View Full Version : M14/M1A Magazine Question

April 1, 2011, 01:29 AM
I just purchased a Springfield Armory M1A Scout Squad and looking at getting some additional 20rd mags.

44Mag.Com has genuine CMI (Check Mate Industries) 20rd mags. Those are contract overruns for the US Military. They are selling them for $27.00 each. From what I have researched; CMI or Springfield Armory Mags are the way to go and I believe that CMI makes the mags for Springfield anyway.

Sports Mans Guide has a bunch of different mags and does not give a a good photo nor any info on who made the mags. They right now have a 20rd mag for sale at $14.00 a pop. So far there are two pages of good reviews on Sports Mans Guide website. Of course I have no way in knowing if they are true or not. Just wondering if anyone knows about these mags and if they're worth it. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=148200

April 1, 2011, 05:14 AM
Cheap M1A mags are usually Korean import.

April 1, 2011, 05:58 AM
Considering the Checkmate mags ship free, and are essentially the modern real deal, the value is hard to beat.

wayne in boca
April 1, 2011, 06:15 AM
Go with the CMI mags.You will be happy.

April 1, 2011, 07:18 AM
++++++++++++1 with Checkmate.

I have 8 of them for my M1A and they work great. I bought some mags from CTD that were "allegedly" made by Winchester. They were not and they did not work until the oversize width at the rear of the mags was reduced. CMI is the way to go.


April 1, 2011, 09:12 AM
New USGI = C.M.I. from 44MAG.com
Norinco and Poly Tech mags are also excellent.

April 1, 2011, 06:13 PM
Norinco and Poly Tech mags are also excellent.

How to identify Norinco/Polytech mags? How about Korean mag quality? People also give Taiwan T57 mags good reviews. How to identify T57 mags?

Navy joe
April 1, 2011, 07:48 PM
Stick with USGI as long as you can find them.