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The Schmeisser S60 Window Magazine – The Best 60 Round AR15 Magazine?

Schmeisser S60 window 60 round AR15 magazine

Blame it on my history of being a machine gunner, but I always like having more rounds in my gun than less rounds. I love extended magazines, and as long as it’s practical, I want to shove as many freedom seeds as possible into a magazine. As such, magazines like the Schmeisser S60 tickle my fancy.

This 60 round, quad-stacked casket magazine brings Cheech and Chong levels of high to the phrase high capacity. The Schmeisser S60 comes in both Freedom and Communist varieties with options for both the AR and AK series, respectively. Today we are going with the freedom side of the coin and reviewing the Schmeisser S60 for the AR 15. 

Breaking Down the Schmeisser S60

Schmeisser is a German firm that teamed up with American Tactical Imports to bring the Schmeisser S60 to the United States. Like most modern AR 15 magazines, Schmeisser made use of lightweight but durable polymer to construct the magazine. Keeping with the theme of modernity, the magazine is even windowed with round counters allowing you to visually keep track of your ammunition from 30 to 60 rounds. 

This is the second generation of the Schmeisser S60. The first generation reportedly had issues interacting with the last round bolt hold-open devices. The newest generation promised to fix that, and spoiler alert, it did. I never found a problem with the magazine engaging my LRBHO device. 

On the outside, we get an aggressive texture that makes gripping the magazine easy. While it is a wide-body casket magazine, it’s not tough to grip and rip into a magazine well. 

Why 60 Rounds?

Thirty rounds seem plenty, right? A standard capacity AR 15 magazine gives you thirty rounds of 5.56, and that’s long been the standard. Why would you go from 30 to 60? Well, because reloading sucks, duh! Why the heck not? The Schmeisser S60 provides 60 rounds of freedom without complaint. 

From a practical perspective, 60 rounds of ammo does give double the ammo for a home defense scenario. You likely won’t be wearing a plate carrier with a few extra reloads when something goes bump in the night. Having 60 rounds will probably be overkill, but more ammo brings more comfort than less ammo as far as I’m concerned. 

Admittedly there are a few disadvantages of a hefty extended magazine. When fully loaded, the 60 round magazine feels hefty for sure. Price-wise they will also cost a good bit more than buying two comparative quality 30 round magazines. Admittedly when you go from a double-stack magazine to a quad stack casket magazine, you also have a more complicated magazine.


Drum or Mag?

Right away, we know the main competition for a magazine like this is the Magpul D-60 and similar drums. Both the Magpul D-60 and the Schmeisser S60 achieve the same goal by different means. Which is for you? The Magpul D-60 has proven itself to be the preeminent drum and is known to be highly reliable, and the Schmeisser S60 is relatively new to market comparatively. 

The Magpul D-60 does have a lower overall length and is roughly the same length as a 30 round PMAG. That being said, it doesn’t make it smaller than the Schmeisser S60. It’s much wider than the Schmeisser, which makes it a pain to carry more than one on a plate carrier or chest rig. 

The thinner S60 makes it easy to carry multiple S60 magazines (or an S60 with standard 30-round magazines on the same carrier). Lengthwise the S60 is longer, but it’s approximately the same size as a 40 round extended mag. The Schmeisser S60 also comes in at about half the cost of a D-60, making it a more budget-friendly option. 


Load It Up and Let It Loose

I expected difficulty in loading this hefty magazine. Anytime you expand capacity, you typically expect magazines to become challenging to load. I was pleasantly surprised to find the Schmeisser S60 easy to load. Don’t get me wrong; the magazine isn’t as easy as your typical 30 rounder. You’ll need to apply a little more effort to squeeze in the last ten rounds, but never in a frustrating way. I never needed a tool or magazine loader to finish the S60 off. 

For my initial testing, I just loaded it up and fired 60 rounds through my BRN 180. It fed perfectly and without issue. That’s not much of a test, but it ensures the Schmeisser S60 completes its core function of feeding the gun. 


After loading this sucker back up, I hit the range once more. This time I used the Schmeisser S60 as a monopod. I dug it into the ground and let loose with it. I fired 20 rounds and saw not a single failure. Next, I loaded it and applied front and rear pressure. I shoved it against my simulated cover training barrier and let loose 20 rounds pressing the magazine against the barrier and another 20 pulling it against the barrier. 

