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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    There's some real junk out there. Same with the Mini-14 mags.

    If they aren't working, you'd lose nothing to try an experimental heat treat.

    How is the law written?
    If you can legally obtain all the parts and assemble them, it sounds like I could legally send you dis-assembled GI mags and you could assemble them at home and every one would be happy.
    Is my thinking correct?
    Yup, that is about it. The end result has to be no net gain in the number of magazines. So, I can buy all the parts I want. If I can find them that is....
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    Quote Originally Posted by railbuggy View Post
    When I ordered a bunch of 1911 mags made by Checkmate,I saw that they were produceing M14 mags also.Just sayin...
    That is who I want to buy from. I may have to start asking favors to get them though, buy through an intermediary who would disassemble them and re-ship to me. Stupid laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    Here's the pic. Take what you want, leave what you don't.

    A 'pre-gouge' offer will put them at your door.

    The white paper denotes the manufacturer but I doubt it will show up in the picture.

    The one with the blue tape is the drilled one. I tried to get the light to relect on the dimples.
    I just started drinking.....I will sharpen up a pencil and get you an answer in the morning. Thanks by the way! I do not need the upper handguard, mine is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellson View Post
    Pull the floorplate and see if it's springy, or bendy. Mine are bendy. The "Good" ones that I have (1 -10 rd and 1-20rd) are springy.
    I just tried this experiment with the Promags and the floorplate was VERY easy to bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    I just tried this experiment with the Promags and the floorplate was VERY easy to bend.

    Please try one of the "real" ones as well. Mine are "springy". Since I do not have an actual issue one, I really want to know. My two "good" ones are commercial from Springfield Armoury, the 20 round came with the rifle, and the 10 round was bought at the same time to ensure compliance before we knew better, and is also an SA Commercial mag.

    Thanks again. The info alone is very valuable.
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    I'll check. I'll also measure thickness of the body.

    In a search to refresh my memory about stampings , I ran across this site.

    Evidently there were some fake ones floating around. I didn't download the book but there is an interesting read in this thread.
    RIFLE-COMPANY.COM • View topic - Pictorial M14 Magazine Identification Guide

    How can you tell Springfield commercial apart from any thing else. Are they marked ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanvil View Post
    I'll check. I'll also measure thickness of the body.

    In a search to refresh my memory about stampings , I ran across this site.

    Evidently there were some fake ones floating around. I didn't download the book but there is an interesting read in this thread.
    RIFLE-COMPANY.COM • View topic - Pictorial M14 Magazine Identification Guide

    How can you tell Springfield commercial apart from any thing else. Are they marked ?
    Mine are marked SA C
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    All of the ones with GI stamps have good non-bending plates and measure .030

    Promags have cheesy floorplate, measure 0.30 and have 6 spotwelds on the lug, but I cant find a stamp..
    When I had these rifles I don't recall having problems with them.

    The one next to the 10 rder in my pic with a question mark on the paper has a good floor plate but measures .032. and the lug only has 4 spot welds. Fake??? don't know. It has no markings that I can find. The 10 rounder has a good plate and measures 0.30 with 2 spotwelds on the lug but I can find any stamping on it. It too, looks like someone experimented on it.

    Count the spot welds on the lug on the mags that you have.

    I was always told that if it's not 5 or 6 it's not 'real'

    Then I found a dozen blued non hardened gunshow junk mags that have the lug stamped out of the body. I think I got ripped off on those..

    My computer wouldn't let me download Different's guide but here is another link
    Pictorial M14 Magazine Identification Guide Version 1.8 by Lee Emerson (eBook) - Lulu

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    Exile Machine in TX sells mags to Calif. in "rebuild kit" form broken down.
    Some 10 rnd M1A mags here on pg. 2:
    https://www.exilemachine.net/shop/ma...2/index-2.html

    44Mag.com does sell M1A/M14 mags & floor plates (Checkmate brand), but they are out of stock like everyone else except for 5 rnd :
    http://www.44mag.com/category/m1a_m14_magazines_usgi

    AND, here is a short FAQ on M14 mags. It has some critical info on mag body wall thickness specs and follower hardness - a very good read:
    http://m14forum.com/reference/40552-...magazines.html
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    FYI - Copes just got some Checkmate 10rnd & 20 rnd mags in, here:
    Rifle Magazines, Cope's Distributing
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