When most people shop for magazines, they look for whatever is cheapest.
While there are plenty of aftermarket magazines that work fine, if you aren’t sure what to look for chances are good you’re going to be disappointed.
Despite being a relatively boring piece of kit, a bad set of mags can ruin your shooting experience.
If a magazine doesn’t fit your gun just right, or doesn’t stay locked in place, or pushes on the bullets too much or too little, then you’re going to have misfeeds, jams, and other unpleasant shooting shenanigans.
What’s more, even the best magazines wear out eventually, so learning when to replace them is equally important as learning which mags to buy in the first place.
So, what should you look for in a good magazine?
How do you know when you should replace an old magazine?
Should you buy plastic or metal magazines, or a combination of both?
Ivan Loomis answers all of those questions and more on this episode. Ivan served in the Marines and Air Force and worked as a police officer and security contractor. Now, he works full time reviewing the latest and greatest military and outdoor gear, and he’s handled more different kinds of magazines than most people have even read about.
So, if you want to learn how to choose the best rifle, pistol, and shotgun magazines for competition, training, plinking, or your next deployment, you want to listen to this episode.
Mentioned on the Show
3:00 Why good magazine design matters
5:40 Ivan’s worst experience with a magazine failure
8:15 Why guns are built around magazines (not the other way around)
10:25 What exactly is a gun magazine?
11:25 How magazine technology has changed since WW2
14:00 The pros and cons of metal vs plastic magazines
17:00 How do new magazine technologies improve reliability?
19:10 What features should you look for when buying a new magazine
21:45 What rifle Ivan used to compete in the Tactical Games
22:35 Ivan’s thoughts on extended base plates for pistol magazines