Not a single issue was presented with the Schmeisser S60 when faced with pressure from a variety of angles. 


Dropping It

With the magazine empty, I dropped it several times on its feed lips, on its back, front, and sides. The Schmeisser S60 dropped freely faster than a golf ball from a cheater. I do like when my mags drop free as it makes reloads a good bit quicker and more intuitive. After the empty drops, I loaded the magazine up once more. 

Now I repeated my drop tests with a fully loaded magazine. Most of the time, a round or two would pop out, but the magazine still fed without issue. The body of the body magazine was dirty, but nothing cracked, broke, or chipped. The feed lips look pristine, and the mag feeds.

However, like any quad-stacked magazine, you want to be careful dropping it. Dropping it fully loaded typically won’t cause a problem. Dropping it partially loaded is where you’ll often find your issues. 

The insides of a quad stack magazine rely on a very particular organization of rounds. When fully loaded, there isn’t much room for the cartridges to move. When partially loaded, the rounds can bounce off course and cause the follower to stick or create an issue with the cartridges feeding out of order. This is an issue casket magazines have always had and is a downside to the casket, quad stack design. 


Getting Frisky with the Schmeisser S60

The Schmeisser S60 allows you to keep 60 rounds of 5.56 on tap for when you need it. These big boys offer up plenty of firepower for the range and competitive use. The modern polymer design works well and delivers on its promise of smooth and reliable feeding. As long as you understand the downsides to casket mags, you’ll have zero issues wielding the Schmeisser S60 – try it today

Have you wielded one of these chunky boys? If so, let us know below what you think and share your experience in the comment section below. 

Surefeed E2 Magazine Review

A little history on the standard 30-round AR magazine

Okay Industries co-developed the 30-round aluminum AR15/M16 magazine in the late 60s/early 70s. Prior to this, the black rifle usually was issued or shipped with 20 round magazines, which was found to be insufficent for most situations, especially considering the smaller 5.56mm round. So, 30 rounds was declared the standard, and Okay stepped up to the plate, as they had produced quality magazines for a variety of firearms prior to that, including the venerable M1 carbine, under their original name of B Jahn. Rapidly, the Okay name became sought-after by soldiers who “knew their stuff”. Many military contractors produced 30-round magazines, but Okay magazines were regarded as the best. The citizen shooting world took notice, and surplus Okay magazines were prized and commanded a decent markup on the secondary market. After many decades, Okay finally released their magazine to the general public. These were identical to the original USGI magazines by Okay, and were sought out by “clone” builders (people who look to produce a rifle that is a replica of a certain military rifle, i.e. a Vietnam-era M16), with the new E2 variant being the latest evolution of the Okay Industries Surefeed magazine.

Polymer is all the rage, so why aluminum?

Chances are, your AR-pattern rifle shipped with a polymer mag, most likely the ubiquitous PMAG by Magpul. They’re cheap, reliable, and Magpul turns them out by the planeload. Nothing wrong with that. Polymer is seen as the evolution beyond aluminum, even. However, aluminum and metal magazines still have their place. For one, they are proven. Since the inception of the AR platform, aluminum magazines have been the “standard”. While it can be argued that aluminum magazines are not as durable as new polymer magazines, your standard USGI mags have decades of combat proof that say otherwise. There’s a back-and-forth argument that aluminum holds up better in extreme cold, but Magpul does dispute the claim. However, it is a definite fact that aluminum magazines are usually cheaper than their plastic fantastic brethren.

Also, as I noted in an eariler test of the Daniel Defense DD Mag, aluminum magazines fit older AR/M16 rifles better.

So what makes the Surefeed E2 Magazine special?


At first glance, the Surefeed E2 5.56mm AR magazine looks like any other aluminum AR magazine made over the past 40 years. Multiple vertical ribs, and a slight curvature. But that’s where the similarities end. Like any interchangeable part on an AR, the true differences are internal. The E2 magazine features textured side panels for a positive secure grip during mag swaps. It also has an enhanced feed lip design that reduces friction and improves cartridge alignment for reliable feeding. The spring is tensioned just right, for optimal function in semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes. The four-way anti-tilt follower enhances reliable feeding for less chance of a jam. Each magazine is coated with a Teflon-like substance that resists corrosion and even keeps the mags looking fresh after hard use.

