Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

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Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by wrish22687 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:40 pm

Ive checked on line and read reviews but I can't seem to find anything good.

I've bought some checkmate mags- There not feeding well.
Ive bought a few generic brands and they are also not up to snuff

The only ones that are holding there own are the factory mag but they are pricey.

I have a SA scout btw

So any info would be awesome.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by herian » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:45 pm

My favorites are thermolds.Hard to find used tho.20 bucks new but feed much better than most metal mags for me.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by SF1911 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:48 pm

I believe Checkmate is the current maker of the mags that Springfield includes with their rifles.

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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by wrish22687 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:55 pm

[quote="SF1911"]I believe Checkmate is the current maker of the mags that Springfield includes with their rifles.[/quote]


Really the bottom stamp says SA and the bottom of the check mates have a Rock. They feel and act completely different.
Ill double check this though
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Post by Rentprop1 » Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:42 pm

the surplus M14 mags are the only ones I'll ever trust
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by fish » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:16 pm

have bought many M14 mags from Gary over the years, great:

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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by Dave P » Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:21 pm

Checkmate is the present USGI supplier. If they don't work in your rifle, you got a problem.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by hurricanecharlie » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:01 pm

thermolds need a little dremel or file work on the lugs but when that is done they run nice
koreans are good and hard to beat the price

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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by flcracker » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:15 pm

In-spec USGI mags always work unless something is wrong with your rifle.
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Post by Dr. Dickie » Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:39 am

USGI are always good.
I have never had a problem with NHMTG mags.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by wrish22687 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:37 pm

What could be wrong with my rifle, Timing or do I need to loosen the gas tub nut.
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by flcracker » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:14 pm

wrish22687 wrote:What could be wrong with my rifle, Timing or do I need to loosen the gas tub nut.
If the issue is that the magazines are not feeding properly, don't start futzing with your gas system. #-o

First off - have you tried a few good USGI mags in it? Eliminate the mag issue first.

Then - check your op rod spring guide - the mag catch on the end of the spring guide can get worn and out of spec, making the mag not seat properly. A Sadlak NM spring guide is not all that expensive.

After that, I dunno. :-k
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Post by hurricanecharlie » Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:30 pm

is your rifle properly lubricated?

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Post by GunnyHiway » Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:35 pm

I have over 40 USGI Mfg mags and a couple of others I picked up in my travels. The USGI 20 rnd mags are the way to go, never a FTF or any hangup while chambering. The Checkmates are ok but need to broken in or "seated" as far as the ammo slides thru them. BEWARE of the ChiCom knockoff mags, they suck ! Learn the weld patterns, mfg. stamps like OM and W and differences in the followers of the mags so you will know what to look for and noy buy junk. Ask me how I know this. :ham'r
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by wrish22687 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:27 pm

Lub is a good point,
I bought the rifle new from the factory
And it was dry. I used to have to grease the op
Rod on my M1 so ill start there and give you guy
A range report before turkey day hopefully
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by GunnyHiway » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:03 am

wrish22687 wrote:Lub is a good point,
I bought the rifle new from the factory
And it was dry. I used to have to grease the op
Rod on my M1 so ill start there and give you guy
A range report before turkey day hopefully
You need to buy a USGI manual and make sure all points have grease that needs it, bolt roller, bolt lugs etc. Makes all the difference in the world.

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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by jericdsons » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:54 pm

Their some parts that u have need to replace and lubricate the parts that have rust and not function well....
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Post by GunnyHiway » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:30 pm

jericdsons wrote:Their some parts that u have need to replace and lubricate the parts that have rust and not function well....
Great advice on your 1st post. [smilie=011.gif]
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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by hurricanecharlie » Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:10 pm

korean run just fine for me
gun gun-deals.com
they will show all kinds of m14 mags and places to get them
polymer ithink tapco run after i fit the lug
grinding lug with dremel was required before they would lock in now they are fine
about 1/16 in off lug at bottom as i recall
these were bought long ago
new ones may be ok

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Re: Can anyone recommend a good M1A mag.

Post by drshame » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:33 pm

+1 for Checkmates' 20 rounders and proper cleaning/lube.

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