Pmag M3vs.M2

Pmag M3vs.M2

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    Pmag M3vs.M2

    I have a couple plastic feeders for the AK, but I prefer the steel. I am accustomed to the GI steel M16 mags we were issued in the Army. I am buying my first poly AR mags, and am a bit skittish. Is the Magpul M3 worth the extra $1.10 over the M2?

    We're only talking $10, but I can't buy local, and I'd rather buy the right tool once. Sometimes "new and improved" is more new, less improved.


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    Pmag M3vs.M2

    I've heard it may be stronger but the only differences I see when I put them side by side are a narrower base plate, different pattern on the body with more area to mark your mags, and a deeper/wider cut at the back supposedly to make it work better in SCARs. I'd pay a little extra but I wouldn't walk out without a mag just because they only had Gen M2s.

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    If you intend on using them in a non-AR rifle then the M3 is the way to go. As stated the bolt-catch interface on the M3 is more open like the STANG magazines and this makes a difference for non-AR rifles (SCARs, Tavors, etc). In real terms, this means that the magazine body, on some rifles, pushes up on the bolt-catch all the time. It puts just enough pressure for the catch to ride against the bolt which puts some wear to both parts (the offending bit of plastic can be filed down but this is, by definition, changing the engineering on the feed lips). On a AR the smaller bolt-catch cut out doesn't matter.

    Also, if I remember correctly, the M3 comes with dust covers but M2s don't. These not only keep crud out of the magazines but keep the pressure off of the lips when the magazines are stored loaded. On the down side, the available dust covers for the M2s attach to the bottom of the magazine and the M3s don't allow this.

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    This is a PSA AR. The M2 sounds fine, but maybe the extra buck is worth it for the dust cover for storage. Thanks

    (Still having trouble owning cheap plastic mags)

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    Not only are the M3s suppose to be stronger but they narrowed the base plate so you can fit them in double mag pouches easier. They also added a tab to help prevent over insertion. They were also redesigned to fit magwells for other platforms besides the M4/AR family.

    added text: I forgot to mention but when my buddy was in AFG last year he saw more PMags than the metal mags. he was issued the new metal mags with so tan follower before he left. During his predeployment training he and everyone else had problems with those mags. He left them in the locker and only used PMags.
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    The M2 mags I have work fine, even the used A Stan mags I picked up from a returning Marine .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmuskier View Post
    This is a PSA AR. The M2 sounds fine, but maybe the extra buck is worth it for the dust cover for storage. Thanks

    (Still having trouble owning cheap plastic mags)

    If you haven't held a PMag you should. There is nothing cheap plastic about it. After you hold a PMag the GI issue metal mags feel like cheap toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by remington79 View Post
    added text: I forgot to mention but when my buddy was in AFG last year he saw more PMags than the metal mags. he was issued the new metal mags with so tan follower before he left. During his predeployment training he and everyone else had problems with those mags. He left them in the locker and only used PMags.
    That sells me. I got out right when the really cool civi stuff started entering the supply system. It speaks volumes that civi shooters and suppliers are now teaching DoD...and that the military has learned to evolve fast enough to benefit from the best advancements (except in the case of that "green" bullet )


    Quote Originally Posted by remington79 View Post
    If you haven't held a PMag you should. There is nothing cheap plastic about it. After you hold a PMag the GI issue metal mags feel like cheap toys.
    The steel dents more easily, but it seems that poly, once it fails, fails drastically. AK's cannot be compared to AR's, but the steel seems to be the preferred choice for that platform. I really only quoted "cheap" because the Pmags (M2) were under $10, while the steel ASCmags were $13.

    (Why the heck are my CZ mags by Mecgar x3 as much?!!? )

    A stack of M2's are on the way...with 2 M3's (just in case). When the snow melts (May), I'll test 'em out and get back. Thanks!

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    I've heard the steel mags dent easy and they're heavy. I need to try those M3 mags. I have 12 M2s and they're nice.
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    I have both and both and have not had a failure yet. Pick up a couple of each and shoot with confidence
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