Skip to comments.In Reversal, Army Bans High-Performance Rifle Mags
Posted on 05/26/2012 4:29:16 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
The Army has ordered that soldiers may use only government-issued magazines with their M4 carbines, a move that effectively bans one of the most dependable and widely used commercial-made magazines on todays battlefield.
The past decade of war has spawned a wave of innovation in the commercial soldier weapons and equipment market. As a result, trigger-pullers in the Army, Marines and various service special operations communities now go to war armed with commercially designed kit thats been tested under the most extreme combat conditions.
Near the top of such advancements is the PMAG polymer M4 magazine, introduced by Magpul Industries Corp. in 2007. Its rugged design has made it as one of the top performers in the small-arms accessory arena, according to combat veterans who credit the PMAG with drastically improving the reliability of the M4.
Despite the success of the PMAG, Army officials from the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command issued a safety of use message in April that placed it, and all other polymer magazines, on an unauthorized list.
This seems to be a complete policy reversal, since PMAGs are standard issue with the Armys 75th Ranger Regiment and they have been routinely issued to infantry units before war-zone deployments.
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That was the answer I expected. Thanks.
That will really make the “line” guys mad, when they see their buddies in SOCOM billets using the gear they can’t use any more.
Of course, down range, I wonder if people will really enforce stuff like this. Afghanistan is a long way from TACOM Life Cycle Management Command.
The Union army didn’t issue lever action rifles during the Civil War because an idiot general in charge of ordinance thought it would be a waste on ammunition.
It was Congress, not a general, that decided to ban multi-fire guns from Army procurement. The thinking was that the soldiers would just fire lots of un-aimed rounds. If you read the book On Killing; the psychological cost of learning to kill in combat and society which examines Civil War battles in detail, youll see that Congress was right. Also, the lever action guns cost about $26 while the muzzle loaders cost from $4-8.
The way multi-fire rifles worked their way into combat was: a rich man would raise a regiment, equip them with his own money, declare himself a colonel and theyd all join together. Also, individual soldiers often brought their own uniforms and equipment.
Incidentally, the WWII Japanese never fielded a machine gun like the Tommy gun because the old generals running the show said no, they wanted every shot aimed.
Follow the MONEY it will lead to a corrupt politician!!
First poly mag I used / tried was the Canadian issued mag. Traded a few with the troops from Cold Lake deployed to 1st Gulf war. It would “fuzz” up for a better word in the abrasive sand of the middle east. Increased the size of the dang thing in a mag well. Only GI metal mag I trusted or carried was made in Parsons Kansas. I kept cases of those in my gear lockers and always took spares along if possible. My 1911A1 Mags were and still are wilson rogers 8 round stainless.
The PMAG’s are all I have in my gear now as a civilian and a reserve sheriff deputy.
MagPul didn’t donate to the socialist rats is my opinion why their excellent product is being banned by the bean countin REMF’s.
I smell Surefire at play here as well. not sure as to the reliability of the new 60 & 100 round magazines they sell so won’t bad mouth em yet the more new and improved that shows up in a grunts gear the less happy his NCO’s are .....
Testing , trial and error are for the range and shoot house. Not combat.
what always irritates me about these articles is the only Army and Marines carry guns. I just got back from my year in Iraq and there are a lot of my fellow AF guys doing convoy and security forces work. Not to mention the Navy folks doing the same Army augmentation work. Rant off - this edict won’t stop soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines from self procuring top line gear. I know I sure as hell did. It is stupid not to. People are starting to arrive in theater with self purchased armor, mags, knives, vests, pouches, etc. oh and I carried magpul mags as a logistics advisor to the Iraqi air force. I would hope the folks that have to shoot everyday do the same.
It won’t. What SOCOM wants, SOCOM gets.
That kind of thinking shows how little policymakers care for their own soldiers.
Bullets are,or at least should be, much cheaper than soldiers’ lives!
The Southern Confederacy didn’t have the manufacturing base to make thousands of lever-action arms or even sufficient revolvers,else I believe thay would have used those weapons.The Union soldier was on a political mission,the Southern was defending his home..
Typical “Big Army” stupidity.
Up there with painting big red “Crusader Crosses” on unarmed casevac helos in A-stan, just to keep the Army bureaucrats in the medical branch content with their own helicopter empire.
I look for the USMC to say, “Sorry, we’re not going to crush our PMAGs.” And the Rangers too, probably.
Got to ask you, Dave ----->Why do you (and a few other FReepers) feel you have to use " G-d " in your posts, instead of GOD? This is expected in the politically correct mainstream media, but why here???
Just curious !!
Yeah, I’ve been following the red cross thing via Michael Yon. I’m amazed that is still going on.
One of the mistakes leading to the Little Bighorn massacre was the fact that the brass didn’t want the soldiers wasting ammo with repeaters.
Any time a firearms-related thread is created on FreeRepublic, please be sure to add the "banglist" keyword to it so that interested FReepers don't miss it. Just a suggestion.
Let Freedom Ring,
It’s a Jewish tradition of not using the Hebrew name for God, it has nothing to do with political correctness.
“The Union army didn’t issue lever action rifles during the Civil War because an idiot general in charge of ordinance thought it would be a waste on ammunition.”
That was carried on after the Civil War. Custer’s troopers at the Little Big Horn were issued trapdoor Springfield’s in which the shells sometimes jammed, and had to be dug out.
He also left his gatling guns behind because the slowed them down, having to be pulled by horses.
Yep. The good commanders will turn their heads the other way over something like this.
Long ago and far away the response to such foolishness was always the same:
“What are they going to do, send me to Viet Nam?”
An ornery lot and they were armed to the teeth.
I believe Okay Industries make the mill approved mags.
****because an idiot general in charge of ordinance****
“That old fogey, Ripley!” as the newspapers of the time called him.
IIRC, Jewish folks use “YHWH”, called the “Tetragammaton” (Greek = Four Letters), as the Name of God. Ancient Hebrew writing does not use vowels.
YHWH is usually translated as Jehovah or Yahweh.
Folks who write G_d are just being reverent.
“Unlike English, however, the Hebrew alphabet is a consonantal one: there are no separate letters for vowels in the written alphabet (though some letters, in particular Vav and Yod, can function as “consonantal vowels”). This does not mean, of course, that vowels are not used in Hebrew. In fact, it is impossible to say anything at all without vowel sounds. But ancient Hebrew contained no written vowels as distinct letter forms: the actual vowel sounds were “added” to the reading by means of oral tradition and long-established usage.
As an experiment, try reading the following:
Lv th Lrd yr Gd wth ll yr hrt
If you were able to “figure out” that the above string of letters reads “Love the Lord your God with all your heart,” (Deut 6:5), then you might be able to see how a language could be entirely made up of consonantswith the reader supplying the missing vowels.”
You are way too lenient! Our so called leader has done a way better job than the terrorists who “Only” brought down the twin towers, were as he along with his Kameraden is in the process of bringing down the whole country.