Amend2 Magazines have announced that their 6.5 Grendel 10-round AR-15 magazines which were earlier shown in past industry exhibitions, are now available for purchase. The Amend2 6.5 Grendel magazines have a unique double to single stack construction that is designed to increase the reliability with the 6.5 Grendel cartridge.
Let’s first see how the company describes these new magazines:
The Amend2 10 round 6.5 Grendel magazine is a sturdy, reliable AR15/M4/M16 magazine made of advance polymer material. It is a light, durable and excellent alternative to the standard M4/M16 USGI aluminum/steel magazines. This magazine uses a patented internal and follower design to provide lighter weight, easier loading, and greater reliability than any other Grendel magazine on the market. This is accomplished by stagger stacking rounds towards the bottom of the magazine, and filtering them into a single only tack at the feed lips. The magazine comes in a variety of colors including Black, Flat Dark Earth, OD Green and Gray.
While double-stack single-feed magazines are not a new invention and are widely used in pistols, the Amend2 6.5 Grendel magazine is a bit different. In more conventional double to single stack magazines, the top cartridge is centered in the magazine, whereas in the Amend2 6.5 Grendel mag (see the image above) the top cartridge is oriented to the right side of the magazine. Why didn’t they center it in the mag? I assume to increase the feeding reliability because AR-15 feed ramps are designed to work with double-feed magazines where cartridges are fed alternatingly from left or right. If the cartridge was centered, it would likely feed not as reliable because the bullet, instead of hitting one of the feed ramps, would hit the 6 o’clock locking lug of the AR-15 barrel extension.
I am pretty sure that these 6.5 Grendel magazines will also work with Hornady’s new 6mm ARC cartridge because the two cartridges share similar case body taper, case head/base diameter and overall length. That being said, that’s perfect timing for releasing these mags.
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