Shooting Gear

Lancer L7 Advanced Warfighter Magazine

Lancer L7 mag

Lancer displayed their new L7 Advanced Warfighter Magazine (AWM) at the 2014 SHOT Show.  The magazine is specifically designed as an upgraded magazine for semi-auto .308 caliber (7.62x51mm) rifles.  The L7 AWM continues Lancer’s famous translucent options in polymer magazines.

Lancer believed that most .308 caliber polymer magazines were not strong enough to sustain repeated firing of the more powerful .30 caliber cartridges.  To answer this concern, Lancer combined the lightweight benefit of polymer, with the hardness and durability of steel like their L5 AWM.


Caldwell Mag Charger for AR

Caldwell AR-15 Mag Charger

Perhaps the coolest gadget I’ve seen at the SHOT Show so far this year is the Caldwell AR-15 Mag Charger.  Being displayed at the Battenfeld Technologies booth, the Mag Charger is designed to quickly load AR-15 magazines in three easy steps.  According to the advertisement, the Mag Charger can load 30-rounds of ammunition from the box to the magazine in only 10 seconds.  The system is capable of loading .223, 5.56mm, and .204 ammunition.

The Mag Charger has a spring loaded ammunition tray designed for 50 rounds per load sitting inside of an open-topped plastic housing.  Loading 50-round boxes of ammunition that typically sit loosely in a plastic or styrofoam tray is best, but ammunition can be loaded individually if needed.


Magpul AK-47 Magazine

When you think of polymer AR-15 magazines, Magpul PMAGs are almost the universal image that comes to mind.  The company now aims to make you think “Magpul AK-47 magazine” when you need to feed your Eastern Bloc gun.

Magpul AK-47 magazine

I recently read an independent test in a tactical magazine that compared 5 different polymer magazines. Though several other brands scored high, the Magpul PMAG was still the reigning champ.  From dusty battlegrounds to the mean streets, to home defense and beyond, Magpul has produced a great magazine that is enjoyed by many.


Until recently Magpul has focused most of the PMAG magazines on the AR rifle market.  The most popular mag being for the AR-15, but also offering magazines for the  AR-10 in .308 caliber, and two options for the British SA80 and the H&K G36.

For the first time, however, Magpul has entered the increasingly popular AK-47 market with the new PMAG 30 AK MOE.  The new PMAG 30 for the AK-47 brings all the experience, expertise, and technical magic that has made the Magpul PMags so popular in the AR market to the Kalashnikov world.  Specifically designed to work in the AK-47, AKM, AKS, and similarly patterned rifles chambered for the 7.62×39, the AK MOE is a 30-round lightweight polymer magazine that offers a removable base plate, constant curve, and the highly regarded and dependable Magpul follower.


Cheapest Glock Magazines

Cheapest Glock Magazine“Where can I get the cheapest Glock magazines?” is one of the more common e-mails I get.  Considering how popular the pistols are, it really shouldn’t be a surprise.

As you may suspect, different retailers will run specials or sales on Glock mags, so prices can and will vary.  However, for standard magazines, I typically expect to pay about $25 +/- for new.  Online sites like Midway USA and Brownells tend to be solid sources for the mags at this price.

With a little looking, though, you can sometimes do better.  Right now, for example, Natchez Shooters Supplies is selling many of the standard capacity magazines for just $19.99.  In fact, I just ordered a few more 15 round Glock 19 mags from them.  Heck, at that price, it is hard to not order a bunch.

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Ruger Gunsite Polymer Magazines

Ruger Polymer magazineRuger is now making polymer magazines for the Gunsite scout rifle.  One of the complaints about the metal magazines was the price:  $70 for the 10 round mag.  I like the Gunsite scout rifle, but at $70/mag it is a non-starter for me.  Sorry, but I’m not dropping $70 for a .308 rifle magazine.

Fortunately, Ruger wasn’t blind to the issue.  To resolve the cost problem, Ruger is now manufacturing polymer magazines of three, five and ten round capacities.  While not cheap, the polymer mags are much more reasonable at $39.95 each.  I can’t say that a retail price of $40 is appealing, but it is certainly less horrific than $70.