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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.
GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran.
Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane at the entrance to the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the incidents.
Tehran denies responsibility but the attacks, and similar ones in May, have further soured relations that have plummeted since Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark international nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018.
Trump has restored and extended U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. That has forced countries around the world to boycott Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own.
But in an interview with Time magazine, Trump, striking a different tone from some Republican lawmakers who have urged a military approach to Iran, said last week's tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman had only a "very minor" impact so far.
Asked if he would consider military action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons or to ensure the free flow of oil through the Gulf, Trump said: "I would certainly go over nuclear weapons and I would keep the other a question mark."
Minnesota Democratic Party staffer under fire for calling USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul a 'murder boat'
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he is appalled by a state DFL Party staff member's tweet referring to the recently-launched USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul as a "murder boat."
"Certainly, the disrespect shown is beyond the pale," said Walz, who served in the Army National Guard.
William Davis, who has been the DFL Party's research director and deputy communications director, made the controversial comment in response to a tweet about the launch of a new Navy combat ship in Wisconsin: "But actually, I think it's gross they're using the name of our fine cities for a murder boat," Davis wrote on Twitter over the weekend.
'We are there to deter aggression' — Pompeo addressed CENTCOM on Iran mere moments before Shanahan announced his departure
TAMPA — Minutes before the Acting Secretary of Defense withdrew Tuesday from his confirmation process, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at MacDill Air Force Base about the need to coordinate "diplomatic and defense efforts'' to address rising tensions with Iran.
Pompeo, who arrived in Tampa on Monday, met with Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. and Army Gen. Richard Clarke, commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command respectively, to align the Government's efforts in the Middle East, according to Central Command.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — The trial of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher officially kicked off on Tuesday with the completion of jury selection, opening statements, and witness testimony indicating that drinking alcohol on the front lines of Mosul, Iraq in 2017 seemed to be a common occurrence for members of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon.
Government prosecutors characterized Gallagher as a knife-wielding murderer who not only killed a wounded ISIS fighter but shot indiscriminately at innocent civilians, while the defense argued that those allegations were falsehoods spread by Gallagher's angry subordinates, with attorney Tim Parlatore telling the jury that "this trial is not about murder. It's about mutiny."
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will "not to go forward with his confirmation process."
Trump said that Army Secretary Mark Esper will now serve as acting defense secretary.