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Old March 13, 2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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AR 15 5 round magazine?!!!

I shot my AR-15 at the range for the first time yesterday. I had my 20 round magazine (right?) and started slipping in cartridges and....could only get five in. I ask a fellow at the range, he took it back out of the shooting area, opened it, came back and told me "It is a 5 round clip." What the heck is somebody supposed to do with a 5 round magazine (with the length of a 20) What shooter of a military rifle is going to use a 5 round magazine?

Is it for hunting or something (I kind of doubt you would legally able to use an AR-15 hunting otherwise)

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Old March 13, 2006, 08:42 PM   #2
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yea its proably for hunting.
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Old March 14, 2006, 08:05 AM   #3
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In many states, you can only use a 5 round magazine for hunting. If its a full sized mag, someone has probably put a plug in, or altered it in some way, to make it legal for hunting. You could probably take it apart, and return it to normal capacity.
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Old March 14, 2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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if Colt and there is a rivit in the base plate drill it out, remove base plate and remove a "U" shaped limiter from the inside, reinstall the base plate and you have 20 rounder !!
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Old March 14, 2006, 12:17 PM   #5
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The limited cap(5 and 9) mags are for hunting and CMP competition---mainly to keep the AR and M1 on an even basis as far as reloading.
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Old March 14, 2006, 12:22 PM   #6
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I'll give you $5.00 for it. I need a 5 round mag for hunting coyote.

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Old March 14, 2006, 02:14 PM   #7
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I don't know if they still do it now, but Colt used to sell civilian AR-15 variants (Colt 'Sporter' rifles, etc) with 5-round magazines using 20 round bodies and rivited floorplates. This was meant to give the Sporter rifles a 'sporter' aspect (ie: hunting). It was probably more of a PC thing than anything. I have a few that came with my rifles. They're actually nice to have for load testing off a bench because 30 rounds are too long for that kind of shooting.
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