That’s nice, but what about in the real world?

Much like my last magazine review, the opportunity to review the Surefeed E2 magazine came about at random, as my friends at The Mag Shack offered to ship me down a few to evaluate. The Mag Shack, out of Tallahassee, caters extensively to all types of shooters, from professional door kickers, to people like myself. It’s great to have cool gun businesses here in Florida.

This time around though, I upped the ante for the testing a bit and called on Carlos & Willie, proprietors of CW Gunwerksto meet up down at Henry’s Range in the wilds of southern Dade County. It’s a no-frills outdoor range and everyone pretty much polices themselves. It’s great. Anyway, in addition to carrying a small selection of standard firearms and accessories, CW builds select-fire samples based on the AK and AR platforms, in addition to some fun curiosities like select-fire GLOCK pistols and the like. Fun.

And what better torture test for a rifle magazine than using it to feed a rifle that is configured as it was meant to be, in full auto?

So, on down to Henry’s.

I arrived prior to the CW gang, and I decided to warm up by testing the magazine on a new pistol build that I had finished ages ago, but hadn’t gotten around to running. While (obviously) my pistol AR wasn’t fully automatic, I did have a CMC flat trigger installed, which I can get going pretty fast. Loading the magazine was simple and efficient – nothing unusual there. The magazine fit just fine – it’s standard, afterall. I had the range to myself (it was early on a Sunday), but regardless I called “going hot!”, and put 30 rounds semi-automatically down range. Flawless.

After some minor adjustments to my pistol’s Poortex optic, I did another 30 just because. No issues. After about an hour, the CW crew rolled up with their motley crew of machine guns.

Now for the real fun. After some catching up and basic education on just what makes a full-auto piece go, we got down to business. Since the purpose of this exercise was to stress-test the magazine, we didn’t fuss over accuracy – so basically we just did mag dump after mag dump using the Surefeed E2 magazines.

After about 300 rounds continuous – no flaws. No failures to feed, nothing. Solid. The Surefeed is “Okay”!

Rough handling, why not?

Of course, this was with us just “babying” the magazines. Load, make ready, mag dump, reload. The real torture is accomplished with rough handling. So, I tossed the mags against some rocks, dropped them, and otherwise subjected them to rough handling. Loaded, made ready. Again, flawless, even in full-auto.

Now, for some added stress, we decided to up the ante a bit. Carlos, inspired by @klayco47 on Instagram, suggested we actually set the Surefeed E2 magazine itself up as a target, and shoot it. Then load it up as much as possible, and run it. So yeah – we actually shot a round through the magazine itself.

Hey, it could happen in the real world. Bullets have struck bullets in flight, even.

The Okay Industries Surefeed E2 Magazine all shot up.

The Okay Industries Surefeed E2 Magazine all shot up.

The magazine was pretty damaged after shooting it. The floorplate was gone, and the spring was partially dangling out the bottom. We still decided to load up some rounds and give it a test. Damaged, the Surefeed E2 still held about 15 rounds. So we loaded it up (something fell out!), made ready, and did another mag dump.

Even damaged, the Surefeed E2 held itself together enough to flawlessly feed 15 rounds into CW’s custom post-sample full-auto AR-pattern rifle. Impressive. In an emergency, those 15 rounds might be the rounds that save your life. Our little take on real-world battle testing. Definitely adding this one to the protocol – thank you Klayco and CW!

Closing thoughts

With magazines, my general advice is to buy them cheap and stack them deep. You can never have enough. I like to spread out my choices between select manufacturers for variety and safety. With a critical component, you should never have just one vendor. I’m thrilled to add Okay Industries/Surefeed to that list. The evidence does stand as to why the pros have trusted them for over four decades.

Again a special thanks to The Mag Shack for hooking it up, Surefeed for the awesome product, and CW for the full-auto fun.

Magpul M3 300BLK Magazine Review

Magpul M3 300BLK Magazine Review

Here is a review Regular Guy Guns did on a couple Magpul M3 300BLK magazines he picked up from The Mag Shack.

