Common questions

Does the military use 30 round magazines?

Does the military use 30 round magazines?

The 30-round rifle magazine has been the standard high-capacity magazine for more than three decades. These devices are used by the military and police around the world, and can be found accompanying popular civilian rifles like the AR-15.

What M4 magazines does the military use?

The black and medium coyote tan are now the only magazines authorized by the USMC for combat and training. The government-designed EPM USGI (aluminum) magazine will be used only for training purposes. The PMAG GEN 3 would be ideal for the M4, M16, M27IAR (Infantry Automatic Rifle) and M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon).

Are M4 and AR15 magazines the same?

Registered. M4, AR15, M16 are essentially the same gun and will fit the same mags. There is a STANAG agreement on wepaons magazines for NATO which is why so many Euro guns take the M4/M16/AR15 mags and vice versa.

When did the military start using 30 round magazines?

30 round magazines did not become standard issue until @ 1971. In 1970 Col. Bull Simons wanted 30 round magazines for the Son Tay raid in North Vietnam. He actually had to go through Colt to get them because they were not standard inventory in the army at the time.

Did they have 30-round magazines in Vietnam?

Only around 1,000 30-round mags were deployed in Vietnam. No more than about a thousand 30-round AR magazines were issued to American troops before the war ended in Vietnam.

How many magazines do soldiers carry?

In military terms, your basic combat load is at least seven 30-round magazines for an M4-style carbine rifle and two spare high-capacity pistol magazines for an issued personal defense weapon.

What does the P in Pmag stand for?

Provisional Military Advisory Group
Provisional Military Advisory Group, original name of the Korean Military Advisory Group. A line of polymer rifle magazines manufactured by Magpul Industries.

Does the military use Pmag?

Soldiers have used PMAGs in their weapons in combat for years because of their proven reliability. Marine Corps Systems Command in December released a message which authorized the PMAG polymer magazine for use in the M27 infantry automatic rifle as well as in M16A4 rifle and M4 carbine.

Is it OK to keep magazines loaded?

When left loaded to full capacity and not used, most magazines will very slowly lose some amount of spring tension over time. Some springs may stay loaded for decades and still function, and others might wear out after a much shorter period of time.

Do soldiers throw away magazines?

Tactical doctrine states that one should always have a full magazine before entering the building or hostile situation, but it is also a bad practice to throw away ammunition in case it is needed. This retains the partially expended magazine for use later.

What kind of magazine is a 30 round?

The Amend2 30-round magazine is a sturdy, reliable 5.56×45 NATO (.223 Remington) AR15/M4/M16 magazine made of advance polymer material. It is a light, durable and excellent alternative to the standard M4/M16 USGI aluminum magazine.

Is there a 5.56mm magazine for the M4?

It is optimized for use with the Army’s steel tipped 5.56mm small arms cartridge, the M855A1, in the M4/M4A1 and M16. The EPM recognizable by its blue-grey follower. The Army is issuing Soldiers a new small arms 5.56 ammunition magazine designed expressly for the M4/M4A1 carbine and M16 family of weapons.

Is the M4 magazine banned in the Army?

US Army Adopts New M4 Magazine, Bans All Other Magazines (Even PMAGs) In a massive reversal of policy, the Army has declared that soldiers may only use Army-issued magazines. They are banning the PMAG.

How many rounds are in the new M4A1 magazine?

Soldiers also can use the new magazine with the previous standard military 5.56mm round, the M855. The EPM is tan-colored and has a blue-gray follower. The latter is the spring-loaded plastic component that positions each round up into the lower receiver of the weapon. Each magazine holds a maximum of 30 rounds.