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    Sees thread...goes to basement...checks PMAG stash...damn it!
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    About the stated problem. Does it make any difference if the mag is or is not loaded to full capacity. I keep mine loaded one less than full capacity because some are difficult to insert if loaded 100%. The lower receiver is S&W, and I had blamed hard insertion on the Smith receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanM View Post
    Try just slapping the baseplate or sides of the mag.
    Tried this. Slapping the baseplate pretty hard makes the top round creep forward, which is not great, but other than that, no effect. Except on my palm.

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    PSA: not all PMAGS are created equal

    I have had it happen with 30 and 28 rounds. Most often on a vigorous reload. If the bolt is forward, insertion is super hard. I’ve had to slam the gun mag first onto a nearby object to get it seated.

    Lancer AWMs do not have this problem.
    @willie, as much as I’d like to blame S&W because I don’t like their guns, I doubt it has anything to do with it.
    Last edited by Clusterfrack; 09-19-2018 at 02:54 PM.
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    So are my new but old school GI aluminum mags obsolete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie View Post
    About the stated problem. Does it make any difference if the mag is or is not loaded to full capacity. I keep mine loaded one less than full capacity because some are difficult to insert if loaded 100%. The lower receiver is S&W, and I had blamed hard insertion on the Smith receiver.
    I've had it happen with pretty much any amouny of ammo in the mag. Often times I'll end up using partial mags in a biathlon event. I've had the same failure occur with ~15 rds in the mag.

    Coincidentally I got a Lancer L5 off the prize table at Rockcastle. Seems pretty nice and having an accurate round count might be beneficial in a RNG event. I'll still see if Magpul will swap my mags, but I may be buying more L5 AWMs.
    Last edited by littlejerry; 09-19-2018 at 04:59 PM.

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    PSA: not all PMAGS are created equal

    Quote Originally Posted by littlejerry View Post
    I've had it happen with pretty much any amouny of ammo in the mag. Often times I'll end up using partial mags in a biathlon event. I've had the same failure occur with ~15 rds in the mag.

    Coincidentally I got a Lancer L5 off the prize table at Rockcastle. Seems pretty nice and having an accurate round count might be beneficial in a RNG event. I'll still see if Magpul will swap my mags, but I may be buying more L5 AWMs.
    I do like that the Lancer’s round count is faster to read and more accurate. But they didn’t drop free in my Noveske lower any better than Gen 2 PMAGs which is a big part of the reason I only use M3s and GI mags.


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    Last edited by Wake27; 09-19-2018 at 06:02 PM.

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    Thanks for posting this, checked my stash at home and it looks like I have 6 still in wrapper that are model 20 and the rest are 22. Now I need to check my 5 at work and see if they are all 22s or not as I should have 4 more Gen M3 that are 20s somewhere. I know I bought all of mine in 10 packs. Any that I find will be rotated to range mags and replaced.

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    I’ve noticed I can reliably get Gen 2 mags to do this in a very specific admin load type scenario. My unmarked take home SUV does not have a rifle rack so I have to keep my AR in the cargo area in the back. I carry the rifle to and from the car in a cheap Walmart rifle case. When I put it in the back I unzip the case and lock a magazine in the mag well. I’ve found that if the rifle is laying ejection port up I have to be really careful sliding the magazine in or else the second round pops up and I can’t lock it in. If I’m at the range loading the rifle with the mag well in my workspace and the stock tucked under my elbow the mags seem to load fine.

    I also haven’t noticed the Gen 2 mags pop the second round up from just riding around in my plate carrier in the back of the car either. That was guaranteed with the Gen M3 mags that didn’t have the extra nubs.
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