Faxon Firearms Introduces Magazine Marker Bands


Faxon Firearms announced they are now offering three different calibers as part of their normal stocking identification markers for AR-type magazines. The three marking bands are:

  • 5.56/.223 in blue
  • 7.62×39 in yellow
  • 300 BLK in red

Using specific colors to mark magazines for different calibers is not a new concept, but the marking bands are certainly neater than swiping the floorplate with whatever color you’ve got in the garage.

Hexmag uses a similar concept with different colored followers and latch plates.

From Faxon Firearms:

 Faxon Firearms, manufacturer of the ARAK-21 Upper Receiver that fits any mil-spec AR 15 lower platform, is proud to announce the addition of two new calibers of their Magazine Marker Bands.

The Magazine Marker Bands are perfect for shooters who change calibers repeatedly and are used to easily identify which magazine is holding which caliber of ammunition. Ranges with multiple rental guns will also be able to utilize these bands for added safety steps.

The bands can be purchased in 5.56/.223, 300 BLK or 7.62×39. Each pack is color coded in either red (300 BLK), blue (5.56/.223) or yellow (7.62×39). There are 10 bands per package.

“What started off to be a simple safety precaution has turned into something that so many of our customers demanded,” says Nathan Schueth, Director of Operations for Faxon Firearms. “We decided to make these bands part of our regular product offering and the response has been tremendous. They are an inexpensive way to streamline your magazine storage and keep multiple caliber platforms organized.”

MSRP on the Magazine Marker Band Packs is $9.99 and can be purchased at www.faxonfirearms.com

Dealers or Ranges can contact Faxon Firearms directly for bulk pricing.

Faxon Machining / Firearms has a rich history in manufacturing for the defense, aerospace, oil and gas, and automotive industries. Faxon Firearms’ staple product, the ARAK-21® is a truly innovative long-stroked gas-piston-actuated, self-contained upper receiver assembly designed to seamlessly interface with the standard AR-15 platform.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • Joshua

    I just do not see the point. Is it so hard to check the mags before heading to the range?

    • I don’t see the objection to easier identification to avoid possibly catastrophic mistakes. . .

      • That’s the idea, especially considering the quick-change caliber systems out there (like our ARAK). One non-crimped 300 BLK into an AR-15 5.56 system and its a really bad day…

        We also see the bands used on rifles themselves. With people owning multiple uppers or quick-change systems its really easy to reconcile the colors with one another.

        • Didn;t even think of using them to mark the rifles. . .

          You could also handle the “oddball” cases by having unlabelled colored bands in colors you don’t use for anything else, so the guy with the .204 Ruger or 6x45mm custom upper can mark his stuff, too.

          Sure, he could use plain old rubber bands, but hey, if he wants to stuff money in your pocket, why not?

    • Altoid Fiend

      If you own a 300 blackout and a 5.56 (which fit the exact same magazine), a bit of caution is strongly recommended.

      Me, I’d just hit my mags with spraypaint – but this is a prettier-looking solution to that problem.

      • Andrew S

        The way I handle it is using OD green mags for 5.56 and black mags for 300blk. My 300blk rifle has a black grip and a black foreend, my 5.56 rifles have OD green grips and furniture. BLK=black, and magazines must match the furniture.

        • Cymond

          I do the same, but my color-coding is backwards from yours, just because ‘black’ and 5.56 are both “standard”. I only have 1 gun chambered for 300 Blk (so far), so it gets the special colors.

        • Andrew — I’m going to be doing a .300 BLK AR soon, and that’s my plan. Even have a dedicated “basic load” of black PMAGs specifically for it, and will be using all-black furniture as well. (My AR-57 is, and my 9mm AR will be black as well — but it is impossible to mix up the mags between those and ANY AR build I would have.)

          All of the 5.56mm ARs are any color BUT black, and their magazines are any color BUT black as well ( bunch of Lancers, dirt & weed colored PMAGs, aluminum mags with a layer of OD 100mph tape and 550 cord pulls, etc.). If I did a “retro” AR like my initial issue M16A1 (or maybe a faux XM177), it would be in black — but those rifles would be pretty visually distinctive (the only ones with carrying handle uppers, for instance), and feeding from the USGI style aluminum mags anyway.

  • mosinman

    just use multi colored rubber bands and a sharpie 😀

  • John

    Is masking tape not good enough? Seems to me like this product is another classic story about a fool and his money.

    • Masking tape good enough for most? Absolutely!

      The best solution? We would contend its not.

      For example, PMAGs can reliably feed all three calibers even 7.62×39 for about 10 loaded rounds (or more if you cut one side of the follower). Assuming you change calibers at the range or recently, its convenient to not have to apply new masking tape and you can easily slip the band around the magazine.

      Its also nice to not have to worry about sticky residue if you leave it in a hot car and they don’t fall off under heavy rain.

