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Old February 16, 2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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How long do Pmags last?

I have several Pmags for my AR15, but I have not used them a whole lot.

By comaprison I have a large supply of GI magazines, I bought my first AR in 1990, and a batch of 6P199 magazines that were pretty new then (6/89). I have used these magazines extensively and they continue to perform flawlessly, they are ugly and a little beat up but they are still flawless where it counts.

I have a lot of new GI magazines that I have never used, I bought them thinking my old ones were wearing out, I have yet to need them.

Do you think I can expect the same longevity from the Pmags?
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Old February 16, 2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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I'd expect them to last as long as my Glock mags. I'm not concerned
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Old February 16, 2013, 01:07 PM   #3
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I normally wouldn't be either, but Colorado is well on it's way to passing a 15 round limit on magazines sold in the state, ironically Magpul is in CO, at least until the law passes.

For right now I think I'll use the Pmags for training as they are less susceptible to bent feed lips from dropping and such.
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Old February 16, 2013, 02:59 PM   #4
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If you don't use them they will last a long time. If you use them, PMags and Aluminum, not as long as AR-Stoners and Lancers with Steel lips.

PMags take abuse better than Aluminum GI mags which is the primary reason I use them in Competition. You can step on them, thrown them and they usually won't get damaged. But, every round you fire except the last, the next round hits one of the feedlips. This impact will eventiually take a toll. Shooting fast and heating up the polymer also increases the rate. I put more rounds through my match AR in a normal year than 99% of AR owners will in their life. A few mags and a barrel a year are considered normal wear parts to me.
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Old February 17, 2013, 07:01 AM   #5
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My youngest son used the 8 PMags I sent him in Afganistan extensively in his M4 during a 9 month deployment. Now that he's home and when he and I go to the range using our ARs they still work fine as frog hair.
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Old February 17, 2013, 10:43 AM   #6
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There was a post a few months ago about the US Army no longer allowing Pmags to be used.

My experience with poly plastics is as they age they become brittle. Poly items I have owned for forty plus years tend to break with little stress applied. Well this happen with Pmags? Don't know, I do hope to be around another forty years to find out
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Old February 17, 2013, 10:44 AM   #7
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My guess is that they will last as long as we do
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Old February 17, 2013, 06:40 PM   #8
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Madcratebuilder, I don't think there ever was an official ban by the Army on pmags. They blamed the whole thing on a poorly worded statement. Like civilians, the troops like 'em cause they are rugged & reliable.

http://kitup.military.com/2012/06/bi...ree-pmags.html
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