You know who you are, bugging me for these pics, and they still suck. Hope they work out to satisfy some curiousity.
Kel (not a photographer)
Ok, so there I was, finally remembered to bring home some magazines from work so I could load up some 6.8 ammo in them to take comparision pics. I grabbed a couple boxes of ammo, the three MIQ (Mags In Question) and began loading. Immediately, I found some issues that I thought some here might find interesting.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not working on mags for this stuff, just cans. This is going to be an average Joe's look at what happens when doing this with average Joe magazines. I've heard a lot of people say that the standard AR15 mag can be loaded up with (fill in the blank rumor amount of rounds) and function, etc. This is actually the first time I've tried loading the ammo in an M16 mag - all of our testing has been done with another, secret squirrel platform.
The mags I had handy were:
M16 30rd mag, OK Industries 'bout 3 years old, very little use, shoots 5.56mm fine.
HK G36 30rd mag, about four years old, less than 1000rds of 5.56 through it.
SIG 55X mag, 20rd version, two years old, couple hundred 5.56 rounds through it.
Got 14 rounds in the G36 mag, which, as you can see by the pic, is less than a third 'loaded' and met very hard resistance, to the point I could maybe have plugged another round in there, but was concerned about breaking the mag. Feed lips were bowing outward, resistance to feeding out high, won't fit in magwell easily.
Got 7 rounds in it, follower issues started - rounds started to split off left and right, bowing mag body/lips heavily deformed. Would probably not cycle, probably would have problems fitting in the mag well. First suprise of the bunch, I thought these were supposed to do better than that... From my standpoint, even for recreational shooting, unusable.
Second suprise, and a pleasant one. I didn't bring a 30rd mag home from work, just grabbed a 20rd one. Loaded and fit 17 rounds of 6.8SPC easily, didn't have to shoehorn or stomp the rounds in.
No bowing at all, no deformation of the mag body. Smooth consistent flow of rounds out of the mag for perhaps five rounds at a time, then all rounds shifted downhill (nose down, won't cycle or unload without smacking the rear of mag to make rounds align correctly again.) The follower is nosediving, allowing this. I think with a new follower and perhaps opening the front feed notch of the mag, this would be a winner.
I should make the statement that the military / new production M16 mags shouldn't do what this M16 mag did. I was suprised that it buggered up as badly as it did, and am curious to repeat this with other M16 mags to see if this was a blip or not. Extrapolate that civvy preban mags are not all going to be just an easy changeover.
BTW: I like 6.8, am on the team with this stuff - I AM NOT KNOCKING ANY SYSTEM OR AMMO - just reporting what it was like for someone in a civvy recreation position to take some mags and try to make existing things work.
Just some impressions.
Kel (who apparently feels there's too much heat concerning this round and needs to make annoying legal disclaimers)
ps: McDonald's coffee is served hot: Caution!