Shotgun News test AR-15 magazines

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Shotgun News magazine has published an AR-15 magazine torture test. The author, David M. Fortier, summarized the article on AR15.com …

85 8.5 foot drop test. The Tango Down, PMAG and TAPCO all split down the spine.

Many more tests than these were performed. For the full write-up check out the Shotgun News article.

My thoughts:

PMAGs are very good, but not as indestructible as some think.

Aluminum mags are not as bad as some think.

You should consider checking out Lancer’s mag…..they surprised me.

If MSARs mag dropped free they would be an interesting option.

Dropping mags onto cement is A LOT tougher on them then running them over with a SUV….

but all those videos from the various mag companies sure did work wonders for advertising didn’t they…..

Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link.

UPDATE: The drop test was 8.5 feet, not 85 feet.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Dab Dab on Feb 20, 2011

    Why not round it off to 8" or 9" that way you avoid the risk of confusion. I don't think this test has a practical relevance, though. Vertical drop at that height is not a likely combat scenario.

  • Dab Dab on Feb 20, 2011

    Why not round it off to 8' or 9' that way you avoid the risk of confusion. I don’t think this test has a practical relevance, though. Vertical drop at that height is not a likely combat scenario.

    [please delete previous post of inches instead of feet]

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