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Magazines - M1A:

I just bought a M1A, what a rifle. I need M1A 20 rnd mags now and have been pricing. I've seen USA mags at auction for $10 and they're made of steel with steel followers. Very Good shape GI M1A/M14 mags are around $35. Springfield Armory sells factory original are $58 with the "New Loaded" deal, which I have. What are the issues with M1A mags? I know I get what I pay for, or I wouldn't have bought a M1A-- but are there issues with durabilty or feeding with the cheaper mags. I assume USA mags are crap after seeing some of their other work. The GI M14 mags don't look too bad, as I don't care about a little wear on the mags. I'm just not convinced I need factory new mags for $58. Comments? Thanks!

Zero <>
Louisville, KY, USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 16:35:25 (ZULU) 

Zero: Other than the Springfield Armory 5-round mag that came with the rifle, I use only USGI mags in my M1A. They work great, never had a malfunction. Don't skimp on the mags, it makes no sense feeding an expensive rifle with lousy mags to save a couple of bucks!!!!

Forget the $60 Springfield mags, IF you qualify to purchase from them, the CMP sells unissued USGI M14 mags for $25 and used ones for $15. I bought several of each style a few years ago. The used mags varied in external finish quality but all function perfectly. They have other parts and items that may interest you, like M14 trigger groups, skunky ART-II scopes, and Lake City 7.62NATO match brass. You can see the full list of parts on the CMP site here.

Sandy <>
Rivercity, KY, USA - Wednesday, February 03, 1999 at 17:46:45 (ZULU) 

Someone was asking about 10 round mags for the M1A/M14 rifle.
Well, I've only found two makes of them. One sucks and the other one is a little $$$. Your right, they do come in handy while doing prone shooting. Also, in some states you can't hunt with the 20 round mags if you were to use your M1A/M14 for a deer rifle.
Check Springfield Armory out for the 10 round mags. It's the best all-around mag you can get "for now" on them.

D. West <>
Orland Park , IL., USA - Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 06:46:16 (ZULU) 

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