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Old February 17th, 2017, 07:22 PM   #31
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Stay away from Promag unless proven!

Never had good luck with Pro-Mag nor have my customers unless they hit a winner. I refuse to stock their mags in our store because of reliability and function and won't even recommend them and turn down a sale for honesty. I tried one of their Lee Enfield No. 1 MKIII mags in my Enfield and the mag wouldn't even fit in the mag well. Stick with OEM for reliability and save the headaches.

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Old February 17th, 2017, 07:36 PM   #32
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Old February 17th, 2017, 08:05 PM   #33
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Old February 17th, 2017, 10:47 PM   #34
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Never had good luck with Pro-Mag nor have my customers unless they hit a winner. I refuse to stock their mags in our store because of reliability and function and won't even recommend them and turn down a sale for honesty. I tried one of their Lee Enfield No. 1 MKIII mags in my Enfield and the mag wouldn't even fit in the mag well. Stick with OEM for reliability and save the headaches.

Excellent advice! Please heed. True for most any make or model weapon.

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Old February 17th, 2017, 11:49 PM   #35
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If you are wanting to buy cheaper magazines get these

http://www.keepshooting.com/m14-maga...aiwan-t57.html

Here is my full review of these magazines on their sight. http://www.keepshooting.com/review/p...view/id/11891/

I haven't had any problems at all with these magazines out of the 10 or 15 or so I have. The only downside to them is the black teflon coating which is actually very well done. But its just the semigloss black color that is the problem I have. Other than that I trust them as much as CMI or any other GI mag.

Otherwise buy these

http://www.44mag.com/product/m1a_m14...ate_industries

But I have tested all kinds of different brands including the Promag (also no problems but for the price they go for just get the CMI mags) I have had problems with other Promag products but not their m14 mags. I currently own 3 and dont plan to get anymore due to price.

Thermold M14 mags also worked well. However they are ugly and have spotty long term ability being made of polymer. And at the price they go for the T57 mags are a better choice. I own 1 of these. Dont plan to get any more.

And lastly the Sportsmansguide "National" M14 magazines........Surprisingly the ones I have actually work except for one of my polytechs dont like them. However the rear mag catch is spot welded on weird and doesn't look like it will survive for too long. I own 3 of these and no problems. Might buy another 3 pack if they go on sale again for 14$ for 3 with free shipping but no guarantees even at that price.

I plan to get more CMI and T57 magazines for sure. I want 20 of each in storage and 3-5 of each for the range.


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Old February 18th, 2017, 07:57 AM   #36
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I'm a member of Sportsman's Guide and from time to time I buy things from them. Okay, I'm a fan of their military surplus and sometimes they list things WAY below what others sell for until someone catches the mistake and adjusts prices. I bought a pair of "like new" E-88 field telephones for around 90-100 bucks. I bought the pair, they work perfectly and look new. What am I going to do with them ? No idea, cell phones are a whole lot easier. They were shortly out of stock and when relisted, they are selling in singles and look beat to crap, didn't guarantee to be working and cost a whole lot more.

They also sell M14 mags, 3 packs and singles. The FAQ for the singles said they were made by CMI. The 3 packs were ProMag. Prices were almost the same, the 3 pack a little cheaper if memory serves. I remembered something my Dad used to say, "Sometimes cheaper is more expensive.".

Following the advice given here, I ordered 2 of the CMI's. I had a 10 dollar off coupon and free shipping coupon. Worked out that first mag was 16 bucks, 2nd was 26.99. After I made sure they fit, I duplicated the order as I had another 10 buck coupon.

Does any of this help the OP ? Not one bit. If anything, only my Dad's saying, "Sometimes cheaper is more expensive.". Which is of no comfort at this point.

Since you're not getting any help from ProMag, I'd try to modify the mags, can't break broke. Try enlarging/elongating the hole ever so slightly in the front of the mag. Maybe it's just not catching the oprod spring guide. I have several GI mags for my Tommy that wouldn't catch right, I dremeled the hole in the rear of the mag and now they work fine.

