out of pouches. A more permanent version of this concept is the Ranger Plate, designed to replace the bottom floor plate of your standard U.S. government issue magazine or slide onto a PMAG. Keeping your mags secure inside your load-bearing kit is important but so is getting access to that ammo when you need it. Magpuls and Ranger Plates can help achieve a balance between magazine retention and easy access.
Ensuring you have magazines that feed reliably and don’t cause malfunctions is important. But sometimes it’s difficult to buy the latest and greatest stuff due to supply issues or panic buying causing overall firearms industry prices to skyrocket. With drop-in anti-tilt follower kits like the one offered by Magpul, you can enhance U.S. government issue magazines to ensure the best possible reliability on a budget. This is a great stopgap measure until you can replace your mags.
Another way to squeeze more performance out of existing magazines are aftermarket extension like this design from Taran Tactical for PMAGs. Originally designed with competition shooters in mind, these add a few extra rounds to your magazine’s capacity. While 5 or 6 extra rounds may not seem like much, it can add up over several magazines. Consider a basic load of seven magazines; using extensions all all 7 equates to over a full mag of extra ammo. The extensions also don’t unduly expand the length of the mag, meaning that the extended mags will still likely fit inside your existing pouches.
There’s even magazine accessories that add functions outside of supplying ammo to your rifle. One of the most promising products is the MagPod, designed to allow your magazine to act as a monopod to help accuracy while prone. While resting your magazine on the ground was widely considered a bad idea in many shooting circles, it’s now understood that good mags will not malfunction if you rest them on the ground while shooting. Even the Army rifle marksmanship field manual has been updated to reflect this.
Much like the rifle they lock into, AR-15 mags have embraced customization, with many options supporting the core function of any magazine: getting more bullets into the gun.
GREENBELT, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing a cache of weapons and plotting to attack Democratic politicians and journalists was ordered held for two weeks on Thursday while federal prosecutors consider charging him with more crimes.
An undated image of Hoda Muthana provided by her attorney, Hassan Shibly. (Associated Press)
Attorneys for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump asking the court to recognize the citizenship of an Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS and allow she and her young son to return to the United States.
U.S. soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, November 1, 2018. Picture taken November 1, 2018. (U.S. Army/Zoe Garbarino/Handout via Reuters)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S. pullout, the White House said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump pulled back from a complete withdrawal.
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.