Sorry (but not sorry) about the political and social posts the last few weeks. To be honest, I felt it necessary, especially since if we don’t retain our rights, it’s going to be kind of hard for me to provide review content on a regular basis. So, without further ado, I’m really proud to present my thoughts on the Magpul 300BLK PMAG – aka the The PMAG® 30 AR 300 B GEN M3™.

First, a little history on the 300 Blackout cartridge. Developed by Advanced Armament Corp during the Kevin Brittingham days in cooperation with Remington, 300 BLK, as it is known, was designed to address some specific needs within the US military’s special operations community. Most notably, they wanted better terminal peformance (terminal meaning how the bullet performs upon impact with the target), than 5.56mm, and also superior subsonic performance than 9mm rounds out of a submachinegun. In other words, a rifle cartridge that would also obviate the need for certain special operations troops to carry an SMG rather than a rifle. Furthermore, the new cartridge was required to work out of a standard M4 (AR) lower, use standard 30-round AR-pattern magazines, and not require a special bolt.

For decades, ARs had shipped in “non-standard” configurations, where an upper would be chambered in something such as 7.62 x 39mm, which is the familiar standard cartridge for the AK platform. While working “AK” ARs exist, they are often plagued with feeding issues due to the extreme curvature of the magazine, and also the bolt carrier group is non-standard, limiting the ability of the owner to source replacement parts.

After much research, AAC and Remington decided to use the wildcat (wildcat is an “ammo nerd” term for a cartridge which is not standardized) 300 Whisper cartridge as the basis for the new caliber. After some minor tweaks and modifications for consistency amongst loads, 300 BLK was born in 2010. Able to be loaded into standard AR magazines, converting an existing AR into 300 BLK only necessitated a barrel change, satisfying the military requirement for easy upgradeability.

How? Simply put, 300BLK has the same outer case diameter as 5.56mm, with the cartridge itself not being “necked-down” as severely to accept a .30 caliber projectile. Ballistic requirements were satisfied as well, with the new load having similar, if not better, terminal effects than 7.62 x 39mm, and superior terminal effects at close range than 5.56mm.

And of course, subsonic variants suppress like a dream, since the round was developed in part by a suppressor company.

So, if 300BLK is designed to work in standard 5.56mm AR magazines, why is a dedicated 300BLK magazine needed?

Why a 300 BLK PMAG?

While, for the most part, you average civilian shooter, including myself, has never encountered a problem with 300 BLK in standard 5.56mm magazines, that cannot be said for the military. While regular guys and girls like us maybe crank out 2-3000 rounds a year through our rifles, usually in semi-auto, the hardcore special operations community plows through ammunition at a far higher rate, with more full-auto use, of course. So, their likelihood of encountering a failure is much higher. Which with 300BLK in a standard magazine, they did.

According to Magpul, certain unnamed units requested specialized magazines for their 300BLK rifles. Thus, the PMAG® 30 AR 300 B GEN M3™ was born. Based off of the GEN M3 PMAG, the new magazine boasts a specific internal geometry for the various 300 BLK projectile weights and profiles. While 5.56mm projectiles go from (on average) 55 to 77 grains and are usually of similar geometry, your 300 BLK projectiles range from 147 to 220 grains and boast a wide variety of geometries. Some of which can hang up in a standard PMAG, on occasion.

Also, on a more practical level, the 300 BLK PMAG looks and feels different. This is very important, even to us regular guys and girls. Why? Since the case geometries are similar, a 5.56mm AR will chamber a 300BLK projectile. Now, even though it is chambered, it does not mean the bullet will successfully be fired. Far from it. 5.56mm is roughly equivalent to .223, i.e. .22 caliber. 300 BLK is, of course, .30 caliber. The projectile will not fit. However, the trigger will slam the BCG (and firing pin) forward, and strike the primer. The end result is a very dangerous “ka-boom”, which at the least, will wreck your upper and damage your lower. The potential for injury, and even death, is high.

With this in mind, Magpul designed the new magazine to feel ergonomically different from a standard PMAG. For one, it’s smoother, and there’s a different rib pattern. Picking one up blind, alongside a normal PMAG, I could tell the difference.

