Magazines, being the ammunition source for semi-automatic firearms, are, of course, important to how the system functions. Several times in my lifetime, there have been attempts by a naïve government to regulate a firearm’s theoretical rates of fire by regulating the magazine capacity by people who do not understand, serious people know how to load the system they use regardless of capacity. Small magazines simply mean more manipulation and the smaller the magazine the more reloads a shooter might need. Small magazines might modify the rate of fire but not the marksmanship ability of the person behind the gun.
With the strong possibility I’ll see another attempt to regulate firearms and or magazines, I always look for good magazines. Lancer Systems makes translucent AR-15/M16 magazines in versions that hold either 20 or 30 rounds. Translucent means some sort of plastic and, with no disrespect intended, the Lancer looks like plastic—but whatever they are made of, it is tougher than a lot of metal I have seen. I just completed pushing the magazines though three 1,000-round rifle schools while having 15 different people run the magazines in 15 different rifles.
One of the best things I heard was a Salinas, Calif. cop who said, “I was afraid I’d broke it setting my fat butt on the mag grinding it into the gravel, I picked it up and it worked fine.” The translucent magazine is easy to see through and has stout-metal feed lips molded into the body for reliable feeding. The L5 has non-tip or cant followers and high-quality springs. The rubber-like magazine baseplate is a very good part that lots of other magazine makers should look at. Bluntly, perception could be the Lancer L5 might be feeble or frail. The bottom line reality is the magazines are strong, reliable, well made and function. Good stuff.
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