View Full Version : Tapco Mags for Mini-14?

May 2, 2010, 08:11 PM
Tapco has come out with 30-round polymer magazines for the Mini-14...$16 each. This week is the first I have heard of them. I've been burned by aftermarket mags for the Mini-14 before, so I'm not likely to jump right on these until I hear about someone else's experience. Anyone tried them yet?

May 3, 2010, 03:23 AM
No I have not but I would not touch a Mini mag unless is factory Ruger or a PMI.

May 3, 2010, 07:52 AM
No I have not but I would not touch a Mini mag unless is factory Ruger or a PMI.

Well, my opinion is very similar, except I rid myself of PMI mags in favor of some older Thermolds that have worked very well for me. I'm wondering if these Tapco mags might work as well as the Thermolds used to.

May 3, 2010, 10:16 AM

May 4, 2010, 12:19 AM
ive heard good and bad from the new tapco mags. so im kinda like everyone else im waiting to see how they work. i have 2 ruger 20 rd mags and 4 pro-mag 20 rd mags and the pro-mags have always functioned flawlessly. i like them better than my ruger mags becouse they work just as good and are alot cheaper.

May 4, 2010, 12:44 AM
Every tapco product I have tried to date has been a disapointment. I own one of their mini mags and it did not function well. Had major FTF problems. It is just one mag though, so maybe I got a fluke.

I went with PMI. Available in stainless. They are tight in the 580 series magwells, but they do go in.

May 4, 2010, 08:15 AM
Temptation got the better of me...I ordered two. I'll let you know how they perform...

May 4, 2010, 08:27 AM
With metal mags you can at least tweak them if you have trouble,..... I am guessing that with polymer you are stuck with what you got.?

May 6, 2010, 09:53 AM
With metal mags you can at least tweak them if you have trouble,..... I am guessing that with polymer you are stuck with what you got?

Well, bending is certainly not an option, but some guys have done some light filing. I'm hoping they work as well as the older Thermolds do...I haven't had any of those that required any tweaking whatsoever.

Single Six
May 6, 2010, 11:42 AM
In my experience,aftermarket mags for Minis are almost always a gamble. I've always found the factory mags to work just fine,and now Ruger is offering hi-cap factory mags for the guns,but otherwise...it's been hit or miss. One thing I did learn [the hard way] was that if I'm thinking about buying an aftermarket mag for my Mini,go to the nearest gun show. Take the rifle with you and see if it will even insert cleanly as it's supposed to. Before I learned this hard truth,I made the mistake of buying such a mag and took it home...it wouldn't even insert into the well. I went right back to the gun show [60 miles away] with the mag and my Mini. The vendor I bought it from worked with me, and after trying several other mags with the same negative results,we finally found one that the rifle liked. Bottom line: Stick with factory mags if possible,otherwise,buyer beware.

May 6, 2010, 01:56 PM
I'm just not a big fan of plastic mags. It seems that the feed lips are not as precisely made as good factory mags. For example, I had to do quite a bit of filing work to get my Betamag to run on my AC556. Once I got them shaped right, it ran like a champ. Took me about 1.5 hours of trial and error and filing at the range to get this done.

May 15, 2010, 04:06 PM
I finally got out to try my two new Tapco 30-round polymer magazines. We had 4 different Mini-14's out at the range, and tried the two mags in all 4 of them. Each mag was loaded to capacity for nearly two weeks to see if the lips would let loose of any rounds. All 60 rounds stayed in place while in storage. Both mags locked snugly and easily into each of the rifles. There were no failures to feed, and the bolt locked back every time after the final round was fired. With nothing left to test, these Tapco magazines passed the test. For $16 (or less), I would say they are a great value. With Thermold still out of the Mini-14 mag business, I would guess Tapco has a great chance to grab some market share. I would buy more...;)

May 15, 2010, 04:09 PM
Thats cool
For 16 bucks I'll gets some too

Thanks for trying them out for us.

May 17, 2010, 09:06 AM
I may have to rethink my position on plastic mags - hard to beat $16, if they are durable and reliable.

May 17, 2010, 09:23 AM
Yes, thank you very much KMO it is greatly appreciated.