It seems that magazines are always on the national stage when it comes to the debate on gun control legislation, and there are always forces focused on restricting “standard” capacity magazines to some arbitrary number in the name of public safety. It is not my intention to turn MSW into a political forum, so let me just point out that in an autoloading pistol, the magazine is a critical component. Without a magazine, our fancy modern service pistol is nothing more than a sophisticated single shot.
On the Internet forums, there is much discussion on what is the “best” magazine for various pistols or rifles, especially the M4/AR15. As shooters, many of us find ourselves forming an emotional bond with our magazines and forget that the magazine is a consumable. It should be inspected regularly, and if it is damaged or otherwise out of spec, it should be discarded.
So with this in mind, it is important to have plenty of spares on hand. Only a year ago, panic buying sent the industry into a frenzy and magazines were scarce. What was available commanded premium prices. Thankfully, things have quieted down for now, but rest assured the rush will happen again, so be prepared.
One of our favorite vendors for common magazines is 44mag.com. They’ve been in the industry for a while and Hilton and I have known the owner since the 10-8forums days. They have a solid history of competitive prices, fast processing, inexpensive shipping, and excellent customer service. When I am looking for magazines, this is the first place I look before any other. I highly recommend you give them a visit if you are in need of a feeding device for your modern service weapon.