This is a discussion on Review - M14 Magazine from seller on GB.com within the Ammunition forums, part of the M14 M1A Forum category; I won GunBroker.com auction # 49968080 for a twenty round M14 magazine. I picked it up today at the Post Office.
Initial Report - This ...
I won GunBroker.com auction # 49968080 for a twenty round M14 magazine. I picked it up today at the Post Office.
Initial Report - This is a twenty round aftermarket commercial manufacture M14 magazine. It does hold twenty rounds. The seller, checkmate308 aka Tom Lee (P. O. Box address in San Diego, CA although the ad lists his location as Vancouver, WA) was easy to deal with and the transaction went smoothly. Mr. Lee shipped promptly. He does not advertise any of his magazines as USGI made. The cost was $8.50 + $5.00 S&H. That's all on the up and up.
I compared this twenty round magazine (Gunbroker.com auction # 49968080) to a fake "W" marked M14 magazine I bought at a Las Vegas gun show in October 2004. Initially, I see four minor differences:
1) the fake "W" magazine has a "W" stamped on the rear side of the magazine body whereas the Tom Lee supplied magazine has no markings
2) the fake "W" magazine has a charcoal color and the Tom Lee supplied magazine has a gray color
3) the fake "W" magazine has six weld dimples up the center of the front side plus three dimples around the square hole versus seven weld dimples up the center of the front side plus three dimples around the square hole for the Tom Lee supplied magazine
4) the two weld dimples on the follower for the Tom Lee supplied magazine are more elliptical than the two weld dimples for the fake "W" marked magazine.
Otherwise, both magazines are identical as far as I can tell. The magazine spring in both is formed the same with the same bent off to one side and the same free length, 11 7/8 ", and the same number of coils, eight. The bends on each coil of both springs looks the same. The magazine body latch tab on both magazines has six dimples. The weld dimples are of the same diameter on both magazines. Both magazines will hold twenty cartridges but more force is required to load the magazine than as needed with a USGI magazine.
Report # 2 - I'll follow up with a range report. If the Tom Lee supplied magazine does not function properly with the supplied spring, I'll install a Wolff spring and function test it. At any rate, I'll post my results. I hope to make it to the range this weekend.
Summary-to-date: These are not USGI magazines. Further evaluation is needed and will be conducted.
Lee, One problem I noticed with the fake gi mags is that you can press down on the front of the follower and cause it to stick,thus making the rounds point down and jam up.I tried to bend and shape mine to match a original but they still do this.
I haven't tried any other springs or followers.
Can you make the followers stick by pressing down on the front on these new ones?