L5AWM Magazines Shipped With Bad Followers; Lancer Offering Replacements

Lancer has released a statement pertaining to its L5AWM magazines manufactured in the month of March 2015, which may be defective:

Notice of possible L5AWM Compatibility Issue

May 29, 2015

To Our Customers:

If you recently purchased an L5AWM magazine, it may contain a non-conforming follower. The non-conforming followers, which were manufactured below the allowable limit of tolerance, could fail to lock the bolt back after the last round has been fired in a small percentage of rifle platforms.

I sincerely apologize that you may have received anything less than a 100% reliable Lancer product. If you purchased a L5AWM magazine with a follower date code of March 2015 (3/15), we will send you a replacement follower free of charge. You can check your follower’s date code to verify the manufacture date. See procedure for determining the date code and assembly on our website. Replacements will be processed via email. Please email Lancer directly for a replacement at LSWarranty@Lancer-Systems.com and include the following information: Retailer, Date of purchase, Quantity of followers that need replaced, and your shipping address. For additional questions, please call 610.973.2644.

The reliability of our L5AWMs, and every product we engineer and manufacture, is our absolute highest priority. We’ve corrected this manufacturing issue and have taken specific steps to ensure our followers always meet the highest standards so our customers can continue to fully trust their Lancer magazines.

If you have questions about our L5AWM magazines, or any Lancer product, please contact us; we’re listening. We want to know how we can improve and bring you the best, most reliable weapons and components available.


Bill Meiklejohn

President, Lancer Systems

I use L5AWM magazines on a regular basis. In my opinion, they are highly reliable and durable magazines, moreso than other polymer magazines offered on the market. I am glad to see companies like Lancer and Magpul taking the initiative to solve problems with their products instead of ignoring them.

If any of our readers have Lancer magazines made during the month of March, they should contact Lancer for replacement followers.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Steve Truffer

    While unfortunate, stuff like this (company admitting fault and willing to rectify it of their own volition) is why the firearm industry. If I had an AR, I’d buy some lancer mags. They also seem to be built like my 74 mags (this side of indestructible)

  • Spencerhut

    I’m of the opinion Lancer is top of the AR mag food chain. We’ve been through many thousands of rounds with many guns and I can’t recall a single mag related issue, ever.

  • There is no reason. Every company has a few bad batches at one time or another. They still make a great mag.