TFB’s 7th Day Of Christmas: Magazines

Ok, there is is nothing earth-shattering buried within TFB’s seventh day of Christmas. But no matter how many magazines you have collected over the years, it’s always fun to be gifted more. Or, if you are looking for last minute or Secret Santa gifts for the special shooters in your life, mags are a safe bet.

I had considered including the soon-to-be released Strike Industries magazines Hrachya previewed last week, but since the elves won’t be ready for a 2016 delivery, it will have to wait. Still, there are several innovative designs on the market that you may not have had a chance to try out. For the cost of an Andrew Jackson, you can try out some slick magazines with very little risk. As with any mission critical gear, make sure you give new mags a thorough run through before making it a part of your carry gear.

Obviously, there are a lot of ammunition feeding devices on the market today and the options listed here are just a small slice of those available. Have a suggestion? Post it in the comments section at the end of the post.

NEW – Daniel Defense $20-$220 (EST)

The new DD Magazine is the only one worthy of the Daniel Defense name and is built with the same legendary quality and exacting standards as our world-class firearms. Its 32-round capacity for 5.56mm and 300 Blackout rounds is the most notable enhancement while maintaining the same size as industry-standard 30-round magazines. The DD Magazine surpasses the standard in strength and durability with its lightweight, cutting-edge carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer construction.  An improved feed-lip design and an enhanced anti-tilt follower provide smooth, reliable feeding, while an impact-absorbing baseplate design adds to the magazine’s overall durability. The textured body gives the shooter a firm grip on the magazine while reloading in any situation, with or without gloves. For reliability, durability, ease of maintenance, and legendary Daniel Defense quality, go with the name you can trust. Ask for Daniel Defense.



Magpul GLock PL17 -$16 (EST)

The PMAG 17 GL9 is a 17-round Glock 9mm handgun magazine featuring a new proprietary all-polymer construction for flawless reliability and durability over thousands of rounds. High visibility controlled-tilt follower, stainless steel spring, easily removable floorplate for cleaning, paint pen dot matrix for mag marking, ridged floorplate edges for better grip, and 17rd indicator windows. Drops free loaded or unloaded. All with the same boring reliability you expect from an OEM magazine. The PMAG 17 GL9 is compatible with all full-size 9mm Glock handguns, as well as compact and sub-compact variants with some protrusion below the grip.Made in U.S.A.


BROWNELLS Aluminum AR-15 – $10 (EST)

A battle rifle is only as reliable as its magazine – make sure the one in your rifle is from Brownells. When the difference between a “bang” and a “click” is life and death, a magazine failure is more than inconvenient – it can be fatal. So when we decided to build our own AR-15/M16 magazines, reliability was our first priority. Some of us have sons and daughters serving overseas or in law enforcement, and we aimed to build the kind of magazine we’d trust their lives with. We started with a clean slate, then worked out the bugs on the drawing board and the test range before we offered a single mag for sale, so you get a magazine of uncompromising quality and reliability that’s built to last and ready to run hard. When failure is not an option, these magazines deliver on the range, in the field, in a tactical situation, under fire. Load these smooth-feeding magazines to maximum capacity and fire the full 30 rounds you expect. No jams, no misfeeds, no hangups.


ETS Gear AR15 – $18 (EST)


  • Standard 30-round capacity
  • Built-in coupler allows multiple mags to be connected together in seconds with no tools or extra parts
  • No tilt follower with reliable bolt open on last round
  • Clip on dust cover to keep dirt and debris out during storage
  • Fast and easy disassembly for maintenance without tools via our specially designed floor plate
  • Ergonomically designed floorplate makes it easy to grab from mag pouches
  • Magazine grip ribs gives you superior control


  • Extreme Impact Resistance—won’t crack or break when dropped
  • Very resistant to harsh chemicals
  • Superior heat, cold and UV resistance—won’t become brittle over time even when exposed to harsh environments or extreme cold
  • Translucent body—allowing you to see your ammo count and type
  • Creep resistant—the feed lips and body won’t spread when being stored long term even when fully loaded



Lancer set out to design a better 5.56 magazine; one with the reliability of steel, durability of polymer and weight of aluminum – the L5AWM. The magazine design includes a one piece, wrap-around steel feed lip assembly and an aggressive surface texture to create the ultimate hybrid magazine tough enough for military, LE and commercial use.

The L5AWM is compatible with modern weapon systems, including M4/M16/AR, SCAR16, HK416, ARX160, SIG556, ARC, SA80 chambered in 5.56mmX45/.223rem. Designed, tooled, manufactured and assembled in the USA. Weight 3.5oz


Mission First Tactical Spcm556 – $15

The MFT Standard Capacity Polymer Magazine, is a 30 round 5.56 NATO magazine engineered as an enhancement of the standard STANAG design. The MFT stipple texture, low profile front ribs and flared floor plate aid in extraction and handling. The floor plate provides drop protection, has a paint pen dot matrix area for easy identification marking and is compatible with tight double and triple magazine pouches. Two fully functional drain holes ensure full and proper draining. Simple toolless disassembly with double floor plate safety release tabs allows user to safely release spring tension during disassembly and quick ammo dumps. Long-life stainless steel spring and four-way anti-tilt follower ensure reliable feeding. Oversized mag catch notch in the rear of the magazine provides enhanced reliability of the bolt catch operation. Quality and consistency are ensured by using a specially developed Military Grade reinforced, super tough polyamide And as always our products are MADE IN THE USA with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.


Mission First Tactical SCPMCHOC – $10 (EST)

A ½” thick life size 3D replica of Mission First Tactical’s Standard Capacity Magazine (SCPM556). Weighing in at 6.5 ounces of premium David Bradley Milk Chocolate, this brings a new meaning to death by chocolate, grab on and take a bite! Dimensions: 7.435” x 2.525” x .515”

chocolate magazines

TFB’s 12 Days Of Christmas:

Day 1:  Back Up IRON Sights – ‘BUIS’

Day 2: Tools

Day 3: Hearing Protection

Day 4: Rimfire Silencers

Day 5: Cleaning Kits

Day 6: First Aid And Survival

Day 7: Magazines




Day 11: (thRow pillows)

Day 12: (extra junk mail) 


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  • Herr Wolf

    I like my Gen 2 Pmags for 10 bucks each. Reliable as a Toyota.

    • A Fascist Corgi

      People are starting to report that their old PMAGs are having reliability problems due to the polymer feedlips stretching. That’s why I replaced all of my PMAGs with Lancers last year.

      • Edeco

        Hmmm, yes, I’ve been suspicious of long term issues with polymer lips. I like Lancers, have 20’s since it’s way assaultier than 10, but short enough not to add ground clearance prollums. Also kindof retro.

  • AC97

    I don’t know, I saw Aregularguy have his ETS magazines crap out on him pretty hard (both AR and Glock) after according to him, leaving the magazines loaded for only two months.

    And another case of the Glock ETS magazines crapping out was with

    • Wolfgar

      Thank’s for the heads up!

      • AC97

        You’re welcome!

        I do recommend that you look for the video in question, as it’s not that hard to find. In fact, I’ll try linking to them, because why not?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Thanks. I hadn’t heard of that one. Will research.

  • Paul White

    Day 12: Extra Junk Mail? So you’re going with an NRA membership?

    • Pete – TFB Writer


    • GaryOlson

      I want to see his interpretation of 12 Glocks A Leaping

  • ozzallos .

    I’ve been pretty impressed my MFT gear so far. The mags have held up well under load and extended storage. Even at my most pessimistic, it’s no worse than magpul and usually for less monetary units.

  • RSG

    VO gun channel too