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I noticed that CDNN has 2 types of synthetic mags for real cheap (I know...I know....I'm familiar with the saying)

AR-15 .223 30rd Black Synthetic Mag New Replacement $6.99
http://www.cdnninvestments.com/ar230blsymag.html

Not familiar with this one.....is it possibly Canadian military or just some cheap P-mag knock-off?

AR-15 .223 20rd Thermold Master Molder Military Mag New $4.99
http://www.cdnninvestments.com/zzzar220thmi.html

Supposedly has "LE" markings so I assume these were made for various Depts.

Anyway....I have considered getting some of these for maybe 'range mags' or even use them for storing in caches because the price is pretty good.

Anyone have any experience with these mags?

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I have pmags and I love em. I can also see the feed lips wearing out in time. I like my trusty steel mags that I get for $10 a piece brand new. But the pmags are nice because of the window. It's all personal preference.
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You get what you pay for - I would not expect much from a $6 mag. You will more than likely have feeding problems.

PMAG!!!!! Spend the extra couple of bucks and get the windowless ones, you wont regret it. I replaced all my metal mags with the Pmags because I was so happy with them.
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I have pmags and I love em. I can also see the feed lips wearing out in time. I like my trusty steel mags that I get for $10 a piece brand new. But the pmags are nice because of the window. It's all personal preference.
pmags with the dust cover on is designed for long term storage per mag pull they ain t he 6.00 one though.
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I'm a big advocate for spend a little more now for the good stuff and buy cheap, buy often. I have a crap load of USGI mags and I plan on picking up some Pmags.

I was just looking at the CDNN site (they have $5 shipping this weekend) so I thought I'd see what new 'toys' I would get and saw these and thought I'd toss it out to you guys to see if anyone has any experience with them.
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Years ago I went the "economical" route on some mags that I had never heard of made of what they called at the time composite material....they were plastic plain and simple and they sucked bad but untill I tried one or two I would not have known.....good thing I only ordered a couple so I stuck with my tried and true USGI mags untill years later the Magpul mags came out. I will not get rid of my trusty USGI mags but I am slowly stocking up on Magpul mags because I love them after buying and trying a couple to try myself dispite all the latest raves and reviews.
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I don't know about these poly mags but if they are made in Korea I would not own them. We sold some Korean glock mags looked just like the real thing they were P.O.S. had a lot returned to the store.
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I don't know about these poly mags but if they are made in Korea I would not own them. We sold some Korean glock mags looked just like the real thing they were P.O.S. had a lot returned to the store.
Funny that you mentioned that....CDNN has those Korean Glock mags for like 6 bux each.. heard plenty of horror stories about those things....I'll stick my the original stuff!
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I run Pmags. I have 7 per ar and they are the best. I use the metal for the range.

I would order a couple and see if the work and keep them for range. I like to keep 1 or 2 mags I know do not work well. Keeps me up to speed on malfunction drills.
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They are fine for the range Im sure, but why not just go with USGI mags?

These are a better deal..
http://www.cdnninvestments.com/ar220pamawti.html

Or these are probably worth the extra dollar..
http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.as...ATB&groupid=14
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They are fine for the range Im sure, but why not just go with USGI mags?

These are a better deal..
http://www.cdnninvestments.com/ar220pamawti.html

Or these are probably worth the extra dollar..
http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.as...ATB&groupid=14
Oh I have plenty of USGI mags (over 25) just was curious about these on CDNN is all.
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Oh I have plenty of USGI mags (over 25) just was curious about these on CDNN is all.
I think they would work fine for the use you described, they appear to be thermold, The 20rd one is for sure, I am really not sure what the 30rd one is. Thermolds are what the Canadian military used for years, they are not known for their durability, but they work just fine.
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pmag only.....
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I think they would work fine for the use you described, they appear to be thermold, The 20rd one is for sure, I am really not sure what the 30rd one is. Thermolds are what the Canadian military used for years, they are not known for their durability, but they work just fine.
I think MJ has a good answer, the Thermolds probably would be ok for the use you suggested OLDWarrior64, but if you could come up with surplus USGI for about the same price I'd go that route. I picked up eight used GI 30rders for $8 apiece and they all work great. I inspected the feed ramps and picked ones that looked good and no dents in the mag body.

