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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:15 PM   #1
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ProMag Magazines Fall Right Out of My M1A

Hello All,

Brand new forum member here, and I actually registered tonite hoping to get some help with these.

Went to a gun show and bought two new-in-the-box ProMag M1A/M14 20rd mags. Paid just under $50 for the pair. No receipt provided and don't recall the name of the vendor. Spent a little more money on new packaged magazines assuming that doing so reduced or eliminated any risk.

Got home and put the first into my Springfield "Loaded" M1A and it just falls right out. Just a tap and it drops out. Nothing is catching it and holding it in. Pulled the second one out of its package and same thing.

I immediately went to YouTube and Google thinking that if I'm having this problem, there must be hundreds of others with the same issue. Couldn't find a single video or blog post complaining about ProMag mags and the M1A.

I haven't contacted ProMag yet. Mostly because I have no receipt and won't even be able to tell them the vendor's name. Kind of hoping someone will have a tip for making them work. Searched here before posting though, and didn't find anything.

Any ideas or advice?

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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:41 PM   #2
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Did you load these magazines up to full capacity? It is common if you insert a full magazine when the bolt is closed, it won't actually catch and lock due to the pressure of the bolt.

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Did you load these magazines up to full capacity? It is common if you insert a full magazine when the bolt is closed, it won't actually catch and lock due to the pressure of the bolt.
If this is the problem then lock the bolt back before inserting the mag.

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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:50 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. Like the old saying says, live and learn. The current best mags for your M1A can be found at 44mag.com. CMI magazines

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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:59 PM   #5
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ProMag doesn't have the best reputation for feeding M1A/M14s. Like SA762 said, get some CMI mags.
Welcome to the obsession!

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Old February 16th, 2017, 09:02 PM   #6
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Try CMI mags. Trust me...

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Old February 16th, 2017, 09:36 PM   #7
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For commercial mags, what the last three guys said! And there are always genuine U.S.G.I. mags - hard to go wrong there.

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Had you posted a question about the quality of these magazines and other's experiences with them before you purchased any magazines, you could have been armed with the knowledge of which ones were best. That would have saved you both heartache and money.

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Didn't load the mags at all - completely empty!

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I don't want to sound condescending, but you're not trying to load the mags "AR style", as in just inserting the mags straight in, are you ? These require a tilt/rocking style "AK style" if you will. Just asking.

Like the others have said, CMI mags are the way to go. Current military issue and high quality. In fact, I've purchased only CMI mags due to the advice given here. 6 so far and I can see that amount increasing.

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Old February 16th, 2017, 09:47 PM   #11
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Had you posted a question about the quality of these magazines and other's experiences with them before you purchased any magazines, you could have been armed with the knowledge of which ones were best. That would have saved you both heartache and money.
Wow. Super helpful advice. You're like the Microsoft Office paperclip, but for guns.

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Nope. Rocking in completely empty mags. They're just not "catching". The slightest bump knocks them right out. I've owned many rifles and have dealt with tricky mags. Hard for me to believe these could be so far out of spec.

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Yep, 44mag.com. CMI magazines This is what I use, Happy Shooting

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The M14 has a "unique" method of locking the magazine. The lock in front is spring loaded, the latch in the rear is part of a separate assembly and the top rear of the mag slides into the receiver.

These can combine to give you a lot of variables from one rifle to another. It is therefore important that the magazine is close to original spec.

Pro Mag has a poor reputation for making just about everything.

Do USGI, Checkmate or Springfield Armory Inc. magazines lock in properly?

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