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What is your preferred AR15 mag capacity?

10rd
7 %7 %7 %
7.16% (637)

20rd
14 %14 %14 %
14.92% (1327)

30rd
63 %63 %63 %
63.24% (5626)

40rd
5 %5 %5 %
5.18% (461)

50rd Drum
1 %1 %1 %
1.87% (166)

100rd Dual Drum
6 %6 %6 %
6.58% (585)

Other
1 %1 %1 %
1.06% (94)
  
Comment made by Chad on 2020-10-07 01:47:03
In general a 30rd. The 5rd and the 10rd work great for bench shooting. 20rd work better if you are shooting from prone or any confined spaces that make larger magazines awkward to use. But there are very few places and positions that couldn't be worked with by using a 30rd. Bigger is just heavier, less reliable and less maneuverable. I would like to hear about 40rd magazines from folks that use them alot.

Comment made by Brion on 2020-10-07 10:54:19
While I have a few of all different types of magazines, I personally use 30 round mags. Being able to maneuver in tight spaces, with less weight hanging (on my rifle) is preferable. Plus, if I suffer a magazine failure, the most I may be out is 30 rounds..

Comment made by Joe on 2020-10-07 12:32:45
I have all sizes 5rd, 10rd, 20rd, 30rd, 40rd, & the worse 2 60rd magazines. I only have 4 each of the 40rd mags and use them as little as possible. They are metal, heavy, and awkward. The increase the weight of the rifle considerably. The only time I use the 40's is when I am shooting a rifle competition against multiple targets at different types of cover and distances. As to the 2 60 round mags, I thought they would work better than they do. Functionality they are good, but even though they are polymer 60 rounds of 5.56' s are heavy. Loading them is also a LARGE PAIN IN THE BUTT! After 40 rounds the other 20 will ware your thumb raw! I do not recommend these mag at a cost of $60 each.

Comment made by Darrell on 2020-10-09 09:58:20
If you vote Democrat in November it won't matter. You'll eventually get them all taken away.

Comment made by john on 2020-10-13 09:19:21
20 rd is my fav for the size and a box of ammo is 20 rounds. The smaller mag makes storing or pocketing easy as well as handling of the rifle easier and in semi auto, 20 rounds is plenty for my needs. so I pass on the 30 rd mags and buy 20 rd .

Comment made by robert on 2020-10-16 09:52:20
20 rds. when I'm prone I want to be low as possible. works better with my bipod and I don't worry about bouncing the mag on the ground(causes jams). they fit in bandoleer pockets. I have 30s in my vest for other positions but prone with 20 is my preferred

Comment made by Nathan on 2020-10-19 13:51:29
10 round magazines are great for load development. 5 round magazines are even better, because you load them and don't have to think about how many rounds you fired. Prevents accidentally firing the next powder charge.

Comment made by Jorge on 2020-10-20 13:04:15
Practice? 10 rounds. Self-defense? 30. Several of them.

Comment made by Terrell on 2020-10-27 20:45:05
Used 20 round mags in Nam, both the M-14 & M-16. I would have liked to have had a 30 round, for combat. I had to carry 3 cameras, a .45 and my rifle, with all that Alice gear, besides the 60 belts, so I doubt I would have noticed the weight difference.

Comment made by Leonard on 2020-11-10 13:33:10
I have the NRA shooting rest that handles 30 rd magazines very well and it is an excellent platform for bench shooting.

Comment made by Stephen on 2020-11-13 13:27:55
I prefer the metal 30's. Dependable and not too heavy. I would score a few extra due to the libs being in power now and our two state senators are flaming gun haters.

Comment made by David on 2020-11-14 11:21:23
BUY, BUY, BUY WHAT EVER THE COUNT IS......

Comment made by mike on 2020-12-25 09:08:53
For normal rilfes? 30. For SPR/DMR? 20 max. Can get lower in prone.

Comment made by Chuck on 2020-12-31 17:52:32
If I was going to war then I would prefer the 30 rd mag but for all around general purpose give me the ole reliable 20 rd

Comment made by Chad on 2021-01-11 18:13:30
A good follow-up question to this one could be: Metal or plastic or a combination of both? I did expect there would be a fair percentage that prefers the good ol' twenty round magazine. I like them too and I know a few folks that prefer that size over all others. What I didn't expect was that there are more fans of the 100 round double-drum monstrosity than fans of the 40 round magazine..

Comment made by on 2021-01-15 21:42:34
I used 30 round mags most of my life in the AR 15 . Recently I came to appreciate the pocket carry able convenience and increased portability of the 20 round magazines .I now usually carry the gun with a 20 round mag inserted in the gun and a 30 round as a reload when doing outdoors work with the idea that this is enough to get me out of a scrape in an emergency and enough rounds for inprompdu target shooting if the mood strikes me. In a shtf situation 40 and 30 round magazines would be what I would want to have and as many as I could carry. I have some preban thermolds that convert from 30 to 45 rounds too. I have 100 and 120 round drums that I never use . I bought them with the idea that they will most likely be banned at some point so I bettter get them while they are out there but quite frankly they are awkward, heavy and would really only be beneficial if defending a fixed position from multiple antagonists. However, if things were to deteriorate to that level, I would preferably be armed with my Colt LE 901 SE in 7.62 which has an adaptor for a 5.56 upper . The mags for it are 20 round magpuls and 25 round Lancers along with a 50 round drum from x- products .

 
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