      Lastly, for quick-change barrel platforms like ours we put bands on the gun too! Its intuitive to match the colors on magazine and rifle.

      These aren’t for everyone, but they are available for those they are for.

  • Stipo

    OK, 5.56/300BLK is understandable somewhat, but 7.62×39… LOOLLOLO. Joke of the year right there. Also… 9,99 for 10 printed rubber bands !!! Whats the profit margin? Is it over 9000? Bwahahaha..

    • Stipo

      Damn, didnt see its only ment for ar type mags.. Guess the x39 joke is on me now :D.. meh, whatever … still a ripoff though…

      • Works for any magazines, including Surefire 60’s, etc.

      • Dan

        You enjoy being an ass? Are you like this in real life or is it because your safe on the other side of the screen?

        • Stipo

          I sometimes do enjoy it and yes, i sometimes behave like this in real life too. Why? Because some “Products” get me upset and i like to call them out for what they are.. Anyhow, it is all just business… Some will like this product, others will dislike it.. no hard feelings.

    • Would love a margin of 9000, but far from it. When you add shipping, bags, overhead, advertising, all in the pot, its much more reasonable. 😉

      • Stipo

        Yes it does add up, for the customer. I know its just business but to me this is a moneygrab and a lot of people will see it the same way. You are essentially reselling advertising materials at 5x the cost. It´s stuff other companies give away for free! What could be next… 14,99 tactical keychains? My honest advice, if you plan to advertise this product, is not to hype it.

        • Appreciate the honest feedback. We do include them free with our ARAKs and will continue to do so.

          Beauty is you or any customer has the option of never buying it.

          We wish you the best in your shooting endeavors.

  • engjin

    Clever way to make money on nothing. I bet I see a range warrior or two wearing them as bracelets

  • Phil Hsueh

    As much as I hate to say it and be negative Nancy this is really a solution in search of a problem since there are so many ways of other ways of doing this that are far cheaper, anything from tape, to spray paint, to your own colored rubber bands and a sharpie.

  • Sam Schifo

    No 5.45×39? Shame. There are dozens of us with 5.45 ARs. DOZENS!

    • Then I guess we will make 240 rubber bands.

      • Sam Schifo

        Seriously though are 5.45 bands in the works? Because I would buy them.

        • We have plans for them, but no ETA.

          • Blake

            Thanks for clearing all this up for us 🙂

          • Sam Schifo

            Glad to hear they’re at least in the works!

  • Zachary marrs

    I love it when companies come on here and and defend their product without acting like a d-bag.

    Kudos Nathan at Faxon, i might just have to pick up a pack

    • D-bag free since 2003!

      Before then, I admittedly was young and stupid.

    • Mark

      I second that. Responding with humor and pleasantness is a nice change of place around here. No the product doesn’t make sense for everyone, but so what? It’s not obscenely priced or dangerous. Besides, most of us armchair/range warriors spend money on this stuff because it’s a hobby. If it makes a few peoples range time a little safer or easier, so much the better.

  • Blake

    If they’re gonna make a 7.62×39 band they should really make a 5.45×39 band as well…

  • Longziz

    The only question I have is what color are you going to choose for 5.45X39; 6.5 Grendel and 6.8 SPC…

    • What colors do you want them in?

      • Rokurota

        Orange for 5.45, green for 6.5 Grendel, and pink for 6.8 SPC (because it will annoy the SpecOps types who shoots 6.8).

        • Pink is a good idea. We may even sponsor Breast Cancer with them.

  • Don Ward

    I have the strongest urge to make an M16 and AK-47 rubberband gun and use the 5.56 and 7.62s shown as projectiles.

    • We endorse the idea.

    • Gwolf

      Sounds like a good picture of the day project. Get building.

  • gunslinger

    so that’s the industry standard

  • Gwolf

    Good. This is what I like. Americans coming up with ideas and making money.

  • Aaron E

    Although many have commented on marking different but similar calibers with these bands, as a law enforcement officer sniper I could see a practical use for marking different “bullet types” within the same caliber.

    For instance, most law enforcement duty rounds are a hollow-point of some kind. However, in several operational situations having a barrier penetrating round is essential. Yet that same penetrator round is a bad idea for criminal threats in a law enforcement capacity (over-penetration with potential for innocent injury).

    In addition, some of the new ballistic tip rounds, or frangible rounds, show a lot of promise with terminal ballistics with a greatly reduced risk of over-penetration.

    Being able to quickly identify a magazine with the proper ammunition would be great.

  • LD

    I don’t have any mag-caliber mix-ups that I could do, but I started playing around with color coding mags recently, for ammo type.
    A red marked mag of vmax in the mag well with a green marked mag of m855 coupled to it makes a versatile christmas present.

    I can see the appeal of the bands, no tape residue or paint to ever scrub off, but I’m not sure I see a full dollar or appeal.