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I dremeled the hole in the rear of the mag and now they work fine.

I presume that you meant in the front of the mag. I would advise being careful doing that as one would not want to remove too much metal in the wrong place. Try removing the oprod guide and see how well it fits the square hole. He may also try adjusting the length of the welded on tab at the rear of the mag. As another member posted, he should check the fit and clearances and dimensions without the stock around the receiver and trigger group unit. Go slowly. But remember that you will still be dealing with a ProMag product. Still "iffy" as to reliability, IMO. Good luck with it all!


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Old February 18th, 2017, 10:19 AM   #38
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I've recently bought some USGI from Champions Choice, for $40, and thought it was a fair price.

The 44MAG.com price absolutely surprised me.


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Old February 18th, 2017, 12:39 PM   #39
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I presume that you meant in the front of the mag.
Nope, rear of the mag. The hole is on the rear of the GI Thompson mag of which I was speaking. On a M14 mag, yep, the front.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 12:49 PM   #40
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MudPie: DUH! I apologize sir. My mistake. Somehow I missed that. Had I absorbed what you had written I never would have made that comment. (I embarrass myself enough as it is.) I sold my Colt M21/28 "Overstamp" Navy Thompson so long ago I failed to make that visual connection. My mind was still locked in on the M14/M1A mag.

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Old February 18th, 2017, 03:49 PM   #41
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MudPie: DUH! I apologize sir. My mistake. Somehow I missed that. Had I absorbed what you had written I never would have made that comment. (I embarrass myself enough as it is.) I sold my Colt M21/28 "Overstamp" Navy Thompson so long ago I failed to make that visual connection. My mind was still locked in on the M14/M1A mag.
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Old February 18th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #42
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I'm a member of Sportsman's Guide and from time to time I buy things from them. Okay, I'm a fan of their military surplus and sometimes they list things WAY below what others sell for until someone catches the mistake and adjusts prices. I bought a pair of "like new" E-88 field telephones for around 90-100 bucks. I bought the pair, they work perfectly and look new. What am I going to do with them ? No idea, cell phones are a whole lot easier. They were shortly out of stock and when relisted, they are selling in singles and look beat to crap, didn't guarantee to be working and cost a whole lot more.

They also sell M14 mags, 3 packs and singles. The FAQ for the singles said they were made by CMI. The 3 packs were ProMag. Prices were almost the same, the 3 pack a little cheaper if memory serves. I remembered something my Dad used to say, "Sometimes cheaper is more expensive.".

Following the advice given here, I ordered 2 of the CMI's. I had a 10 dollar off coupon and free shipping coupon. Worked out that first mag was 16 bucks, 2nd was 26.99. After I made sure they fit, I duplicated the order as I had another 10 buck coupon.

Does any of this help the OP ? Not one bit. If anything, only my Dad's saying, "Sometimes cheaper is more expensive.". Which is of no comfort at this point.

Since you're not getting any help from ProMag, I'd try to modify the mags, can't break broke. Try enlarging/elongating the hole ever so slightly in the front of the mag. Maybe it's just not catching the oprod spring guide. I have several GI mags for my Tommy that wouldn't catch right, I dremeled the hole in the rear of the mag and now they work fine.
I've purchased several of the CheckMate 20 round mags for my Norinco M14 and they have all performed flawlessly. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/produ...4-mag?a=407957

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I regret to inform the OP that Promags suck right out out of the package.

The only ones I've ever got to work decently are some M1 carbine mags and my Sig P6 mags, the latter were only purchased because no one else makes them. However I got incredibly lucky.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 01:38 AM   #44
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ProMags and Nationals make great, albeit expensive, 100 yard targets with open sights.

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I must be the ONLY guy here to have had a problem with CMI mags. But, all the old USGI's BRW, KMT, OM and even Chinese mags I have all work fine.

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