For those of you who can no longer find standard 30-round rifle magazines on store shelves, X Products may be able to fill that need. X Products has a 50 round drum that can fit a variety of rifles from the AR-10/15, M1A, M14, M249 SAW, FN SCAR 16, M-4/16, and many other models. Calibers include .223, .308, and 300 AAC Blackout.
When I asked them why they stuck with 50 rounds and not higher like their competitors, their opinion is any more than 50 rounds should be on a belt. The X-15 .223 drum is 1.5″ shorter than a 30 round Magpul mag, and 4″ shorter than Surefire’s 60 round mag. It can fire 1100 rounds per minute.
The loading procedure takes some getting used to, where you have to charge the spring by turning the wheel on side as your simultaneously load your ammo. The company reps said that with practice, users will get used to the loading procedure.
There is currently a 2-3 month wait, and is available at Brownell’s, Cheaper Than Dirt and many other stores which you can find out
Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career. He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. www.TopShotChris.com.