The rest of my mags are new GI and PMAGs, 20 and 30 rd. and of course work perfectly.

Maybe a few of the 20rd Thermolds since they are so cheap and probably will hold up better than 30s.
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I think MJ has a good answer, the Thermolds probably would be ok for the use you suggested OLDWarrior64, but if you could come up with surplus USGI for about the same price I'd go that route. I picked up eight used GI 30rders for $8 apiece and they all work great. I inspected the feed ramps and picked ones that looked good and no dents in the mag body.

The rest of my mags are new GI and PMAGs, 20 and 30 rd. and of course work perfectly.

Maybe a few of the 20rd Thermolds since they are so cheap and probably will hold up better than 30s.
Very good points!

Sadly thoe days of picking up 30rd USGI mags for $5 each are long long gone I'll get a couple of the 20rds. and see how they work out.....heck thats kinda like buying alottery ticket

Thanks for the input gang.
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I only trust steel mags. They are worry free. I drilled a row of .125" holes down the back edge of a few of my mags. Now I can get a round count with a quick glance.
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It depends on the plastic used. Good polymer mags can be better than the thin metal mags that are available for the AR-15. But the cheap plastic used in some can be very problematic and short lived. Sometimes the feed lips will fade, or the mag will crack. So I'd be picky about which ones I used.

The first link doesn't show the brand. I'd avoid it right off. The Thermolds are good mags, but they don't handle heat well. They were called "Thermelts" by those who used them. If cost is a big issue, I'd either choose them or go with metal mags.

Now the better plastic mags like the P mags are really good. But they cost more.
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Absolute garbage. Magpul PMAGs or GOOD usgi mags with magpul followers. Lancers and Tangodown Arcs get good reviews but PMAGs work for me I have no reason to switch.
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Just last week I ordered 3 Magpul and 3 Tapco 30 rd magazines to try out. The Tapco arrived first and I pulled one out of the package only to find that it was very hard to insert and darn near impossible to pull out. It would not drop when I hit the button. Number two and three where the same. They look the same size as the USGI. The following day the Magpuls where delivered. I had great hopes, after all, they cost more. Nope. I could have better luck getting a magazine for my M1A before one of these is going to slide in. (I am trying very hard not to insert a dirty joke here), I got one to go in, but had to use both hands to pull it out while pressing the release button with a multi-tool. I pulled the AR from my vehicle to see if it was the other rifle. Nope, didnít fit this one either.

A mental image of me bleeding-out with an empty AR in my arms did not inspire me to rush out an order more. I am thinking I can sand these down to fit better to use on the range, but I will never trust them. This makes me sad because they look so cool. (Looking cool is so important).:/
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Just last week I ordered 3 Magpul and 3 Tapco 30 rd magazines to try out. The Tapco arrived first and I pulled one out of the package only to find that it was very hard to insert and darn near impossible to pull out. It would not drop when I hit the button. Number two and three where the same. They look the same size as the USGI. The following day the Magpuls where delivered. I had great hopes, after all, they cost more. Nope. I could have better luck getting a magazine for my M1A before one of these is going to slide in. (I am trying very hard not to insert a dirty joke here), I got one to go in, but had to use both hands to pull it out while pressing the release button with a multi-tool. I pulled the AR from my vehicle to see if it was the other rifle. Nope, didnít fit this one either.

A mental image of me bleeding-out with an empty AR in my arms did not inspire me to rush out an order more. I am thinking I can sand these down to fit better to use on the range, but I will never trust them. This makes me sad because they look so cool. (Looking cool is so important).:/
sounds like your rifle is out of spec. Who made it?
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