In not so many words, reliability and safety were the driving forces with this magazine. It might not seem like a big deal, but the proper magazine is critical for your rifle’s functionality.

The real world test

For a few years, I’ve owned a 300BLK AR. When I acquired my first suppressor, the Silencerco Specwar 762, it made sense to build a 7.62mm caliber rifle to really take advantage of the suppressor. And with 300BLK being touted as a “must-have” for a suppressor junkie, it was the logical step. But until now, I only used standard AR magazines. My “safety” was simple. I used red electrical tape as a visual indicator at the range. But, even with that, there was the possibility of an accident, especially if I bought multiple rifles with me that day.

The opportunity to evaluate this new magazine came about, at random, when The Mag Shack reached out to me to give this magazine a spin. Sorry it took so long, guys. The Mag Shack, out of Tallahassee, caters extensively to all types of shooters, from professional door kickers, to people like myself. It’s great to have cool gun businesses here in Florida.

Anyways, after some kicking around in Instagram chat, they shipped me down a sample to evaluate.

And of course, I called on my friend with the select-fire M16 lower, who helped me evaluate the Daniel Defense DD Magazine awhile back. The ideal stress-test for a rifle magazine is with a select-fire weapon.

So, after some planning and ammo-shopping, we proceeded all the way down to the famous Henry’s Range in Homestead. Henry’s is a no-frills outdoor range off the beaten path in the Everglades, which proved more than adequate for our testing purposes.

Of course, I started out with the basics, i.e. loading up the magazine. Typically, in my experience, loading 300 BLK into a 5.56mm magazine is relatively straightforward, but on occasion you have to fiddle with the ammunition to get it to feed properly. This time around, I had actually forgotten my UpLula loader at home, and had to load up the hard way, with my hands. Surprisingly, even without a tool, the 300 BLK ammo loaded extremely smoothly. Even with the last few rounds, which usually present a challenge with any magazine, loaded without effort. 30 rounds, check.

The first course of fire was a mag dump of supersonic 300BLK in my semi-auto AR. Loaded and made ready, and fired. Zero issues, over the course of maybe 30 seconds of fire. I deliberately dropped the magazine with force, and reloaded. Another course of semi-auto fire. Zero problems. Drop test, check. It’s durable, like any other PMAG.

Now for the fun part, full-auto magazine dump with subsonic ammo. For the task, I loaded up the magazine with some Armscor 208 grain subsonic 300BLK ammunition. Made by Armscor, a Filipino company, in their US plant, the 300BLK offering uses a Hornady AMAX projectile and brass sourced from Norma of Sweden. I’ll wager the propellant is IMR. Diversity, in cartridge form.

Anyways, much like our experience with the 70s vintage M16 lower and the Daniel Defense DD Magazine, we expected some jostling to get the PMAG to load properly. Alas, this was not the case. After mating my 300BLK upper and Silencerco Specwar can to the classic machine gun lower, we were pleasantly surprised to see the 300 BLK PMAG loaded effortlessly into the tighter magwell of the full-auto weapon.

The results speak for themselves.

As you can see, we ran the magazine in full-auto a few times. Zero failures, zero problems. It’s solid from where I sit. Also worth noting is sending about $40 worth of ammo downrange each time we did a mag dump. Full auto has it’s applications for both civilian and professional use, but at the range, it’s money into (quiet) noise.

For those who are curious, our “mish-mash” firearm had a cyclic rate of around 792 rounds per minute. My friend did the math as follows:

subsonic – 30 rounds – 00:00:04,593 – 00:00:06,866
2273 milliseconds / 30 rounds = 75.76ms per round.
60 seconds = 60 * 1000 = 60,000ms
60,000ms / 75.76 = 791.974656810982049 rounds per minute

The time stamps are calculated from the second part of my short video, and he derived the RPMs from there. Totally much-appreciated nerdery.


Casual shooters of 300 BLK could go through life without this magazine. If one rarely uses their 300 BLK AR, then it could be seen as unnecessary. However, I beg to differ at all levels. Unlike with the DD Mag, where you pay a hefty premium for +2 rounds and a super-grippy ergonomic construction, the 300BLK PMAG is only a few dollars more than a standard PMAG. If you can afford a 300 BLK build, and the ammo (which is still rather pricey…), then you can afford a dedicated PMAG or two. If anything, you’ll get major ammo nerd points.

