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 ?
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
Exile Machine in TX sells mags to Calif. in "rebuild kit" form broken down.
Some 10 rnd M1A mags here on pg. 2:
44Mag.com does sell M1A/M14 mags & floor plates (Checkmate brand), but they are out of stock like everyone else except for 5 rnd :
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: