No matter how long you have been modifying or upgrading your weapon, it is always good to know what is new and upcoming on the market. Some of the best AR15 mags are not included in each list you can find on the internet.
Remember, if you are looking at new AR15 mags or if you have ordered a used one, you want to be sure there are no dents or cracks in the magazine. If there are, you do not want that magazine and should either not buy it or request a replacement. Below, there is a compiled list of the absolute best AR15 magazines you will find on the market right now. No matter if you are interested in polymer or metal, standard, high-capacity, or 10 round magazines, there will be one in this list that you will want to test out.
Magpul PMAG M3
This is one of the most well-known, most desired magazines on the market. At $12-$15, it is reasonably priced and easy to find when you go searching for one. There is an M2 version that may be easier to find, but Magpul has only improved their products over time, so you will want the M3 if you are into the latest and greatest upgrades. The Magpul PMAG M3 will hold 30 rounds of ammunition, and it was created to address specific issues the military had using the M2 with their AR-15 models. The specific changes made would not affect the average user, but you can look them up if you are a nerd and want to know exactly what was changed! If you want this magazine but you prefer a different capacity, Magpul also offers a 10 round, 20 round, and 40 round version. There is even a 60 round drum if you hate reloading.
Lancer Systems Advanced Warfighter Magazine
If you want a cool looking magazine and you like knowing how many rounds you have left in all situations, the Lancer Systems Advanced Warfighter Magazine (AWM) is fully translucent. They look neat and expensive, but they are the same price as a PMAG. You can see through these at any angle, making you able to see how much ammunition you have left. The AWMs come in a capacity of 5, 10, 20, and 30 rounds. Another difference Lancer Systems made with the AWM is that they made the feed lips out of steel. This lessens the likelihood that the lips will bend or be chipped, meaning they will last a lot longer than the standard ones made from aluminum. The 30 round AWM is only $15, putting it right there at average as far as price goes, but know that it is above average in the way Lacer Systems created it.
Brownwells House AR15 Magazine
If you prefer the old school magazines made from all metal, you cannot go wrong with the Brownwells AR15 magazine. It is the house version, meaning it is the tried-and-true option. There are many brands who have created an all metal USGI style magazine, but not every brand is worthy of purchase. Brownwells is a well-known brand that has been used by the military and civilians alike. It comes with the ability to hold 10, 20, or 30 rounds. The 10 and 20 round magazines are the same length. All metal magazines are durable, cheaper, and they have a cool factor knowing that they are used in the US military. They range from $12 – $14.
SureFire 60-Round “Coffin” Magazine
If you are interested in magazines that can hold 60 rounds (remember the Magpul 60 drum?), SureFire has a 60-round option for you. SureFire is known for making solid AR-15 parts such as muzzle breaks and flash hiders, so you know you can trust them to make a magazine you can trust. The advantage of the Surefire “Coffin” magazine versus the Magpul D-60 Drum is that you can transport it more easily. The Coffin will not fit in a standard magazine pocket, but it will fit in doubles, unlike the Magpul version which is shaped like a drum and will not fit into anything. If you fancy this 60-round monster, you will be forking out about $120, but it is well worth it.
10/30 and 15/30 Hexmag
Certain states only allow you to carry 10 or 15 round magazines. The wonderful thing about the Hexmag 10/30 and 15/30 is that you can convert the magazine to hold a full 30 rounds if you move to another state or if your state laws happen to change. The series 2 version is the best you can get. Keep this in mind when shopping because many have reported some serious issues with series 1. The Hexmag feels as big as a standard magazine, but it has been adjusted to only hold the 10 or 15 limit your state allows. Coming in at $11, these are the best if you live in a state with magazine limiting laws.
10-Round PMAG M3
If you are in a state with magazine limiting laws and you prefer the prone position or bench shooting, you may consider the dedicated magazines. The 10-round PMAG M3 is a proven option for you. PMAG creates some of the best and most reliable magazines on the market. These only come in at about $14, so you will be able to stock up as much as you want for a reasonable price.
Choose the Best No matter where you live, what type of shooting you enjoy doing, or what brand of magazine you prefer, you will always need to have a few magazines on hand. Knowing the best options on the market will help you make decisions about when to upgrade and what to upgrade to. Never skimp on the quality of your magazines and always test them out, so that you can be sure they work reliably. You will always need to have a few magazines on hand ready to go, so why not get a few different ones and try them out? Then you can stock up on your favorite and be ready for anything.