WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BUY GUN MAGAZINES? START HERE.
In the first half of 2020 – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – more than 2 million Americans have purchased their first firearms. And guess what firearms need – magazines. Simply put, magazines hold the ammunition that feed into the firearm. Finding the right one for your gun can be tricky, so here are a few tips for buying your first magazines.
TAKE A SECOND TO INSPECT YOUR GUN MAKE AND MODEL
Start with your firearm. Who is the manufacturer? The firearm’s respective paperwork should reveal the firearm manufacturer, model, caliber, and capacity – all very important. If one of these categories are incorrect, the magazine may not be compatible. If you were to order a Glock 19, 15 round magazine for your Glock 17 9mm handgun, it wouldn’t fit. Learning how to buy gun magazines is easy once you know what you’re buying for. If you are having trouble finding information with your firearm, we recommend to consult with the firearm’s manufacturer.
I BOUGHT A NEW HANDGUN/PISTOL, WHICH MAGAZINE SHOULD I GET?
It’s always good to have extra magazines – stowed away in your underground bunker or for going to the range. After identifying the manufacturer, model, caliber, and capacity of your handgun, it is much easier to find which magazine you need. Very often, you will have two categories of magazines to choose from – OEM and aftermarket.
OEM magazines are supplied by the original manufacturer of your firearm, such as Glock, Sig Sauer, Ruger and Smith and Wesson. OEM magazines are known for their great build-quality and reliability. If you got a few OEM magazines with your initial purchase and you like the way they handle, just order some more. Take a look at our selection of OEM magazines, just use the filter button to find the right magazine:
Aftermarket magazines often have certain advantages, particularly in customization. These magazines may have larger capacities (OEM 10 round vs Aftermarket 15 round), color combinations (FDE, ODG, and translucent magazines), and possibly enhanced durability/performance. For handgun aftermarket handguns, Magpul and SGM Tactical make popular Glock magazines. Also, ETS produces clear/translucent magazines for many different pistol brands, such as Smith and Wesson, Glock, HK, and Sig Sauer. Click each picture below to find out more:
I BOUGHT AN AR-15, WHICH MAGAZINE SHOULD I GET?
Certain rifles only take OEM magazines (check with your manufacturer). But for many AR-15 rifles, you have many options for your magazines – brand, capacity, color, material, and other accessories. After identifying your firearm’s make, model, and caliber, you can start to narrow down the field of aftermarket magazines. Our most popular brands for .223/5.56mm AR-15s include Magpul, Amend2, Lancer Systems, and Hexmag. If you are looking for a classic 30 round polymer (plastic) magazine, we would recommend the Amend2 Mod 2 Ar-15 30 Round Magazine. If you were in the market for a polymer 30 round magazine, but with a window in beige, we would highly recommend the Magpul PMAG Gen 3 Coyote Tan w/ Window. If you were looking for something more trendy, our translucent Lancer Systems L5WAM magazines have been super popular.
I BOUGHT AN AR-10 / SR-25, WHICH MAGAZINES SHOULD I GET?
The magazine selection and market for AR-10s / SR-25s are very similar to that of the AR-15, so learning how to buy magazines isn’t too much different. Look above for information about AR-15 magazines. Again, certain rifles only take OEM magazines (check with the manufacturer). Here agin, aftermarket magazine brands, like Magpul and Lancer, are very popular. For AR-10 / SR-25 firearms, we recommend the Magpul M3 7.62 25 Round Windowed magazine and the CPD Duramag AR-10 20 Round Magazine. Click below to find out more about our AR-10 magazine selection:
I LIVE IN A STATE WITH CAPACITY RESTRICTIONS. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Simply put, your State and/or local laws only allow you to purchase/possess magazines at certain rounds in capacity (unless you are in law enforcement). Please see below if this applies to you:
We offer many magazines that abide by these State and local restrictions. Just click here for our State Compliant magazines.
HAVE SOME FUN WITH YOUR MAGS
Many people have found new confidence with their new gun purchase because they have gained the confidence and ability to protect themselves and family. You can have that confidence as well. All you need to do is pack up your magazines, go to the range and be prepared to learn to shoot, which, coincidentally, is a lot of fun. It is also a cornerstone of what makes America, America. Shop The Mag Shack for all your firearm magazine needs.