Another huge thanks to my new friends over at The Mag Shack, of course – you can pick up the Magpul 300BLK PMAG here.

Amend 2 Glock Magazine Review

Amend 2 Glock Magazine Review

Amend 2 Glock Magazine Review

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TacticalasBuck recently reviewed an Amend 2 Glock 17 Magazine. Check out what he had to say!


When I first saw the Glock 17 magazine from Amend 2, I was intrigued. There were many  people covering it at Shot Show 2018 where it was debuted. The red follower drew my eye to the top of magazine, while the large base plate screamed for my attention. The view ports on the back begged to be loaded. Before buying this magazine I had never used of the Amend 2 magazines. I have seen them at guns shows, a picture or two of them on Instagram but no one I knew really used them. When I learned that the Amend 2 Glock 17 magazine held 18 rounds of 9mm and where priced under $20 I decided to pick one up. I order the magazine directly from the Amend 2 website.


When I received the magazine it was nicely packaged in a clear bag with printed logos, magazine information and their mission statement. The magazine also came with a nice Amend 2 sticker to place their logo where you desire. While holding the magazine in my hand ,I noticed the polymer felt light, yet robust. The red follower depressed smoothly and the spring elevated the follower without hesitation. The view ports on the back are clearly marked and the large base seemed to be durable.


Once I got the magazine out to the range, I conducted some drop tests. I dropped the magazine from different heights, and on to different surfaces. The magazine performed well when being dropped and thrown in the air. Throwing the magazine against a blue barrel caused the base plate to come off just a small amount. After sliding the base plate back on the magazine never failed. A fully loaded magazine did not lose any rounds when tossed in the air and dropped. One test I was excited about was how fast the magazine would drop free out of my Glock 17. With the large baseplate my expectations were high. The magazine glided out smoothly as I depressed the magazine release. Shooting fast was not problem, the magazine fed my rounds with ease. The magazine locking the slide back was reliable and the red follower gave you a visual that your gun needs more freedom seeds.


Overall the magazine seems to be a high value option for Glock 17/19 owners. For $13.99 you get an 18 round magazine with a large base plate and view ports in the back of the magazine. I think that this magazine will benefit those who are looking to get the most bang for their buck and not compromise quality. I highly recommended these magazines and will continue to put them to the test in the future.


Stay tacticool,




Shop for Amend 2 Magazines Here

Pickup an Amend 2 Glock 17 magazine at The Mag Shack. While browsing, checkout the line of other Amend 2 Glock magazines and their Ar-15 mags. All of the Amend 2 magazines feature the same high quality parts and manufacturing process. These magazines are produced out of Idaho. Most of the parts used for manufacturing are even sourced locally. Not only do they manufacture great magazines, they stand behind their products. All of these magazines come with a life time warranty.


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The Daily Shooter Hexmag Series 2 Review Video

Hexmag Series 2

The Daily Shooter, a Youtube video producer out of California recently conducted a review of the new Hexmag Series 2 Ar-15 Magazine. The Mag Shack supplied him with the 10/30 Hexmags which are especially made for state restriction compliance. They use a unique blocking system which cuts the length of the spring, meaning that no pinning or gluing is necessary. The magazine retains the ability to disassemble for cleaning and inspection. The Series 2 Hexmag also available in the standard 30 round capacity. Both the 10/30 and 30 round come in all four of the standard Hexmag colors; Black, FDE, OD Green and Dark Grey.

Here is a brief overview of the Hexmag Series 2 Design Improvements

  1. A revised feed lip profile means greater rifle compatibility. Made with; PWS, Armalite M-15 Competition, Stag, Anderson Manufacturing, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Daniel Defense, and Mossberg rifles in mind.
  2. Easier seating on a closed bolt and greater retaining power is made possible with a revised catch-pocket and lead in ramp.
  3. Easier loading, now made with stripper clip grooves
  4. Series 2 Hexmag magazines are made with the latest technology in materials and manufacturing processes this gives you a more robust and durable AR-15 magazine.
  5. As with any Hexmag product, they are made in the United States of America

Check out The Daily Shooter’s in depth review here.