AR-15 Magazine Torture Test

See what happens when some AR-15 magazines from some of the top manufacturers are put through some shit.

Check out the tests and all the pictures over at AR15.com

It constantly blows my mind when I see all the work people do for free.  Maybe that was fun for him though… I don’t know.

I’ve never had any mags catastrophically fail on me.  I guess that means I’m not operator enough. :(

Thoughts?

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MrMaigo September 1, 2012 at 01:44 am

Oh cool, he’s doing another round of tests. I would have missed that.

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Crunkleross September 1, 2012 at 06:31 am

Tried but just couldn’t get thru 16 pages of huge pics of the same mags with a few words here and there. After awhile just couldn’t give a shit.

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cc19 September 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

Agreed. I couldn’t keep going after I realized it was probably just to show off his camera and free time.

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elephantrider September 1, 2012 at 08:43 pm

Would you have prefered sifting through 16 pages of words with a few tiny pics instead? :)

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Al T. September 1, 2012 at 07:44 am

Mike, while I’m kind of new to the AR platform (only been shooting them professionally and privately since 1976), I’ve found that the aluminum magazines fail in subtle ways compared to the plastic ones. This is not a good thing. Essentially, the feed lips either spread too much or develop hair line cracks. This reduces the tension on the cartridges and allows double feeds. So, if your blaster has a double feed malfunction, odds are it’s the magazine. If that magazine does it twice, take a hammer, pound the magazine flat and go buy a new one. Magazines are wear items, don’t marry them.

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overkill556x45 September 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

Tell that to the Army. They hold onto mags like they’re made of gold and platinum. Even the new tan follower mags failed on me. Only the guys with Pmags weren’t bothered by mag failures. Of course, upon hearing that, the Army tried to ban non-G.I. mags (but with a quick retraction).

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Heath September 1, 2012 at 08:16 am

He has a LOT of time invested in this little experiment of his! Has anyone reconsidered the choice in magazines they buy as a result of this test?

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I live with my mom and dad September 1, 2012 at 09:37 am

I don’t always store my magazines, but when I do I only store them in a liquid carcinogen.

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jpcmt September 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Wow…an hour or two later, that was a great thread and testing..the end particularly! Go Lancer mags!

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Church September 1, 2012 at 06:54 pm

He must have a lot of time on his hands… I wonder what he does for a living…

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dave w September 1, 2012 at 09:32 pm

Wow, that was a lot of work and interesting too. It also made me lose 2 hours of daylight when i was supposed to fix my muffler

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Cylinder Head September 1, 2012 at 09:55 pm

Great review if you had the time to read it. The PMag had to work through an early injury and that Lancer mag was straight tits.

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TheRealDave September 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

Never leave your magazines on a .50 caliber muzzle brake.

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Jim P. December 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

The line I loved:

Pmag. (Will get the rest when the rain washes it off the barn)

I think I’ll go with Lancers. A little touch of of black paint will probably solve nay rust problems if they were to occur.

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